/ Boating & Aviation


Jan/Feb 2020

PassageMaker Magazine (PMM) is the market leader covering the boats, people, gear, and destinations for the trawler and cruising-under-power lifestyle. Over the years it has evolved to connect the marine industry to consumers through print, digital, online, and in-person brands (Trawler Fest, Trawler Fest University, and Trawler Port)

United States
Active Interest Media
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8 Issues


3 min.
always be prepared

Editor-in-Chief Several years ago, a buddy and I were delivering a new 44-foot motoryacht we had picked up at PortMiami to her owner’s dock in Fort Lauderdale. Easy jobs like that were a good source of drinking money in our younger days, and unless the owner specified otherwise, we would run outside up the coast to save ourselves a few hours of Intracoastal bridge openings and no-wake zones in order to be tied up before happy hour. A cold front had blown through earlier that day. As locals, we knew conditions would deteriorate as the breeze clocked around behind the front, but we also figured we’d be well inside the breakwater by then. Plus, we had free fuel to burn, so we headed out the cut. Forty-five minutes into the jaunt, our steerage…

1 min.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Andrew Parkinson aparkinson@aimmedia.com ART DIRECTOR & MARINE GROUP PHOTOGRAPHER Jonathan Cooper jcooper@aimmedia.com ELECTRONICS EDITOR Ben Stein ben.stein@panbo.com TECHNICAL EDITOR Nigel Calder nigel.calder@gmail.com COPY EDITOR Kim Kavin CONTRIBUTORS Bob Arrington Diane M. Byrne Jonathan Cooper Phil Friedman Becca Guillote Bill Jacobs Kim Kavin Cecilia Kiely Jeff Moser Dag Pike Robert Reeder Peter A. Robson Mary South Peter Swanson John Wooldridge Steve Zimmerman PUBLISHER Wade Luce wluce@aimmedia.com EASTERN SALES MANAGER Andrew Howe ahowe@aimmedia.com EVENT SALES & LOGISTICS MANAGER Ryan Davidson rdavidson@aimmedia.com ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Andrea Howey ahowey@aimmedia.com WEB ADMINISTRATOR Mary Lou Cooke mcooke@aimmedia.com MARINE GROUP PRESIDENT, GENERAL MANAGER Gary DeSanctis VP, MARKETING & EVENTS Julie Jarvie VP, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR William Sisson VP, MARKETING INNOVATION Eric Dallin FINANCIAL ANALYST Christine Nilsen PRODUCTION MANAGER Sunita Patel TRAFFIC COORDINATOR Samantha Brennan PRODUCTION COORDINATORS Chris Cirilli, Amy Pinto, Jennifer Williams EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CONSUMER MARKETING Dana Raven CIRCULATION, FULFILLMENT MANAGER Cerisse Carpenter DIRECTOR ACCOUNTING SHARED SERVICES Kelly Baumgardner IT SUPPORT Colin Dehnert CEO & PRESIDENT Andrew W. Clurman COO, CFO & TREASURER Michael Henry VP, AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Tom Masterson VP, CONTROLLER Lisa Parkin VP, IT Nelson Saenz VP OF PEOPLE & PLACES JoAnn Thomas ACTIVE INTEREST MEDIA BOARD CHAIRMAN Efrem Zimbalist III SINGLE COPY SALES MANAGER NPS…

1 min.
the word on the docks

Events Waterborne adventure finds the big screen at the Nordhavn Film Festival. Hundreds of Nordhavn enthusiasts gathered to attend the inaugural Nordhavn Film Festival, a black-tie gala held in Dana Point, California, in October. The festival, which received 18 entries, was conceived to be a celebration of adventures on Nordhavns, as interpreted by amateur filmmakers who are also owners and crewmembers. The top ten finalists were selected by a panel of judges, which included Passagemaker Editor-in-Chief Andrew Parkinson, and were screened live at the event. Denzil Baynes, a crewmember from the Nordhavn 120 My Aurora, took home the $10,000 grand prize for his film Aurora Saves, a riveting documentary about a day in which the My Aurora crew made several heroic ocean mammal rescues while underway. Baynes in his acceptance speech expressed hope…

1 min.
gadgets & gear

Good Pings in Small Packages Intellian has unveiled its small-form C700 L-band satellite terminal for maritime applications. Powered by the Iridium Certus platform, the C700 delivers pole-to-pole coverage with the fastest L-band speeds available (up to 352 Kbps transmission and 704 Kbps reception), while offering cost-efficient hardware and service plans. Twelve-element patch technology also ensures seamless connectivity, even in adverse weather and extreme environments. Look for the C700 to hit the market this spring. intelliantech.com Smooth Operator Fouling on the face of transducers can reduce their sensitivity, bottom-echo returns and positive fish targets. Propspeed’s solution is a product called Foulfree, a foul-release coating designed specifically for transducers, reducing the maintenance needed to keep transducers clean and streamlining water flow. The coating is biocide-free. Once cured, Foulfree forms a slippery surface over the transducer, preventing…

3 min.
an idea worth exploring

Tech entrepreneur Jasper Smith, who founded the PlayJam company that distributes interactive content, seems to be on the right track in creating his version of the ultimate explorer yacht. The Arksen series, which has three models from 70 to 100 feet length overall, is intended to cope with the harshest conditions, be autonomous for extended periods, and be frugal in fuel consumption. Smith wants to create yachts that can explore the remotest corners of the globe. To create the designs, Smith turned to Humphreys Yacht Design in the United Kingdom. The firm’s comfort zone is squeezing the last ounce of performance out of racing sailing yachts. For the Arksen line, Rob Humphreys and his son, Tom, worked to develop a power hull that’s fuel efficient and rough-sea capable. The hulls are relatively long…

5 min.
hold the line

You head into the harbor at the end of a voyage and tie up in the marina, looking forward to a well-earned meal ashore. But do you ever think about what you are mooring your yacht to? Many of us take marina pontoons, mooring systems and posts for granted. When you think about it, though, the safety of your yacht depends on them being in good order. It is different when you anchor, because the whole responsibility for the safety of the yacht is in your hands. In marinas, you hand over a bit of the responsibility to the marina owners, who hopefully have maintained the mooring cleats and pontoons in good order. Those mooring cleats or rings on the marina pontoon can look so safe and secure that you don’t even…