PassageMaker April 2018

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
8 期號


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high tide

This was the scene in 2009: My colleagues and I were standing at the Miami Boat Show three hours after the show had opened at Sea Isle Marina. Peering down the docks, the only people milling about were the embroidered polo–wearing factory employees and the sales agents who represented them. Customers were few and far between. The ones who did show up were kicking tires; the ones who didn’t were at home watching the accumulating snowball that was the global financial market. Times were bleak, and they would get a whole lot bleaker. Nine years later, much has changed. The Miami Yacht Show (held on Collins Avenue this year, but likely to return to Sea Isle next year) and the Miami International Boat Show at Virginia Key both feel vibrant and…

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More Caribbean Comeback Stories need telling I am greatly disappointed by the subject issue [“Caribbean Comeback,” March 2018]. Great for the BVI, its bars and charter boaters, but [to ignore] the damages done by Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico is appalling. Their recovery has been poorly supported by our government and many others, and finding out what is really happening is difficult. Their recovery and that of all the affected islands is much more than the bars, The Moorings, and MarineMax. How are the citizens doing? How has the infrastructure recovered? How is Barbuda doing? This is much bigger than your article, and you (and the other magazines) could perform a real service (while satisfying your sponsors) by discussing the entire situation in the Caribbean. —Sam Nicholson Thank…

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new & noteworthy releases

NORTHWEST 63 The newest design from legendary naval architect, Steve Seaton, is the Northwest 63 trawler. The 63 features a commodious two- or three-stateroom layout, with three heads. Additional sleeping quarters include a pilot berth for overnight passages (or, just extra bunk space), and an optional saloon sofa that converts, bringing the total of comfortable overnight guests to nine. For those of you who like get your hands dirty, there is enough headroom in the engine room for most people to stand comfortably. Powered by twin John Deere diesels, the 63 will have a cruise speed around 8-12 knots, but speeds in the upper teens will be in reach when desired. Scheduled for delivery in 2018/19, the yacht is being imported by Seattle Yacht Sales. ASPEN POWER CATAMARAN 30OB Aspen Power Catamarans…

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generate solutions

You’re one week into a threeweek cruise. You find a nice anchorage for the afternoon and set the hook. Without the breeze you generated underway, the summer heat sets in and it’s time for air conditioning. You press the start switch and the genset cranks but won’t start. Midsummer night’s dream just turned into a nightmare. While generators make life aboard more comfortable and flexible, they are not without their problems and can be cruise assassins. Your generator can be described as two unrelated piecs of machinery bound together for a common purpose. One component is a diesel engine. Instead of driving a transmission, this engine drives an armature, a heavy set of windings and magnets. The rotation of this assembly creates a flow of electricity. In most other respects, though, this…

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icom m605 marine transceiver

In some form or another, a marine transceiver is a must-have item for any vessel, no matter where your cruising plans take you. Like many of ICOM’s previous firstto- market products (waterproof handhelds, anyone?), the fixed-mount M605 is a trendsetter. Need proof? Well, it just racked up an award at NMEA’s 2017 convention, winning “Best VHF Radio Product.” What separates the M605 from others in its category is that the transceiver is more than a simple radio; it’s a fully customizable device that provides users with a bevy of setup and integration options. With a full-color 4.3” TFT LCD display that includes a night mode (easy to see yet not too distracting), optional AIS integration, IPX8 waterproof rating, noise canceling, and NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 connectivity, the M605 lacks for…

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stick-on non-skid

No one knows the importance of grippy decks better than a performance sailor. Dan Kaseler is a watersports enthusiast with an extensive product development resume in the windsurfing and kiteboarding industry. After slipping one too many times in the wet cockpit of his own Melges 24, Kaseler developed a foam-based, stick-on nonskid material inspired by the traction and comfort characteristics found on surfboard stomp pads. Fellow Melges racers took notice and Kaseler started piling up orders from all over the world. Raptor Deck was born. Six years later, the company has expanded to develop products for the wide-ranging marine market, cutting waterproof decking for anything from tenders to cruiser refits and racing yachts. Once a template of the deck is complete, Kaseler’s team converts the pattern into Rhino (CAD drawings)…