PassageMaker September 2021

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


2 分鐘
a need for speed

Lately, while reading letters from readers and strolling the docks at boat shows, I’ve been disarmed by the growing number of folks who enjoy this magazine, yet have trouble connecting with how most of us define a traditional trawler. It’s not that the desire for function has changed; the dream of safe, long-range cruising, for the most part, remains the same. The derivation seems to be in the form. For working families, especially those with young kids, time gets in the way. We may dream of crossing oceans, but our ever-busier lives dictate other arrangements. I find my own boating plans regularly derailed, sidetracked by three young boys who need to be ferried to baseball games, tennis lessons and soccer practice. While we might prefer the safety, comfort and calming pace of…

4 分鐘
classic cruisers club

NAME David and Darcy Saiget AGES 63, 50 HOME PORT Cordova, Alaska CURRENT BOAT 1932 H.C. Hanson Sea Bear YEARS OWNED 4 BEGINNINGS David has been working on boats since the early 1980s, when he first ventured up to Alaska to seek a job on a fishing boat. He’s also a fisheries biologist, working off boats in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Darcy, too, is a fisheries biologist and has worked on boats in Southeast Alaska. THE BOAT Sea Bear was originally named Forester. She was built in 1932 for the U.S. Forest Service ranger boat fleet in Alaska, where she served from 1932 to 1964. As Forester, she plied Southeast Alaska waters for more than 30 years, conducting patrols, rescues and surveys. After leaving the Forest Service in 1964, she went into private ownership and was renamed Sea Bear, working first as part of a…

2 分鐘
coconut shrimp

I love, love, love coconut shrimp. Anything that reminds me of a tropical getaway and an easy steel drum is bliss in my book. These shrimp are crispy on the outside with succulent, juicy meat inside. They taste like vacation, especially when paired with the Caribbean dipping sauce. I can’t say enough about that dipping sauce. It’s ridiculously good. I use 1 pound of medium-size, 36- to 40-count shrimp. It’s the ideal size for coconut shrimp to get them perfectly cooked in the center and golden on the outside. Smaller shrimp overcook quickly, and larger shrimp tend to burn before the center cooks through. I also use shrimp that are peeled and deveined with tails left on. The tails are optional, but they make it easier to bread the shrimp, and they act…

6 分鐘
back to basics

I’d spent the entire day screwing and, frankly, I was exhausted. I’d forgotten how much work it really is. In fact, I’d half forgotten how to do it, and that surprised me. Of course, it had been a decade or so since I’d last done it, and that had been with someone’s help, so I was understandably rusty. I blame the whole sorry affair on dead batteries. If the batteries hadn’t died, I wouldn’t have wasted an entire day doing nothing but screw. Wait—you’re thinking I’m discussing something quite rude, aren’t you? No, this is all about having a dead battery in my cordless drill. I was working on our new house, and everything in the house needed screws: the towel bars, the library bookshelves, the new pulls on the kitchen drawers. The…

4 分鐘
boat dysmorphic behavior

My editor does not dictate a specific type of design for each of these small forays into the cluttered mind of a boat designer/builder, but on a recent visit to my neck of the woods, he and I embarked on a discussion about classic boats. Some might say that I have little experience on that subject, but I have spent much time cogitating on it and making countless drawing board attempts to achieve it. There are flaws in the genre, as there seems to be no single definition of what a classic boat is. What some designers might see as a glass half full is certainly countered by the glass-half-empty designers who never will have a shot at the elusive classic label. Truth be told about boat design, there is always some…

2 分鐘
leen 56

Just over a year after unveiling its new range of motor-powered trimarans, the Neel-Trimarans shipyard in La Rochelle, France, has launched the Leen 56. Designed by Bernard Nivelt and Pierre Frutschi, the Leen 56—reportedly the first hybrid-powered trimaran—has narrow hulls that yield low hydrodynamic resistance. According to the builder, the boat is designed to be highly stable and fuel efficient in the open ocean. Conceived for both long-distance (transatlantic range) and coastal cruising, the Leen 56 also sports a flybridge with alfresco appeal. Key to any multihull design, especially trimarans, is the ability to provide expansive, level living areas for comfort and convenient flow. The Leen 56’s volume allows for a layout that’s friendly to onboard living and extended cruising. The standard layout has three double-berth staterooms with private showers. The owner’s…