PassageMaker October 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
navigating the unknowns

Mariners know that nothing is quite so predictable as the unpredictability of boating. Rare is the extended cruise where everything works perfectly all the time, everyone gets along swimmingly, and the weather forecaster sticks the landing. As cruisers, we have two options: be prisoners of our circumstances, or keep calm and carry on. Those who know me well can attest that I’m a planner to the core. I don’t deal well with last-minute change. I have a set routine for just about everything in life, and frankly, I’d rather ride out a gale at sea from the crow’s nest than deviate from a game plan. Over the years, I’ve learned to expect the inevitable curveballs cruising presents. After all, a little spontaneity is good for the soul, or so my wife tells…

3 分鐘
classic cruisers club

BEGINNINGS I have always had an affinity with all things water, both on and in it. My boating evolution started with a 16-foot, half-cabin trailer boat used predominantly as a dive boat. We put many sea miles under her hull, traveling to some of the great diving locations on the New South Wales coast. On the journey to our current boat, we owned a Huntsman, two Bertrams, a Riviera and a Halvorsen Island Gypsy 40 aft cabin. The Island Gypsy was the catalyst that saw us become coastal passagemakers. THE BOAT Our journey to our current boat started around 2012, when we stepped on board a Fleming 55 on display at the Sydney, Australia, boat show. Love at first sight, showstopper, drop-dead gorgeous all sprang to mind at the same time. Fast forward…

4 分鐘
something borrowed

Dynamo Too LOA: 45ft. 1in. DWL: 38ft. Beam: 13ft. 10in. Draft: 4ft. 8in. Displacement: 39,000 lbs. This design was a commission by my friend Bob, a resident of my home waters in the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound region. The boat is modeled after one of my favorite designs, the Dynamo by William Garden. Bob also loved the Dynamo’s design, but he wanted me to convert Garden’s traditional plank-on-frame construction to my preferred construction method of stitch and glue with cold-molded plywood. Everything else, including the interior arrangements, would remain the same. Bob thought the original Garden design was brilliant in its intent. I knew Garden and his designs well, and I visited him many times before he died in 2011 at age 92. Garden was an absolute genius with the drafting pencil, and I have spent hours…

4 分鐘
beware the witches and dimwits

Since this issue arrives during Halloween season, I can share a scary tale that brought me face-to-face not just with witches and goblins, but also with the very sea gods themselves. It all began with a phone call, from which I emerged horrified. Appalled to the point of being speechless. I was, in the British vernacular, gobsmacked. My friend Jon had acquired a new-to-him trawler yacht, and I had asked him when he planned to christen it, thinking I needed to find a suitable gift for the event. “Nah, I’m not gonna bother,” he said, sending me into my shocked state before adding, “I’m going to save the champagne for us to drink.” Jon not only was going to sneer at one of the most sacred of boating customs, but he also was going…

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ask the experts

Dear Editors: Years ago, while working for a sailboat manufacturer, I used a lanolin-based grease called LanoCote on mast step machine screws tapped into the aluminum mast. LanoCote is hydrophobic, sticky as can be, and superb at isolating stainless from aluminum. I had occasion to remove some of these fasteners a few years later when doing some work on one of those masts. The screws came out without any trouble, and there was no indication of corrosion on the mast or in the tapped hole. I have even had some success using it on the blades of my own boat’s propeller to resist marine growth. Water drag smooths excess but doesn’t seem to remove it from the bronze. Have you worked with LanoCote, and are there any potential issues I…

4 分鐘
legal ease

I am not an attorney, and very likely, neither is your trawler broker. For this reason, you can’t rely on a broker’s interpretations about legal issues. We have good intentions—we can talk about what we know and what we have seen—but you should always retain professional legal counsel when buying a trawler. Why? Because legal decisions are part of every transaction. Once your payment plan and insurance coverage are arranged, you will need to focus on ownership choices (mostly tax-and title-related) that have legal consequences and that can add expenses. You will want a maritime attorney at your disposal, because you’re likely to have a lot of questions. Your broker can introduce you to a good maritime attorney who specializes in yachts. Yes, these attorneys will charge you a fee, but in…