PassageMaker July - August 2017

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
surf’s up

We invite you to explore the new and vastly improved PassageMaker website. Our team has taken to heart many of the kind yet constructive criticism we’ve collected from readers over the years—including a fair bit of our own—and assembled a website that addresses those concerns and more. “Your type is too small!” “I shouldn’t have to scroll a quarter-mile to view ten images in a photo gallery!” “Your site is frustrating on phones and tablets!” These are but a few of the issues we have addressed in order to provide an improved and outstanding experience for our loyal readers. For those of you that happen upon us for the first time via internet searches or from friends who share links to our stories and videos, you’ll never know the pain of the trailblazers…

5 分鐘
aspen embarks on 10,000-mile tour

The Aspen C120, Knot Wafflen’, is ready to begin an epic journey with her new owners, David and Sue Ellen Jenkins. With the help of Aspen owner Larry Graf and the expertise of the couple’s brother-in-law, Blake Eder (who will serve as captain), the Jenkins have planned to take their boat from Anacortes, Washington, to Alaska, and then down to the Sea of Cortez. At that point, the boat will be loaded onto a trailer, and trucked eastward to launch once more in the Gulf of Mexico. The final leg will take Knot Wafflen’ to Annapolis, Maryland, via the Gulf Coast of Florida and the Bahamas. The Jenkins have decided to go big, to say the least, for their first significant cruise and delivery of this 40-foot powercat. They are calling…

7 分鐘
what’s the deal with stainless steel?

More than 400 years ago, Sheffield, England, became renowned for its steel-working, fine cutlery, and swords. Over the decades and centuries, local artisans continued to refine the process of converting iron ore into workable alloys. In the early 1900s, a research lab in Sheffield worked on finding ways to eliminate rust in gun barrels. The head of the laboratory happened to notice that, unlike the other samples, a discarded sample from a previous test had not rusted yet. They quickly determined that by adding chromium to the steel alloy the metal could be made far more resistant to rusting than ever. Two months later, in the summer of 1912, they produced a stainless steel casting for the first time. Initially they called it “rustless steel” but for marketing reasons, soon…

2 分鐘
gear products

Switlik OPR Liferaft If you read PassageMaker regularly, chances are pretty good that you’re either an accomplished long-range cruiser, or you’re an aspiring longrange cruiser interested in serious coastal trips or transoceanic passages. Either way, a serious investment in safety gear should be configured into the cost of any boat purchase, and far too many boaters take this lightly. We’re not talking about properly sized and rated PFDs—because, duh— for this exercise, we’re talking about everything else: Personal locator beacons (PLBs), AIS-equipped man overboard devices, and satellite phones are just a few of the extras you could acquire to ensure, as best as possible, anyway, the long-term safety of you and your crew. The grim reality of pleasure boating is that sometimes it is far from pleasant, and there are moments for…

5 分鐘
bye, bye, birdie #4

Successful navigation is really just answering three simple questions: Where am I? Where am I going? How do I get there from here? Even when all of our navigation tools are operational, it is prudent to have three independent sources of navigation. For coastal navigation on a clear day, I would probably use Dead reckoning, visual and radar navigation; if fog took away my visuals, I’d probably add in GPS and a chart plotter. Dead reckoning will always be the cornerstone of my navigation under any condition because removed of all other navigational tools, dead reckoning can never be taken away from me. Dead reckoning is the cornerstone of all European-style navigation, and there are many different methods to go about it. All of the methods extrapolate our current position from a known position…

14 分鐘
tour de force

Among high-latitude junkies, the Russian icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov is a legend. Built in Finland in 1981, she has spent much of her working life taking intrepid travelers to the ends of the Earth. I join this venerable ship at Kangerlussuaq, in southwest Greenland, following a charter flight from Ottawa, Ontario. She has arrived here from Vladivostok, by way of northern Siberia, Svalbard, Iceland, and the east coast of Greenland. My fellow passengers are mostly inveterate travelers who seem to have visited every country imaginable. We number around 90, comprising 18 nationalities. Without question, the person who has traveled the farthest is Chris Hadfield, who has made several trips into space, commanding the International Space Station in 2013. Like most of those on board, I share a desire to visit remote and…