PassageMaker March 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


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times they are a changin’

Sixteen years ago, I got my start in the marine industry at Grand Banks Yachts. On day one, from a shared desk in Seattle’s brick-heavy Pioneer Square, most of what I knew about the company was summed up in one word: Trawler. The venerable boat was characterized by its trademark planking lines, boxy-practical design, and teak parquet floors (never a fan of those). Around my Pacific Northwest stomping grounds, GB was a ubiquitous symbol of power cruising. It was Volvo on the water—safe, secure, practical, sturdy. My dad, who would curse most powerboats under the hood of his Helly Hansen, seemed to reserve a small place in his heart for this particular stinkpot, so when I told him I accepted the job, he nearly smiled. Of course, he was probably just…

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TOW BOAT We will be retiring soon and purchasing a small trawler to cruise the Bahamas. We have been trailering a small Grady-White outboard (weighing about 2,500 pounds), and running it from West Palm Beach to Hopetown, Abaco, every year. In the near future we plan on towing this same boat from Baltimore to the Bahamas with our trawler. I will beef up the bow area of the Grady to make it suitable for towing, but my question lies with the trawler. We are currently looking at a Mainship 350 with twin diesels. Towing the Grady will cause not only a decrease in speed but also a change in the Mainship’s rpm. As this is a long tow, I want to make sure we are running as efficiently as possible, as well…

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bye, bye, birdie #1

Since 1991 when the Global Position System (GPS) first became operational, we have become ever more dependent on it for navigation. A quarter of a century later, boats and ships routinely set sail across oceans (or even across harbors) with no consideration given for how they would navigate home without it. We have always known—or should know— that GPS could either be degraded or taken offline entirely, but with a few rare exceptions, it has proven as dependable and steadfast as the sunrise. For decades, we have come to depend on it, but recently we have acquired a better understanding of and appreciation for the vulnerabilities of the 24 satellites that make up GPS. Military, commercial, and civilian aviators and seafarers are now scrambling to relearn the fundamental navigation skills…

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northwest trawlerfest gets new digs

It was an excellent run for TrawlerFest-Anacortes, the quaint town in northern Washington State that, for nearly a decade, hosted our regional, spring seminar series and inwater boat show. This year, we’ve decided to mix it up and move our northwest TrawlerFest 100 miles south-southwest to the city of Bremerton, Washington. Situated on the north shore of Sinclair Inlet, Bremerton is accessible either by car from the Kitsap Peninsula or via a 60-minute, picturesque ferry ride from downtown Seattle. This slice of Puget Sound also happens to hold some of the best—and least—publicized cruising in the Northwest, from Silverdale all the way to Olympia. Since 1891, Bremerton has held the distinction of operating one of the longest-running naval shipyards on the West Coast. The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is still an active…

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the varnished truth

Exterior wood on a fiberglass boat adds a touch of warmth, tradition, and style that cannot be duplicated any other way. From a purely functional point of view, exterior wood makes no sense at all, but for most of us boats are more than purely functional objects. I’ve always thought that for a boat to be the right one for you, it must pass a simple test: when you leave in the dinghy, do you find yourself looking back and admiring her? If you feel compelled to make a lap around the boat before heading ashore, all the better. After all, in addition to safely transporting you and your crew from points A to B, a boat should tug at your heartstrings along the way Wood needs attention, and boat owners…

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gear products

> WHEELIE MAGIC By far, the worst part of owning a dinghy is getting it into and out of the water, either from ship or shore. Weaver Industries builds a host of hardware solutions to make these necessary dinghy tasks more practical, from davits to chocks, hoists, and other accessories. But if you constantly find yourself dragging your dinghy up and down a beach, scraping it over barnacled rocks or struggling through soft sand, then Weaver’s wheels may also be an option for you. Able to handle up to 600 pounds of combined tender, gear, tank, and motor weight, the brackets and wheels allow transit over suspect terrain, and certainly beat attempting the backbreaking liftand- slide routine. Putting the bulk of the weight on its wheels allows an operator to move the…