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Power & Motoryacht June 2018

Power & Motoryacht is the leading marine magazine for powerboat owners with boats over 25 feet. Each issue is fact-packed with information on boats and boat maintenance, new boating equipment, advice, and filled with beautiful color photography of the latest boats and boating destinations.

United States
Active Interest Media
R 86,71
R 173,56
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
fexas, peters, prince

One of my first and favorite boat tests was aboard the Huckins 45 sportfisherman. It blended modern technology with lines from a bygone era. It was comfortable but not stuffed with every amenity known to man. It was equally adept at cruising as it was chasing fish on the tournament circuit. After my test I called up designer Bill Prince for insight on the 45. He was generous with his time. You knew right away he was a talented designer yet he didn’t feel the need to prove it. He was plainspoken and never too serious. A few months ago I caught up with the designer for a meal at the Miami show. He swiped his finger across his phone, showing me some of the projects he’s working on: tenders, refits, sportfishermen…

4 min

Boating, Pass It On Readers had a strong reaction to Editor-in-Chief Dan Harding’s April column about a big decline in the interest in boating among younger generations. Following are some of the responses we received: Boats are expensive to buy, own and maintain. Slips are hard to find. And many/most people use them infrequently. I have seen a lot of boats with less than 50 hours a year on them. Having talked to many friends who recently sold their boats, they estimated it cost them $2,000 or more per hour of actual use. Young people aren’t buying houses or condos either, as they don’t plan to stay long—at least that’s what they tell me. Why the hell would they want to deal with a boat? And people these days aren’t joining groups,…

4 min
made in taiwan

Two things stayed with me after a trip to Taiwan in March for the Taiwan International Boat Show (TIBS), now in its third year. The first was the seemingly blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment I experienced while riding one of the country’s bullet trains, which was hurtling over the countryside at 186 miles per hour: a group of Buddhist monks practicing midday meditation in a temple courtyard, their brightly colored robes unmistakable in the hazy sunshine. The sight produced an arresting, we’re not in Kansas anymore feeling that I hadn’t had in some time—certainly not on a train. The second thing that made an impression on me happened much more gradually. It was the dawning realization of just how many yachts are produced on an annual basis in Taiwan, an island country roughly a…

3 min
six years before the mast

Writing this column has been a very rewarding experience for me. I had never had a column before, yet I was granted the freedom to discuss my personal views and experiences from a lifetime spent inside the boating industry. I’ve written 72 columns, and yet the magazine rejected only two of my pieces. One of them was among my favorites; titled “Lost Diamonds,” the column criticized the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show as an inept venue for the sale of boats, as they were all stacked up, side by side. That one sent shudders through the editors who feared they would lose their jobs because their company owned the boat show at the time. I learned the limits of my autonomy on that one. The column that garnered the most reader feedback was…

3 min
a good ear

I’m not a big fan of loud music when I’m cruising on my boat. While I love music, I think it’s best to keep it at a reasonable sound level rather than blasting tunes for everyone in the marina or anchorage to hear. And there’s another reason to turn the volume down: Music can distract you from other noises on board, including those in the engine room. A builder told me a sad tale about a skipper who chose to run a boat from the flybridge while wearing headphones. He wanted to listen to his favorite bands rather than the throb of the machinery underfoot. It wasn’t until the tachs started fluttering that the captain pulled off the headset, only to hear the smoke alarms ringing. I don’t think he…

5 min
furuno looks to the future

At the Miami show, Furuno introduced interesting new products aimed at both ends of the market. Prominent at its booth were two strikingly large multitouch displays driven by a single TZtouch2 black box, a good choice for larger vessels and an especially easy upgrade for existing Furuno black box systems. But nearby were entirely redesigned multitouch 7- and 9-inch plotter/fishfinders, plus an innovative new autopilot that confirms Furuno is giving more attention to systems for smaller boats. NavNet TZtouch2 Black Box This unit—also known as the TZT2BB—is fairly similar to the original NavNet TZtouch Black Box (TZTBB), which is still available. However, the new version features dual HDMI monitor outputs (instead of DVI), along with the ability to support different resolutions on each screen, including the recommended FHD 1920 x 1080 pixels,…