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Power & Motoryacht July 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

4 min
competitive spirit

As a kid, fishing meant standing at the end of the dock at the local marina and casting until my arms felt like they were about to fall off. My brother would be at one end and I would be at the other—the battle lines clearly drawn. We jerked our snapper poppers with abandon, our eyes looking for the swirl of a predator in chase. “Sixteen. I have sixteen, you only have seven,” I shouted in a tone that only an older-brother-scorekeeper could muster. “Stay on your side,” came the reply as I spotted a school of snapper on his side of the bay. All is fair in love and fishing. Crossed lines, curse words and chaos would inevitably ensue. The evening typically ended with me pleading, “Don’t tell mom.” It’s a funny…

3 min
race to the future

They descend on Monaco from all over, including Italy, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Holland and France. While others come to this famed principality on the Mediterranean coastline primarily for its beaches and upscale casinos, these international visitors have a loftier goal: to be the fastest team at the annual Solar & Energy Boat Challenge, now in its fifth year. Organized in collaboration with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Hydros Foundation and the International Powerboating Federation, the event is the only one of its kind. For the 2018 challenge that takes place this month, Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM), the event organizer, expanded its entry requirements to allow clean energy sources of all kinds, in an effort to promote and optimize eco-friendly marine propulsion systems. Over three days, each team…

3 min
in memoriam

Back during the ’80s, for reasons that continue to escape me, I decided to jump-start a mid-life crisis. Most guys wait until they’re into their fifties to do this sort of thing. I figured I’d crank ’er up a decade early. So, I quit commercial seafaring cold turkey and caught a train from Tampa to the wilds of Westchester County, New York, on the suburban fringe of the Big Apple. Work-wise, I was at loose ends. I’d done the going-to-sea thing, and the newspaper-reporter thing before that. What was next? “Interesting item here in the want ads,” said a friend one morning, handing over a page from the New York Times. “Looks like this magazine—Power & Motoryacht—needs somebody who knows boats and can write.” Job interviews were conducted by Bonnie J. O’Boyle, editor-in-chief…

3 min
shift colors

In the second sentence of this column, which was established as the most insightful in the yachting industry back in 1985, I’m going to plagiarize the author who preceded me, my old boss Michael Peters. The first time I met Tom Fexas was at the 1995 Miami Boat Show. (Mike opened his column, which aced this space from June 2012 to June 2018, by writing “The first time I met Tom Fexas was at the 1978 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show.”) Alright, I’m done plagiarizing. Let’s do this. That Miami show was also the last time I met Tom, who was busy being the most acclaimed American yacht designer of the era. I was 21 and had just won my first design award for a 49-footer I had drawn during a summer internship…

3 min
strike a new cord

Outboard engines continue to drive the recreational boating industry. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, outboard engine sales increased for the sixth consecutive year in 2017, up 6.3 percent from the previous year. Among those sales, engines rated at 300-horsepower and more led all segments with 21.1 percent growth. Page through this issue or walk the docks at your local marina and observe the new normal—three, four and even five big outboards on a transom are de rigueur. Last December, Yamaha had to address a shortage of large powerplants in the North American market, reassuring its customers that it was taking steps to better prepare for long-term, increased demand. As manufacturers ramp up the production of outboards to keep pace with demand—even Azimut, Hinckley and Sea Ray are getting in the…

6 min
home out of range

My family recently spent 14 months on our boat, a Carver Voyager 570, cruising the Great Loop. It was an incredible experience, although when we left home to begin the adventure, some members of the crew (our two young daughters) were hesitant about the whole idea. I knew we would need as many comforts of home as possible, and high on that list was a solid, steady internet connection. I did plenty of research before and during the cruise, and I learned that connectivity isn’t a simple one-size-fits-all issue. There are three ways to get internet on your boat. The first and least expensive option is land-based WiFi, which works well if you’re in a marina with a well-constructed WiFi network, behind your house with access to your home’s network or…