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Power & Motoryacht August 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
backyard adventures

Rain pelted the windshield; the air was heavy and damp. It was a lousy day for cruising, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the man beside me at the helm. Humming one of his legendary happy tunes, his shoeless, woolsocked feet were kicked up on each side of the wheel. I couldn’t help but recall the last time Capt. Bill Pike and I had spent long hours sitting side by side. It was a similarly rainy day driving from Connecticut to Maine to inspect the Bertram 35. As we drove along the coast, Bill confessed that he was at a crossroads: He was weighing the decision to purchase a 1988 Cape Dory 28 Flybridge. As Bill debated the pros and cons, our conversation weaved like an old Maine highway. “Bill,…

1 min
weather or not

Many bluewater cruisers have used a weather router at one point or another to plan itineraries, especially to places they’ve never been. But whether you’re cruising to Cape Horn or just zipping around your local waterways, wouldn’t it be nice to think like a weather router? To that end, the AIM Marine Group has partnered with Florida’s Marine Weather Center to produce a new two-part online education course for Boater’s University. The course is hosted by Chris Parker, a lifelong boater and weather forecaster who has spent the last 15 years providing routing advice for vessels in the Bahamas, Caribbean and the Pacific. “I help people get to their destinations safely and in conditions they’re comfortable with,” says Parker, who has advised physically disabled sailors, parents cruising with young children, serious…

4 min
trash talk

More than 20 years ago, on his way back to California after the Transpacific Yacht Race—an offshore event starting in San Pedro, California, and ending just east of Honolulu, Hawaii, or about 2,225 nautical miles—oceanographer and sailboat racing captain Charles Moore noticed something fishy in the North Pacific. “I could stand on deck for five minutes and see nothing but the detritus of civilization in the remotest part of the great Pacific Ocean,” he wrote on his website. Plastic. Lots of plastic. Moore was seeing firsthand the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the popular name for a collection of waste twice the size of Texas. It floats in a gyre where the currents converge between California and Hawaii. According to the Ocean Cleanup Foundation, which has conducted the most extensive analysis to date…

3 min
mr. sandman

Designing custom yachts provides me with opportunities to meet some of the world’s most interesting, charismatic and dynamic people. Accountants and TSA agents aside, I’m talking about my clients, those billionaire—and sometimes merely multimillionaire—boat owners. By the time a person has achieved the kind of financial success it takes to commission a yacht (or even buy a decent new production boat), he or she has bitten off the better part of a lifetime weaving a tapestry of personality into a lush comforter of character. Many of these clients have become luminaries. Some have become lunatics. This story is about one of the latter. Several years ago a yacht broker friend of mine (more on the complicated broker-designer relationship in another issue) introduced me to a client of his who was looking…

3 min
chasing horses

It seems boat owners are always chasing speed. Skippers of sportfishermen want faster craft to get offshore in a hurry and remain on the grounds longer with their lines in, particularly during a high-profile tournament, when millions of dollars are on the line. Speed is alluring for owners of other boat types, too. Some people simply want to drive the fastest boat at a race event. Others want to set speed records for a particular yacht style, as John Staluppi did with his 140-foot Millennium superyacht, The World is Not Enough. (It reportedly topped 66 knots more than a decade ago.) But an owner’s demand for speed can sometimes conflict with physics, or the preferences of naval architects and boat builders. The desire for speed will be around forever. That much…

5 min
sirius-ly cool

Several years ago, I was part of a three-man delivery crew tasked with taking a 42-foot trawler from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. The trip began in early November, stretched on for days and coincided with the appearance of a hurricane in the central Caribbean that proceeded west (instead of east, the typical direction of cyclonic storms in the northern hemisphere), a confusing sort of behavior that earned it the nickname “Wrong Way Lenny.” Lenny was bad—so bad that the World Meteorological Organization ultimately decided, in deference to the horrific damages the storm caused, never to apply its name to a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean again. But here’s the deal. Throughout much of our delivery to St. Thomas, as Lenny’s long-range effects worsened all around us, we…