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Power & Motoryacht September 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
work hard. play hard.

Lobster rolls. Frigid water. Picturesque vistas. Blueberries. Lobster pots. Lobster pots and tangled props. Those are the first things I think of when I think of Maine. Those alone, save the lobster pots, are reasons enough to visit this incredible part of the world. But what is it that makes this place so special? Why do so many snowbirds flock here every year? That’s what we set out to discover—and what I hope you take away from this issue. We wondered what it would be like to spend a couple days working as boatbuilders in Maine. I got excited about the idea of getting our hands dirty alongside craftsmen and learning from them firsthand. Then, a few realities set in, including thoughts about which boatbuilder would actually let us join its staff. There…

3 min
chasing canguro

Five years ago, Alex Luther didn’t know how to waterski. But things change. On July 5, the 36-year-old Australian grandson of world-record-setting waterskier Harry Luther successfully replicated his grandfather’s route along the Mediterranean coast from Tangiers, Morocco, to Pula, Croatia. The 10-day, 2,219-mile ski included stops at 22 ports in seven countries. Harry discovered the sport in the 1960s, and from the beginning he was a natural. Nicknamed “Canguro” (Italian for kangaroo), he went on to win nearly every long-distance race he entered. Pulled behind his 17-foot Pride Fury that was fondly named Miss Pepsi (Harry was a delivery driver for Pepsi), in 1970 he skied 3,144 miles of the Mediterranean in 10 days as a “warm-up” for another race. Hardly a warm-up, it became the world record for marathon waterskiing. Alex’s recreation…

3 min
when ad men were mad men

I grew up reading Power & Motoryacht in the ’80s. In those days, ads from boatbuilders were a lot more fun than some of the boring, milquetoast stuff you see today. The boatbuilders of my youth had bold, memorable ad slogans. The key word here is memorable. These advertisers wanted to make an indelible impression on a potential boat buyer’s psyche. Striker, the defunct builder of big aluminum sportfishing yachts, had a great ad in the ’80s. Picture this: an elegant couple in formalwear sitting in the luxurious salon of a 70-foot sportfisherman, drinking champagne and eating caviar. Behind them, the windows have been blackened by 10-foot seas drowned by a dark sky. “Live well in some of the world’s worst neighborhoods,” it read. Fantastic! Experienced boaters knew this whole scene…

3 min
silent flight

After sailing 60,000 nautical miles on the world’s oceans, Michael Köhler knew what he liked, loathed, needed and could jettison while at sea. One factor especially determined the success of every voyage—the delicate balance between autonomy and luxury. Most pressing for him was the frequent need to run the engines when it wasn’t possible to log miles under sail. The traveler, he noted, is at the mercy of the vessel’s fuel capacity. While the powerplant or generator is running, the fumes, constant noise and vibration can wear you down as much as sporty conditions and merciless sun. (And the need for maintenance increases.) Unlike other cruising yachtsmen, he decided to do something about it, and tied up his boat. Köhler chose a fine time to do so, as significant technological advances in…

5 min
shallow water gems

Mention the Chandeleur Islands to just about any shallow-water fishing aficionado and you’ll likely see a knowing grin spread across their face. As the Florida Keys are renown for tarpon, bonefish and permit fishing on the flats, so the Chandeleurs are known for world-class redfish and speckled trout action. And not just a few fish, or small ones either. If you enjoy catching lots of big fish in a relatively pristine area, you’ve probably heard of this place and might even have visited. This string of uninhabited barrier islands to the east of the Louisiana delta stretches about 45 miles from north to south, and the open Gulf lies east of them. Most of the Chandeleurs lie within the Breton National Wildlife Refuge, the second-oldest wildlife refuge in the U.S. You…

2 min
double duty

Florida’s ICW is the perfect place to test a jacket that can do it all, because, well, it’ll need to. As anyone who has boated in the “sunshine” state can attest, Florida’s weather is downright unpredictable: perfectly sunny one minute, squalls on the horizon the next—sometimes both at the same time. Such inconsistent patterns make predicting the weather an unenviable job, and good luck trying to figure out what to pack for a cruise here. You might as well take a dart and throw it at a wall of suggestions. With the weather in mind while packing for a cruise along the ICW, I brought along the Watertight II Jacket ($60) from Columbia. Sure enough, the jacket got used almost immediately upon my arrival. That squall in the picture above isn’t…