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Power & Motoryacht October 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
tech time

There’s a story that’s been repeated around our office for years. It seems the late Power & Motoryacht Editor-in-Chief Richard Thiel was responsible for helping a little company called Seakeeper get its start. The details of the story vary, as they should in a proper legend. I believed it was possible that Richard saw the value in the company’s gyroscopic, anti-roll technology before it went mainstream. But then again, it was equally plausible that the magazine’s role in the company’s start has been stretched over the years. We are, after all, professional storytellers. I recently connected with Seakeeper Cofounder Shep McKenney and I couldn’t help but ask about the rumor. “Oh, yes. That’s why I always make time for a call with you guys,” said McKenney, who, as the former president of…

3 min
creative competition

It’s no secret that Hatteras sportfishing boats are built for action. In fact, the action is global, with owners around the country and the world catching marlin, snapper, tuna and more from the teak decks of their tournament-ready convertibles. This year, the company wanted to try something new. “We wanted to build a community of Hatteras owners, a place where they can share their sportfishing experiences,” says Director of Marketing Joe Cacopardo. And they knew just how to do it: a tournament. Having a global customer base is great for business, but it makes a traditional week-long fishing tournament impractical. The company found a simple solution. The Hatteras Cup is an ongoing competition that’s happening in real time around the world for a six-month period. Any Hatteras owner can enter, either…

3 min
everything old is new again

Hullside windows are all the rage on any contemporary powerboat big enough to have Dolby 7.1 and LED tape lighting. The temptation for a builder to distinguish its otherwise repetitious 60-foot floating tennis shoe express coupe with a standout hullside window design can be overwhelming, market forces being what they are. This phenomenon—like a lot of passing styling affectations—began in Europe. Sometimes I wonder if the pivotal interview question asked of prospective designers at a typical Italian boatyard is “Can you draw a goofy-looking shape that does not exist in nature and turn it into a window we’ll locate awkwardly close to the waterline?” If the eager young designer nods in the affirmative, the job is his! But the hullside window idea took off and it has spread to the USA.…

3 min
stick the landing

The ability to handle a vessel at sea is a skill many boaters are proud to have, but nothing compares to the confidence one gains with the ability to maneuver in close quarters. Then again, few things compare with the fear that comes when that confidence is lacking. Concerns about maneuvering within the confines of a marina are very common among new and even some experienced boaters. The fear may be well founded. According to yacht insurers, boating accidents in marinas are a leading cause of insurance claims. Yes, there are courses and books available to help a boater learn close-quarters handling, including skills like how to pivot with dual engines, accommodate prop walk with a single engine, use spring lines and plan angles of approach and departure. However, learning the…

3 min
let it slide

I tend to glorify the past, recalling only the pure joy of being young with little responsibility, forgetting the challenges I faced. It’s in my wake—so why not forge onward? Case in point: those fine summer evenings so long ago aboard my buddy’s sailboat, anchored in a secret gunkhole. There was plenty of beer, BBQ and swimming, and getting there was a blast. I tend to overlook sweating like a coal stoker belowdecks, the only light and air coming from tiny windows in the coachroof. Or, the many rounds of fighting with that oft-jammed sliding hatch. “Let’s bring the outside in,” was the line of thought, when the companionway was a superhighway of berserk mosquitos hell-bent on keeping us alert all night. Things have changed, but our desire to be connected to…

5 min
tag along

Fish tagging has been around in one form or another for many decades. But it took the formation of the Cooperative Game Fish Tagging Program to organize what had been local efforts and begin the process of channeling these efforts into an international program. The late fishery scientist Frank Mather created the Cooperative Tagging Program in 1954 at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, initially to tag bluefin tuna. But Mather’s process was soon applied to billfish around the world, as more crews began tagging and releasing sailfish and marlin. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) ran the tagging program for many years and spectacular tales of tagged fish and recaptures abound. For example, Mather once told me of a bluefin tuna tagged off Cat Cay in the Bahamas, which was recaptured only…