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Power & Motoryacht December 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
salty adventures

I hear a muffled whimper, then scratching. I keep my eyes closed and do my best not to move a muscle, hoping she’ll roll over and go back to bed. The odds of that happening are rarely in my favor, and they’re certainly not today. The whimpering continues. I haven’t had to set an alarm clock in months; the newest addition to the Harding family—a 20-pound Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Salty—is ready for her walk ashore. Karen and I move in silence as we pack an early morning ditch kit: a leash, bags and her favorite green ball. The dinghy is covered with drops of dew. A couple pulls of the cord and the outboard awakens. We begin idling through the mooring field as quietly as possible. The harbor is…

3 min
a tale of two captains

On October 1st, 2015 two ships sank during Hurricane Joaquin, a monster Category-4 storm that devastated several districts of the Bahamas. The 790-foot El Faro tragically went down with all hands, but the crew of the smaller 230-foot Minouche survived thanks to the leadership, critical decision-making skills and bravery of both her skipper and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue team flying out of Great Inagua. In Into The Storm, a recently published book that reads as much like a fast-paced thriller as a straightforward account of what took place aboard each ship just prior to its sinking, Miami-based journalist Tristram Korten offers a host of lessons that will likely prove useful not only to modern shipmasters but to captains of recreational vessels as well. Korten’s approach is far from heavy-handed.…

3 min
back from the brink

There was nothing unusual about the setting. On a late summer day, a Down East-inspired boat was plying the waterways of the Connecticut River; a typical New England tableau. Nothing, certainly, to bat an eye at for anyone who’s spent time in this quiet part of the world. The leaves had yet to change but there was a slight crispness to the air: a sign that summer was coming to an end. But that wasn’t it. If you looked closer, studied the scene a little harder, it was the boat that was unusual given the company’s history. Moving steadily under power of Volvo IPS pod drives, the newest iteration of the San Juan Yachts 40 brought everything into sharp relief: The West-Coast-built, lobster-boat-inspired builder was back. Two years before, San Juan…

3 min
navigating yachtworld

Have you ever perused YachtWorld? Of course you have! You probably own a perfectly nice boat. Or three. Maybe a dozen. But that isn’t enough for you, is it? Who among us can resist the temptation to make plans for The Next Boat? So we look. As a yacht designer I tend to look at new and old boats as much or even more than the next guy, but with a decidedly jaded eye. I’m also an average-Joe owner of a Tiara convertible who can’t help but pay close attention to the options available for My Next Boat. Maybe something 45 to 55 feet, a little newer, a little faster … I’ll be right back. Alright, I just saw a Viking 53 for sale with a rip saw displayed on the salon…

3 min
see a brighter world

I entered the tidal strait with apprehension. It was always busy and seemed to have no slack tide—it just ripped like hell in either direction. I handled both with confidence; it was what lie beneath the surface that unnerved me. The wrecks on New Jersey’s Shrewsbury River are charted, some with the dreaded, slanted symbol of a half-hull that designates Position Approximate. Storms, high winds and strong tides would move the lost craft just about every season. The wrecks keep salvage operators busy. I once watched as a man prepped a damaged convertible for towing. I waved hello and as I motored off, he pointed off his stern. “That wreck sent my kids to college,” I remember him saying. We hope to avoid catastrophe by updating our paper charts and utilizing today’s advanced…

5 min
on demand

Some people regard their boat as an escape from the rest of the world—TV included. I frequently feel this way. Still, for those who like to bring the comforts of home with them on the water, I field a lot of questions about the best way to get TV access on board. The first step should be an honest assessment of how you use your boat, how much TV you watch and how important it is to have access on the boat—otherwise known as how much you’re willing to spend. The traditional options were already more complicated on a boat, especially a cruising boat, and now there’s the added choice of streaming TV over the internet. Attempting to evaluate all the choices can make your head spin. There are four options available…