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Power & Motoryacht January 2019

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
trip of a lifetime

The year was 2004, and it’s one I’ll never forget. Like many high schoolers, I was lodged in that awkward stage between boy and man. Like most teenagers, I thought I was invincible. That bubble burst in February of that year when a close friend and teammate, all of 15 years old, was killed in a car crash. It shook my world. It was the kind of sucker punch that hits you in the gut and forces you to question the bigger things in life. Prior to 2004, my parents had been dreaming about taking the family Egg Harbor from New York to the Bahamas. We’d cruised extensively aboard a 33-footer, but had never attempted anything close to that magnitude. My parents knew that if ever there was a time to get…

3 min
by land & sea

Auto builders dipping a toe in the yacht industry is nothing new; it’s something we’ve seen for decades. But rarely have we seen an auto manufacturer dive headfirst into this space quite like Lexus has. Building off the widespread interest garnered by the brand’s 42-foot Lexus Sport Yacht that launched last year, the Toyota-owned automobile juggernaut is once again pairing its design and styling expertise with the Marquis-Larson Marine Group’s boatbuilding knowledge in building the Lexus LY 650. Those familiar with Marquis-Larson’s Carver and Marquis brands may know that the Marquis lineup has been fairly dormant for some time and may wonder if the LY 650 is a rewarmed version. One look through the renderings of the LY 650 and it’s clear that couldn’t be further from the truth. This is an…

3 min
dock blockers

I think we’ve all had this happen to us before at the most inopportune time. Let’s call it a Friday afternoon. You’re strolling down the dock towards your boat, carrying two bags and ready for another fun weekend But suddenly, about ten slips down the dock, you spot them. They’re not from around here; you can easily tell even from this distance. Visiting boaters are usually fun to interact with, be they motor boaters, good-natured fishermen or sailors from another sea. But this group is different. They’re fun and good-natured, don’t get me wrong. But they rarely venture out alone, typically traveling together in a small fleet of two to four boats. (In my local cruising waters, these boats are typically newer express cruisers around 45 feet or so, each worth as…

3 min
diesel’s growing power

Demand for high-horsepower outboards has never been greater. And the latest-gen motors have answered the bell: They’re more powerful, reliable, environmentally friendly and won’t work as hard to keep a faster cruise speed. They’ll get you there quicker, but that increase in horsepower means you’ll burn more fuel. Could a diesel outboard be an efficient power option? A few companies from across the pond are betting on it. Recently, I got on board a 21-foot Highfield 660 RIB with a 150-hp OXE diesel outboard on its transom, the first oil-burning outboard to meet EPA Tier 3 emissions standards in the U.S. OXE’s parent company, the Sweden-based Cimco Marine claims it’s 55 percent more fuel efficient than a 150-hp gas outboard—an eye-opening statement. The first thing I noticed was the size. The cowling is…

3 min
distorted data

The early signs of fall were everywhere, including the cooler temperatures and changing leaves. As much as my wife and I wanted to linger in New England to enjoy its most glorious season, we were feeling the pressure to keep moving south. We woke early to light winds (predicted) and dense fog (a surprise). Navigating through ship traffic in Buzzards Bay at the southern end of the Cape Cod Canal requires alertness even on a clear day; running it in thick fog was going to take things up a notch or two. Having just spent the summer cruising through Maine and Nova Scotia, we were pretty adept at running on instruments alone, so we planned to keep moving. The setup had become routine for operating in these conditions. Both radars would…

3 min
a new reality

At last year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), I was a judge for the Innovation Awards. We spent four days experiencing all sorts of new marine technology—some not worth mentioning, but overall a fine swath of updated products. The winner for the OEM electronics category was Raymarine’s ClearCruise Augmented Reality (AR), and I have to say I’m pretty excited by its potential. I’ve seen a few gizmos like this before, and most of them left me feeling more nauseous than excited. So, when I climbed aboard Raymarine’s test boat I wasn’t sure if I was going to see a useful tool or a poorly stabilized jumble you wouldn’t want to use. Within minutes of leaving the dock it was very clear (no pun intended) that Raymarine’s implementation is well thought…