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Power & Motoryacht February 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

3 min
boat show pro

This past Ft. Lauderdale boat show was an action-packed festival where the newest boats from around the world took center stage. No matter where you stood on the docks you could spot at least one major new model debut; they were everywhere. The Miami shows are in our crosshairs, and planning is beginning in earnest. Our preparation for the February shows is nothing compared to the boatbuilders who plan for a major show a year (at least) in advance. Preparation is essential to having a successful show, especially for a boat buyer. “What should our readers be looking out for when they’re walking a show?” I asked yacht designer and Inside Angle columnist Bill Prince as we headed onto the busy docks of the Ft. Lauderdale show. Picking our way through our first…

1 min

Salty Dog In his December Logbook “Salty Adventures” Editor-in-Chief Dan Harding extolled the virtues of a good boat dog. Judging by the letters we got, many of you think a boater’s best friend walks on four paws. If you have ever tried to lift a 90-pound Golden Retriever out of the water and on to your swim platform, you’ll understand why we, too, now have a “Toller.” Ours is named Bosun. I have had a Chessie, a Lab, and a Golden and all are great retrievers and water dogs, but we also do extensive cruising in the summer and a large retriever on a relatively small boat—ours is a 42-foot Monk trawler—can be somewhat daunting. Bosun is terrific on boats, whether it’s on my 15-foot Marshall Catboat, my 21-foot Cobia center console, the…

3 min
on your mark

The canary yellow helmet wasn’t mine. Neither was the race-flag-checkered runabout with the Yamato 24.2 cubic-inch outboard hanging off the transom. It was all borrowed, on the spot. As was the cut suit I was wearing to protect from bodily harm, should said runabout flip or crash or eject me at full speed, my limp body tumbling across the water like a marionette doll in a dryer. Stay calm, I tell myself. After all, you signed up for this joyride. A certain breed of speed-loving gearheads descends on northern Michigan once a year for the Top O’ Michigan Marathon. Past entrants have come from all over, including Ecuador and Japan. For the 70th anniversary of the race, I counted myself among this international, grease-stained cadre. I was an utter newbie to…

3 min
buy a boat, y’all

I’ve noticed a growing trend in my travels up and down the docks, from the Great Lakes to Florida and up the East Coast: The stereo speakers on any nice sportfishing convertible over 50 feet are specially wired to play what’s on the SiriusXM “No Shoes Radio” channel, and nothing else. No Bach, no Ed Sheeran, no Notorious B.I.G. This is Kenny Chesney’s market now, and he’s learning well from Jimmy Buffett. “Islamorada country music,” as I call it, just sounds good in the cockpit of a convertible. Chesney sings a song everyone reading this magazine should hear at least once: “Boats.” In it he sings, Ol’ Joe’s got a Boston Whaler he bought in Key Biscayne … And the chorus of his hit song “Get Along” might as well have…

3 min
views of the future

Market trends and client demand tend to pilot the ship. Any boatbuilder worth its salt knows this and keeps an eye trained on the marketplace while, at the same time, attempting to set its creations apart from the competition. Some developments have been instrumental in pushing boating forward while others still have us scratching our heads. No matter the trends, one goal remains: to connect us to the water. And what better medium than glass? Working in tandem with lighter, stronger hulls and superstructures and utilizing glazing innovations trickling down from the automotive and architectural sectors, glass has become a more workable building material, while opening up the design space more than ever before. Take hullside windows. Techniques like interlayering—technology developed to toughen composite materials—have seriously upgraded the once tiny, damage-prone portholes.…

2 min
power trip

I’ve never ridden an electric bike. So when I was tasked with riding down an L-shaped dock and making a 90-degree turn, I wasn’t sure I wouldn’t end up in the drink. The stakes were high: It was a bitter November day and the water was no doubt only a few degrees above freezing. I made the turn and my confidence soared as I whizzed up the ramp onto land. I could get used to this. Bikes and boats are a logical pairing, and not just because they both take us places. Having a bike on hand for provisioning or adventuring ashore is a game-changer. Need to grab a few groceries? No problem; get to the store in minutes and stow your loot in the optional panniers. Want to explore more…