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Power & Motoryacht March 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
the great escape

What a world we live in. Between a doom-and-gloom-filled news cycle, scornful- and troll-flooded social media and a culture consumed by looking out for number one, it’s easy to become cynical. Then there are the mounting pressures on the modern workforce. The 9 to 5 work week feels all but a legend lost to yesteryear. Today’s business world demands constant connectivity to email and industry news. It’s because of stresses like these that I feel the world needs boating more now than ever. Nothing grounds me like a weekend at the cove or a weeknight on the mooring. It’s actually quite amazing. It doesn’t happen near enough, if I’m honest, but on the summer weeknights when Karen meets me in Essex after work, all it takes is the short dinghy ride…

3 min

I once heard it said of man that the idea is to die young, as late as possible. At age 85, a favorite pastime of George H. W. Bush was firing up his boat, the Fidelity, and opening up the three 300-horsepower engines to fly, joyfully fly, across the Atlantic, with the Secret Service boats straining to keep up.” Those were the opening words of George W. Bush’s eulogy for his father. The late president Bush was known for many things. He was a war hero, a politician, a father. But to those who work and play in the marine industry he’s perhaps best known as a boater. After his passing, Power & Motoryacht readers and industry insiders alike reached out and recounted memories of Bush from behind the helm of…

3 min
the lost art of boat-speak

Some linguistic offenses on the water are merely amusing, but others are just plain wrong and make the offending orator sound like a landlubber. Don’t be a landlubber, it’s probably boring. FENDERS V. BUMPERS: Let’s start off easy, gentle reader. Cars have both fenders and bumpers. The fenders are on the side. Boats have fenders. On the side. If your boat has “bumpers” you have an Amphicar. Want to sound like you know what you’re doing? Never say “bumper” on a boat. Want to look like you know what you’re doing? Bring the damn fenders in the moment you leave the dock. VERDICT: Unless your boat is that new Lexus, it doesn’t have bumpers. Fend for yourself. SALOON V. SALON: True story: 12-year-old Bill Prince wrote a letter to the editors of the…

3 min
boat burglars

Here’s a sad but true fact: Our boats mostly sit idle while we’re off generating the funds to enjoy them. When I was young, isinglass or canvas were often the only deterrents to prevent thieves from hopping aboard and making off with whatever they could carry. Today, most marinas have some level of security, but there are just as many quays where boats sit with no protection—including, quite possibly, the dock behind your home. When you can’t keep eyes on your boat, today’s security systems offer multifaceted solutions to protect your investment. Large center consoles are the number one target for thieves in South Florida, according to Global Ocean Security Technologies (GOST) President and CEO Jay Keenan. They’re easy to trailer, most have expensive, premium electronics packages and there are just so…

3 min
no way out

Rob and Megan are eager to get ashore; the couple have been underway since early morning. Securely moored in the harbor, they ease the dinghy into the water. All loaded, they’re making their way toward the dinghy dock when Rob realizes he’s forgotten his phone and wallet. “I’ll drop you off and I’ll run back out and get them,” he tells Megan. Out of Megan’s sight, Rob stands in the dinghy, bow line in hand as he approaches the swim platform. Bumping into the back of the boat is all it takes to send him careening over the side, just missing the swim platform as he splashes into the water. He pops to the surface, more angry than hurt. At least his phone and wallet are dry on the boat instead…

5 min
speed bump

Last year’s cruising with the family started with a trip up Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin coast bound for Manistique, a small town on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula aboard our Carver Voyager 570 Have Another Day. We had something very rare—three consecutive days of flat water on Lake Michigan—so we made the most of the conditions and ran all three days for a total of 300 nautical miles at 9 knots. We made it to Manistique without incident, but our luck changed on the cusp of entering its port. I’ve been into Manistique’s little harbor a handful of times before and never had the slightest issue getting in or out; in fact, I had tracks on my MFD from a previous visit. Moreover, several years ago a big deal was made of rebuilding a…