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Power & Motoryacht April 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
my friend, john

It was a crisp fall afternoon when a pair of brothers—roughly the same age as my brother and me—joined a growing game of flag football. Our field was a sandy stretch across from the bulkhead at Watch Hill, Fire Island. I don’t remember who won the game—it never mattered, we always lied about the score anyway. The one thing I do know is that after that weekend a fast friendship formed between those brothers and our families. Before I knew it we were spending weekends at our marina together and in the winter we’d share meals at each other’s houses. We’d recount stories from boating seasons past and dream of the summer to come. When we first started cruising together we started small, testing the waters with weekend trips to a…

3 min
surf’s up

Going viral isn’t new for Dave Rogers. Last summer, his video of a humpback whale surfacing perilously close to his kayak cascaded across the internet. And this winter, his series of images of a Coast Guard training session quickly captivated the nation’s attention. Rogers, a civil engineer in the Bay Area, usually photographs wildlife—hence the viral whale. On December 13, 2018, he was headed to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach to capture surfers in 11-foot swells. He saw three cameramen on a dune along Highway 1 and thought, “Okay, there’s surfers here.” He approached the gathering spot on a knee scooter, broken leg in tow, and peered over the dune. There were surfers, but that’s not what caught his eye. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco has a team that specializes in rescuing people…

3 min
superyacht cowboys

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.” The diminutive, 5-foot-9, 189-pound Archie Griffin said that. The only player in the history of football to win the Heisman Trophy—the sport’s most prestigious individual award—twice. It’s an aphorism with legs. But, of course, Griffin was referring to himself and his cadre of underdogs—or the kind of guys everyone roots for. He was not referring to superyachts and their owners—or the kind of guys nobody roots for. It’s there, in billionaire NFL-owner territory, where Griffin’s logic doesn’t hold water. To win this fight, size matters. Jerry Jones is top dog in a little pond. Or at least he was. The outspoken owner of the Dallas Cowboys recently purchased a superyacht roughly the…

2 min
wind worn

There is almost nothing worse than a rain jacket that doesn’t repel water. That dreaded feeling of water seeping into the cuffs and up the waist is enough to send me into a fury. “This jacket had one job!” I mutter or, more likely, yell. If you’ve ever been there while cruising, you’ll appreciate the Gill Pilot Jacket ($179), a foul-weather piece designed for sailboat racing. When planning a winter cruise down the ICW in Florida, Capt. Bill called a half dozen times to remind us to pack layers. “Just because it’s Florida doesn’t mean it’s warm,” he warned. He was right. But the Pilot Jacket’s two-layer laminated nylon kept me dry and broke the wind without a hitch. It’s perfect for spring and fall, and if you order a size…

4 min
dock like a boss

While experience remains the best teacher, even the saltiest of captains find docking to be stress-inducing from time to time. Joysticks have made heroes out of a lot of us and become a must-have option: All the major engine manufacturers now offer one as part of a package to control multiple engines for close-quarters maneuvers. “Everyone has wanted to make docking easier forever,” Prestige Director of Marketing Eric Stromberg tells me, “It’s kind of the Holy Grail.” Raymarine’s DockSense assisted docking aims to do just that. The system adds what Raymarine calls a “Virtual Bumper” (I would’ve named it a Virtual Fender), a simulated geo-fence around the boat that senses objects—pilings, boats, floating debris—within its range. It adds semi-autonomous commands that will take the reins should a collision be imminent. “It…

3 min
is that an expedition yacht?

Boating trends usually lag behind automotive trends by several years. Luxury on wheels used to mean long, low sedans with floaty suspensions. In the bygone era of my youth, boulevards in the nicest zip codes overflowed with Fleetwood Broughams and Silver Spurs. Now most luxury cars aren’t cars at all: they’re tall trucks with stiff suspensions to control their 5,000-pound mass on low-profile tires. Marina parking lots are stuffed with GXs, LXs, MDXs, MKXs, Model Xs and maybe your ex’s X. But with these inelegant alphanumeric names, a hint of adventure lingers in the windshield—a vibe which no Seville could possibly conjure—right where a hood ornament used to soar. So it’s hardly a surprise that the sport-utilization of boats has emerged in the wake of this automotive preference for vehicular capability,…