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Power & Motoryacht June 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
power shift

Some of my favorite adventures have been fueled by outboards. As a kid, that meant summer afternoons pretending to be a Navy SEAL and beaching my parents’ dinghy at a speed I’m thankful they never caught me doing. These days, my favorite mornings start with a yank of my Suzuki’s pullcord and puttering through a mooring field toward shore. Sunrise, my small family and a smooth-running motor: There’s no better way to start the day. And okay, fine, maybe I still zip around occasionally pretending to be a Navy SEAL; I know more than a few of you do the same, don’t lie. Recently, our reporting has allowed me to run some incredible outboard-powered boats. A few months back I was aboard a hell-bent Mag Bay 33 as it carved turns…

3 min
the perfect project

The 1950s table saw in Adam Parchman’s garage is stored neatly beside a workbench covered with boatbuilding plans. It has no safety features to speak of. When I approach the saw with wood in hand, Parchman politely tells me he’ll do the cutting. The 32-year-old engineer is the founder of Salt Boatworks, a company that sells boatbuilding plans and jigs to anyone who wants to build a boat. The venture is the result of years of generous mentorship from dozens of folks including Shay Trainer of Trainer Boatworks and Donnie Caison of Caison Yachts. He remembers many of them saying, “You’re a crazy young kid. I like you.” His mentors taught him about cold molding, making a jig and using a CNC machine. It took him two and a half years to…

4 min
crash & burn

My favorite part of Speed Kills, the quasi-biopic starring John Travolta, comes around the halfway point. In a smoky Miami nightclub, the King of Jordan, Hussein bin Talal, introduces his womanizing, offshore-racing business associate with a stately declaration fit for a king. “My friends, you can’t say Miami without saying … Ben Aronoff.” [Cue record scratch.] Of course, the combination of a three-letter name with a conspicuous Russian surname is a dead giveaway: Travolta is portraying champion racer and self-made millionaire Don Aronow. Or at least he’s trying. The swagger is there, as is a touch of 1980s master-of-the-universe arrogance. But something is missing, and “Ben Aronoff” comes off as nothing more than a caricature. In his review, critic Simon Abrams wrote, “I can’t recommend Speed Kills to anyone because it’s…

3 min
the perils of being mr. clean

The guy seemed normal enough at the time. (We’ll call him “Dave”.) Dave was in his early 50s with a wife and kids, and a career in the financial industry. It was the spring of 2015 and I was backing my convertible By Design into my slip for another season on the Great Lakes. His boat, a beautiful modern yacht, was tied up in the slip behind me, his bow a mere 15 feet from my cockpit. As I tied up and plugged in, he was on his bow with a hose, washing the fiberglass deck down. Good to have a neighbor who keeps his boat clean, I thought to myself. Later that day I returned to the marina, and from 100 yards down the dock I spotted Dave on his…

3 min
under the mini dome

I stood on an upper floor of the Bahia Mar Hotel and looked west at a Ft. Lauderdale boat show in full swing. Earlier I had walked the docks with my colleagues, carefully scrutinizing and discussing the myriad vessels. Now from my perch I noticed something we didn’t discuss: Every big motoryacht had massive radar arches replete with pairs of satellite communication domes, while the sportfish boat hardtops were graced with open-array radar. They’ve become so common, with some crossover—the larger sportfish tend to have both—that we essentially ignored them. For the remainder of the show I sought to learn more about the former, asking builders and brokers about the sat coms aboard their vessels. A handful of names came up, but none more frequently than KVH; later, I found the…

2 min
sea clearly

It’s no secret the ocean is full of garbage. Over 1 billion pounds of abandoned fishing nets enter the oceans every year, according to the United Nations. Those “ghost nets” continue to catch and kill sea life, including threatened and endangered species, and make it harder for folks who make a living from the water to sustain themselves. That’s where Costa sunglasses come in. The company known for its polarized shades has partnered with Bureo, the skateboard company, to recycle fishing nets and turn them into usable products. Chilean fishermen collect the used nets. They’re cleaned and sent to a facility in Santiago that grinds them into pellets, which are injection-molded much like regular plastic to create sunglasses. Often when materials get recycled, they come back as a lower-quality product. But…