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Power & Motoryacht October 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
heart of the matter

Who needs five outboards? Does anyone really need a 45-foot center console with fold-down gunwales? Is there anyone that needs a million-plus-dollar yacht? I’ve heard it time and time again over the years. No, no one needs those things. When I see one of those questions on social media, or hear it on the docks, or more rarely, get asked in person, I think about explaining the rush that comes with blasting atop the water at over 50 knots, but I stop myself. They wouldn’t understand anyway, and trolls, well, they’re going to troll. The truth is that the boats we cover and love are luxury items that allow us to pursue a passion. We’re not shipping goods from port to port. We’re not protecting ports like the Coast Guard or…

3 min
unfinished stories

A gleaming Airstream trailer was parked on the front lawn of the exhibition hall at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. It felt out of place in the historic coastal town, an artifact from the wrong era. Families lined up for photos with it, and people peered at the sign posted in front. It was exactly the reaction that Director of Exhibits Elysa Engelman was hoping for. “Museum-going is such a great social experience,” she said. It was a far cry from the hushed museums of my childhood. The exhibit, curated by Matthew Bird of the Rhode Island School of Design, told the story of streamlining, a design trend that began with boats in the late 1920s and spread across the transportation industry and into the home through the ’40s. The antique boats, outboards,…

4 min
eyes of the harbor

As the ship pitches and rolls 25 miles east of New York City, I think I’ll be sick. I try to keep it together as I chat with men wearing ties and suits. They sit on a deep leather couch, leaning back with legs crossed and paying no heed to the waves. It makes sense, I suppose, for people who have made their lives at sea. A strong stomach is practically a job requirement. The Sandy Hook Pilots Association, founded in 1694, is made up of 72 pilots who guide cargo ships, tankers and private yachts over 100 feet in and out of New York Harbor. It’s the largest port on the East Coast, and the pilots know the harbor’s every contour by heart, having been required to draw a series…

3 min
in for a shock

My first experience with shock-absorbing seating was at an event in New York City well over a decade ago. Zodiac was debuting their CZ7, a 23-foot RIB that shares a hull with the builder’s line of professional craft used by Navy SEALs and the U.S. Coast Guard. After a brief on-the-docks presser at Chelsea Piers, we took to the water. What followed was a blistering, 30-minute sortie on the Hudson River at speeds over 45 knots. As the captain executed hairpin turns at WOT, blasted through the wakes of ferries and looked to jettison his crew of journalists, I sat, unfazed, at the co-pilot jockey seat, then at one of a pair of saddle-like seats just aft. The CZ7’s Swedish seat manufacturer, Ullman Dynamics claims their line of semi-active, shock-mitigating seats…

3 min
go with the flow

Anyone boating in coastal waters is familiar with ocean tides, the daily cycle of rising and falling water levels. You also likely remember from grade school science that tides are caused by gravity exerted by the moon and the sun onto earth. Yet as common as this knowledge might be, it’s surprising how often we hear stories of boaters getting into tide-related trouble. It only takes a little digging into these stories to realize much of this trouble isn’t because of tides per se, but because of tidal currents—a subtle difference, but a very important one. If tides are rising and falling water, then tidal currents have to do with the horizontal flow of that water, especially when the water intersects land along a shoreline. The rising water level approaching…

5 min
stay connected

Many boaters got into the sport as a way of relaxing, but, as most of us find out sooner or later, when things break it can be anything but relaxing. This is especially true for those in northern climates where the boating season is so short—nothing will ruin a weekend faster than an unresponsive ship. This is the scenario boat-monitoring products have been helping boaters avoid for years. But now, there’s lots of talk of connected boats, smart boats, the marine internet of things (IoT). So, what does it all mean? Dan Harper, CEO of Siren Marine, described three tiers of boat monitoring and control: Perhaps it would work best to think of these tiers as a three-layered cake. The first layer is the boat monitor—a tried-and-true product that monitors critical parts…