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Power & Motoryacht January 2020

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 british are coming…

Blasting atop the Bay of Cannes aboard Fairline’s highly anticipated F//Line 33, at an easy 40-knot cruise, I couldn’t shake the thought: Competition is alive and well on the British Isle. Within a year, the Big Three (Sunseeker, Princess and Fairline) returned to their performance boat roots, launching edgy dayboats between 33 and 38 feet. Princess’ R35 was the first to debut with a launch at the 2018 Cannes show. With a bright red paint scheme and a gala thrown at a French castle (yes, really) the boat’s foiling technology lifted its profile to new heights. It appeared the other British builders would have a tough act to follow. Sunseeker didn’t take the challenge sitting down; they tapped late, world-renowned race boat designer Fabio Buzzi to create a hull that, when paired…

4 min
fuel of the future?

Diesel outboards have ghosted the periphery of the marine scene for ages. In fact, the first one built in the U.S. that I know of (the 9.25-hp opposed-piston, two-stroke Amarc 10) debuted way back in the early 60s. But hey, when I recently told my buddies at my marina about sea trialing a sleek new Intrepid 345 Nomad with two, prototype 300-hp Cox diesel outboards on her transom, just about everybody got immediately dazed and confused. “You what?” went the typical response, followed by, “Diesels? Outboards? Really? What kinda horsepower? Lotta smoke? Slow? Fuel economy? Torque?” I shouldn’t have been surprised by all this, I guess. At press time, the 300-hp CXO300 diesel V8 from Great Britain’s Cox Powertrain hadn’t enjoyed a whole heck of a lot of mainstream publicity—and certainly…

3 min
stranger things

I have no clue how to design tennis shoes. That said, I want to fill you in on something I’ve seen happen often during my 25 years as a yacht designer. A boatbuilder decides it’s time to get some fresh ideas for their new range of production yachts. Instead of calling on a talented naval architect, builders are sometimes compelled to find fresh perspective from a certain group that knows little to nothing about boats: consumer product designers. I had an up-close encounter like this a few years ago, and it was an eye opener. In this case, the “fresh perspective” was to be provided by an industrial design firm known for shaping video game consoles and styling the stripes on the sides of running shoes. Said perspective was to be applied…

3 min
hot off the press

I first covered 3D printing in this column about two years back, highlighting a few European builders who were experimenting with materials and polymers from the aerospace industry to print small components. While some inroads were made, the possibility of designing and building an entire boat was limited by its sheer size. When the news broke early last year that construction was underway at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center on the world’s largest polymer 3D printer, my mind raced with the potential of housing this advancement in the heart of one of our nation’s boatbuilding superclusters. After the university secured a $20 million research collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest science and energy laboratory), they doubled down on a commitment to…

6 min
power in your pocket

Most boaters carry around a powerful and easy-to-use computer in their pockets. Smartphones have enough processing power, sensors and capabilities to augment your onboard nav equipment. Mobile and tablet apps for boating offer a compelling set of functionalities that can make our favorite pastime safer and easier. Although the functionality of mobile apps has improved greatly, they’re not a substitute for MFDs and other equipment. (I believe boaters should have at least one dedicated display on board.) Mobile devices are much more susceptible to moisture, heat, dead batteries and falling overboard than single-purpose hardware installed on the boat. In my own cruising, I’ve dealt with apps crashing, batteries dying and iPads overheating and shutting down from direct sunlight. But, as a supplement or backup to dedicated devices, apps deliver ever-impressive capabilities. Navigation…

4 min
valhalla boatworks

If the name Mankiller Bay makes you think of The Sopranos, you wouldn’t be too far off the mark. Falling within the limits of Atlantic City, within view of Harrah’s Casino, marsh-covered islands scatter the ominously named waterway: perfect cover, one suspects, for fitting a hapless crony with concrete boots in the dead of night. Fuggetaboutit. In the daytime, Mankiller Bay’s fishing grounds offer respite from the snotty conditions typically found nearby in the Atlantic Ocean. Ghastly names aside, you could do much worse when looking for a place to test a new center console—or three. With 3 feet of draft, the twin-stepped Valhalla flagship was right at home. At a VIP event a few months ago, I found myself aboard the V-41 with Justin Healey at the helm as we…