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Power & Motoryacht February 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
bridging the gap

It’s a funny thing, where you find your passion. My old man and brother are car nuts. They go to car shows, watch car shows and pride themselves on their ability to discern the make, model and year of a car as it glides past. To my ears, it sounds like the scene in My Cousin Vinny where Marisa Tomei argues with the lawyer: “Cause Chevy didn’t make a 327 in ’55. The 327 didn’t come out ‘til ’62. And it wasn’t offered in the Bel Air with the 4-barrel carburetor ‘til ’64. However, in 1964 the correct ignition timing would be 4 degrees before top dead center.” Years ago when my brother was still in high school, he and my dad restored a ’79 Chevy Camaro. I respect all the effort…

6 min
exhausting the options

From Maine to Italy, from one-traffic-light North Carolina hamlets to the Taiwanese coast, boatbuilders churn out vessels one at a time in converted Quonset huts or several per week on busy production lines at massive facilities. While many builders are currently riding on the ascent of fortune’s wheel, it remains a tough business imbued with vivid memories of bleaker times. A handful of today’s major players have weathered storms that wiped their competitors off the map. One such builder is Viking Yachts, which survived—and lobbied against—the 10 percent luxury tax that devastated the industry for three years before being repealed in 1993. Afterwards they became what they are, stalled by the late aughts recession but always investing in their product, emerging stronger than ever. An emission regulation set to go into…

3 min
what’s in a name?

We’ve all seen lists of funny boat names. But none of those lists ever factor in what I’m about to propose. You see, when naming one’s boat, one must hope for the best but plan for the worst. Before sticking that vinyl on the transom, think about how it’s going to entertain the Coast Guard and everyone else listening on channel 16 if you find yourself hailing something dumb like, “Mayday, Mayday, this is … A Perfect Moment.” Therefore, each of the best/worst boat names below shall be issued a Mayday Score on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the funniest or most embarrassing thing one could broadcast on the radio in one’s hour of need. On this scale, we’ll baseline the example above as a 9.5. Generally…

1 min
lights, cooler, action

The Orca LiddUp cooler is one of those things you didn’t even know you needed. Well, okay, you probably don’t need it, but it’s pretty cool. In fact, the Orca motto is “Make Every Moment Cool.” The cooler is a partnership between Orca, whose American-made coolers follow in the footsteps of brands like Yeti, and LiddUp, a brand that got its start on the show Shark Tank. We were impressed with the cooler’s functionality on summer cruises throughout the Northeast. It does everything expected of high-end coolers: keeps beverages cold all day, has extremely durable construction that lends itself to becoming an extra seat in the cockpit, and has a drainage spout. Things get unusual, though, when you pop the cooler’s heavy-duty, whale-tail-shaped fasteners. The 33-liter cooler holds 56 cans that are easily…

4 min
an electrifying upgrade

Seastar’s Optimus EPS electro-hydraulic system debuted in 2012 and utilizes drive-by-wire technology from the electronic helm unit to a pump control module mounted at the stern of the boat. Thin CANBus wires make the connection. The pump control module runs hydraulic pumps that connect to a hydraulic steering ram attached to each engine. This system eliminated long hydraulic runs and drastically simplified the installation of additional steering stations, but it still required rigging hydraulics from the pumps to the steering rams. Enter Dometic. The company purchased Seastar Solutions at the end of 2017 and re-branded it as Dometic Marine at the end of 2019. Seastar Solutions has long been the dominant provider of around 80 percent of marine steering systems. The newly branded outfit looks to build on their success by…

3 min
astondoa 100 century

What’s with the name of Astondoa’s newest yacht? This 100-footer celebrates 100 years of Astondoa boatbuilding, launched by Jesus Astondoa Martinez in 1916, with only a brief (and understandable) pause for the Spanish Civil War. If your eyebrows raised at Spanish boatbuilding, think Niña, Pinta and the Spanish Armada centuries ago. One of a handful of mega builders in Spain, Astondoa is notable for several generations of craftsmen still building their yachts. The 100 Century is a raised pilothouse tri-deck, with an upper deck that slopes forward past the pilothouse and its reversed windshield. That upper deck is really the flybridge, including twin dinettes and two L-shaped consoles that serve as wet bar and outdoor galley. All this is mostly tucked under a mighty fiberglass hardtop that sports a sunroof for…