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Power & Motoryacht March 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

4 min
a family matter

My earliest memory as a child has become something of a family fable. It features a four-year-old future editor standing in the cockpit of his parents’ Sea Ray with a pail clenched in one hand and a toy shovel in the other. Armed with the tools of the trade, I looked ahead through my too-round sunglasses at a busy afternoon of sandcastle construction. It was on that blissful July morning that my mom—still in the car at this point—would go into labor with my brother. My dad urgently summoned me back to the car. I protested. He summoned louder. I relented. This would be just the first boating day that my younger brother would ruin. I was recently gifted (read: forced to repossess) the last of my child-hood belongings, and in a…

5 min
class is in session

My family and I completed the Great Loop in October 2017. After returning to our land-based home we all missed the water terribly, as well as the life it afforded us. We knew we had some decisions to make. My husband Ben reinvented his career, choosing to focus on marine electronics as a contributor to this magazine, and we moved back aboard in July 2018. Except for a couple of four to six-week stints at home scattered throughout the year we’ve been on the boat. We live aboard a 57-foot Carver Voyager with our two daughters, Molly, 12, and Madelyn, 9. I began homeschooling the girls on the boat in 2016. They were in 1st and 4th grades; we only planned to cruise for a year and then put the girls…

3 min
a life less ordinary

I walked into my hometown yacht club a dozen years ago, having recently joined the institution and not knowing many of the old-timers. We’ll call it the Sparkling Waters Yacht Club for the purposes of this tale. Thick mahogany deck hatches form the varnished bar, recovered from a local shipwreck, original brass hinges still intact. Brick arches and elegant lighting add class to the space. Against a backdrop of soothing swells breaking on the rocks outside, a tall, silver-haired man in a yellow foul weather jacket sat under a pendant light at the near corner of the bar. He looked liked he belonged there. Hell, he looked like he owned the place. There is no shortage of self-made men and women around a yacht club bar. In fact, if you’re reading…

7 min
pint-sized powerhouse

The Garmin GPSMap 86 family is a powerhouse of communication and connectivity. With a dizzying array of technology inside, this handheld provides two-way satellite messaging, GPS chart plotting and integrations with many onboard electronics, all in a compact, weather-resistant, buoyant device. Handheld GPS units haven’t changed a whole lot since the mid-90s, when features included location display, a basic trip computer and perhaps a low-res map view. Garmin’s GPSMap 86 series improves on these old features by introducing two-way satellite messaging, high-res Garmin G3 charts and a toolbox full of other functions. The GPSMap 86 series replaces a few products in Garmin’s product line, serving as the update to both the venerable GPSMap 78 and the inReach Explorer+. The $650 GPSMap 86sci is the first full-featured marine GPS handheld with inReach capabilities…

3 min
vanquish vq58

The first thing I noticed about the potential client was his iconic square timepiece, a Tag Heuer Monaco. First made a half-century back for Steve McQueen’s character in Le Mans, the watch sported a deep blue sunray dial but also orange and light blue racing stripes emblematic of Gulf Racing livery. The color scheme was an exact match to the Awlgrip hull and UV-resistant Silverguard orange soft goods of the boat we were about to board. As we made our way up opposing stairs from the swim platform, I was hard-pressed to envision a more suitable client at the Cannes Yachting Festival for the Vanquish VQ58. Netherlands-based Vanquish Yachts is part of the new breed of boldly-styled dayboats slash tenders turning heads from the Med to Martha’s Vineyard. An axe bow,…

3 min
viking 46 billfish

The Atlantic stretched out before us as I hitched a ride on Viking’s 46 Billfish and thought of Costa Rica. That’s where this boat, hull number one, would soon be headed, sold to a buyer who is a regular at Los Sueños aboard his 80-foot Donzi. With me on this blue-bird day was John Leek IV, general manager of Viking’s Mullica facility. Downsizing by almost half in LOA was no small jump for the owner, and I said as much. “Our client wanted something purpose-built for chasing billfish, and that’s what this is,” Leek said. “That’s what this guy does and that’s what he’s been doing for 40 years.” He wanted a smaller package, one that didn’t sacrifice performance or agility—something the larger Donzi couldn’t offer. Leek has been overseeing the…