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Power & Motoryacht May 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
danger zone

Dark clouds loom ominously on the horizon. Your radar is lit up like a Christmas tree; scared voices shout through the VHF. Go boating long enough and you’ll find yourself in this situation. When the storm finally finds you, fear will force you to make the proper safety precautions. Everyone puts on a life jacket, you dig out the EPIRB from a cluttered cabin drawer and you prepare for the tempest ahead. It’s easy to think about safety when staring down a storm. Today’s story didn’t take place on a day like that. Far from it. It was a bluebird Miami morning. The breeze was light; the air hung hot and moist. The forecast called for more of the same. My colleagues and I were climbing aboard one of the many…

3 min
high flyer

Sweden is one of the most innovative countries on the planet. Dubbed the tech capital of Europe, Stockholm is second only to Silicon Valley in billion-dollar tech companies per capita, and we have Sweden to thank for Spotify, Skype and Candy Crush, to name just a few of their unicorns. There must be something in the cold Scandinavian air, because that same innovative thinking has expanded into the marine world. Mantaray Hydrofoil Craft is one example. For the past 10 years, the company has been developing a hydrofoiling boat using their patented Dynamic Wing Technology, and after five prototypes, a finished product called one.fly is soon to hit the water. The 16-foot vessel will have room for four passengers and will soar about 8 inches above the water. “Our foil is under…

3 min
policy pains

The yacht insurance business is a risk/reward proposition. If the risk and reward for insurance companies are kept in balance, everyone is happy. If they get out of balance, everyone pays. When insurance underwriters incur losses beyond a tolerable level, they pull back from the market. Supply and demand dictate any reduction in companies writing yacht insurance, and both can subsequently increase boaters’ premiums. This is the situation we find ourselves in at the beginning of this boating season. Most yacht insurance companies try to have no more than 10 percent of their business in high risk categories. Those could include vessels in storm prone areas, high-speed pleasure craft, inexperienced or absentee owners and vessels traveling to foreign countries. Statistics show that a high percentage of insurance companies’ losses come from…

3 min
special delivery

Before I founded my yacht design firm, I was the design engineer at a production boatbuilder. The company produced top-shelf fiberglass yachts at a rate of 50 to 60 a year. With hundreds of people employed at the multi-acre facility, no two days were alike. But each morning after a stop in my office, I’d begin my rounds in the tooling department, a kind of “skunk works” where the new models were developed. This is the part of the facility you would not be allowed to see if you were visiting on a tour. The tooling department building measured 100 feet by 60 feet, and it was hidden behind a locked door and a 20-foot-tall industrial garage door. Eight skilled craftsmen worked full time there, forming the future of the company with…

2 min
seakeeper’s smallest unit yet

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Seakeeper gave credence to the adage Good things come in small packages. The stabilization giant announced at February’s Miami International Boat Show the debut of the long-anticipated Seakeeper 1. By far their smallest model to date, it’s designed to eliminate the rock and roll of boats 23 to 30 feet and up to 13,000 pounds. Measuring a compact 23- by 24- by 16-inches and weighing in at a shockingly svelte 360 pounds, the footprint of this system, combined with a more modern-looking housing, has been raising the eyebrows of large yacht owners eager to add Seakeeper stability to their tenders or secondary boats. Lending the new unit refit-friendliness is its flush-mount housing—a first for the manufacturer. As you would expect from a unit designed for…

6 min
azimut 47 verve

Azimut racked up impressive sales for its Verve 47 at the Miami Yacht Show, with nine deposits from buyers who had barely seen the boat. One was a businessman from Puerto Rico who had come to look at the Azimut S6 but fell in love with the Verve. It will be his first boat. The 47 is the sibling of the Azimut Verve 40, launched in 2016. Federico Ferrante, president of Azimut/Benetti USA, describes the Verve series as an alternative to U.S. center consoles. “They tend to be based on fishing-boat designs,” says Ferrante. “Nobody builds a better fishing boat than the U.S. builders, but we wanted a different type of dayboat, one that blends American performance with Italian styling.” The 47 is certainly another alternative to the large center consoles from…