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Power & Motoryacht December 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.

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United States
Active Interest Media
R 86,71
R 173,56
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
the sting of defeat

We pulled into an apartment complex, following a pin on Google Maps. “This is a strange place to keep a boat,” I say to Karen. Then I spot a Raymarine radar in an abandoned lot across the way. The search for our next boat led us to a road-side daycare with an overgrown lot beside it in rural Massachusetts. I find a gap in the barbed-wire-topped fence, squeeze through and stride off towards the Grady-White 25 Sailfish I had saved on my phone for months. Noticing I’m alone, I look back at my wife, who is eight months pregnant, and who wore a look that said: Are you kidding me? I’m not fitting through here. We contemplate a little maternity gymnastics before thankfully finding another, larger, break in the fence. After a…

6 min
rolling down the st. johns

After I graduated college, I purchased a 1973 Volkswagen Westfalia camper mobile for $1,700. I loved that microbus. It had a fold-down couch/bed, a tight kitchen area with a sink and fridge, a pop-up top with another bunk and a rear-mounted, air-cooled 1700-cc ‘pancake’ style engine, so called because the cylinders were stacked on top of each other like a pile of flapjacks awaiting some sticky maple syrup. One of my first trips in the van was from Ouray, Colorado, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to visit a college buddy. It was a short trip on the map, but it seemed to take forever, crawling up mountain passes and downshifting my way back down. The old van topped out at 65 mph, and that was going downhill with a tailwind. When…

1 min
essex boatworks

Our home port marina of Essex Boatworks is usually a beehive of activity. You never know what to expect here. In one corner of the yard, a boat’s being hauled out. Beside that, a Pershing on the hard is being surveyed, and a nearby trawler is undergoing routine maintenance. It’s not yet 10 a.m. and there are new boats to show, calls to field and a mile-long work order list. But one project in particular stops me in my tracks and causes my car tires to dig into the gravel below. She’s a 36-foot, 1930s William Hand, and she’s one lucky boat. Abandoned and relegated to a dark corner of the yard’s shed, time has not been kind to this salty soul. A couple more years and she would likely succumb…

3 min
here’s your sign

With boat sales surging to all-time highs in the U.S. this year, it follows that we may have more than a few new eyeballs reading Power & Motoryacht. As a naval architect and an experienced boatman who is two weeks into my summer cruise as I write this, I can spot the newbies a nautical mile away. Don’t want to look like the new guy? I offer these signs, with apologies to comedian Bill Engvall, that you look like a goofball on the water from the perspective of a seasoned boat guy (me). Think you’re an old salt? Don’t turn the page. You still may be missing a grain or two in your shaker. Fenders flying: I established in a previous Inside Angle story that the puffy things between your boat…

3 min
hiding in plain sight

How can you miss a 3,000-pound, bright orange diesel engine that’s been around since 1891 and is sold all over the globe? If you’ve heard of Scania, it’s probably because you’ve seen the name on buses, trucks and construction vehicles, especially in Europe. Or perhaps you’re a commercial lobsterman in Maine or an Alaskan salmon fisherman—both groups have deep roots with this Swedish engine manufacturer. In all, the company has sold 30,000 engines in the U.S., but none of them have powered recreational boats—until now. And there is reason to be intrigued. “We expect to be competitive with any marine engine in the same horsepower range—competitive on price and better in horsepower-to-weight ratio,” say Al Alcalá, sales manager of Scania USA Marine. “And we look forward to those head-to-head comparisons.” The…

4 min
cape charles, virginia

Cape Charles provides visiting boaters an opportunity to take a step back in time without sacrificing modern comforts. Located on the southern end of the Delmarva Peninsula, the town hangs out the welcome sign for those looking to trade the frenetic pace of the Northeast’s urban centers for a lifestyle that rolls to the beat of a slower drum. The town offers newcomers an eclectic mix of Southern hospitality, waterfront charm and strong roots to its farming and fishing past. The central business district along Mason Avenue is a natural blend of old-time hardware stores and coffee shops. Rather than rolling out the wrecking ball, local merchants celebrated the architecture of the town’s old banks and packing houses by repurposing them into delightful restaurants and breweries. One of Cape Charles’ standout treasures…