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Power & Motoryacht January 2021

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
my new crew

Back in February, my life changed with the news that I was going to be a father. Fast forward a couple months to a warm Easter Sunday. While social distancing in our backyard, with friends and family watching along via Facebook, my wife and I twisted a pair of confetti poppers. I’d been preparing myself for news that we were having a girl, because, you know, karma and all. I thought for sure that tutus and dance recitals were in the offing. Pop, pop. It took a few seconds to process that a stiff breeze had sent BLUE confetti sailing into my neighbor’s yard. Whoops. This is where I need to say that I would have been happy with a son or daughter; my wife’s huge smile and literal jumps for…

3 min
riding the wave

You can’t help but smile when you see a quadriplegic athlete wakesurfing behind a boat—the smile beaming from their face is contagious. And thanks to the work of Lexi Youngberg, founder of Brave the Wave, more disabled people are getting the opportunity to learn how to wakesurf and see firsthand why it’s so popular. “To me, water sports are healing and something that can bring so much life to anyone,” she says. “Getting someone out on the water and seeing them accomplish something that they don’t think they’re capable of is really rewarding.” Lexi grew up on the water, spending her summers on Spring Lake in Michigan with her family. At the age of 16, however, her life took a drastic change of course. Lexi was riding on a Sea-Doo with two…

5 min
road to recovery

On September 1, 2019, Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful recorded hurricanes to ever make landfall, stalled over the Bahamas as the world watched in horror. Stationary over Elbow and Man-O-War Cays in the Abacos, Dorian’s wind and rain wreaked havoc on the defenseless islands for more than 24 hours. NOAA reported Dorian’s maximum sustained winds at 185 mph, with peak gusts up to 220 mph. The storm inundated the islands—20 feet of water washed over them. In the months since, as we have all been consumed by the global pandemic, the Bahamas have had to handle multiple crises, each laid atop one another: the loss of homes, COVID-19 and the devastation to the country’s tourism-based economy. Man-O-War Cay was ground zero for the storm and is now a good representation…

3 min
brutalism school

It struck me at 2:35 p.m. while walking the docks at the 2020 Miami boat show last February: More and more production boats are brutally ugly. See, it was at that moment that I ran into a longtime friend who’s a respected yachting reporter. We got to talking about yacht design because she was concerned that boats are getting uglier. “What in the hell is going on?” she asked. She gestured to an ugly Italian thing with picture windows positioned where an anchor pocket should be. “Who thinks this is appealing? Who designs these? Who buys these? To whom will they possibly appeal in the used boat market in five, 10 or 20 years?” So many questions. “Yeah, some boats are getting uglier,” I allowed. “But not all of them! You see,…

3 min
trickle-down effect

In September 2020, Mercury Racing announced its new 360 APX, a four-stroke V8 competition outboard that will replace the 2.5L EFI, which is used almost exclusively in Formula 1 tunnelboat racing. The new engine will reduce fuel costs by an impressive 80 percent and emissions by 90 percent. It also raises an important question: What improvements and innovations will make their way from the 360 APX to the consumer line of Mercury outboards? “The racing industry has historically been a place companies innovate and transfer technology to main-line products,” says Stuart Halley, Mercury Racing’s general manager. “The best example may be Formula 1 and Le Mans sports cars.” That’s not quite how it works in the marine racing world, though, because there aren’t enough competing manufacturers or volume to justify a…

3 min
jeanneau leader 12.5

Being back in the market for a boat has helped me evaluate new models through a completely different prism. It allows me to walk through a boat and better imagine how I would use it and if it would work for my growing family. As a certified boat snob, I have a lot of boxes that a boat needs to check. Box one is the eye test. Seeing the Jeanneau Leader 12.5 out of the water at last year’s Düsseldorf show, I was struck by how much volume the hull had (not necessarily ideal when it comes to waxing, but I digress) and how masculine the lines were. In the crowded world of walkarounds, the look is distinct. Check. Box two is performance. A trio of 300-hp Yamahas should, according to Jeanneau,…