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Power & Motoryacht March 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
new year, same mission

2020. Phew. What a decade this year has been. I’m writing this column during one of my favorite stretches of the year. The company typically offers a generous amount of time off between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and this year, that break couldn’t come soon enough. It’s a break that allows my team to step off the hamster wheel of deadlines, reflect on the year that passed and plan for the one to come. It’s in these quiet hours between holidays when I sit and revisit the issues from the past year. Sharing a cup of coffee with my favorite characters from previous stories will always be a favorite pastime of mine. To say this year had its challenges is a gross understatement. It was a year filled with fear of…

1 min
listen up!

I may be biased, but to me there’s no better escape than a story in a magazine. One minute you find yourself aboard a container ship in Georgia, the next you’re inside a North Carolina boatyard and then, with the turn of the page, you’re in the engine room of Capt. Bill’s Cape Dory 28. The written word—when wielded well—is a powerful thing. We also realize you don’t always have both hands free to flip through our magazine. With that in mind, we recently launched the Power & Motoryacht Podcast. Here, you’ll be able to listen to your favorite writers and editors recount some of their most memorable tales. You’ll also get additional insights into the stories behind our stories. So, whether you’re underway to your next port of call…

4 min
above it all

Back in 2017, I spent a day or two riding around in one of the super-fast press boats covering the America’s Cup in Bermuda. And, as luck would have it, we happened to be on hand—and indeed, close enough to clearly hear the whooshing whir of the boat—when one of the lofty AC50 foiling catamarans hit a verified, engine-less top speed of approximately 48 knots. I can tell ya—the dramatic nature of the experience set me to immediately wondering whether foiling technology might someday be applied to production-type powerboats, given the obvious efficiency advantages entailed in waterborne cruising via foils, as opposed to the more conventional hull forms that have been around for the past 50 or 60 years. It turns out that my thinking, wildly enough, was well behind the…

3 min
don’t be that guy

Why are we boat people? Because we like good times, adventure and getting away from it all. We’re perpetually motivated by the next long weekend or summer cruise, like Clark W. Griswold looking out the kitchen window on Christmas Eve dreaming about his idealized backyard pool. Imagine that favorite island you look forward to visiting all year. Ahhhh, yes. A place where the real world melts away. A place of peace, relaxation and… Now imagine the drunk guy who unplugged your shore power two years ago at some marina because he was “testing his” while your wife was alone on the boat. You don’t ever need to see that guy again. But as you pull into that favorite anchorage three days into your dream cruise you find that, indeed, the twain have…

3 min
tough cell

The hydrogen fuel cell is about to splash into recreational boating. Like traditional batteries, hydrogen fuel cells produce electricity without any combustion or emissions. Unlike batteries, however, hydrogen cells do not run down or need to recharge as long as there is a constant source of fuel. Hynova Yachts, based in France, is among the first builders to embrace hydrogen as a source of fuel, and its prototype 40-foot powerboat plans to use Toyota’s REXH2 fuel cell for power. With twin 150-kW electric engines, the Hynova 40, an open-design yacht tender, projects to hit a top speed of 25 knots and cruise at 15 knots. Toyota is heavily invested in hydrogen fuel cells, using them in buses, trucks and high-speed ferries. They’ve sold more than 10,000 Marais, a fuel-cell equipped car. Toyota…

4 min
new york city

Its skyline is unmistakable. Its delis are to die for. It’s busy, it’s brash, it’s New York. There is no other city like the Big Apple, and it’s surprisingly easy to visit by boat. Many years ago, as a young couple with only a modest amount of experience, my wife and I had the daring idea to take a small Silverton from Baltimore to New England and back over a three-week vacation. Three days spent at North Cove Marina near the Battery left an indelible impression. Of course, Covid-19 leaves a shadow longer than a skyscraper. Some eateries have closed permanently. Broadway’s theaters are on an indefinite hiatus. While I find no joy in the tough luck of others, having the opportunity to visit New York during these troubling times could be…