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Power & Motoryacht April 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
fortune favors the brave

Innovation. It’s a word that’s tossed around far too often and much too cavalierly. It’s used to describe everything from media companies to toothpaste. But what is innovation? I believe that true innovation only happens outside of your comfort zone. It’s rarely a safe path taken without the specter of failure looming overhead. A couple weeks ago, we moved our office across town to a spot more befitting the post-Covid world. During the move, I became the custodian of Power & Motoryacht’s archives spanning 36 years—a reality my wife was not overly thrilled about. In between writing and conference calls, I found myself drawn to the new bookshelf in my basement office and the jumbled collection of magazines it housed. I’d shuffle a couple magazines around to restore some semblance of…

3 min
running with the wind

A powerboat magazine may not be the most logical place to discuss wind power, but then again, I’m not talking about using wind to power boats—I’m referring to wind farms that can power anything. Growth in renewable energy is everywhere in the U.S., from large fields of solar arrays in the South, to wind turbines lining mountain passes in the West. Offshore wind farms are nothing new, with a couple sites in operation, and more planned to pop up in coastal waters from New England to the Carolinas in the coming years. The biggest question for boaters is how these rows of turbines will impact navigation and the marine environment. The first commercial offshore wind farm in the U.S. was the Block Island Wind Farm, completed in 2016. Located just south of…

3 min
blind ambition

A few years ago, my family and I tied up to a yacht club dock one evening for a nice dinner and an overnight. We were en route to the next Great Lake north of home for a week or so, and this was our first port of call. Little did we know we’d cast off the following morning seeing the place in a new light. The club bar was packed, even more so than usual for a busy summer weekend. But we don’t give up easily, so we managed to find two barstools for the three of us before dinner. This particular facility is on a great site with stunning views from the bar, model room, fireplace and dining room. These views seemed lost on a lot of people around…

6 min
lake x monster

When Mercury said it was hosting an exclusive event to give the media a first glimpse at its latest outboard, our team of editors literally placed bets on the size of the new motor. A few of us got the horsepower right, but no one guessed the latest Verado would have a V-12 engine, let alone a lower unit that swivels and steers. Or a two-speed transmission that shifts automatically. And dual, contra-rotating props. Nobody saw that coming. The 600 Verado’s specs are impressive: It’s a 600-hp, 7.6-liter V-12 powerhouse that weighs 1,260 pounds (Mercury’s 450R weighs 689 pounds). To put that in perspective, a full-ton Chevy pickup truck engine has four fewer cylinders and comes in at 6.6 liters. Mercury is certainly embracing the trend of bigger boats powered by big…

3 min
san diego

Boating and San Diego go quite well together—at least that’s what the U.S. Navy thinks. The Southern California port is home to 60 percent of the ships in the Navy’s fleet. After a tour of duty, many sailors opt to settle in the area for the choice weather and easy access to the Pacific. Dixon and Kiki Smith are a great example. After 37 years in the Navy, Dixon retired as a Vice Admiral. The couple could’ve moved anywhere. They were certainly familiar with their options, having seen most of the world by water during Dixon’s time in uniform. For them to choose to live aboard a boat in San Diego says a lot about the town, not to mention their passion for boating. When asked why they settled back in San…

5 min
mcy. 76 skylounge

It’s funny how a smell or a taste can transport you. Certain boats have that effect on me too. I spot a Viking and am immediately back in New Gretna, New Jersey. I see a Sabre or Back Cove and can smell the pines surrounding the yard in Raymond, Maine. When I think of Monte Carlo Yachts, I think of South Florida boat shows; that’s where I learned about this brand and first boarded its boats. The lines of an MCY, the shape of their hull windows and their superyacht level of finish makes me think that these boats would be most at home in the Med. More and more, the burgeoning Italian builder has been shifting its sights from Europe and Asia to the States. This is especially true now…