Power & Motoryacht3 min readPsychology
Boating Butterflies
I’ve been on boats my whole life, worked as a professional captain and traveled thousands of nautical miles, yet I still get a little nervous each time I head for open water. There, I admitted it. And you know what? It feels good to let others in on
Power & Motoryacht6 min readTech
Let the Music Play
Boating and good music go together like, well, boating and good music. The popularity of streaming means how we get our music has changed a lot since even five years ago. So, now is a good time to treat yourself and your boat to an upgrade. If you’re
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Northeast Harbor, Maine
Northeast Harbor is a quiet alternative to the bustle of Bar Harbor, Maine, and bears the impression of refined class. The village is situated on the southern end of Mount Desert Island, and has long been a summer haven for the country’s elite. Each
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Riviera 39SMY
The Riviera 39SMY is the first boat Riviera has built under 40 feet in more than a decade. The Australian yachtbuilder has invested a tremendous amount of energy over the past six years—under the current ownership of Rodney Longhurst—into developing
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Cigarette 59 Tirranna
LOA: 59' Beam: 14' Draft: 2'8" Displ.: 39,700 lbs. Fuel: 1,000 gal. Water: 85 gal. Standard Power: 6/400-hp Mercury Verado Racing outboards Cruise Speed: 43 knots Top Speed: 63 knots Price: $3 million The flame that burns twice as bright burns half a
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Aviara 32
LOA: 34'4" Beam: 10'4" Draft (drives up): 1'11" Displ.: 12,000 lbs. Fuel: 166 gal. Water: 21 gal. Power: 2/300-hp Mercury Verado outboards Power (optional): 2/350-hp Mercury Verados; 2/380-hp Ilmor 6.0Ls; 2/430-hp Ilmor 6.2Ls Cruise Speed: 28 knots T
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Technohull Omega 45
Marine professionals depend on RIBs in the line of duty for a number of reasons. RIBs are lightweight, burn less fuel and need less horsepower to go faster—but can still accommodate large powerplants. The inflatable collar makes them durable and less
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Wilbur 37 Weekender
The variety of Down East vessels—both workboats and cruisers—built on Mount Desert Island, Maine, is astounding. The island is a supercluster of boatyards, from Hinckley to a smattering of well-known, family-owned outfits who have built lobster boats
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Symphony In Blue
My toes curl over the side of the fold-down gunwale. I spring into the air before straightening my body. I gracefully glide into the water, the perfect swan dive. 10-point-freakin-0. I surface, fix my already perfect slicked back hair and see the Oce
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Made In America
LOA: 46'5" Beam: 14'6" Draft: 3'6" Displ.: 37,000 lbs. Fuel: 360 gal. Water: 100 gal. Test Power: 2/435-hp Volvo Penta D6-IPS600s Price: $1.1 million Shortly after I’d stepped aboard Cruisers Yachts’ Cantius 46, I noticed a small, dollar-sized Americ
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Sea Trials
Somewhere else in the world, it was a typical morning. But for nine families and a handful of volunteers gathered under the awning of the Coral Ridge Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale, there would never be another one quite like this. On a bright, sunlit
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Boatyard Dreamin’
A first job. Remember when you were a kid and couldn’t wait to start working? It was a first step from adolescence to adulthood. It meant money for gas, freedom and working for someone other than your grandma. Like many other naïve 16-year-olds, I wa
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Master’s Touch
LOA: 81'6" Beam: 21'5" Draft: 5' Fuel: 3,000 gal. Water: 440 gal. Displ.: 197,800 lbs. Power: 2/1550-hp MAN V12 1550 CRM Price: Upon Request Tony Fleming cut his teeth as a technical engineer for American Marine, then in its infancy as a company, hel
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Buried Alive
The end of a boat’s life is usually a quiet, nondescript affair. There’s no ceremonial goodbye, no reveling in those last few diesel fumes. It’s simply part of your life one moment and gone the next. At least, that’s how it feels. But the boat isn’t
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Searching For TREASURE in foreign Waters
If you were a yachtsman in the late 1970s or early 80s, you might remember some of the FRP trawler-style cruisers that came out of Asia at the time. Most had teak-laden interiors, some of which looked as though they had been finished with a disc sand
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Yahoo Concepts
The job title “yacht designer” sounds glamorous to a lot of people. Some have the mistaken impression that we saunter around in capes, waving our arms dramatically while grand visions flow from our fingertips, leaving the messy details to lesser pleb
Power & Motoryacht6 min readTech
Got the Juice?
Unless you’re truly hardcore—you eat gruel boiled on an alcohol stove, read Treasure Island under the dim amber glow of an oil lamp, perform your nightly ablutions with a bucket of cold sea water (and that’s when you’re at home!)—you enjoy the benefi
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Risky Business
For every boat sitting peacefully in its slip there’s a thief waiting to extract its MFDs with a surgeon’s precision. Or a thug wielding a crow bar with his co-conspirators a few lagoons over, trailer and truck at the ready. Both are formidable foes.
Power & Motoryacht2 min readScience
Painless Stainless
One of my first real seafaring jobs entailed an on-the-fly rehabilitation of a tug that pushed propane barges from a port on the Mississippi River to a terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas. As a deckhand on that little, welded-steel jewel, I was expecte
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Light Travel
On a bright Wednesday in St. Augustine, Florida, I was stepping onto a small green bike when a girl on a school field trip, perhaps 12 years old, stopped me. “Where are the pedals?” she asked. The answer is: There aren’t any. The Jupiter bike is a fo
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Water People
While easing my rental car toward the parking lot of MacRae’s of Homosassa (Motel—Boat Rentals—Live Bait—Fuel—Snacks—Riverfront Tiki Bar), I was constrained to wonder, “You know? You live in Florida for fifty million years and you think you’ve seen i
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Regulator 26XO
LOA: 26'9" Beam: 9'3" Draft: 2'6" Displ.: 5,900 lbs. Fuel: 107 gal. Water: 20 gal. Standard Power: 1/300-hp Yamaha F300s Cruise Speed: 30 knots Top Speed: 40 knots Price: $134,000 It’s what the Regulator 26XO didn’t have that separated it from the pa
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Moores Yachts M30
A little over a year ago, Jim Moores was having trouble sleeping. He’d wake up in the middle of the night, scribble on a scrap of paper and toss it in a kitchen drawer. The drawer filled up with sketches. One day he looked at the pile and thought: Ok
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Huckins Hybrid Sportsman 38
The St. Johns River is an anomaly. Unlike nearly every other river in the United States, it flows north to the sea. It’s the ideal setting for Huckins Yachts, a custom builder that’s snubbed marketplace trends since the late 1920s. I recently stopped
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Mag Bay 42
Before streaming platforms ushered in the golden age of television, there was The O.C., a moody, modern soap opera depicting life in Newport Beach, California, in the early aughts. Like any good drama, it made use of a catchy theme song: an up-tempo
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Synergy At Sea
LOA: 54' Beam: 15'6" Draft: 3'9" Displ.: 38,580 lbs. Fuel: 502 gal. Water: 119 gal. Standard Power: 2/600-hp Volvo Penta D8-IPS800 Optional Power: 2/800-hp MAN i6-800 with Arneson drives Price: $1.37 million Traveling to a European or Latin American
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What The Hull?
I received a question out of the blue from a friend in the auto industry the other day. He asked, “When you are designing a vessel and approximating the final weight and hull surface area, do you know where the waterline is going to be? I suppose the
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Power Shift
Some of my favorite adventures have been fueled by outboards. As a kid, that meant summer afternoons pretending to be a Navy SEAL and beaching my parents’ dinghy at a speed I’m thankful they never caught me doing. These days, my favorite mornings sta
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A Hopeless Place
After covering the 2012 trial of 10 Somali pirates in Hamburg, Germany, American literary journalist and novelist Michael Scott Moore was intrigued. He had listened to the defendants’—poor fisherman in a country that’s been blanketed in the darkness
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The Perfect Project
The 1950s table saw in Adam Parchman’s garage is stored neatly beside a workbench covered with boatbuilding plans. It has no safety features to speak of. When I approach the saw with wood in hand, Parchman politely tells me he’ll do the cutting. The
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