For The Boat

For the Boat

Boat Cleaner’s Tool Kit

If you’ve got a boat, then you’ve got to keep it clean. Some products are better at helping you do that than others. We picked some of the best. Find out what they are here.

Orpine Wash & Wax

Capt. Bill Pike's Pick

A couple of months ago, after completing a sea trial on a big yacht that fairly glistened in the sun, I asked the captain, “Hey Frank, whataya use for soap? To keep your boat lookin’ like she does, I mean?”

Sea Flush

Sea Flush is a tool that facilitates winterizing, unclogging thru-hull fittings, flushing out saltwater and cleaning heat exchangers/exhaust manifolds/A/C hoses and Oil Coolers on your boat.

AquaLens Underwater Viewing System

If a remote-controlled submarine’s too pricey for your budget, try a submersible on a stick.

For weeks, I’d been anticipating the arrival of an AquaLens (an underwater viewing system that mounts on an extendable boathook) from the folks at Aquabotix. While I have no trouble checking on the health of the transom zincs on my boat by simply lying prone on her swim platform and reaching underwater, checking the condition of the deeper, way-less-accessible propshaft zinc (as well as the prop itself) in wintertime North Florida is a chilly, virtually impossible task, unless you happen to own a wet suit and a scuba rig. So was a remote, waterproof video camera—a sort of miniature submarine on a stick—gonna be cool or what?

Jetstream Video Streaming

Watch, pause, and restart live TV no matter whether you’re on land, in the sky, or at sea. Jetstream, a television service that promises access to international satellite services from any laptop or the company’s proprietary receiver boxes that have Internet access.


Fusion unveiled this rugged marine-grade stereo at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale boat show. It lets you pump tunes straight from your iPod to your boat’s speakers using a fully integrated display.

Taking the Plunge

A chance encounter with a newspaper story leads to a deeply intriguing proposition. As a kid, there were only two things I loved as much as boats: treehouses and submarines. To deal with the first of these hankerings, I handcrafted an array of wooden structures

Chelsea Clock

Chelsea Clock plays to its strength with the new Voyager Collection. Each clock or barometer offers a classic look in forged brass with a beveled crystal, but in a compact, 3.5-inch-diameter case.



Miele introduced its new Washer-Dryer combo at Newport and sold two off the floor. With an exclusive stain-removal wash cycle and steam functions, the compact appliance is ideal for a 60-foot or larger yacht. But what sets it apart is the super-fast spin cycle, which whirls out moisture at 1600 rpm before switching to the dryer.

Strong Marine


The AutoCleat is the only cleat that goes totally flush at the push of a button‚ —in just two seconds. It not only provides a sleek, uncluttered look but lets you start your engines, press the release button, and be instantly free of all mooring lines.


The broad spectrum of hull paint



No matter how many color options there are to paint your boat, white still reigns supreme as the most popular one, according to paint manufacturer Interlux. Despite the availability of everything from Fire Red to Seattle Gray, white has come out on top for the

How to have a well-stocked bar on your boat

Make friends on the docks by having the best-stocked bar.

Breuckelen Distilling

Locally Distilled Gin

Local distilleries are popping up across the country and are turning out high-quality liquors that can compete with the best of the national brands. For example, Brooklyn-based Breuckelen Distilling uses locally sourced ingredients

Touch and Go

KEP Dual Touch

KEP Marine recently introduced a line of dual-touch glass-bridge displays. KEPM GB Dual Touch Glass Bridge displays provide touchscreen functionality similar to that of computer tablets and smartphones that allow the user to zoom in or out using two fingers to control the image. The sunlight-viewable LCD screens are

How to relax in megayacht style

Sitting Pretty Aboard Megayachts

Lady Lara

Fendi Casa

Benetti’s 59-meter (193-foot) Lady Lara was the first yacht with an interior completely outfitted by Fendi Casa when she launched in March 2010. Fendi Casa is an extension of Fendi, the Italian

Megayacht captains tell us what makes their job easier.

Cloud 9

Capt. Colin Boyle, of the 196-foot Cloud 9, says the yacht’s skylounge area is the go-to area for guests (and sometimes crew) and helps him keep everyone onboard happy:

Its rapid transformation into cinema mode wows most guests, with its huge screen and low, comfortable sofas for

Enviro-friendly products for your boat.

These days, it’s hip to be green. But just because a company slaps a label on something and deems it environmentally sound, doesn’t make it true. Fortunately for those of you who are committed to reducing your environmental impact, there exist plenty of companies that are putting out truly eco-friendly products. From biofuel for your tender or PWC to chemical-free cleaning solutions, here are

Trick Your Ride

Everyone dreams about buying that new boat. Historically, PMY readers have traded up every three years. But for a lot of us, that usual step up is going to have to be deferred for a few months. However, that doesn’t mean we’ll have to put up with the same old boat. Take a look around, and you’ll see that there’s plenty of room for improvement onboard.

In this section PMY’s editors offer 14

Dialing In

Modern radars like this Raymarine C120 may hide their manual set-up controls behind menus and soft keys, but they are still worth looking for.

If I ever happen to get the chance to play with someone else’s radar, I almost always set myself a challenge: can I get a better picture using manual adjustments than the radar’s automatic