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Mercury powers up to 400 hp

Enough is not enough when it comes to outboard horsepower — at least that’s the consensus among Mercury Marine’s customers. The push for more ponies prompted the engine manufacturer to hit the water with its most powerful outboards yet: the 350 Verado and Mercury Racing 400R Verado.

“We take a bit of pride at Mercury in being about high performance, and with these engines, we have the fastest, lightest, most fuel-efficient, quietest and highest-performing products on the market,” says Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer. Introduced at the Miami International Boat Show in February, the new engines will be available in March.




It was tough going for the IMOCA 60 One Planet, One Ocean/Pharmaton during the Southern Ocean leg of the double-handed non-stop Barcelona World Race. Aleix Gelabert and Didac Costa spent much of a 24-hour stretch battling headwinds and 13-foot seas. The race starts and ends in Barcelona, Spain, and the boats are expected to finish at the end of March.

April 2015 issue


Depth of Field

Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

Shutter speed: 1/800 second

Lens focal length: 300mm

Aperture: f/9

ISO: 200

April 2015 issue


Talkin' Boats with Tom Slikkers president and CEO of S2 Yachts

Tom Slikkers has been the CEO and president of S2 Yachts, builder of Tiara and Pursuit boats, since June 2012, leading the 41-year-old company’s effort to modernize its fleet while maintaining the luxury, durability, value and quality for which both brands are known. Slikkers began working for his father, S2 founder Leon Slikkers, at age 13, doing odd jobs around the boatbuilding plant. He was in the accounting and sales departments before becoming president of Pursuit, where he worked closely with his father to create new boats.



Extremely competitive but always a good seaman

Brown (right) participates in the presentation of the War Baby Trophy - donated by Brown and named for his yacht - after the 2012 Bermuda Race. Also pictured are Bermudian governor George Fergusson (far left) and Jon Brewin, commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.Some men forge lives worthy of a Hollywood movie, with twists of fate, grand adventures and great accomplishments, punctuated by moments of peril. They leave an indelible mark on their corner of the world.

Such was the life of Warren Brown.



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