In the last chapter, I wrote about my concept for a sailor's motorboat. However, I don't know about you, but I have had enough of vapour boats lately, so let's take another look at a breakthrough motorboat that really exists, with two on the water, and two in build, that ticks a lot of the sailor's motorboat boxes. And even more important than that, this is a boat that has just crossed the Pacific from New Zealand to Panama, the up-hill way—pretty impressive. That boat is the Artnautica LRC 58, that we first wrote about when the prototype was just a pile of aluminum back in 2013.
John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.