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Motor Boat & Yachting Aug-2018

Published by TI Media Limited Motor Boat & Yachting is Europe's best motor boating magazine. It's also the oldest, with a history dating back to 1904. Our long experience makes our boat tests the most authoritative in the business and means our technical coverage is without equal. Each month we cover the best new boats on the market, cruising areas that are both practical and inspirational, and the latest boating developments and training. Core editorial focuses on boats up to 80ft, but we also venture beyond the 80ft barrier in our monthly Custom Yachting pages.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
R 99,40
R 756,75
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
welcome

Nobody can agree on what to call these brilliant little craft – we call them SUVs of the seas In my former life as a motoring journalist, serious petrolheads used to look down on sports utility vehicles (SUVs). They weren’t as tough as proper offroaders, weren’t as spacious as estate cars and weren’t as fun to drive as sportscars, so why would people want to buy them? How wrong we were; sales of SUVs now outstrip all these categories of car combined and I, like millions of others, now drive one too. They may not be outstanding in any one area but they are consummate all-rounders that slot perfectly into family life while still hinting at the adventurous lifestyle we all aspire to. On that basis, it’s not hard to see why…

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1 min
mind the agapi

You could be forgiven for thinking that every niche in the boat market has long since been filled but Swedish brand Agapi would beg to differ. Its founder and CEO Peder Asplund used to own six different boats and still couldn’t find one to satisfy all his needs, so he drew one up that would and put it into production. The Agapi 950 is the fruit of his labours, combining the performance, handling and convenience of a cabin RIB with the sociable deck spaces, sleeping accommodation and helm protection of a sportscruiser. As this picture shows, it seems equally well suited to Mediterranean boating as it does to the rather less-inviting waters of the Solent, where we tested the first one brought into the UK by dealer Williams Marine and…

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2 min
volvo penta to offer hybrid and all-electric drivelines

Email: mbynews@ti-media.com Volvo Penta has announced it will be offering ‘electrified power solutions’ to all its boating customers by 2021. The first marine system will be a hybrid diesel-electric package rather than an all-electric powertrain but these are under development too. The hybrid system will be based around Volvo’s existing truck and bus technology and sees an electric motor fitted between the diesel engine and the IPS drive. Powered by lithium ion batteries, it will be user selectable, allowing the helmsman to switch to silent electric power for low speeds. “Volvo Penta is already several years into its electrification journey,” says Johan Inden, chief technology officer. “We have spent this time building competencies, experience and establishing the technologies required to deliver a sustainable power solutions road map.” Traditionally, all-electric boats have been limited by the…

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1 min
self-docking system also planned

Electric drive is not the sole focus of Volvo Penta’s boffins. The company has also revealed that it is working on a self-docking system for motor boats. An early prototype of the system has already been fitted to an Azimut 68 S test boat and demonstrated to journalists, including MBY’s Jon Mendez, as we were going to press this issue. The system uses GPS technology and its own bespoke sensors on the boat as well as the dock to manipulate the IPS drives and autonomously manoeuvre the boat into a berth. Because it needs additional sensors on the dock, the system will initially be limited to user’s own berths, although it is hoped that marinas will start installing sensors to visitor berths too. Volvo plans to launch the production version in 2020.…

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1 min
blue bird k3 runs again

Sir Malcolm Campbell’s boat Blue Bird K3 is set to return to Lake Maggiore in Switzerland, 80 years after it last set a world speed record there in 1938. Not to be confused with the jet powered Blue Bird K7, which crashed on Lake Coniston in 1967 killing Sir Malcolm’s son Donald, Blue Bird K3 is a conventional piston powered hydroplane commissioned by Sir Malcolm in 1937. He used it to take the water speed record from American driver Gar Wood at Lake Maggiore in September of that year with a top speed of 126.32mph. The following day, he reached 129.5mph before finally topping 130mph a year later at Lake Hallwil. Now restored, the boat is owned by Karl Foulkes Halbard who said, “When they started the rebuild in 1990, it really…

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2 min
watersports hit an all-time high

Participation in water-based activities are the highest since records began, according to the latest UK Watersports Participation Survey. The report claims that over 16 million people took part in some form of watersport activity, although this figure includes loosely related activities such as coastal walking. Of more relevance to the marine market are the almost four million people who partook in some form of boating activity during 2017. Split almost exactly 50/50 between inland and coastal use, it’s the highest volume of participants recorded since the survey began in 2002, and a dramatic rise compared to the 2010 low point of roughly 2.7 million. Nearly half of those recorded were canoeists while stand-up paddleboarding proved to be one of the fastest-growing sectors. Motor boating also saw a large increase with a…

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