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Motor Boat & Yachting Sep-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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
R 99,40
R 756,75
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min

On Twitter @mbytimeinc On Facebook motorboatandyachting No so long ago sportsboats were on the verge of becoming an endangered species. The combination of a global recession, rising prices, thirsty engines, lacklustre styling and hulls designed for US lakes rather than north European seas conspired to drive away all but the most committed enthusiasts. Then in 2014, a man called Jan-Erik Viitala planted a small nuclear device under the European sportsboat market known as the Axopar 28. Designed in Finland but built in Poland, it was fast, efficient, stylish, practical and huge fun, even in big seas, but most of all it was affordable. It sold by the lorry load and sparked a chain reaction in the market that is still going on today. The latest generation of sportsboats are a totally different breed of craft that…

1 min
goldfish bowl

Few things look as good as a Goldfish RIB skipping across the waves at 50 knots, but it turns out that they look just as good trolling around a deserted bay at a tenth of that speed! Just ask Nick Burnham, who was lucky enough to attend a recent Goldfish owners’ rally in the South of France. You can read his account of life in the fast (and slow) lane starting on p80. Judging from the fun he had on the Côte d’Azur, it’s a miracle he came back at all. Then again, you know what they say about Goldfish memories……

7 min
latest news

Email: mbynews@timeinc.com Princess reveals six new models Two ‘all-new classes’ included in a line-up inspired by the auto industry Princess has announced six new models due for release in the next 12 months, including two new classes of boat. At the smaller end of the scale comes the much-vaunted new R35 foiling sportsboat (see p22), but there’s also a new entry-level flybridge, which replaces the existing 43. The new F45 uses Volvo Penta IPS600 pod drives instead of shafts, freeing up space ahead of the engines for a full-beam master cabin. Expected to cost in the region of £500,000 ex VAT, the boat has been designed in conjunction with Pininfarina and the naval architect Bernard Olesinski. Further up the range, new V55 and V78 sportscruisers have been announced, along with a Y85 motoryacht. But…

6 min
uk news

Boat sharing club for Plymouth New venture opens at Yacht Haven Quay to counter decline in ownership Plymstock-based boatyard Yacht Haven Quay has become the latest venue in the UK to open a boat sharing club. The company has purchased a new 7m Beneteau Barracuda, fitted with a 200hp Suzuki outboard, for use by its members. The club is open to anyone 25 or over. An RYA Level 2 Powerboat certificate is required but the club says that it will help people to obtain the necessary qualification. Six months’ membership costs £999, which includes one-to-one training on the boat and all costs except fuel. Members will get a guaranteed two days of use per month, booked via a calendar app, with extra days available for purchase separately. Will Rahder, the manager, said: “Modern trends…

3 min
world news

Sea Ray sale U-turn Brunswick to keep Sea Ray but bigger boats face the axe Brunswick has scrapped plans to sell off its Sea Ray boat building operation after failing to secure strong enough offers for the company. The new direction, referred to by Brunswick chairman and CEO Mark Schwabero as ‘Plan B’, sees the group retain the business but refocus on building 25ft-40ft sportsboats and cruisers. Its larger sports yacht models over 40ft will be phased out. A total of 15 models face the chop, including the luxury L-Class line of flybridge cruisers, launched just four years ago to take on European builders at their own game. The company’s Sykes Creek and Palm Coast manufacturing facilities in Florida will close with potential job losses of over 800 employees. “Over the last several months, we…

4 min
tariffs on us-built boats

What is a trade tariff? A country can impose trade tariffs to try to restrict imports by applying an extra charge which makes them a less attractive purchase to businesses or consumers. Often this is done in a bid to protect domestic suppliers from foreign competition. So what is the situation with the US? Donald Trump mooted the idea of trade tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on aluminium imports back in March, when he claimed that these industries were “vital to our national security”. He initially granted exemptions so that different countries could negotiate. Those exemptions ran out for the EU on 31 May and the tariffs were imposed. What was the EU response? The EU has said that it will challenge the tariffs at the World Trade Organisation but in the…