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Motor Boat & Yachting Nov-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

2 min

Has the price of new boats got a bit silly of late? It’s a debate that has been raging on the mby.com forum for a while now and I’m still not sure what the answer is. Take one of the boats in this issue. When we tested the FAIRLINE TARGA 44 in 2007 the starting price was £381,875 inc VAT. The new FAIRLINE TARGA 43 tested on p72 starts at £608,280. On the face of it that’s a pretty big leap in 11 years but the world has changed a lot since then, as have customer expectations. For starters, the new Targa 43 is actually a much bigger boat than the old 44 – it’s 19in longer, 11in wider and a whopping 3ft 10in taller. That’s a lot of extra raw…

1 min
back to the future

Carving a trench in a patch of Mediterranean south of the Lérins Islands off Cannes, the Fairline Targa 43 Open carries the weight of expectation on its curvaceous shoulders. This Alberto Mancini design joins a Targa model line that has produced some of the greatest sportscruisers ever built, from the game-changing Targa 33 of the 1980s to the supremely talented Targa 47 and the original Olesinski-designed Targa 43 itself. Times have changed though, and for most customers living space is king so the brief is trickier than it used to be. Yes, the boat needs to perform and look the business but a full-beam owner’s cabin, two spacious bathrooms and a tender garage are now a must too. This is the boat that will define the modern era of Fairline;…

12 min
this month’s 10

THE EDITOR’S VIEW… Princess may be winning the PR battle with its FOILING R35 but we’ve yet to see how good it is to drive and how relevant it is to buyers. FAIRLINE’S TARGA 43 hasn’t caused as big a splash but we do know from our sea trial and a bunch of pre-orders that it’s delivering on both fronts. 1 BRITISH STARS STEAL THE SHOW Princess and Fairline stole the limelight at the autumn boat shows thanks to two genuine showstoppers. Princess wowed the crowds with its revolutionary foiling R35, while Fairline won plaudits for its classy new Targa 43 sportscruiser. Both companies built two of each new model, enabling them to hold simultaneous launches at the Cannes and Southampton boat shows. Fairline took advantage of the opportunity to show a different layout option…

2 min
cruising life

We enjoyed a glorious summer here in Devon. Start Bay was calm for weeks, with canoeists outnumbering motor boats and yachts on some occasions. There were also plenty of paddleboarders, not just splashing about in the shallows but purposefully tracking close inshore between Dartmouth and Start Point. This fabulous coast has beautiful coves and beaches for boarders to stop at, with great cafés and pubs to hand. When I think about it, there seem to be paddleboarders everywhere. Jane’s sports physio recently paddled from Scilly to Land’s End – 27 miles on the chart but much further if the tide turns foul. One of our nephews lives in Australia, north of Sydney, and he paddles to work from his private jetty. Earlier this season we stayed a while in Perros-Guirec, an attractive…

3 min
the boataholic

Should a hurricane not leave you for dead, it will make you stronger. Don’t try to explain it, just nod your head, breathe in, breathe out, move on… It’s a Sunday afternoon, a significant birthday weekend, and I’m alone aboard Smuggler’s Blues 2 in the marina, just enjoying being afloat, listening to Jimmy Buffett, reading a book and feeling at peace with the world. I came across Jimmy’s music on a trip to the States a few years ago and I adore it. A keen sailor, his lyrics speak of life, love and boating. I nearly named the boat after his song Bama Breeze. I’d recently had cause to breathe in, breathe out and move on, after being unceremoniously dumped via text message by a lady I thought might have actually been…

2 min
my ferrari replica

My passion for vehicles started in 1967 when I was legally old enough to ride a scooter for the first time. I’d bought a 1960 Lambretta 125 a few months earlier and spent hours renovating it, polishing up the chrome and adding all the mod regalia so that it was ready to roll when I turned 16. I loved the freedom it gave me but the girls were less keen on riding pillion when it rained so I bought an Isetta bubble car. It only had three wheels but it had a roof and I was allowed to drive it on my bike licence. Within a week of my 17th birthday I’d passed my test and replaced the Isetta with a Morris Minor that cost me £25 including a new…