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Motor Boat & Yachting Dec-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

The trouble with testing new boats is precisely that – they’re new. Unlike car companies, that happily run entire fleets of brand new vehicles for journalists to abuse (aka road test), boat manufacturers are a little more circumspect. Even hull No 1 is sold to an owner and the last thing he or she wants is scribblers like us crawling all over it, racking up engine hours and trying to find the limits of its ride, handling and performance. As a result a lot of our boat tests are restricted to a few hours pounding up and down a stretch of water, putting it through its paces in the limited time the boat is available to us. Don’t get me wrong, you can still learn a lot from this but not…

1 min
titian flair

It takes a certain bravado to name your latest model after one of Italy’s most famous Renaissance painters, especially when it’s built thousands of miles away in Cornwall. Then again Cockwells has never shied away from a challenge and its small but dedicated team of craftsmen are artists in their own right – they just happen to work in wood rather than paint. So when a suitably well-heeled female customer walked into its Mylor Creek yard, flicked through a book of its design concept sketches and asked the team to build her one of these beauties, they decided to call it the Titian Tender. Before she whisked it away to its new home in Monaco, where she uses it for day trips and fishing expeditions (no really, there’s even a rod-holder…

12 min
this month’s 10

THE EDITOR’S VIEW… While it’s a shame that SUNSEEKER IS GOING OVERSEAS to build its new flagship it makes perfect sense to tap into a respected superyacht yard with the expertise to build in aluminium. GRP is not really a viable option at this size. 1 SUNSEEKER GOES ALUMINIUM! Sunseeker has released computer renderings of its largest ever boat and the first one made of metal. The new 49-metre 161 Yacht, due to be launched in 2021, will be built out of aluminium in partnership with Dutch builder ICON Yachts. It features a fast displacement hull and a striking new look designed by Sunseeker’s Poole-based team, but will be built at the Dutch yard’s facility in Harlingen, Holland – the first time a Sunseeker has been built outside the UK. Dubbed ‘Sunseeker by ICON’, the…

2 min
cruising life

Returning from the Baltic one summer via the Kiel Canal, we carried a sluicing ebb down the Elbe emerging into an unusually calm North Sea. Heligoland was planned as the next staging post, a strange red sandstone outcrop about 15 miles offshore, but conditions were perfect for hanging a left to Wangerooge – the most easterly and least pronounceable of the German Frisian Islands. I’ve been drawn to this area over the years because it features in Erskine Childers’ classic 1903 novel The Riddle of the Sands, which I think contains some of the most evocative writing about small boat cruising you’ll find anywhere. The German Frisians form a 50-mile chain of low sandy islands a few miles off the flat, virtually featureless Lower Saxony mainland. Between each pair of islands, a…

3 min
the boataholic

Nostalgia. It ain’t what it used to be… For years I’ve been saying that I’m sure we had ‘proper’ summers when I was a lad. Endless blue summer skies, windows open all day long and, most importantly, the ability to organise a weekend in advance without attaching the ‘if the weather’s OK’ caveat to every plan. People my age tend to nod wisely, while younger heads mutter about rose-tinted glasses. But this year has been a proper summer, just like the ones I remember. It has been brilliant. Yes, it wasn’t ideal for gardeners and farmers, which is unfortunate, but it’s not as though we voted for weeks of unbroken sunshine so I’m not going to feel guilty about making the most of them. Likewise, the doom-mongers point to global warming,…

2 min

My passion for boats started in 1969 when I was just four years old. My parents took me and my three brothers on holiday to France but my father got so frustrated with the overcrowded beaches that he bought a secondhand 13ft Dory to escape the crowds. We towed it back home with us and from that moment on we never looked back. Mum made us all wetsuits from a DIY pattern, Dad fashioned a pair of wooden skis from a kit, and we grew up messing about on the water around Langstone Harbour. The Dory was upgraded to something called a Blagg 380, followed by a Delta, before he settled on a Boston Whaler. I loved that boat and promised myself that if I ever got a boat it…