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Motor Boat & Yachting The Adventure Issue

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

I first came across Harry Hornby almost exactly three years ago. He emailed me out of the blue to thank MBY for the used boat report and video we’d recently published on the DALE 45 CLASSIC. It had inspired him to make the switch from sail to power by purchasing one of the actual boats featured. His only complaint was that if anything we’d underestimated the exceptional style, build quality and after-sales service of the team at Dale, as he and his wife Tricia had discovered on the cruise back from South Wales to Inverness. “Our first trip from Milford Haven to Arklow across the Irish Sea in a Force 6-7 astonished us with the comfort and sea-kindliness at over 20 knots,” he wrote adding. “All being well we will cross…

1 min
midnight mass

MBY reader Harry Hornby spent three summers exploring Scandinavia in his Dale Classic 45, taking full advantage of the long summer days to explore the parts that visiting boats rarely reach. This shot was taken at exactly ten minutes past midnight on 27 July, 2018 looking across Vestfjorden in Northern Norway to the Lofoten archipelago — often referred to as the Lofoten Wall due to its impenetrable appearance. Having survived the long dark days of winter this far north, the locals make the most of the 24hr summer daylight by pouring out along the coastline in craft like this sturdy little Viknes, often staying out fishing or cruising until long after the rest of us are safely tucked up in bed. You can see more of Harry’s stunning photographs and…

11 min
this month’s 10

1 NEW LONDON YACHT SHOW British Marine is backing plans to relaunch a major new boat show in London in the spring. Informa Exhibitions, which already runs the successful Monaco and Fort Lauderdale boat shows, has taken over the old London On Water show with a view to turning it into a bigger and better event. The show takes place in May at St Katharine Docks, close to the City of London and yards from Tower Bridge. In previous years it has been a relatively small event but with Informa’s resources and the backing of British Marine, which runs the Southampton Boat Show, hopes are high that it will put a London boat show back on the international calendar. “We’ve taken this show on for what it can be, not what it is,”…

2 min
cruising life

During our recent jaunt to the south of France, I was reminded how important tides are in our normal cruising. While I enjoy Mediterranean boating, there is something slightly unreal about coasts where the sea level stays constant. After a while I hanker after that enchanting tidal magic which adds life to Channel harbours and estuaries, changing their characters throughout the day. There have been some spectacular tides at home this season. We were in Brittany for one of the largest of the year, with high water at St Malo more than 13m above chart datum, and low barely half a metre. Equivalent to the height of three double-decker buses, this dramatic rise and fall is easily explained by scientists but seems almost mystical when you see it happen. Low water is…

3 min
the boataholic

Cruising the Exeter Ship Canal is something I planned four years ago with Smuggler’s Blues 1, however, come the allotted week, the heavens opened and stayed open, so we had to abort. This time my good friend Sue Weston organised it so it was just a case of turning up at 5pm at Thatcher Rock in Torbay the day I came back from a (fantastic) Jimmy Buffett concert in Paris. I pretty much ran into the house, dumped one bag, grabbed another and headed for the marina. The plan was to run the boats around to Exmouth Marina and spend the night there before heading upriver the following morning. It was a grey blustery day as Millie and I met Sue and her husband Matt and headed east along the coast.…

3 min
classic car racing

Motorsport has been a passion of mine even longer than boats have. My father ran car dealerships so petrol was in my blood from an early age. I started racing Minis when I was 17 and progressed through the ranks to saloon car racing. In 1989 I won the British Production Saloon Car Championship in a BMW M3, providing a route into the world of the British Touring Car Championship. They were heady times and I competed hard for three years before selling my race car and switching to the British GT Championship in a Porsche. When I wasn’t racing or working in the family business, my escape from it all was boating. My father was a Princess owner and when he died in 1990 I bought my own Princess 32…