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Motor Boat & Yachting May 2019

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

Think Dutch boats and the chances are your mind will paint a picture of some sturdy steel displacement cruiser that could have been designed at any point in the last 30 years. It’s a perfectly natural assumption and there are plenty of yards that still turn out these timeless and still very appealing craft. But there are also a growing number of Dutch designers and manufacturers building some of the most innovative and exciting craft in the world. Take some of the boats we’ve tested in this issue. The ZEELANDER Z44 isn’t just extraordinarily beautiful, it’s also fast, exceptionally refined and dripping with exquisite detailing. Then there’s the KEIZER 42, which brings elegant retro styling and fast but efficient cruising within reach of a more mainstream production market. But the boat…

1 min
heavy metal

Seeing a Linssen outside of its natural inland habitat is a rare treat so we couldn’t pass up this opportunity to publish a photograph of the Grand Sturdy 500 AC Variotop a few boat lengths off the Needles. The flagship of the Dutch yard’s Grand Sturdy range was in the UK for a photo shoot and we seized the chance to test it away from the placid inland routes of its home country. With this all-new boat, Linssen’s pursuit of refinement has reached new levels of excellence, enabling the yard to produce one of the most relaxing displacement cruisers that we’ve tested in some time. How does it cope away from the canals, though? Turn to p50 to find out.…

12 min
this month’s 10

1 SUNSEEKER SUPERBOAT UNLEASHED It has taken its time coming but after years of speculation Sunseeker has revealed its first proper performance boat in over a decade. Sunseeker describes the Hawk 38 as its ‘most technically advanced performance boat ever’ and with a claimed top speed of 62 knots (70mph), it’s set to be one of its fastest as well. The brand new triple-stepped hull has been designed by Sunseeker in partnership with Italian racing legend Fabio Buzzi, reviving the link first forged 18 years ago with the 65-knot Sunseeker XS 2000. FB Design will also build the hull and deck before shipping it to the UK for fit out at race boat specialists Supermarine Powerboats in Lymington. Power comes from a pair of 400hp supercharged straight six Mercury R400 outboard engines, although Yamaha’s…

2 min
cruising life

The view of the Fal estuary from the grounds of Trelissick House is mesmerising For home waters cruising that feels slightly abroad, Cornwall takes some beating. With its Celtic culture and salty history, this almost mystical peninsula west of the Tamar creates an uplifting change of outlook for boat crews who catch its vibes. The ancient ties with Brittany seem to enhance this experience, although Cornish pilotage is much simpler and the tides are quite modest. Cornwall’s south coast is surprisingly soft and has three glorious rivers. Fowey is a jewel, its narrow mouth opening to a natural harbour as you slip in between two castles. Further west, the Helford has been a cruising classic since Victorian times, a timeless place with no marina to jar the mood. But as a holiday base,…

2 min
the boataholic

A wise man once told me that you start boating with two large buckets, one, labelled ‘experience’ is empty, the other, ‘luck’, is full. The trick is to fill the ‘experience’ bucket before the ‘luck’ bucket runs out. I know exactly what he means. I recall some of my early boating exploits with horror. I was 20 years old and therefore knew everything. Some friends had bought a Sea Ray 200CC and I had volunteered to run it to Dartmouth to be lifted. Off I went, with a VHF that turned out to have a flat battery and not a lot else, into what proved to be a sea big enough that I was throttling back to neutral as I came off the top of each wave to avoid taking off,…

3 min
my car collection

My father’s interest in cars was close to zero, as long as there was fuel in the tank and it had a roof, he was happy. Having four wheels wasn’t a necessity either; he once suggested swapping the family Mini out for a three-wheeled Reliant but Mum made it quite clear that if he did, then he would no longer be married. So how have I ended up with a car collection big enough to mean insurance renewal now involves lunch with the boss of the insurance company? It’s a question I often ask myself too, as it certainly wasn’t passed down from my parents. I initially became mildly obsessed with the VW Beetle (which is not something I often admit in public). Fortunately, my first job saved me as my company…