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Motor Boat & Yachting June 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

SEE MORE mby.com/brig I hesitate to compare boating trends to something as unloved as politics but I can’t help noticing that buyers seem to be deserting the middle ground in favour of the two extremes. Either they seem to be buying bigger boats but cruising around more slowly in them (which explains the shift towards motor cats and long distance trawler yachts) or they’re buying smaller boats and packing them with bigger engines so they can get to the beach first and still be back in time for dinner (witness the explosion of 25-45ft day boats toting multiple outboards and speeds of more than 40 knots). It’s the latter we are focussing on in this issue and what a feast we’ve got for you. As well as two world exclusives – we’re…

1 min
game changer

In January 2018 we received spy shots of a mysterious sportsboat snapped outside one of the sheds at the Ben Ainslie Racing facility in Portsmouth. This sparse prototype had a garish, multicolored hull wrap and a pair of sterndrives but little else to distinguish what it was or who was responsible for it. As more details came to light it transpired that the usually conservative Princess Yachts had been working alongside BAR Technologies and Pininfarina to create a carbon fibre sportsboat capable of 50 knots and fitted it with a pair of active foils. Almost exactly a year since we were allowed a brief drive of that futuristic prototype we were invited back to Plymouth to sea trial the finished boat. Does it live up to expectations? Find out in…

11 min
this month’s 10

1 THREE NEW AZIMUTS FOR 2019 Azimut Benetti Group is celebrating its 50th anniversary with three new models for 2019. The Atlantis 45 is likely to be of most interest to UK buyers as it replaces the popular Atlantis 43, 140 of which were built during its four years in production. The 45’s styling has been brought up to date with details that echo the Atlantis 51 such as a near vertical bow and longer hull windows. The big change is the propulsion system. Where the 43 was only available with sterndrives, the new model moves to IPS600 pod drives, with engine power increasing slightly from 400hp to 425hp each. No performance claims have yet been made for this new model. THE EDITOR’S VIEW… After a couple of quiet years Azimut is on a new…

2 min
cruising life

The Thames Estuary is classic motor boat country and I enjoy cruising here when we get the chance. For us the east coast feels almost as foreign as Holland, with its sandbanks, shoal water and low flat shores. We are used to solid cliffs and plenty of depth, so being out of sight of land with only a few metres under the keel is a strange experience. But the moody atmosphere of the east coast is seductive and I particularly like the River Blackwater, which meets the north side of the Thames Estuary five miles west of Clacton-on-Sea. You approach across a seriously shallow spit and follow the buoys between Mersea Island to starboard and the old Bradwell power station to port. The stark slab-sided power station has been part of…

2 min
the boataholic

I always seem to be cursed whenever it comes to launching or recovering at the start or end of the season. For one reason or another I never make the launch or lift-out dates. Last year my lift out was cancelled due to the lack of an outdrive after The Crab Pot Incident, the year before it was a flat tyre on the travel lift. So it was no surprise that when launch date arrived, it was blowing a gale. No way was I going to attempt to bring the boat back up the coast to Torquay from the River Dart, so we waited a few days but the wind was still howling. However, the boat blocked in by SB2 was due to launch that afternoon and the forecast was for…

3 min
marine filmmaking

I did my first dive aged 17 using borrowed kit from a fisherman – and I was hooked! When my law firm in Cornwall started making money I went to visit a friend in Grand Cayman along with a brand new Hi8 camera and housing. Until then I’d never even used a video camera above water or below. I got lucky – I sold my first film, edited in a local surf video studio, to National Geographic, and my next, based in Costa Rica, to Discovery Channel. For a few years I tried to balance two careers, but my heart was elsewhere and 20 years ago I sold my law firm to become a full-time filmmaker Since then it’s been an amazing ride. I’ve filmed and produced more than 30 underwater documentaries that…