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Motor Boat & Yachting October 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

Life is a precious, fleeting thing. I know this is not an original thought but every now and then we get a stark reminder of just how true it can be. Last month, while enjoying my two-week summer break larking about on boats in Poole, Peter Cumberlidge sent me his usual menu of feature ideas to pick from. Written with the same love and attention that a Michelin-starred chef lavishes on a signature dish, it is like a tasting menu of all the wonderful cruising stories that Peter has planned for the year ahead. It’s the highlight of my editorial calendar and culminates in a meeting, over a pie and a pint, where we flesh out the details and plot the running order. It’s such a joy to read that I…

10 min
this month’s 10

THE EDITOR’S VIEW… It’s great to see a yard with a reputation for serious performance boats building a viable ELECTRIC SPORTSBOAT. The limited range isn’t going to work for everyone but for most day boat owners, it’s probably not as restrictive as it sounds. I rarely do more than 20nm a day in mine. 1 FRAUSCHER’S ELECTRIFYING NEW SPORTSBOAT German performance boat builder Frauscher has launched its first all-electric planing sportsboat. Until now, the size and weight of the battery have limited the performance of its electric boats to displacement speeds but Frauscher is claiming a top speed of 27 knots for its latest craft. The 740 Mirage is powered by a Torqeedo Deep Blue 2400 100kW direct drive motor that is designed specifically for planing powerboats and, as the name suggests, spins to…

3 min
peter cumberlidge

This is the column we hoped we’d never have to write. For the last 38 years Peter Cumberlidge has been lighting up these pages with colourful, life-affirming tales about the joys of cruising. That light has now been extinguished after Peter lost his battle with cancer last month. It’s hard to believe that until a few weeks ago he was still sending in copy, correcting proofs and suggesting story ideas for the months ahead. It’s a testament to his remarkable work ethic and the tireless support of his wife and first mate Jane that the September issue of MBY appeared as usual with a typically uplifting column and seven-page feature, both written from Peter’s hospital bed. Such was his determination not to let his readers down that it never occurred to…

3 min
the boataholic

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love boats and love boating. I’ve even built an entire career out of it. And, of course, I have my own boat – the subject of this column – despite the fact that, as colleagues in the industry often point out, I, of all people, ought to know better. The only problem with a career and leisure time built around boating is that it is possible to become blasé, to forget just what unutterable joy boating can bring. Last year I met a wonderful lady called Marianne. Smart, sexy and funny, we hit it off instantly and have been pretty much inseparable ever since. Having been on and off the dating scene for a while (thankfully now firmly off), I had a golden…

3 min

I’ve just bought another restaurant and as head chef I need to hone my skills,” said one of the attendees as we stood in turn to introduce ourselves. “I’ve just bought another hotel and I’ll be running the kitchen for the first year so I need to polish my skills as well,” said another, whilst a third added, “I’m in the Army Catering Corps and I’ve been sent here from Brunei expand my cookery skills.” As the last of the ten attendees to the Ashburton Cookery School’s week-long cookery course which Lin, my wife, had purchased for my 2003 Christmas present, I stood up and somewhat awkwardly said, ‘‘I can’t cook. I never have cooked, but I’d like to learn, please.” The course was hands on from the very start. After an…

4 min
your mby

BANG FOR BUCK Having been an avid reader and boater for about 40 years I would like to point out that the price you pay for your boat does not always relate to the enjoyment you receive! My latest acquisition was bought in the belief that all the latest gizmos would enhance boating pleasure, but after six months ownership of a late-model 55-footer with low hours and professional maintenance, I’ve experienced a number of problems. The state-of-the-art hydraulic bathing platform has developed a leak allowing it to slowly drop. The electric windows seem like a good idea, but not when either the mechanism or motor fails. Even the VHF radio requires a little bit of reprogramming periodically. Talking to fellow boaters, there now appears a growing body of opinion that quality craft built around…