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Motor Boat & Yachting February 2020

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

As a rule I try to avoid sweeping statements but this time I’m going to jump right in with both feet and hope they don’t end up lodged firmly in my mouth. How is it that a country which builds many of the ugliest, poorest finished, worst handling cars on the planet also builds some of the most beautiful, richly detailed, sweet-driving boats? I am referring, of course, to North America and more specifically to the four boats we have tested in this issue. I’m aware that, if we’re going to be pedantic, the PALM BEACH 50 is actually built in Taiwan and that LEXUS is a Japanese brand but, as Donald Trump likes to say, that is ‘fake news’. The former is now part of the Grand Banks Group, with…

1 min
curves in all the right places

When it comes to selecting an image that really rocks our boat each month we nearly always end up choosing one of a boat punching through a wave or powering through a turn. But every now and then it’s good to be reminded of that other, more peaceful side of boating. The gentle burble of a diesel engine as the hull slips effortlessly through the water, the soothing warmth of the sun on your back and the sight of lush green lawns rolling down to meet the water’s edge. And what better way to enjoy this quintessentially British scene than from the helm of one of America’s prettiest craft, Hinckley’s R34 – the open version of the iconic Picnic Boat. That’s the kind of special relationship we can all get…

10 min
the 10 key boating stories you need to read

THE EDITOR’S VIEW … Gullwing doors seem to be the design feature of the moment. The new Axopar 37 has a pair of them and now Sessa has gone this route too. I look forward to seeing if they bring real benefits to end users or are simply a trendy styling fad and yet another thing to go wrong. 1 SESSA GOES GULL WING Sessa is launching an innovative new ‘gullwing’ model at Boot Düsseldorf later this month. Called the Fly 68 Gullwing it features a pair of extra wide top-hinged doors that open on either side of the main deck like seagull wings. Electrically operated, they also fold in half as they rise to avoid extending beyond the beam of the boat. Designed in collaboration with Centrostile Design, they allow quick and…

1 min
next issue on sale 6 february

ITALIAN STALLIONS We test three exciting new models from Absolute, Pardo and Cranchi that represent the new wave of fun and functional Italian design BACK FROM THE BRINK After seeing his beloved Ferretti flybridge almost destroyed by a freak storm, MBY reader Edgar Peer restores it to its former glory AWARDS WINNERS We reveal all the winners of the 2020 Motor Boat Awards and explain why our jury rates them so highly CONTACT Email mby@ti-media.com Write Motor Boat & Yachting, Pinehurst 2, Pinehurst Road, Farnborough Business Park, Hampshire, GU14 7BF…

4 min
your mby have your say in print and online

YOUR PHOTO OF THE MONTH wins a handheld Icom IC-M25 Euro VHF Marine Transceiver worth £169! Send your best photo to us at mby@ti-media.com STIRLING WORK The boat which your reader Michael Finn was struggling to identify (Your MBY, Jan 2020) is a Stirling Sabre 29. I know this because my dad and I fitted one out in our driveway in the 70s. We found out about it in MBY (dad and I had our own copies so we didn’t have to wait for the other to read it!) The kit included the hull, decks, superstructure, window frames, steering console and cabin door but we had to fit everything else ourselves. My dad was a very capable woodworker and cabinet maker and built the interior in mahogany. We had a 188hp Mercruiser petrol sterndrive fitted,…

3 min
the boataholic

For various reasons I ran out of time to antifoul my boat this year, so I asked a local marine engineer. He did a terrific job – far more thorough than I usually do, he even removed the bow thruster and painted inside the prop tunnel and the thruster prop. It was an almost perfect job… This is the first boat I’ve owned with a bow thruster. It’s not something I’d have chosen to fit on a boat of this size but since it’s there, I always switch it on prior to berthing and check it’s operational with a quick flick of the joystick. And it does come in handy occasionally. A few weeks after launch, heading into harbour, I gave it a flick only to be rewarded with a noise…