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Motor Boat & Yachting April 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

How times change. Back in 2012 at the height of the last recession I remember traipsing through the halls at the Düsseldorf boat show desperately searching for new models to write about. Other than a Bavaria 39 Sport there wasn’t a single major launch from any of the mainstream manufacturers. Fast forward to 2020 and every stand I stopped at seemed to be unveiling a new model, or in some cases, two. We’ve managed to include 16 of them in this issue but even that meant leaving another half dozen for next month’s magazine. That’s an awful lot of enticing new boats to get excited about and yet none of them impressed me as much as the 44ft flybridge I went to view on the Thames last month. I’d never…

11 min
the 10 key boating stories you need to read

THE EDITOR’S VIEW… Wide body designs that push side decks up a level are not a new idea but so far it has been the preserve of superyachts with crew to deal with lines and fenders. It will be interesting to see how owners take to it. 1 PRESTIGE LAUNCHES CROSSOVER RANGE Prestige is launching a brand new range of X-Line crossover yachts. Offering exceptional space in a wide-beam design, the new models will complement the French yard’s existing range of flybridges and sportscruisers. First to arrive will be the X70 at the Cannes boat show in September. Sharing its hull with the Prestige 680 but featuring a radically different deck and superstructure, ure, it is being likened to having your own private floating island. Central to this claim is an innovative layout that puts…

3 min
the boataholic

The format for the Cowes Torquay powerboat race is roughly the same every year. Me and my race boat mad friend Adrian wander down to the end of Haldon Pier to watch the boats in. One by one they appear, hurtling into the bay, racing across the line before throttling back, describing a lazy turn to starboard and rumbling throatily into Torquay Harbour. A stroll past the wet pit pontoon follows. About midday we adjourn to Smuggler’s Blues 2 and motor past the massed throng to admire the boats from water level before taking our place amongst the spectator boats inside Turn One so that we can enjoy the thunder of a gazillion unsilenced horsepower. It’s brilliant! In 2019, to Adrian’s apoplectic fury, the race was run as a single leg…

3 min
boat cuisine

THE BEST-DRESSED CRAB BEMBRIDGE, ISLE OF WIGHT If you, like me, are a shellfish lover, then make note to steer a course to the easternmost tip of the Isle of Wight sometime soon. For here, tucked away in a corner of Bembridge’s picturesque harbour, is a restaurant serving shellfish as fresh and delicious as you will find anywhere. And that’s no overstatement, for this particular eatery is located on a pontoon where the catch is delivered direct from the boat literally onto its doorstep and straight into the pan – shellfish devotees couldn’t ask for more! But, as proprietor Graham Henley explains, the irony is that The Best Dressed Crab was never intended to be a restaurant: ‘My father Archie fished the waters around Bembridge for crab, lobster and prawns for 55 years, so…

1 min
next issue on sale 2 april

PRINCESS F45 Exclusive test of the yard’s latest entry-level flybridge and the first to feature IPS drives. Is it a game-changer in its segment? LIVEABOARD LIFEBOAT How two budding architects bagged a secondhand lifeboat for £7,000 and turned it into their very own liveaboard all-weather cruiser CUSTOM YACHTING 30 extra pages of news, reviews and features on the best 70-120ft motoryachts, including a sneak peak at the new Princess X95 CONTACT MBY: Email mby@ti-media.com Write Motor Boat & Yachting, Pinehurst 2, Pinehurst Road, Farnborough Business Park, Hampshire, GU14 7BF…

5 min
your mby

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 COUNTING THE COST In response to Cormac Brady’s letter about the costs of running a boat (March MBY), I can offer my experience. Just before we bought our 1998 Sealine F43 back in 2015, my wife also asked to know the running costs. As she was the one paying for it, she had a point. So I meticulously researched it, made up spreadsheets, costings, columns and rows, all of which just about put her off. In the end it was visiting boats for sale that hooked her and she hasn’t really worried about the costs since. Our F43 is a wonderful cruising boat with plenty of room for me,…