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Motor Boat & Yachting May 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

What a difference a month makes. When we started work on this issue we were busy gearing up for THE NEW SEASON, planning boat tests and commissioning cruising stories all across the UK and Europe. As I write this now, most of the world is in lockdown and everyone, myself included, is more concerned about their health, their finances and their dwindling supplies of loo paper than where to cruise this summer or what type of antifouling to use. That’s exactly as it should be. Even I know that health and happiness is vastly more important than a few extra barnacles on your hull. That said, the last thing you want to read about in a boat magazine is yet more doom and gloom, so while I don’t think it…

1 min
day dreamer

Isn’t this what boating is all about? A warm summer’s day, crystal clear water, good company and a fast but comfortable open day boat in which to enjoy it. The folk at Nimbus certainly think so and have designed the new T11 to fulfil that very brief. We’ve been out testing it in the Solent, where conditions weren’t quite as perfect as in this Menorcan bay, but given the travel bans affecting so many European countries at the time of going to press, maybe that was no bad thing. We were still able to sea trial its efficient stepped hull, admire the four different seating modes of its fabulously versatile cockpit and check out its surprisingly comfortable sleeping arrangements. You can see for yourself what we made of it on…

12 min
this month’s

THE EDITOR’S VIEW… Other than the occasional superyacht or record-breaker nobody seems to have made a serious attempt at building a production power-tri but these new LEENS seem to make a lot of sense. If they turn out to be as efficient, spacious and stable as they claim, they could be onto a winner. 1 BIRTH OF THE ‘POWER-TRI’ French multi-hull specialist Neel is set to launch the first ever production range of long-distance power trimarans. The yard, which has been successfully building and selling Neel sailing trimarans for over 10 years, now plans to develop a dedicated range of blue-water power trimarans under the brand name Leen (Neel spelled backwards). First to arrive will be a Leen 56 in early 2021, followed shortly after by a Leen 72. As well as an extensive…

3 min
sheer joy!

I think it was Jeremy Clarkson who coined the phrase ‘Concorde moment’ to describe the exact point that something peaks, only to never reach those highs again. Concorde travelled at more than twice the speed of sound to deliver its passengers from London to New York in three hours. There is nothing in commercial flight like it anymore, it was the high point of the commercial aviation industry. In 2010 I was invited to drive the original Miami Vice Scarab. Regular readers will know what a huge Vice fan I am, my own boat is named after an episode: Smuggler’s Blues. Getting to drive an actual boat from the series (which had been fully restored) was like a Trekkie hitching a ride on the Starship Enterprise. I had two unbelievable, unforgettable…

2 min
boat cuisine

THE JOLLY SAILOR OLD BURSLEDON, HANTS The Jolly Sailor is a pub, and a jolly good one at that. An unrivalled location, an excellent selection of beers, wines and spirits, and indoor, outdoor and covered seating areas too; this place has it all. One of the three interior sections is a dedicated full-service restaurant, while those seated elsewhere can order food at the bar. It’s flexible, fun, dog friendly and, needless to say, busy. On our lunchtime visit, we decided to sit in the saloon and order from the bar. The all-day menu offers multiple options ranging from light nibbles to a full three-course blow-out. With ten starters and 13 mains listed, there’s possibly a little too much choice to my way of thinking – can any establishment really do that number of…

1 min
getting there by boat

Head up the Hamble to Old Bursledon and the Jolly Sailor will be on your port side, just before the Elephant Boatyard. The pub does have its own landing stage for small boats and dinghies, but it’s a drying berth, so plan accordingly. Alternatively, a limited number of short-term and overnight visitors moorings are available at the Elephant Boatyard or Deacons Marina next door. While you can walk to the Jolly Sailor along the shoreline from the Elephant, if you end up at Deacons and don’t have a dinghy be prepared for a 15-minute march up and over a steep hill, as it’s separated from the Elephant by an impenetrable security fence. A third alternative would be to berth across the river at Swanwick Marina.…