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Motor Boat & Yachting July 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

Necessity is the mother of invention, so they say, and I have to admit that being stuck at home with no option to test or photograph boats has forced us to be even more creative than usual with our content this month. We did manage to find one pre-lockdown sea trial of a SIRENA 88 – we all need something to dream about – but every other article was researched, written, edited and designed from our respective homes. At the risk of appearing boastful, I think it has resulted in one of the best issues ever. There really is something for everyone, from real-life cruising adventures on a 25ft pocket cruiser to an electric FOILING SPORTSBOAT via SUNSEEKER’S greatest ever boats and a new type of ZERO-CARBON DIESEL. We’ve even…

1 min
two’s company…

Power catamarans have boomed in popularity recently and for good reason. On top of their well publicised benefits – most obviously living space – but also stability, ride and efficiency, they now boast the styling, finish and quality levels that make them a seriously tempting alternative to the best monohull cruising yachts. Fountaine-Pajot’s MY range of powercats has garnered particular praise thanks to their stylish, spacious interiors and use of IPS to negate concerns over close-quarters handling. In this issue, we pit the MY40 against a fierce monohull rival in the shape of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 41 to see just how far the power cat has come and how well it stacks up against the cream of Beneteau’s trawler range. Which is the easiest to handle? The best long-range…

13 min
this month’s 10

1 BOATING IS BACK! Boat-owners and watersports enthusiasts in England are celebrating going back to their boats after seven weeks of lockdown. Boris Johnson announced the gradual easing of restrictions on 10 May with confirmation coming three days later that, “all forms of watersports practised on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed.” However, at the time of going to press on 20 May, boaters in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were still being told to stay at home. France, Spain and Italy have also started to ease restrictions, although it’s not yet clear when British owners with boats based overseas will be able to travel to them or whether they…

3 min
the boataholic

Just before the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK I treated myself to a beautiful gleaming black Mercedes Benz SL400. It’s an incredibly high-specification Edition model, limited to 130 vehicles of which only 42 had the Luxury Package. Which is why mine has such pointless yet strangely brilliant features as power closing doors, seats that massage you as you drive and suspension so sophisticated that it can be made to gently lean the car into a turn as you take it. It even has Level Two autonomous driving. It is utterly fantastic in every way, the best car in the world, but is currently quite useless. It sits on my drive, gathering dust and depreciating, stymied by the coronavirus lockdown. Meanwhile, a couple of miles away, Smuggler’s Blues 2 (my other folly)…

3 min
boat cuisine

THE IVY MARLOW GARDEN For more than 100 years, The Ivy restaurant in the heart of London’s Theatreland has been a favoured haunt of celebs and actors. Now – perhaps taking a cue from its luvvie clientele – the brand has gone on tour, and today more than 30 Ivy Collection grills and brasseries are to be found dotted around the UK. For boaters on the upper reaches of the Thames, The Ivy Marlow Garden is the one to head for. A ten-minute stroll from Marlow Lock, the brasserie is ideally located for a battery recharge following a gruelling transit of the 14 locks from Teddington that lead to this tranquil and picturesque location. From the outside, with its modest sage green façade subtly blending into the surrounding High Street architecture, the establishment is…

4 min
your mby

OVERNIGHT SENSATION I note with concern that several operators of marinas in England have written to berth holders saying that the updated Covid 19 regulations permit daytime boating from 13/03/2020 but do not permit staying on board overnight. Advice on British Marine’s website states the same. I am not convinced these communications are correct. They may be based on government guidance regarding holiday homes, especially item 1.9 of “Coronavirus outbreak FAQ’s” published on www.gov.uk, but that guidance and the law itself are being misinterpreted. This matters, because virus-spreading risk is obviously reduced for weekend boaters if they sleep on their boats rather than driving back home on Saturday evening and back again on Sunday morning, with stops for fuel and refreshment etc. Under the relevant law (Google “Statutory Instruments 350 2020” and be…