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Motor Boat & Yachting August 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

SEE MORE mby.com/gz37 Whisper it quietly but this wretched virus might actually have some upsides for boating. With foreign holidays off the cards, limited opportunities to spend money and entire families stuck at home desperate for things to do, boating looks like a very appealing option. What better way to spend time together as a family while learning a new skill and maintaining your social distance from the worryingly crowded beaches than buying a boat, motoring out to a deserted bay and dropping the hook? SEE MORE mby.com/dunkirk It certainly helps explain why dealers have experienced an explosion in sales of stock boats. One broker we spoke to said that anything under £50,000 that was ready to go was flying out the door so fast it was ‘barely touching the sides’, while another…

1 min
close encounter

SEE MORE mby.com/bigpic As the shackles of lockdown have gently been unfastened we have all been rediscovering the joys of life on the water. For MBY Our Boats contributor Richard Hall this meant a trip on his Marex 310 from his home berth in Christchurch to Weymouth Bay, where he and his friends on another 310 were in for a bit of a surprise. Not one but five of the largest cruise ships on the water were all taking shelter, including two of the iconic Cunard Queens. “Up close they are all just brilliant feats of engineering,” he writes in his forthcoming Our Boats article, which you can read next month. This month it’s his boat, the Marex 310, which is in the spotlight. On p49 editor Hugo, dep ed Jack Haines…

12 min
this month’s 10

THE EDITOR’S VIEW… 1 BOATING BOOMS Interest in UK-based boating has rocketed since lockdown restrictions were eased in May. At the time of going to press (17 June) all four countries of the UK were able to go boating once again, although overnighting on board still wasn’t allowed and travel restrictions limited the distance people could travel to and from their boats in Scotland and Wales. Despite these limitations, dealers, brokers, marinas and chandleries have all reported a spike in sales as the combined effect of pent-up demand, restrictions on overseas travel and one of the driest and sunniest springs on record, encouraged people to seek out UK-based leisure activities. BROKERAGE BONANZA Nick Griffith, CEO of Ancasta, one of Europe’s biggest boat brokerage groups, reported that in the first 10 days of June his…

3 min

During lockdown Nick could see his boat but not get on it. A change in the rules means he can now go out on it during the day time but not stay overnight on it. Where’s the logic in that? We’re back on board at last! Two months of stepping around the pile of boat gear in my dining room (bedding, electronics, outboard motor–all destined to be taken to the boat the day after lockdown was announced) was a frustrating time, particularly as I wasn’t even allowed to step on board. During that initial lockdown phase, a drive to the boat could not, by anyone’s definition, be classed as an essential journey. However, I’m in the fortunate position of being able to walk to my boat (I never drive to it…

3 min
boat cuisine

THE HUT HAMPER DELIVERY, ISLE OF WIGHT When did you last have a takeaway delivered by a man in pink swimming trunks? Never? Well it happened to Mrs S and I the other day… The occasion was an onboard feast to celebrate the end of Lockdown Part One and the venue was Colwell Bay, a couple of miles short of the Needles on the Isle of Wight. We’d heard that one of our regular haunts, The Hut, was now offering hampers instead of tables, so we thought we’d give it a go. While not exactly unknown in the past, Solent takeaways now look set to become rather more prevalent, with establishments like The Hut leading the charge. One big advantage The Hut has is its launches. Previously used to ferry diners to and…

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@futurenet.com TOY TIME I was gagging to receive my July edition of MBY. My excitement to read something nautical had me leafing through old editions and watching lots of MBY and Aquaholic videos in between working from home and doing family stuff. So when it finally fell through the letterbox with a reassuring thud on the floor, I was very relieved! Firstly, what a great lockdown edition. Lots of variety and useful info as usual. Secondly, I think Nick Burnham’s column about living for the moment is spot on (The Boataholic, August). I am also fortunate enough to have some toys in the garage to play with but I had been…