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Motor Boat & Yachting February 2021

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
R 99,40
R 756,75
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
welcome…

I am constantly amazed by what our readers get up to in their spare time and none more so than the two who have shared their stories this month. Colin Le Comte so enjoys cruising the French coastline around his native Guernsey (he’s writing about WESTERN BRITTANY in this issue) that he’s set up a website to share detailed information on all the local harbours and marinas he’s visited. But even his efforts pale in comparison next to Swedish subscriber Tommy Montaigne, who decided his 2009 PRINCESS V48 lacked one crucial feature — a set of folding glass doors at the back of the hardtop. Given that Princess never offered this as an option, it was always going to be a complex task but, undeterred, he set about designing, engineering…

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1 min
circles of life

We are used to seeing photographs of sportsboats carving perfect white circles in a pristine blue sea but it’s rare to see something as large as this new Custom Line 30m running such a tight set of rings. Either the Ferretti Group is keen to show off its nimble handling or they are making a subtle reference to its design ethos that is said to “unite the architectural language of the maritime tradition, living materials, fine craftsmanship and the power of light, encompassing them in a perfect circle”. Either way, it is a mighty impressive looking craft that we’ll be covering in more detail later in the year.…

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11 min
the 10 key boating stories you need to read

THE EDITOR’S VIEW… I’ve always been a big fan of Flemings. They just seem so well engineered for dependable CRUISING comfort. However, given that a low centre of gravity has always been a key part of that design philosophy, it will be interesting to see how this tallies with a taller TRI-DECK design 1 BIGGEST EVER FLEMING Fleming has released computer renderings of its all-new flagship, the 85. The first Fleming to be offered with the option of a fully enclosed flybridge, it turns this substantial long-range cruising yacht into a mini-trideck superyacht. As part of the changes, the standard raised bridge gets pushed up to the top deck and a large open plan galley and dining area fill the space it normally occupies forward on the main deck. Building on the success of…

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3 min
aquaholic

As usual, taking the boat out of the water at the end of the season turned into a complicated affair. The theory is easy: book lift-out slot, motor round on the appropriate day, lift out. The reality never measures up. I winter the boat ashore at MDL’s Dartside Quay facility on the River Dart. The river is about half an hour along the coast from Torquay, it’s a lovely run on a nice day. However the forecast was threatening fierce winds, so I decided to take the boat around early and moor it at Darthaven Marina. I always fill the boat with fuel – good practice when leaving it for long periods. We decided to have a last night aboard in Brixham and our good friends Sue and Matt, and…

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3 min
the terrace at the new holmwood hotel

COWES When rounding Egypt Point I’ve often wondered where the inhabitants of Cowes Castle – those “gentlemen actively interested in yachting” as the Royal Yacht Squadron once described its patrons – nip out for a bite. I couldn’t imagine the likes of the King of Norway, telly magnate Lord Grade and cyclonic vac-whizz Sir James Dyson popping out to downtown Cowes. But what if they turned the other way and headed along the coast towards Gurnard instead? A brisk walk along the promenade would bring them to the New Holmwood Hotel, which on the surface is a pretty standard English seaside affair with three stars to its name. But look more closely and they would notice an elevated terrace rising discreetly above the car park. The Terrace is the hotel’s outdoor restaurant, and…

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2 min
beneteau gran turismo 41

Replacing the Gran Turismo 40 has seen Beneteau take a more gentle evolutionary approach as opposed to a total rethink. The 41 takes the GT40’s blueprint and includes enhancements here and there to improve life on board and keep the boat at the top of its game. If the renders are to be believed it’s a good looking thing, sporting a new hull window shape with a shark’s fin of GRP jutting into the glazing and a more sculptural look to the hardtop and aft flanks. A solid GRP hardtop peels back to uncover a cockpit that centres around a vast U-shaped dinette opposite a slightly less vast wet bar. At the stern, the double sun pad with storage beneath appears to have a sliding backrest so that it can be used…

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