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Motor Boat & Yachting April 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
R 99,40
R 756,75
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
1 new turn-key nordhavn 51

Nordhavn has released details of an all-new 51ft trawler yacht. As with last summer’s entry-level 41, the new Nordhavn 51 is designed to be a more affordable ‘turn-key’ model than the semi-custom cruisers that make up the bulk of its fleet. Built in Turkey rather than Taiwan or China, both the 41 and 51 are fixed spec production boats designed to simplify production and help keep prices down. Outwardly the 51 is a classic go-anywhere Nordhavn. This includes Nordhavn’s unusual asymmetric layout – on the port side the saloon extends right out to the full beam of the hull whereas to starboard it leaves room for a wide, partially covered side deck. To hang fenders on the port side you’ll have to step up to the flybridge from the cockpit or…

2 min
2 britain’s first electric boat

A trio of British entrepreneurs hopes to establish a new brand of electric boats as the Tesla of the marine world. Called Pixii, its first offering will be a 25ft sportsboat with a claimed top speed of 40 knots and a quoted range of more than 100nm at 14 knots. The key to these bold claims is a tough but lightweight aluminium hull paired with efficient waterjet drives, brushless electric motors and an unusually high battery capacity totalling 150kWh. Pixii hasn’t yet confirmed the source of the batteries but they are thought to be reconditioned second-life batteries recovered from cars and adapted for marine use – Teslas would be the obvious choice. Early renderings show a sharp-looking open craft with a reverse bow and a sociable layout that includes a dinette forward…

2 min
3 cote d’ azur collision

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published its report into a collision between the Pershing 92 MY Vision and the Princess 88 MY Minx that resulted in the death of a crewman on board the Princess. The incident took place on the evening of the 25th May 2019 while the Princess was at anchor off Île Sainte-Marguerite near Cap d’Antibes. The guests from both boats had been enjoying lunch together at a nearby restaurant. During the meal they asked the skippers to raft-up the boats for the afternoon so they could continue the party on board. All went to plan until the party broke up at around 8.00pm when Vision departed the still-anchored Minx. According to the report, the collision occurred several minutes later during a high-speed buzz that was intended to…

1 min
4 foiling power-cat

Multihull specialist McConaghy has started work on a stylish foiling 63ft powercat capable of 36 knots. Its slender lightweight hulls, rakish looks and fixed foils are designed for fast, efficient cruising at 20 knots or more and give it a potential unrefuelled range of 1,500nm. The MC63p’s exterior design and naval architecture comes from seasoned British performance sailboat designer Jason Ker, who has developed a whole range of similarly styled power and sail multihulls for McConaghy. The construction is mostly carbon fibre. Two flybridge layouts are available, the aft flybridge option allows for a bank of seating behind the helm with a sun pad recessed into the coachroof, while the extended flybridge creates a larger space for relaxing or toy stowage aft with a helm atop the coachroof. The interior is the work…

1 min
5 frugal fugu

Poole-based Salterns is to be the exclusive UK distributor for new Swedish RIB manufacturer Fugu Powerboats. This new brand hopes to buck the trend for outboard craft with its range of fast, fuel efficient inboard powered RIBs. Currently, it only has one model in the range, the Fugu 29, which sports a single 370hp Mercruiser diesel engine on a Bravo 3 sterndrive. Intriguingly, it also features a soft-riding Petestep hull as seen on the latest X-Yachts X-Power 33. This combination offers all the usual advantages of diesel efficiency and ready availability of fuel but also delivers blistering performance. The quoted top speed is 60 knots while at 40 knots it is said to burn less than 1 litre per nautical mile. Fugu claims other benefits include a fixed sunbed, a full width…

1 min
6 all-weather nimbus c8

Nimbus has unveiled the first renderings of the C8. This all-weather wheelhouse model is the Commuter version of the T8, which won the Sportsboat and RIB category in the 2021 Motor Boat of the Year awards. It has also confirmed that a W8 Weekender version is in development but hasn’t yet released any images of it. The C8 renderings show a fairly narrow wheelhouse with walkaround decks and full height sliding doors on both sides. It features a near full-length glass roof and an unusual curved aft window that wraps around onto the roof and appears to swing up on hinges. It should make for an exceptionally bright, airy wheelhouse with excellent visibility. The C8 is based on the same stepped hull as the T8 with single Mercury Verado outboard engine options…