Our December issue contains tests of the new Beneteau GT40, Absolute Navetta 52 and Monte Carlo Yachts 105

Boat designs can sometimes be a little samey, so we’re always impressed when a boat dares to be different, and that is certainly the case with our December issue cover star.

The Bénéteau GT40 boasts a smart cockpit layout, and manages to be fast, fun and frugal in equal measure.

Nick Burnham heads to the South of France to get behind the wheel of this stylish newcomer.

Elsewhere in our December issue, Jack Haines sea trials the new Absolute Navetta 52, which proves to be a real revelation, with a staggering amount of space on board.

We also round up the 16 best new boats from the recent Cannes Yachting Festival, which range from the traditional Spirit P40 to the truly radical Overblue 44.

Closer to home, Peter Cumberlidge picks his top ten alternative boating bases, which offer great value berths and spectacular cruising away from the typical South Coast hotspots.

Meanwhile, Hugo puts the new Williams Sportjet 520 to the ultimate test, by using it for a two-week family holiday.

To read all these stories and many more, pick up the December issue of Motor Boat & Yachting, which is out now.

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