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May 2014

Motor Boat & Yachting | May 2014 Cover

On sale: Thu, 3 Apr 2014

Last month we had the Sunseeker 68 Sport Yacht, and this issue we introduce Princess’s answer to the new trend for sportscruiser/flybridge hybrids, the S72. We jetted out to Miami to become the first magazine to test this new sportsbridge. We’re also in Italy this month driving the glazing-rammed Absolute 64 Fly and Holland sea trialling the ocean-crossing Privateer Flybridge 49. Back on home soil, we meet the man designing and commissioning his very own 35ft Solent runabout from the keel up and bring you the best boating days out this spring. Peter Cumberlidge tours Sweden’s gold coast and we join one couple on their mission to buy a Fleming 65. The best waterproof tablet cases are reviewed and we also check out the legendary Dale Classic 45 as a second-hand buy.


NEW BOATS Ferretti 650; Marex 375; Chris-Craft Launch 36; Rustler 43 Motor Yacht; Ribbon 27; plus our Sunseeker 155 Yacht special

TEST PRINCESS S72 We fly out to Miami to take a closer look at Princess’s first attempt at a sportsbridge

TEST ABSOLUTE 64 FLY Four good cabins and IPS efficiency wrapped in an attractive, glazing-packed parcel

TEST NEW BUILD – CUSTOM DALE Our new three-part series follows one owner on his quest to build the perfect 35ft cruiser

TEST PRIVATEER FLYBRIDGE 49 On test with the rugged Dutch passage-maker that can take you from Portsmouth to Positano on one tank


OWNER'S UPGRADE MONTE CARLO OFFSHORER A 1981 Offshorer gets the Carlo Riva treatment and a startling mirror-wrap finish

SPRING BOAT SHOWS The big names, on-water demos, used boats and fewer crowds. Get your early-season boating fix here

SWEDEN’S GOLD COAST This magical route around this Swedish archipelago will have you reaching for the passage planner

THE PERFECT PENSION PLAN The joy of try-before-you-buy charters. Two readers enjoy a Canadian adventure, find their 65ft Fleming and then embark on a maiden voyage in Sweden!

AZIMUT AROUND CROATIA In our final instalment, Fiona Walker finds some spectacular bays along the Dalmatian coast


ASK MBY Let our experts answer your questions

LEGAL AID What repairs are appropriate when osmosis strikes within warranty?

NEW TECH Caterpillar and Zeus team up on new drive; adjustable outboard prop; easy-change filter; new Odeo flare; Simrad’s top-spec VHF

PRODUCT TEST We put six of the best waterproof tablet cases to the test

TRIED & TESTED Brunton charger; Channel pilot; RNLI bags

OUR BOATS Winter cruising in the Exumas – our cat owner gives us a taste of life in the tropics

USED BOAT DALE CLASSIC 45 Simply one of the best, most seaworthy boats ever built. We find three of these much sought-after and custom-built beauties for sale


Big Picture; News; The Truth About; Columns; Your MBY

In June's issue (out 1 May):
Hardy 40DS; cruising in Ireland; Windy 39 Camira; Prestige 750; Balearic bliss

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