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February 2012

Motor Boat & Yachting | February 2012 Cover

On sale: Wed, 4 Jan 2012

This month we take a look at some of the stars of the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, one of which you should keep a special look out for. Sunseeker's new 28M is a showstopper, and we got behind-the-scenes access to this new superyacht to see it being built. We also climb on board three other boats this month: the stunning Princess 60, rough-riding Sabre 40 Sedan and sublime Mangusta 105. We also show you the best ways to cut down costs by sharing your boat and bring you the story of Donald Campbell's final hours in 1967 when he was killed trying to set a new world water speed record. We also hear from Paul and Rachel Chandler, the British couple kidnapped and held by Somali pirates for 388 days.

Boat Reports
New Boats at London
Princess V57; Princess V39; Sunseeker Predator 53; Sunseeker 28M; Sessa Fly 40; Riva Iseo; Jetten 30 Sedan RS; Jeanneau NC9; MJM 29z Downeast; Clear Aries Cabin

Custom Yachts
Custom Line 124; AB74; Galeon 780 Crystal

Test: Princess 60
A delight to drive and significantly quieter than its predecessor, this luxurious flybridge should be on your shortlist

Test: Sabre 40 Sedan
Can the new Zeus-propelled 40 match the outstanding seakeeping of the 38?

Preview: Sunseeker 28M
Join us on an exclusive sneak peek at Sunseeker’s trend-setting 28M motor yacht

Test: Mangusta 105
Space-age technology and secret saloons await on board this restyled masterpiece

Cruising Tales
Perfect Weekend: Isle of Scilly
Step back in time with a cruise around this cruising paradise

Hooked on Holland
Cheaper marinas, friendly boat-loving towns and miles of varied cruising - what’s stopping you?

Bluebird K7
A new book gives a fresh insight into the truth behind Donald Campbell’s fatal crash

Boat Master
Our experts answer your questions

New Nav
Daisy-chaining your nav kit; stabilised night vision

New Tech
We install Mastervolt’s new Mass Combi inverter/charger

Know How - Boat Sharing
How to get all the benefits of owning a boat at a fraction of the cost

Legal Aid New Series!
Why it’s important to establish the VAT status of your boat

Our Boats
In search of a new antifouling solution; we ask what you want from the UK’s boat shows

Tried & Tested
Hand-held GPS; hardy deck shoes

Used Boat - Sealine F43
A voluminous aft cabin and a great-value price tag

Latest News
New austerity drive in Italy hits boaters; Coastguard station closures latest

UK News
Big cash prizes for RB12 winner; government forces MCZ rethink

World News
New Med marina takes shape; boating in China set to explode

The Truth About...
The Queen’s Thames Jubilee Pageant

Your MBY
Letters to the editor; behind the scenes; the latest from mby.com

Cumberlidge on Cruising
The simple pleasures of being at the bridge

Testing Times
Are we too reliant on electronic brains?

Murphy’s Law - New Column!
The fuel berth is open when you least need it

Postcards from a Small Island
The first and worst crossing of the Channel

I'll Never Forget the Day
We were kidnapped by Somali pirates

In March's issue (out 2 February):
Fairline Targa 38GT; passage planning to the Med; Greenline 70; perfect weekend in Strangford Lough; cruising Croatia

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