The April 2018 issue of MBY is an Italian special, with tests of the Riva Rivale, Sundeck 550 and Absolute Navetta 73

Italy is a country that appreciates the finer things in life. Cars, clothes, shoes and, of course, boats. In the April 2018 issue of MBY 20 pages dedicated to a new wave of Italian made superstars.

No other brand could grace the cover but Riva and we have a full test of the stunning Rivale, a boat that may be bought with the heart and not the head but there is far more to it than its sculpture-like looks.

Absolute Navetta 73

The Absolute Navetta 73 is put to the test

We also test Absolute’s new flagship of its Navetta range, the 73. It’s a boat that boasts extraordinary internal volume and some clever party tricks plus smooth IPS propulsion, if you can handle the challenging styling.

We also review the Sundeck 550 and take the SACS Strider 10 out of its comfort zone with a test in a stormy Solent.

In New Tech Alan Harper gets to grips with the hybrid Adler 76 Suprema to see if its cutting edge propulsion system is a glimpse of the future. We also cover how to helm most comfortably in a beam sea in this month’s How To and, in Our Boats, Jack Haines’s Jeanneau gets a new hull wrap an a new contributor swaps his Broom for a 50-knot Axopar 37 R!

Our Boats

Our man Jack Haines wraps his Jeanneau

The Used Boat this month is one of Oundle’s finest, a Fairline Targa 62 and we task Nick Burnham with finding a starter boat for as little as £22,000.

On the cruising front Peter Cumberlidge sings the praises of the cruising grounds east of Calais, we talk to boat club members about their experiences and we catch up with a couple who keep their homemade wooden boat in the Isles of Scilly.

Enjoy the issue!