In the latest issue we test the Absolute 50 Fly, Botnia Targa 30.1 and Invictus 370GT plus there's a review of new launches from Cannes

The December 2016 issue of Motor Boat & Yachting hits the shelves today and it’s packed full of the latest reviews, stunning cruising features and top notch technical advice.

We kick off with Editor Hugo’s review of the Cannes Boat Show where he got on board the Prestige 630, Ferretti 450, Outer Reef Trident 620, Pershing 5X and many more. While he was out there he also got a quick spin on the stylish Invictus 370GT.

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Hugo reviews some of the most interesting new models launched at Cannes

Other boats on test include the Absolute 50 Fly, an Italian answer to the Sunseeker Manhattan 52 and Sealine F530 and boat tester Jack Haines also puts the Botnia Targa 30.1 to the test with a trip from Poole to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.

In the Boat Master section Dave Marsh delves into the word of motor sailers and uncovers some of the new models on the market whilst Nick Burnham delivers some tips on how to winterise your boat. Well, ’tis the season after all.

Nick also reports on the Princess V42 MKIII in the Used Boat section and is tasked with finding a bargain compact flybridge.

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Deputy Editor Jack challenges the Botnia Targa 30.1 to an early spring trip to the Isle of Wight

In the Our Boats section we catch up with Peter Chester and the build of his Steeler FF48 and Hugo’s Karnic turns ten.

In our cruising section Peter Cumberlidge enjoys the rugged delights of Portugal’s Atlantic coast and we have part three of Frank and Fiona Walker’s adventure in the Greek Islands on their Azimut 62, Zaffina.

There is also an interesting feature on Alex Prindiville who built his own luxury floating apartment and then made a business out of it, plus an owner’s upgrade by James Maxey who transformed a sturdy Scottish trawler into a comfortable Mediterranean cruiser.

Secret Cornwall

John Boyle unearths Cornwall’s hidden treasures in print and on video

Finally, it’s brilliant to welcome John Boyle back into the magazine. In the past he has taken a Sealine S34 from Cornwall to the Hebrides and back and brought his Princess V39 back from Mallorca to Falmouth under its own steam. This time, though, he is exploring a little closer to home and showing us secret Cornwall in a wonderful two-part series.

Enjoy the issue.