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Winter is the perfect time to start thinking about summer charters – and we have some amazing ideas for you in this issue, from booking a Sea Ray in Chesapeake Bay to luxuriating on a Ferretti 690 Altura in the Seychelles.

You need somehow to get to shore from boats like these, which is why we’ve set out to test ten of the best tenders on the market, from budget rowers to top-of-the-range jet-RIBs.

If speed is your thing, look no further than the 55-knot Goldifish 50 Ocean, which Hugo tested in its native Norway. Not only is this speed-monster a buzz to drive, you won’t be stung by fuel bills.

The polar opposite of the Goldfish is the Cranchi Eco Trawler 53 Long Distance, also on test this month. This is a big change of direction for the Italian yard, which has previously been the king of sleek, fast sportscruiers.

With some of Europe’s biggest boat shows coming up, we’ve been trawling through exhibitors’ lists to bring you all the best boats making their debuts at London and Dusseldorf this month.

We’ve also climbed on board the Monte Carlo Yachts 86, the biggest boat yet from this yard, and certainly its most impressive. Not bad from a boatbuilder that is only four years old.

Elsewhere, we take a closer look at a brand new retractable fin stabilising system, and examine the modern classic that is the Princess 42 as a second-hand buy.

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