Motor Boat & Yachting redesigns for February issue

The February 2005 issue of Motor Boat & Yachting has seen a few changes. The time had come to freshen up the magazine a little, a process that is essential to keep any magazine on top of its game and prevent it from becoming stagnant.

The result will, we hope, be one that you’ll like. We’ve tried to keep the parts of the magazine that have proved successful and popular, and reworked other sections so that they are more informative and appealing. Specifically, MBY boat tests have a justifiable reputation for impartiality and gravitas, and our cruising pieces seem to be highly thought-of by most of you. So we’re concentrating on key boats and key cruising areas to make sure the magazine is relevant to all of you.

New sections in the magazine will concentrate on real-world boating. We will be increasing the amount of product tested within these pages with a monthly comparative product test, and a monthly product review. We are also introducing a masterclass section where we take a detailed look at one aspect of boat-handling and/or seamanship.

At the back of the magazine we’ve made some big changes. We’ve listened to opinions on our Buyers Guide and decided to make sweeping changes. Instead of running our Top Ten Best Boats in five or six different categories, we’re only having one category, but we’re adding specific tips for buying that type of boat. This will change every month (until we run out of categories). We’re also including an new feature in this section Instant Expert. This will give you all the information you could possibly need for buying the featured boat each month. We’ll be covering all the popular secondhand boats, and armed with our Instant Expert you should be able to find yourself a good “previously-enjoyed” boat.

Finally, we’ve had a bit of a move around with our columnists. Ray Bullman has moved towards the front of the magazine where he joins Peter Cumberlidge. And while Johnny has a bit of a rest, we welcome Alan Harper and his own unique (and often acerbic) view of the boating world. The back page will now be “A Day in My Life”, a true story of boating grit, determination, disaster, courage or just downright maritime madness.

We hope that you’ll approve of the changes we made to the magazine. I’m sure that you’ll find it even more useful and relevant to the type of boating you do. We would like to know what you think, so if you’d like to drop us a line we’d be delighted to hear from you.

To view sample pages of the new magazine click here