In the September issue we review three very different 33ft designs, group test personal rescue beacons and there is a new boat handling series

Normally when we test three similar-sized boats back to back, we try to ensure that they are as conceptually close to one another as possible.

In the September 2017 issue we decided to do things a little differently by deliberately choosing three brand new boats from three totally different corners of the market.

The idea is not to choose a winner – they are simply too diverse to make meaningful comparisons – but to demonstrate the variety of craft you can buy that are nominally in the same size and price bracket.

We review the XO Cruiser (thrill seeker), Linssen 35.0 Sedan (weekend cottage) and Sea Ray 320 Sundancer (party boat), three very different ways of spending around £250,000.

The XO Cruiser is one of three 33-footers put to the test in this issue

We also have reviews of the Waterspoor 777 and utterly gorgeous Riva Rivamare.

In the Boat Master section we have a group test of six AIS locator beacons to see which you should have on your person in an MOB situation and a piece on the amazing SeaBubbles flying taxi.

In the Used Boat section we have an in-depth review of the peerless Princess 40 and we also find a sub-50ft liveaboard in this month’s Find Me A…

We have a new boat handling series starting this month which uses drone footage to explain the basics of boat handling to take the sting out of berthing.

Our new boat handling series begins this month

In the cruising section John Boyle’s epic Arctic adventure on his Princess V39 comes to an end and we have an owner’s upgrade from Toby Budd who transformed a Birchwood 33 to take his young family through the French canals on the trip of a lifetime.

Finally, Peter Cumberlidge charters a Bénéteau Barracuda 9, the perfect craft to explore Brittany’s beautifully sheltered Morbihan.

Enjoy the issue.