Motor Boat & Yachting is Europe’s best motorboating magazine. It’s also the oldest, with a history dating back to 1904. Our long experience in motorboating means our boat tests are acknowledged as the most authoritative in the business, while our technical coverage is without equal. Each month we detail the best new boats on the market, and cover cruising areas that are both practical and inspirational. Core editorial focuses on boats up to 80ft, but we also venture beyond the 80ft barrier in our monthly Custom Yachting section. Have a look at our great subscription offers.

Subscribe Now Get the digital edition

February 2015

MBY February 2015

NEW BOATS
Our must-have guide to all the boats making their debut at the London and Dusseldorf Boat Shows including: Monte Carlo 6; Sunseeker Predator 57; Jeanneau Velasco 37F; Fjord 48 Open; Sealine C330; Hunton XRS52; Privateer Trawler 65; Grandezza 40CA; Bavaria Sport 450; Axopar 28 OC; Galeon 560 Skydeck.

TEST: PRINCESS 43
Our best of British round-up begins with the Princess 43, which has been given a 230hp upgrade to lift it to a new level.

TEST: PEARL 65
Designed to look as good as it drives, the Pearl 65 succeeds on both counts, and comes with a choice of Zeus pods, IPS or traditional shafts.

TEST: ENGLISH HARBOUR 27
The versatile and surprisingly spacious English Harbour Yachts 27 gets the Dave Marsh treatment off Lymington

TEST: SUNSEEKER 86
A heady blend of power and performance is to be expected, but the Sunseeker 86 also throws long-distance capability into the mix.


BOAT MASTER

NEW TECH
Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards; Anchor Roll buoyant market bags; Garmin 7400 MFDs; Boatlogger app.

CRUISE FURTHER, CRUISE SAFER

Jon Mendez gives his top tips on how best to use, care for, and enjoy your tender.

OUR BOATS
Laurie Cranfield continues his Greek Odyssey and finds spectacular scenery and generous locals on Crete.

TRIED & TESTED
Crewsaver buoyancy aid; OCA engine carry bag; Dyson DC59 vacuum cleaner; plus 5 of the best portable chargers.

USED BOAT: RODMAN 38 & NIMBUS 380 CHARISMA
Look beyond the obvious options and there are plenty of bargains to be found in the used flybridge market. This month, Greg Copp looks at two unsung heroes from Rodman and Nimbus.
CRUISING TALES
THE TUSCANY COASTLINE
Steeped in Etruscan history, the coast around Elba offers some of the most relaxed cruising in the Med with great food, spectacular scenery and friendly locals, as Peter Cumberlidge discovers.

CRUISING IN THE WEST COUNTRY
Henry Firman’s West County adventure draws to a close with a seal encounter in Torbay and a spectacular air show over Bournemouth.

OWNER’S UPGRADE: I BOUGHT A FORMER DRUGS RUNNER
Paul Reed tells us how he took a gamble on a Zijlmans 64 with a notorious past. Once used by criminals to smuggle drugs into Europe, this Dutch model was sold at a government auction and spent months being rebuilt.

BORN AGAIN BOATER

In his new column, Nick Burnham explains why, after several years testing other people’s boats, he’s finally buying his own.

REGULARS

Big picture
News
Cumberlidge on cruising
Testing times
Your MBY
Ask MBY
I’ll never forget the day…

Contributors

Chris Jeffries

Chris Jefferies

More from Chris Jefferies

Chris Jeffries

Chris Jefferies

More from Chris Jefferies

mby-logo@2x

Motor Boat & Yachting

More from Motor Boat & Yachting

Jack Haines

Jack Haines

More from Jack Haines