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.
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.
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.
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.
Cumberlidge on cruising
I’ll never forget the day…