MBY February 2018

BOAT REPORTS

Bénéteau Barracuda 6 Quick Spin
This new entry-level Barracuda model may be lacking in luxurious touches but it’s extraordinary value for money.

New Boats at London & Düsseldorf
What’s new at the London and Düsseldorf boat shows, including: Sunseeker Predator 50 & 74, Princess S78 & V65, Sealine F430, Bavaria R55 & E34, Grand Banks Eastbay 44, Azimut 55 and Cranchi XT 36

Vanquish VQ48 quick spin
A real head turner with a price to match, but does it do the business on the water?

Absolute 58 Fly Test
The IPS-propelled 58 Fly promises smooth performance and a fabulous interior to rival the all-conquering Sunseeker Manhattan 52 – we put it through its paces

Sealine C430 TEST
A lumpy Solent provides ideal testing conditions for this wonderfully bright, spacious and surprisingly quick three-cabin coupé. Has it got what it takes?

BOAT MASTER

New Tech
A new kill cord designed in partnership with MBY, Besenzoni P400 Matrix helm seat and PowerRay submersible drone

How to: Use a lock
Locking in and out of basins can be intimidating, but our guide is here to help you through the challenges

Our Boats
Nick Burnham counts the costs of his first season with a new boat and Jack Haines gets to the bottom of a tender mystery

Tried & Tested
Meaco Zambezi dehumidifier, Musto Effortless Travel shirt and trousers and JL Audio M650-CCX speakers

Used Boat: Sealine F380
Sealine’s excellent F380 flybridge goes under the Used Boat microscope

Find Me A: River boat
We scour the classifieds to find a classy inland cruiser that won’t break the bank, with one for as little as £23,700

CRUISING TALES

Cruising from Gibraltar
Gateway to the Mediterranean it may be, but the famous rock has some great spots of its own

Counting the cost
Six MBY readers disclose their annual running costs to give a clear idea of the true cost of buying and running a boat

To the Med on £17 a day!
Demonstrating that you don’t need a sky-high budget to enjoy some sunshine, Toby Budd cruises through France to the Med with his young family on a 36-year-old Birchwood

Marlow Round the British Isles: Part V
Our German Marlow owners continue their circumnavigation of the British Isles by enjoying the sights and sounds of the Bristol Channel

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