Motor Boat & Yachting October 2015

BOAT REPORTS

PREVIEW: NEW BOATS AT SOUTHAMPTON
We run down the most important launches at this year’s Southampton Boat Show, including:
Princess S65, Princess V58 Open, Fairline Targa 53GT, Bavaria Sport 450, Fleming 78, Draco 22RS, Bénéteau Gran Turismo 40, Haines 400, Jeanneau Leader 36, Nimbus 305 Coupé, English Harbour Yachts 29 Offshore and the Williams Sportjet 400

GROUP TEST: 33FT HARDTOP SPORTSCRUISERS
The market is brimming with great-value 33ft coupés at the moment, so we set out to test three of the best: the Bavaria Sport 330, Elan Power 30 and Galeon 325 HTS

TEST: PRESTIGE 680
A two-day trip from Croatia to Montenegro and back gives Jack Haines the perfect opportunity to get under the skin of this fantastic flybridge

TEST: DOMINTATOR 800
With a custom-built interior and innovative fixed pod drives the Dominator 800 is a truly remarkable craft, as Dave Marsh discovers

BOAT MASTER

TEST: 5HP OUTBOARDS
Portable outboards from Suzuki, Honda, Lehr, Mariner, Yamaha, and Tohatsu go head-to-head in our group test on the Hamble

NEW TECH
At the other of the scale from 5hp, we get to grips with the new Suzuki DF200AP outboard, plus VersaDock’s dry dock

TRIED & TESTED
Ecco Eisner boat shoes, Henri Lloyd Fast-Dri polo shirt and Crewsaver ErgoFit 190N CS

OUR BOATS
New contributor Paul Thomas explains why he swapped his Broom 39+2 for a brand new Bavaria Virtess 420 Coupé

USED BOAT: NORDHAVN 40
Built to last with a go-anywhere hull and a practically bomb-proof engine, this rugged trawler comes under the microscope

FIND ME A USED: TRAWLER
Nick Burnham picks his top affordable trawlers from Hardy, Grand Banks and Bénéteau

CRUISING TALES

TOP 10 ISLANDS TO EXPLORE
Self-confessed islophile Peter Cumberlidge reveals his favourite islands to visit within striking distance of the UK, including some truly secluded spots

READERS’ SEA TRIAL
This year’s Readers’ Sea Trial was a roaring success, with about 30 readers getting behind the helm of nine thrilling sportsboars in Portland

MARINA OF THE MONTH
York Marina is our featured marina this month, following a multi-million pound upgrade

PRINCESS V39 TO THE UK
In the first of a new three-part series, John Boyle sets off from Mallorca on a 2,200-mile delivery voyage to bring his Princess V39 back to Falmouth

REGULARS

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