In this issue we have our preview of the Düsseldorf Boat Show plus we test the Grand Banks 60 Fly and Botnia Targa 27.2
Happy new year from the MBY team!
The February 2019 issue of Motor Boat & Yachting is out today and we usher in the new year with a preview of the Düsseldorf Boat Show and three boat tests.
Our show preview highlights some of the most exciting new launches including the Princess F45, Sealine C390, Nimbus T9 and Greenline NEO among others.
Our cover star is the Grand Banks 60 Fly, which we put to the test in Florida to see if the yard’s bold performance and efficiency claims stack up. Available with IPS or shafts, there is a focus on comfortable, long distance cruising but the traditional Grand Banks values are still in evidence.
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We’ve also been out on the water on the Botnia Targa 27.2. This boat replaces the excellent 27.1 and with slightly softer styling and the addition of a Blackline package, the 30ft Targa has never been better.
There are some fabulous stories in our cruising section this month, including the culmination of Thomas and Jutta Kittel’s journey from Germany to the Algarve on their Marlow 72, a look at cruising on some Dunkirk little ships with Peter Cumberlidge and the story of an MBY reader who changed from sail to power and renovated a Broom 450.
Editor Hugo gets behind the wheel (and guns) of a rather special boat, too. Motor Gun Boat 81 was one of a fleet of fast armed response craft tasked with dealing with the German E-Boat threat in the Channel during the Second World War. This piece on the Spitfire of the seas is a must read.
In New Tech this month we look at a new integrated on board power system that could mean the end of relying on a noisy generator plus Volvo Penta’s new Active Corrosion Protection system and a funky new bathing ladder from Besenzoni.
In the Used Boat section, we take a close look at the Bénéteau Swift Trawler 34, a boat which boasts an incredible amount of space and cruising capability for a boat of its size and see what bargains we can find as we trawl the classifieds looking for a 40ft flybridge boat.
Enjoy the issue!