December 2014

Inside this month’s edition of Motor Boat & Yachting…

Our Cannes Boat Show round-up looks at the Pearl 65; Jaguar JC48; Absolute Navetta 58; Bavaria 400 Coupe; Galeon 300; Ferretti 650; Wider 32; Chris-Craft 36 Launch; Azimut 77S; Cranchi 43 Eco Trawler; and Lagoon 630.

For the ultimate in long-distance cruising boats, look no further than the FPB 64. Designed for the worst-case scenario, crossing the Channel should be a walk in the park.

BOAT TEST – North-Line 42
With a sturdy Arthur Mursell hull, this wheelhouse cruiser will shrug off the choppiest of seas, while you enjoy the traditional, teak-filled interior.

BOAT TEST – Nordhavn 76
Rock-solid build quality and seakeeping are part and parcel of any Nordhavn, but the 76 also impresses with its luxurious customised interior and surprising value for money.

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A twin-prop pod drive system that even traditionalists will approve of; a new folding tender; Icom’s VHF with AIS; and a shiny new Simrad radar.

Handy hints to have up your sleeve when things don’t go to plan in the marina.

Fuel Guard’s fuel filter gets the thumbs up, and we also test Henri Lloyd’s Dri-pac crew bag and the Scrubbis hull cleaner.

Installing hot-water heating on a Fleming 55 and a great value new marina in Devon.

USED BOAT – Jeanneau Prestige 38S
Launched in 2008, this hardtop sportscruiser was very warmly received – and six years on it’s still clear to see why. The generous accommodation, exciting drive and practical finish haven’t aged a bit.


Move Your Boat To Scotland
Escape the crowds and indulge in some spectacular cruising on the West Coast of Scotland, exploring magical islands, lochs, inlets and anchorages.

The Long Way Back
A delivery cruise like no other, Peter Watson steers his mighty FPB 64 from New Zealand, across the Pacific and the Atlantic, to his home berth in Guernsey.

Anchoring On The Edge
An exploratory cruise along Bute Inlet on Canada’s British Columbia coast to Mt Waddington goes awry when the boat runs aground.

Going Round The West
Henry Firman continues his jaunt in the West Country, giving a salute to Sir Francis Drake on his way.


Big Picture; News; The Truth About; Columns; Your MBY

In January’s issue (out 4 December):
Triple trawler test: Absolute Navetta 58, Beneteau ST50, Azimut Magellano 43, plus chartering in Greece, the Motor Boat Awards finalists revealed, and we explain how to bag a bargain on a used Trader 42.

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