In this issue
Absolute 64; Nimbus 335, Sessa Key Largo 27; Bénéteau MC47 Fly; Van der Valk 24m; Goldstar 480 Sport; Riviera 5800.
A stunning Italian hardtop sportscruiser that boasts layout choices aplenty.
We’ve secured unprecedented access to bring you the inside story of Sealine’s radical new flybridge boat.
Aquanaut Global Voyager 1700
The ultimate in customisable cruising from this Dutch yard.
THE SEASON’S BEST SHOWS
Where to go this autumn.
Adventures in Boating
Our 79-year-old powerboating correspondent and his 80-year-old mate take a spin in an open 40-year-old 17ft Sunseeker – from Putney to Calais and back. What were they thinking?
AZIMUT TO THE MED
Our intrepid couple prepare for Spanish waters with the small matter of Biscay standing in the way.
CUMBERLIDGE ON CRUISING
When the sea is at its most laid back a skipper can let his guard drop.
TOP 10 WEST COUNTRY HAVENS
Turn your back on marina madness and investigate the best hideaways west of the Dart.
The full story of the fantastic plastic that is the foundation of the modern motor boat.
TRIED & TESTED
Seabob F7 7hp ; Solar Light Cap; Bennett Trim Tab EIC; Keen Newport H2 sandals.
Lagoon Power 44; Orkney Pilothouse 20.
WHAT NOW, SKIP?
What to do when your tender is hanging halfway up the harbour wall.
Why Ray, Geoff and an old Sunseeker are an example to us all.
Trader latest; new marine loans firm; East Coast show; Solent hub.
We talk to one of Europe’s most important movers and shakers.
Around the Med
Spanish tax latest.
Around the Globe
Earthrace takes on the whalers.
People & Events
In the Spotlight:
Putting the questions to the Round-Britain winner from Greece.
What’s coming in October.
We’re in South Africa for a first test of the stunning Caudwell drive. Plus news of a fuel-cell-powered superyacht tender.
Echomax active radar; Iridium broadband; Standard Horizon plotters.
Sight & Soundings
Fidget’s first taste of the sea.
C. S. Forester and The African Queen.
Reluctant Boating Wife
Is there a course for Incompetent Crew?
Sailors are okay, really; let’s hear it for the ladies; super Scanner RIBs; more.
A Day in My Life
When Fred Haines ran aground outside Poole he found some surprisingly bouncy helpers: Studland’s nudists.
MBY Buyers Guide
The Used Boat File:
Doral 360/Boca Grande
An unusual choice from a Canadian builder, but one of the undiscovered bargains of the sportscruiser world. The Boca Grande is still going strong after a decade of production and has proved to be a solid and spacious rival to the more established yards. Best of all, its used price makes it a bargain.