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Sunseeker 131 yacht tour: Inside a fully-fledged tri-deck superyacht

It’s not every day you get invited on board a superyacht, but luckily when Nick Burnham was in Cannes earlier this year, he took his camera with him. In his latest yacht tour, Nick takes a look inside every corner of the magnificent Sunseeker 131 Zozo, and there are a…

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VIDEO: Full-throttle test of the 60-knot Sunseeker Hawk 38

Alum Bay, Wednesday 5 June. A fresh Force 4 is blowing through the Solent from the south west, kicking up the usual messy chop. The Sunseeker Hawk 38 we’re in is lapping it up, skipping over the wave tops at 50 knots, the supercharged howl of the twin 400hp outboards…

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VIDEO: Grand Banks 47 used boat – trawler yacht packs punchy performance

“The Grand Banks 47 Heritage was created in response to customer demand. Clients loved the Grand Banks style, but wanted the ability to cruise at faster speeds. This boat gave them that”. I’m talking to Colin Watts, director of Boat Showrooms and guru of all things Grand Banks, and he’s…

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Nordhavn 52 yacht tour: Little ship styling meets long-term living

Highly sought-after as a liveaboard cruiser, the Nordhavn 52 has the offshore credentials to take you cruising around the world. As this particular example is laid up on land, Nick is able to take a proper look at her hull, stern gear and propellers before boarding the transom for a…

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VIDEO: Marex 370 ACC used boat review

“Ironically, we were at Salterns Marina taking delivery of a new Technohull 888 RIB when we first became aware of the Marex 370 ACC.  As a family we’d been boating for over 30 years but had three years out to see if we missed it. We did, and the Technohull…

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VIDEO: Jersey 36 Elanco boat test review

The beauty of the British boatbuilding industry is that just when you think you know every yard, make and model there is to know, another one pops up to prove you wrong. In fairness, Landamores is far from new, having been building boats in Wroxham, Norfolk since 1923. However, since…

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VIDEO: Dale 40 boat test review

Anyone who has driven a boat in a decent following swell will know the feeling. That moment when the boat is right in the sea’s pocket, manipulating the conditions for a natural boost as Mother Nature provides her own shove of forced induction. The speed jumps up momentarily before the…

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VIDEO: Princess V39 to Russia – Part 5

Another early morning start on a flat calm sea, destination Stockholm. This journey has been all about travelling – seeing as much as we can of the Baltic in the limited time we have available – but I feel deep regret leaving the tranquillity and beauty of Finland’s Archipelago Sea.…

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VIDEO: Princess R35 sea trial test

A text message to the editor after a test is not rare, just a quick line to reassure him everything has gone to plan and I haven’t accidentally run the boat in question up the nearest sandbank. The summary sent to him after the test of this boat, though, was…

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VIDEO: How To – Back into a berth

In the Mediterranean almost all berths are arranged for stern-to mooring and even in the UK the height of many modern craft makes it impossible to get on or off anywhere other than the bathing platform. It’s not really that different to entering a berth bow first, however, the shift…

Motor Boat Awards 2019: Behind the scenes photos and video

With a new date, a new venue and a fantastic fleet of boats to honour, the Motor Boat Awards returned with a bang this week (May 7). The evening began at the magnificent Corinthia London Hotel with a drinks reception, before the assembled guests were invited to take their seats.…

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VIDEO: Windy 39 Camira – used boat review

“It’s like a Porsche 911. It’s a very high-performance machine, but like the Porsche, it’s underscored by quality, practicality and most of all, the fact that you can use it every day.” Lawrence pauses for a moment and smiles, “but it would be a 911 Convertible.” We’re aboard his Windy…

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VIDEO: Princess V39 to Russia – Part 4

With a new crew of Eddie Rourke and Elliott Harrison joining us for the next stage of our Baltic adventure we fly back to Helsinki to catch up with my boat. But where is it? When booking the taxi to take us from the marina to the airport at 4am…

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VIDEO: Brig Eagle 10 review

The nose of the Brig Eagle 10 encapsulates its ethos very neatly. Rather than the bow reaching a sharp point, it is squared off, almost as if it ran into a wall at some point. What this gives, of course, is useable internal beam right to the tip of the…

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VIDEO: Greenline NEO review

Having not been in the cockpit of a fighter jet during a full lock turn I can’t say for sure what it feels like but it can’t be that dissimilar from doing the same aboard the Greenline NEO. Under instruction from our snapper Richard to “crank it hard over”, the…

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VIDEO: Used Boat – Stevens 1375 AC VLET

Next time you’re at a boat show looking at a new boat and the smiling salesman assures you that you can choose whatever you want because ‘it’s a custom build’, try asking him for a little less draft, or for the boat to be nine inches shorter or for the…

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VIDEO: How To – Leave a berth using springs

However, it’s still a useful skill to have in your tool box if your thruster fails or the wind proves too strong for its limited power and duration. Before thrusters, driving ahead or astern against a spring or line was pretty much the norm for getting off a berth, particularly…