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i have to admit to being a tad sceptical when news first broke of an aston Martin boat. The link between fast cars and fast boats is a spurious one and if an experienced boatyard with the racing pedigree of Hunton can’t sell enough boats to make money (see p15), what makes a car company think it can do better? in reality of course, aston Martin isn’t actually building the aM37; that’s being done by a new company called Quintessence Yachts at a facility in Hampshire. Set up by a successful Dutch businessman and aston Martin owner who couldn’t find a sportsboat to match the style and sophistication of his beloved car, he approached aston Martin to see if it would consider lending its name to one that his new company would build. not only did aston Martin agree, it went one better by putting its own design team at his disposal. after all, if it was going to put its reputation on the line for building some of the best-looking cars ever made, it had better make sure a boat bearing its name looks the part too. With Dutch naval architects Mulder Design taking care of the engineering (whose portfolio includes many of the world’s fastest superyachts) and experienced powerboat builder Stefan Whitmarsh overseeing the prototype’s development, Quintessence certainly has the credibility to back up the name. and as you can read from our drive story on p42, the aM37 is shaping up pretty well on the water too. That just leaves the small matter of sales. Quintessence hopes to sell around 10-12 aM37s in a full year at a starting price of £1.2 million ex tax. The first aM37 has already been sold to a Mexican client and there are plenty more potential buyers queuing up for sea trials at its test base on the Hamble. if the new venture proves successful, who knows where it could lead. Sunseeker supercar, anyone?

“The new Aston Martin boat is shaping up well on the water. Who knows where this could lead – Sunseeker supercar, anyone?”

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The boats, the places, the people and their stories BOAT REPORTS 23 NEW BOATS Our pick of the London and Düsseldorf boat shows including: Sunseeker Manhattan 66, Princess S60, Fairline Squadron 53, Keizer 42, Prestige 630, XO Cruiser & DFNDR, Bavaria R40 Coupé, RAND Picnic, Sealine C530 and Rodman Spirit 31


88 Full test of the Monte Carlo Yachts 80

50 We reveal the list of finalists for this year’s awards

The iconic car manufacturer’s first foray into boating looks sensational, but will it impress the serious boater?

50 MOTOR BOAT AWARDS 2017 See which boats have made it into the final shortlist for this year’s awards

62 SESSA C42 TEST After a tough few years, Sessa is back in the game. Can the C42 reignite this Italian flame that once burned so brightly?

88 MCY 80 TEST Alan Harper gets on board the Monte Carlo Yachts 80 to see if the Bénéteau Group luxury brand can continue its skyrocketing success

BOAT MASTER 77 E-BIKE GROUP TEST We pit six electric folding bikes against each other to find out which is the best choice for boat owners

42 Behind the wheel of the 50-knot £1.6m Aston Martin AM37. Is it more than a marketing ploy?

96 NEW TECH Dave Marsh delves into the underwater world of trim systems. Plus Simrad NSS evo3 MFD, MAN i6-730 & i6-800 engines, Crewsaver Euro 100N children’s lifejacket, NavPod gen 3, OceanLED Eyes camera and the Sentinel Boat Monitor

104 HOW TO: APPLY ANTIFOUL One of the grottier parts of boat ownership, but our step-by-step guide is here to help

62 Sessa C42 sea trial

106 OUR BOATS Two owners detail the rigmarole of coding their own boats for charter

112 USED BOAT: PRINCESS 50 Nick Burnham takes a close look at the MkIII version of this flybridge cruiser and finds out why their owners rarely trade up

118 FIND ME A: THREE-CABIN FLYBRIDGE CRUISER We track down a trio of sub-50ft three-cabin flybridges for as little as £170,000


118 We’re on the hunt for a three-cabin bargain

54 Our pick of the top winter charter destinations


CRUISING TALES 54 WINTER CHARTERS Peter Cumberlidge picks out five of the best charter hotspots for winter cruising. Destinations include Mallorca, Florida’s Gulf Coast, the British Virgin Islands, The Seychelles and the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand

96 Dave Marsh tackles trim tabs in New Tech

68 CHARTERING MADE EASY Advertising feature: Charter specialists The Moorings answer frequently asked questions about chartering one of their new-generation power catamarans




70 MED ON A BUDGET Having taken his 56ft Dutch steel trawler Nomade through the French canals, Howard Walker picks up the story with the first of a new series about exploring the Mediterranean on a budget. Is it really possible to cruise this glamorous corner of the world without breaking the bank?

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Stirred, not shaken

Could the AM37 be the next Bond boat? James Bond famously prefers his martinis shaken, not stirred, but when it comes to boats, we prefer it the other way around. Thankfully, Hugo’s sea trial of the new Aston Martin 37 (p42) confirms that the British builder’s first boat stirs up all the right emotions without shaking the teeth from your head. Now all it needs is someone at Eon Productions to give it the nod as the next Bond boat.

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Deadly gas claims seventh victim Another boat owner has died due to suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. The latest incident occurred on a privately owned cabin cruiser at Cardiff Yacht Club in November. The preliminary investigation by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) revealed high levels of CO in the cockpit. The tragedy follows similar fatal accidents in Whitby, Norfolk and Windermere, each of which claimed the lives of two people. In the latest incident, the owner was found collapsed in the cabin shortly after midday. Despite the efforts of the two fellow club members who found him and the emergency services, he did not regain consciousness. The boat was secured to a club pontoon at the time. The inboard petrol engine was running and the canvas cockpit canopy was almost fully closed; only one zip was undone. An MAIB statement said, “Paramedics arrived and immediately recognised that the rescuers were displaying symptoms consistent with carbon

monoxide poisoning. They removed the cockpit cover and continued to administer CPR.” The owner was transported to hospital but later pronounced dead. Both rescuers were confirmed as suffering from CO poisoning and treated in hospital. According to the MAIB, the boat had no CO detector or alarm, despite calls for them to be fitted to all new and used craft. The MAIB issued a warning back in August after a couple and their dog died in similar circumstances on their motor cruiser in the Norfolk Broads. Alan Frost and Tina Wilkins died in June on board the Doral 250 SE motor cruiser, Love for Lydia, at Wroxham. They were also found inside their boat, with the petrol engine running and the cockpit canopies up. A spate of similar incidents prompted the MAIB to call for all boats to be fitted with carbon monoxide alarms, like those used in caravans and houses, but as yet, there is no legal requirement.


Cardiff boat owner is killed by carbon monoxide poisoning as worrying trend continues despite warnings

Cabin cruiser Vasquez was not fitted with a CO detector, said MAIB investigators

The report also highlighted the many potential sources of carbon monoxide on board including engines, generators, solid fuel burners and cookers. This latest incident is the seventh recorded carbon monoxide fatality on board a boat in the last three years, a worrying trend that shows no signs of slowing down despite repeated

warnings from boating organisations and the marine press. The Royal Yachting Association is the latest organisation to highlight the dangers of CO poisoning in a video showing a family succumbing to the deadly odourless gas on board their motor cruiser. You can view it online at

Team Britannia hull is turned Milestone for Priddy’s round-the-world powerboat bid

The only way is up for Team Britannia leader Alan Priddy as he oversees the operation

Team Britannia’s round-the-world record challenger has at last been turned the right way up. The 10-tonne 80ft aluminium hull, being built by the Hampshire-based Aluminium Boatbuilding Company on Hayling Island for Alan Priddy’s roundthe-world record attempt, was lifted out of its upside-down jig. The jig secured the 20km of framing and supports while they were welded together. The operation involved lifting the bow of the boat on to a special A-frame cradle by hand just four inches at a time while the stern was hoisted more than a metre into the air by crane. “Monday was just incredible – the culmination of six years’ blood sweat and tears that brought us to this point. It was an amazing day and a major milestone for the project,” said Priddy.

“The biggest issue was lack of space… The hull was just inches from the wall and floor. But slowly, the boat was spun round and after an hour, was the right way up. I think at that point, everyone breathed a huge sigh of relief.” Six massive fuel tanks, twin engines and Castoldi jets can now be installed as well as the wheelhouse and deck. Team Britannia had been hoping to start its record bid last October but was forced to postpone the attempt after hull plates for the stern had to be recut. A new date has now been set for March 23 using the same Gibraltar venue. From there, the team will have to cover 23,000 miles of ocean, stopping only for fuel in a handful of key locations. The current record of 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes was set by New Zealander Pete Bethune.


WORLD NEWS Düsseldorf revs up Boat show attracts masses of visitors P19

THE TRUTH ABOUT Volunteering for RNLI Have you got what it takes? P21

Hunton future uncertain Hampshire-based powerboat builder in discussion with creditors

Hunton Powerboats has held a meeting of its creditors to discuss the option of putting the company into voluntary liquidation. The Hampshire-based manufacturer of high-performance sportsboats has instructed licensed insolvency practitioners Valentine & Co to handle the process. At the time of going to press in mid-December, it looked likely that the voluntary liquidation process would go ahead.

The all-new XRS54 was due to be launched later this year

Hunton manufactures sportscruisers and RIBs from 27ft to 43ft in Romsey, Hampshire, and is well known for the strong build quality, performance and seakeeping of its craft. But, it has struggled to compete with the flood of new models and keen prices of highervolume builders. Hunton had been pinning its hopes on the new 54ft XRS54, due for launch later this year, which may yet prove to be the prize asset for any potential rescue package. Valentine & Co has appointed valuation and insolvency agents Williams and Partners to handle the possible sale of assets such as the intellectual property rights to the Hunton range, as well as the brand name and any remaining stock. “Our task is to sell the assets of the business to obtain the best return

possible for the creditors,” said Antony Berg, director at Williams and Partners. As MBY understands it, no Hunton customers are at risk of losing purchase deposits or being left with unfinished craft still in build. Hunton’s most recent build, a highly customised tender for a new megayacht still in construction, was delivered to its new owners days before the news of its creditors’ meeting broke. Whether this spells the end of another great British name or turns out to be the starting point for a new revitalised company is not yet clear. Nobody from Hunton or Valentine & Co was prepared to comment on the fast-evolving situation at the time of going to press. However, we understand that a statement will be released in January.

Fairline’s virtual show Targa 63 experience at London Boat Show A virtual walkaround, inside and out, of Alberto Mancini’s first all-new Fairline will provide visitors to the London Boat Show with an unusual advance preview. The Targa 63 GTO is due to launch in September but Fairline’s stand will give potential buyers the experience of being on board a boat that has not yet entered production. They can also speak with the Fairline team and customise interiors and other features of the boat, as well as see it all in real context.

Sunseeker has also sprung a late surprise with news that a revised 68 Sport Yacht will be making its debut The real Targa 63 GTO will be launched at the Cannes show at the London Boat 66% year on year. The boat show runs Show, alongside the from January 6-15 at the ExCeL centre Manhattan 66. The revised 68 in the Docklands. Adult ticket prices features new hull glazing, cockpit cost £15 in advance or £22 on the gate. doors and a redesigned interior. Up to two children under the age of 16 New debuts like this and the can go free with each adult ticket. See Princess S60 helped push sales of for details. advance show tickets up a whopping




FIRST LADY Michelle Hitchcock of MDL Marinas has become the first woman to be awarded the Certified Marina Professional certificate from the Global Marina Institute. Michelle has worked for MDL at Hamble since 1999. EAST COAST SEALINE DEALER Norfolk Boat Sales has become the new Sealine dealer for the east coast. Norfolk Boat Sales has enjoyed sales in excess of £3 million over the past year and expects to exceed that in 2017. “We are delighted… Sealine Boats offer an excellent range of motor cruisers which will fit in well with our business plans,” said director Matthew Thwaites. RADAR ‘FIRST’ FOR £235K BOAT A new inshore Atlantic 85 rigid inflatable, the fastest boat in the RNLI fleet and the first with radar, and powered by twin outboards capable of 35 knots, has begun active service at Staithes and Runswick station on North Yorkshire’s coast. Sheila & Dennis Tongue III is the third bequeathed by the late couple, others being at Sligo, Ireland and Looe in Cornwall.




ANCHOR TEARS UP INTERNET A ship dragging its anchor in the English Channel cut three fibreoptic internet cables to the Channel Islands. Internet operator JT said three out of its four international submarine cables were cut. ‘BOAT ON FIRE’ IS SURVEYOR A ‘boat on fire’ turned out to be a marine survey vessel working at night with bright orange lights. The ‘false alarm with good intent’ was reported to the Dublin Coastguard by a fishing vessel.



UK NEWS Bluebird roars again Coniston calling back Campbell’s boat P16


Speedboater fined £3,000

Bluebird roars once more Campbell’s restored record breaker takes a step closer to running on Coniston again

Phantom owner caught


Donald Campbell before his fateful record run in 1967

The 15-year project to rebuild Donald Campbell’s jet-powered Bluebird, which famously crashed on Coniston Water in the Lake District 50 years ago, has passed a significant landmark with the successful powering up of its new engine. Campbell was killed in a 300mph crash attempting to break his own speed record in 1967. The wreck was finally salvaged in 2001 by North

Shields engineer Bill Smith in order to restore it to full working order. De Havilland Aviation donated a replacement jet engine in 2007, similar to the original Bristol Orpheus, which has now been installed and fired up on land in the reconstructed chassis. When completed, Bluebird will go through more tests at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire to see if it can be driven on Coniston again.

Smith told the BBC, “The ghost of Donald Campbell must be looking down at me and falling about laughing. “We only ran it at 65% power and it was just amazing. That’s about as much as we can give it in the yard, because it’ll have the building down.” A new book by David de Lara, Donald Campbell: 300+ A Speed Odyssey, contains fresh insights into Campbell’s life and records.

A boat owner caught speeding at 40 knots past the Houses of Parliament – where the speed limit is 12 knots – has had to pay out almost £5,000. Ross MacGregor, 26, of Camberley, Surrey, was chased by the marine policing unit. Magistrates were told that MacGregor was heading downriver between 35 and 40 knots in his Phantom sportsboat. He told police he was unaware there was a speed limit. MacGregor skipped the UK, emailing prosecutors Port of London Authority to say he had no plans to return. He was arrested on landing back in the UK in November. He pleaded guilty and was fined £3,000 with £1,800 costs. A Port of London Authority spokesman said,“This was a shocking violation of speed rules. He was violating the rules big time. We will not tolerate that kind of lack of respect for the safety rules on the Thames.”

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Brand new moorings at £381-£440 per metre part of six-month redevelopment

Cost of Gold standard sponsorship of the MAS robot boat which gets your company name and logo branded on the boat itself as well as a host of other goodies.


Height in feet above the Needles, Isle of Wight, of the tower used by NCI volunteers to watch over those using motor boats, kayaks, jetskis, leisurecraft or fishing vessels.


Length in metres of Feadship Vertigo, the latest superyacht launched by Dutch yard Feadship. The glass swimming pool’s bottom forms the ceiling of its beachclub.

Work on a basin providing 148 new berths will triple capacity at Harleyford Marina on the River Thames. It should be ready in time for the start of the season in April. Moorings will cost between £381 and £440 (inc VAT) per metre. The existing marina accommodates all An overhead view of the new basin being opened up at Harleyford Marina

kinds of boats from day boats to Dutch barges. Phase two of the refurbishment will take from April until September. Established in 1950, the marina is owned and managed by the Harleyford Estate. The site enjoys a Five Gold Anchor rating.

“We’re looking forward to offering our clients the best moorings available on the River Thames,” said manager Mark Pearce. “Harleyford had the first gravel pit to be used as a marina back in the late 1960s and it’s very pleasing to see this new development come to fruition.” The new basin will connect to the existing marina via a 14m wide channel. Works include new roads, electrical service bollards, pontoons, parking facilities and soft landscaping to reflect its attractive rural setting between Temple and Hurley Lock. The current marina offers boat sales, chandlery and maintenance, boat lift/craneage, a hard-standing boat area, pump-out and waste disposal, modern shower and laundry facilities, a seasonal floating restaurant and a championship golf club.


Torqeedo’s near-silent electric motors were used to avoid disturbing wildlife


Solar panels were used to recharge the batteries when on location in the jungle

RYA members can enjoy 10% OFF THE HONDA MARINE outboard range by presenting their membership card at a participating Honda Marine-authorised dealer before March 31. A 2.5-litre tin of INTERNATIONAL MICRON EXTRA 2 self-polishing antifouling paint is down from £126 to £99.95 at Two buoyant deck cockpit cushions are a third off and available for £40 at


Torqeedo in BBC flagship Electric outboards used to film rain forest dolphin sequence in Planet Earth II Torqeedo’s environmentally friendly electric outboard motors are behind some of the amazing images enjoyed by millions in the BBC’s recent Planet Earth II wildlife series. Torqeedo’s near-silent and emissions-free electric outboards were chosen by the producers for their ability to transport the camera teams without disturbing the animals or polluting the water. The BBC’s desire to preserve the environment led them to approach German firm Torqeedo back in 2014. Choosing the Travel 1003 model – with its rechargeable batteries and solar panel for recharging in the field – they used them to film the elusive pink river dolphins living in the flooded rain forests of Brazil.

Providing a decent turn of speed with a low-maintenance non-polluting power system that could be recharged in remote locations using solar panels, the engines were a natural choice for the film crew. Near-silent power also ensured they could approach the animals without disturbing them. “We were keen to get as close to the animals as possible, but their wellbeing and safety will always come first,” said Tom Crowley of the BBC Natural History Unit. “The Travel 1003 model was so easy and simple to use, it allowed us to

concentrate on the most important factor – filming these gorgeous creatures,” he said. The ultra-light outboards combine lithium batteries with efficient electric motors and propeller design to offer similar performance to small outboard petrol engines. Easily interchangeable batteries help get around the issue of limited range. Electric outboards are also easy to lift and stow, free from petrol or oil spills, almost silent in use and cheap to run, making them a good option for tenders carried on board larger boats.

“The Travel 1003 allowed us to concentrate on filming these gorgeous creatures”

Poole in Dorset is preparing an entire festival around EUROPEAN MARITIME DAY to attract up to 1,000 experts from across the continent. The conference and exhibition will be harnessed to the town’s own boat show from May 19-21. SUBSEA EXPO, the world’s largest subsea exhibition and conference, runs at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), Scotland, from February 1-3. The event showcases products from the marine and boat industry. Entry is free. Tickets are now on sale for CRICK BOAT SHOW, Britain’s biggest inland waterways festival, which runs May 27-29. Tickets are the same as last year and there’s 20% off if you book in advance. The ALL WALES BOAT SHOW at Conwy Quays Marina celebrates its fifth year with a three-day extravaganza from June 9-11.


Minijet scores a century

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? CRACKING Artist Stephen Turner used his Exbury Egg as a studio on the Beaulieu River. Maybe he was specialising in watercolours at the time…

Williams Jet Tenders has sold its 100th Minijet less than three months after its launch at the Cannes Boat show. The smaller, lighter Minijet opens up the market for jet tenders to owners of boats under 40ft for the first time. The new Minijet 280 measures just 9ft 2in (2.78m) long and weighs 210kg but packs a 45hp BRP Rotax 900 engine.

“We’re truly delighted with the Minijet’s look and performance and pleased with the excellent customer feedback and sales since her launch,” said sales director Mathew Hornsby. The Minijet 280 can be seen at the forthcoming London and Düsseldorf boat shows alongside the rest of the Williams range. FEBRUARY2017 17

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If you like adventurous cruising, it’s best to go well-equipped

At Fleming Yachts we believe we continue to set new standards of equipment levels by building motor yachts, from 55’ to 78’, with significant pre-installed systems and equipment that would be optional extras elsewhere. It’s not just the sheer length of the list, but the quality of the items on it that really impresses. View for yourself this long and impressive list at: or scan the QR code. Then ask yourself, is any other motor yacht as well-equipped as a new Fleming Yacht?

Pictured here: Whisper quiet & ultra smooth, a new Fleming 55 sets off from Fort Lauderdale to explore new waters

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Power versus sail showdown

Fairline will be showing the Squadron 53 at the Düsseldorf boat show

Historic transatlantic race

Düsseldorf show revs up Europe’s biggest show is gearing up for a mass of visitors at the end of January Boot Düsseldorf is hoping to smash last year’s visitor numbers when the gates open on January 21. The show is already Europe’s biggest boat and water sports exhibition, spanning more than 220,000 square metres of space spread across 17 different halls. Its timing shortly after the London Boat Show makes it difficult for exhibitors to show the same boat at both events so major manufacturers

have had to choose which show they will use as their global launch platform for new models. This year, Sunseeker and Princess have chosen to launch the Manhattan 66 and Princess S60 at London, while Fairline has opted to show the new Squadron 53 at Düsseldorf. German manufacturers Bavaria and Hanse are both favouring their home show for the launch of the R40 Coupé and

The show spans more than 220,000 square metres of space across 17 different halls


Sealine F530 Coupé respectively. Düsseldorf is also the preferred launch venue for the all-new Keizer 42 and many of the Dutch steel yards such as Steeler, Jetten, Linssen and de Boarnstream. The show runs until January 29 and is open from 10am to 6pm every day. Tickets can be ordered online at and printed out at home. The tickets also include free use of the local public transport network. For more details of some of the key new boats being launched at the show, see our combined London and Düsseldorf preview starting on p23.

Queen Mary 2 hopes to reach New York ahead of the sailing fleet

Experience the high life Mercedes boat and cars form part of Silver Arrows Marine’s Granturismo Experience A taste of the high life as experienced by the owner of both a MercedesBenz car and boat is being made available in Monte Carlo this spring. The Silver Arrows Marine Granturismo Experience shows potential buyers what it would be like to own the €2.5 million MercedesBenz Style-designed 14m motor boat as well as one of Mercedes’ luxury cars.

£116 MILLION REPLICA TITANIC Guests will pay £315 a night to relive the moment Titanic hit an iceberg during a hi-tech simulation with light and sound effects on board a £116 million replica ship being built in China’s Sichuan province. The original ship sank in the Atlantic on April 15, 1912. Some 1,500 people died in the disaster. The resort opens in October.

An unusual race between power and sail will take place later this year when the cruise liner Queen Mary 2 will take on a fleet of giant sailing trimarans in a sprint across the Atlantic. The boat race is part of The Bridge, a maritime festival taking place simultaneously in Nantes, France and New York in June and July. The event pays tribute to the US troops and the Allies who fought to put an end to the World War I. The Centennial Transat race will be the highlight and involves a dash across the Atlantic from the bridge of SaintNazaire to New York’s Verrazano Bridge, commemorating the route of the first US troops to land in France. Queen Mary 2 will be cruising at a steady 25 knots over the 3,150 miles. The racing trimarans are capable of over 40 knots but only in the right wind.

The day out shows potential buyers what it would be like to own the €2.5 million boat

Guests are taken on a day-long journey by land and sea using Mercedes cars and the Arrow 460-Granturismo boat, the first of which has conveniently been named Mercedes. It’s billed as ‘a day being seduced by emotive design, exquisite materials and a completely fresh approach to lifestyle living on board such a boat.’

Silver Arrows Marine CEO Jacopo Spadolini says, “The Arrow 460Granturismo has had a rapturous reception but like all truly innovative products, the yacht needs to be experienced first-hand to be fully understood. The Granturismo Experience days will allow people to really get to know about Mercedes the yacht.” Silver Arrows Marine is making its US debut at the My Yacht Miami show after being shown to the world at the Monaco Yacht Show in September. “Trial days are a key ingredient in the one-to-one relationships established with customers before, during and after a yacht’s commissioning and delivery,” says Silver Arrows Marine. Arrow 460-Granturismo launches with an Edition 1 run of ten fully specified models costing €2.5 million, plus tax. FEBRUARY2017 19


The truth about

Being an RNLI volunteer

Have you got what it takes to become a volunteer member of a lifeboat crew? Why does the RNLI need volunteers?

What boat experience must volunteers have?

How does it fit around a day job?

Only 5% of the RNLI’s workforce are fulltime paid employees. The remaining 95% are trained volunteers. Around 4,700 of these are volunteer lifeboat crew, with a further 3,000 shore crew, 150 lifeguards and 20,000 fundraisers.

Volunteers are provided with full training, so they don’t need any seafaring qualifications.

Each volunteer has to negotiate their own agreement with their employer which allows them to perform their RNLI duties. Whether that’s taken from their holiday depends on the employer.

Who volunteers? Volunteers come from all walks of life. The only prerequisites the RNLI insists on are that they “strive for excellence, are trustworthy, courageous, selfless and dependable.”

Do you need to be fit? Lifeboat crew need to pass a medical and an eyesight test and need to be physically fit. Lifeguards (who man the RNLI’s beach stations) need to be able to swim 200m in under three and a half minutes, and run 200m on sand in under 40 seconds.

Is there an age limit?

How much time do you need to give?

Volunteers need to be over 18 (or over 17 with parental permission) but under 65 to be a member of an all-weather lifeboat crew. You need to be under 55 for an inshore lifeboat crew volunteer.

The RNLI has a wide range of volunteering options available to suit most people’s work/life commitments, although some roles do require specific time commitments.

Being part of a close-knit highly trained team helping to save lives at sea is reward enough for the RNLI’s many volunteers

How much training is required before manning a lifeboat? Before going to sea, volunteers must pass their Personal Protection Equipment training and a medical assessment as well as being familiar with the layout of a lifeboat and where everything is stored.

units to ensure they are safe to undertake the required role. Training is always ongoing to keep their skills fresh and up to date with the latest technical developments.

Can volunteers fill all the roles on a lifeboat? Training is offered to enable volunteers to progress as far as they want to go, up to and including becoming the coxswain of an offshore lifeboat.

Are volunteers insured? Yes, all volunteers enjoy exactly the same cover as full-time employees.

Are volunteers put through tests?

How much does it cost to train one volunteer?

All the RNLI’s crews are trained and assessed on individual competency

For lifeboat crew, the annual individual crew member training cost is £1,569. Full inshore crew, members’ kit is £1,881 and full all-weather lifeboat crew member kit is £1,593. For lifeguards, the annual individual lifeguard training costs £673, and full lifeguard kit costs £872.

How much does the RNLI need to fund its operations? It cost £168 million to run the RNLI in 2015. They run 349 boats from 237 lifeboat stations and average 23 call-outs every day.


Why is the RNLI a charity? Does it have any financial backing from the government? Independence is one of the RNLI’s core principles; it operates as a charity rather than a publicly funded service. The government does not provide any funding, even though it relies on the RNLI to provide a maritime search and rescue service for the UK. Thankfully, the RNLI has historically enjoyed a high level of support from the British and Irish public, who donate generously to ensure this vital lifesaving service continues to keep us safe. FEBRUARY2017 21


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● IPS or shafts ● Separate-access master cabin ● Three or four cabins

LONDON Stand G100

Sunseeker Manhattan 66 Arriving hot on the heels of the Manhattan 52, which launched at Cannes in September and has already secured a reported £30 million-worth of retail sales, the 66 borrows many of its styling cues from its smaller sibling. The standard boat comes with the galley located aft in the saloon, where it serves the cockpit just as easily as the internal living spaces. There is the option, though, to lose the fourth cabin, move the galley below and gain a large extra seating area aft in the saloon.

A slender outside bar serves as an extension to the aft galley when the cockpit doors are open

In a first for the Poole yard, the amidships master suite has its own direct-access staircase leading down from the saloon, following in the footsteps of Prestige and Princess. The cockpit mimics that of the 52 with a pair of bar stools facing into the saloon and a section of counter that extends into the cockpit to be used as an ad-hoc bar to serve drinks from. The foredeck features a spacious raised sunpad and a dinette separated by a walkway linking both side decks.

Up top, the flybridge features a long swathe of unbroken seating on the port side that runs from the fullwidth sunpad forward to the main dinette aft. Amidships, there is a smaller table for serving drinks and snacks, adjacent to the wet-bar. The 66 is available with shafts or pod drives, the options being MAN 1,000hp or 1,200hp for the shaftdrive version and Volvo Penta’s IPS1200 with 900hp per side for those who want pods. Sunseeker’s performance claims are

impressive with a predicted 25-knot cruising speed and 34 knots tops. Contact Sunseeker London. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7355 0980. Web:


Length 68ft 3in (20.81m) Beam 17ft 3in (5.3m) Engines MAN 1,000hp / 1,200hp shaftdrive / Volvo Penta IPS1200 Top speed 34 knots Price from £1.48 million ex VAT

Masses of seating and sunbathing space on the flybridge and foredeck




● Near-40-knot top speed ● Sleek styling ● Three cabins, two bathrooms

LONDON Stand D160

Princess S60 Also launching at London will be the new Princess S60. Combining the sleek looks of a sportscruiser with the doubledeck delights of a flybridge, the S60 will be the smallest boat in the S range, alongside the S65 and flagship S72. Sporty it will most certainly be thanks to a pair of MAN V8 1,200hp diesels, the top speed a claimed 38 knots. The internal layout is similar to that of the S65, though the 60 has three cabins as opposed to the 65’s four. It

retains a full-beam master ensuite, with a flat floor around a centrally located double bed. The other two cabins include a double VIP ensuite in the bows, with a twin guest to starboard that shares a bathroom with the VIP. There is also the option to have a cosy crew cabin aft. The saloon has an aft-galley layout with a top-hinged window to help open the area to the cockpit. One key benefit

of the sportsbridge layout is the inclusion of a sunroof over the helm thanks to the shorter flybridge. Though the top deck is smaller than that of a more traditional flybridge boat there is still a spacious seating area aft, wet-bar, sunpad and twin helm. Sunpads are something that the S60 is not short of because as well as the one up top, there are also dedicated sunbathing areas atop the tender garage and

The full-beam master The saloon has an aft-galley suite is one of three layout with a top-hinged window comfortable cabins opening into the cockpit


as part of the foredeck seating area. Look out for a full MBY test soon. Contact See Princess website for dealers. Web:


Length 62ft 11in (19.2m) Beam 16ft 0in (4.8m) Engines Twin Caterpillar 1,000hp / MAN 1,200hp Top speed 38 knots Price from £1.14 million ex VAT

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● Up to four cabins ● Multiple galley options ● Good choice of engines


Fairline Squadron 53 Fairline has chosen the Düsseldorf Boat Show as the launchpad for the new Squadron 53. The news comes at the same time as some new photo-realistic computer renderings that give the best insight yet as to how the Alberto Mancini design will look in the flesh. The hull is based on that of the Targa 53 but up top there is the return of the familiar ‘spear’ design side windows. It was a hallmark of the Squadron range for many years and has been reinvented by Mancini for this latest model. Near-

Fairline’s new offering can reach a claimed speed of 34 knots


unbroken panels of glass on either side of the saloon and a large skylight over the helm supplements the one-piece windscreen to ensure the best possible views out and plentiful natural light. The flybridge itself has a simple layout that includes an L-shaped seating area adjacent to the twin helm with a spacious dinette aft, supplemented by a wet-bar amidships. Inside the boat there is plenty of versatility. You can opt for three or four cabins and multiple galley arrangements including forward or

aft on the main deck, or below decks (see layout) to replace the fourth cabin, delivering more seating space up top. An improvement over the sportscruiser is increased headroom in the full-beam master cabin, made possible by the extra height inherent in the flybridge superstructure. There are two engine options from Volvo and a top-spec alternative from Caterpillar. The D11-675 and 725 motors from Volvo will top out at 30 and 32 knots respectively and Fairline claims the 850hp CAT C12.9s will be good for

34 knots. Fin and gyroscopic stabilisers are both an option. Prices for the Squadron 53 will start at £854,160. Contact See Fairline website for dealers. Tel: +44 (0) 1832 273661. Web:


Length 55ft 6in (16.9m) Beam 14ft 10in (4.52m) Engines Twin Volvo Penta D11-675 / 725hp or Caterpillar 850hp Top speed 34 knots Price from £854,160 inc UK VAT

The Squadron’s master cabin has more headroom than the Targa 53’s



● Competitive pricing ● Stylish looks ● Punchy performance

The combined lounging and sleeping area forward


Keizer 42 This new Dutch enterprise, started by a pair of passionate boat owners, aims to produce a boat that can take it to the likes of Riva, Chris-Craft and VanDutch in the style stakes but at a much more attractive price point. It’s no half-hearted side project either, as the yard has employed Dutch naval architecture gurus Vripack to handle the design and engineering, and has outsourced production to German boat-building giant Bavaria. Although the 42 will be built at Bavaria’s state-of-the-art factory in Giebelstadt, Keizer says that the look and feel of its new boat will bear no relation to Bavaria’s own range; all the finishes and materials will be unique to Keizer. The benefit to the consumer is price, because the 42 starts from

€240,000 before VAT. The equivalent Riva or Chris-Craft would be several times that amount. Though the expansive open cockpit is designed for long, lazy hours in the sun, one of the 42’s major plus points is its accommodation. There is room for a full-beam twin guest or double master cabin tucked beneath the cockpit with an unusual glass bulkhead (with drop-down blinds) enhancing the feeling of light space. Forward is a cleverly combined lounging and sleeping area with a pair of sofas aft of a double bed. A spacious bathroom completes the lower deck and, like the saloon, it has over 6ft 2in of headroom, according to the yard. A deep-vee hull design and twin 300hp/400hp diesels or 320hp petrols

should be good for 40 knots depending on engine choice and rounds off a compelling package that we look forward to seeing in the flesh at the German show. Contact Keizer Yachts. Tel: +31 (0) 6224 61320. Web:


Length 44ft 0in (13.4m) Beam 13ft 1in (3.99m) Engines Twin Volvo Penta D4-300hp / D6-400hp or Mercruiser 320hp Top speed 40 knots Price from €290,400 ex VAT

The boat should be good for 40 knots depending on engine choice

The twin guest cabin is tucked beneath the cockpit with a glass bulkhead







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Prestige 630 Having tested the 630 in the last issue of the magazine, we were pleased to see that Ancasta will be taking one to the London Boat Show. It’s an important boat for them and Prestige as it replaces the popular 620, but with a brand new J&J hull, extended VIP cabin, larger galley and separate access

The redesigned flybridge is one of many improvements over the old 620

to the master cabin from the saloon – there is far more to the update than a tweak of the exterior design. The 620 was the only boat in the range not to get Prestige’s trademark separate-access master and, though we’ve seen it many times before, it never fails to add a

LONDON Stand E110

sense of occasion to the master cabin. The only engine option available is the IPS950, which delivered 27 knots on our heavy prototype test boat, but be wary of performance dropping with cruising gear on board and some fouling on the hull. Contact See Prestige website for dealers. Web:


Length 62ft 4in (19.02m) Beam 16ft 10in (5.15m) Engines Volvo Penta IPS950 Top speed 27 knots Price from €1.42 million ex VAT


● Garroni styling ● New J&J hull ● Separate-access master


Left: the 25ft DFNDR features a roof rack which is great for active boating

Stand E46

XO Boats will arrive at Düsseldorf with two brand new models in the Cruiser and DFNDR. The renderings aren’t giving too much away but the basic details sound enticing. The 31ft Cruiser is described as ‘your own little island’ and though it has XO’s trademark hardcore hull and

up to 700hp from twin outboards on tap, on deck, it is all about enjoying life in the sun thanks to a totally open cockpit with a spacious sunpad and aft wet-bar. Below, a forward cabin features a double berth and a toilet and shower room to cater for overnight stays.

Below: the 31ft Cruiser has room for a double berth and heads below deck


Length 31ft 5in (9.6m) Beam 9ft 0in (2.75m) Engines Twin outboards up to 700hp Top speed 45 knots Price from £179,940 inc UK VAT


The DFNDR is a different kettle of fish and more in line with what we’re used to from XO. It’s a 25ft model specifically designed for tough, active use as is clear from the exoskeleton roof rack and quadruple spotlights on show in the renderings. Single or twin outboards should make for a top speed of 44 knots, too. XO says that deck storage will be ample to add to the DFNDR’s versatility as a fast transport/commuter boat, though if you want something tough for point-to-point blasts, exploring and watersports then it’s just the job. Contact Wessex Marine. Tel: +44 (0)1202 700702. Web:

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Bavaria R40 Coupé Bavaria will be launching a coupé version of the R40 at the German show. It shares nearly all of its makeup with the flybridge version but in place of the top deck, you get the sleeker lines and retracting sunroof of a sportscruiser. It’s a great option if you cruise in an area with restricted air draught. On board, the layout is impressive for a boat of such dimensions, with a fullbeam master cabin occupying the area amidships and space for two separate bathrooms, ensuring good levels of privacy when guests are on board. The saloon layout includes a side door to starboard, granting quick access to the side deck, and a window on the


port side large enough to climb out of. Engine options come from Volvo Penta all fitted with sterndrives and, given that the flybridge version managed 38 knots on test with twin 370s, we imagine the lighter coupé will be good for just shy of 40 knots flat out. Contact Clipper Marine. Tel: +44 (0)20 7054 7880. Web:


Length 41ft 5in (12.65m) Beam 13ft 1in (3.99m) Engines Twin Volvo sterndrives up to 370hp Top speed 39 knots est Price from £323,360 inc UK VAT

Sealine C530 The coupé version of the 530 will make its worldwide debut at Düsseldorf. Though it lacks the top deck of the F530, the mix of two good seating areas at either end of the boat and a pair of sunroofs makes for very versatile deck spaces. The sunroof forward has glass panes within it to make the most of the available natural light, even if the roof is closed, and aft, a canvas roof can expose or shelter the cockpit in a matter of seconds. Of course, we have only seen this initial rendering but without the added height of the flybridge, the C530 is easier on the eye than its doubledecked sibling.

The three-cabin layout is the same as the F530 and includes a midships master ensuite, VIP forward and a guest cabin that has the option of twins or a queen-size double. The pick of the engine options is IPS800, which will deliver a claimed 34 knots flat out. Contact See Sealine website for dealers. Web:


Length 52ft 9in (16.13m) Beam 14ft 9in (4.56m) Engines Volvo Penta IPS700 / 800 Top speed 34 knots Price from €683,940 inc VAT

Hall 15/D41


Hall 6/D22

RAND Picnic

Rodman Spirit 31

RAND never made it to the Southampton Boat Show, but its minimalist dayboat will be at London. The formula is refreshingly simple: an open 17ft 5in hull with plentiful seating centred around a teak table that is perfect, as the name suggests, for on-water picnics. The table can also fold down to create a sunpad. There isn’t much more to it than that really, except for a simple helm console and optional bimini to add some protection from the sun. The propulsion is interesting though, because the only motors available are Torqeedo electric ones with various

The Spirit 31 has been with us since 2010 but in providing outboard propulsion, Rodman has made space where the inboard installation used to be for a double cabin, meaning it can now sleep four adults in relative comfort. Having outboards does mean you lose the clever split transom that adorns the inboard but that’s the compromise for gaining some extra sleeping space. Performance is strong with the outboards and Rodman claims that in initial testing, the 31 reached over 40 knots with the largest twin 200hp

LONDON Stand C135


battery sizes. The largest capacity one will deliver a top speed of 13 knots with one hour of running time, but a cruising speed of 3 knots boosts time on the water up to 20 hours. This style of boating isn’t for everyone but if you want something to potter around rivers or lakes on, it’s a nice option. Contact RAND. Tel: +45 3151 3030. Web:


Length 17ft 5in (5.3m) Beam 6ft 9in (2.1m) Engines Torqeedo 5.3-10.8kW Top speed 13 knots Price from €17,500 inc VAT


Stand B190C

power plants. There is a variety of outboard brands on offer in single and twin configurations. Despite being over six years old, the 31 still looks fresh and offers a handsome alternative to the Bénéteau Barracuda and Axopar 28. Contact RBS Marine. Tel: +44 (0)1243 512101. Web:


Length 31ft 1in (9.48m) Beam 11ft 0in (3.36m) Engines Single / twin outboards up to 400hp Top speed 40 knots Price from £138,000 inc UK VAT


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Proof that we do test the rough-weather handling

I always look forward to the new of boats, at least when conditions allow! issue of your magazine and have been reading it with great joy for many years. The articles help me to follow the evolution of boat design and decide what my next boat should be. Lately, however, as Dave Marsh reflected in his Testing Times column, it seems to me that boats are becoming more and more like floating caravans and less and less like boats. The cleats are too small and often in the wrong place, there is too little storage for fenders, fuel filler caps are badly situated so that spills make the deck slippery and risk contaminating the fresh water fill caps. If you’ve ever tried to top up your tanks The official rum of the from jerry cans during a long Royal Navy Association and the Royal Navy crossing or used the anchor Sailor’s Fund winch to get tension on both bow



mooring lines in the Med, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Do designers never use boats? The primary reason why I like to upgrade my boat is to buy a better one, not just a bigger one. I hate the squeaks, rattles, slams and bangs which afflict so many boats in anything other than flat calm water. I also hate electronics that go mad in moist conditions and hardtops that surprise you with a shower Funny how Hugo gets to test the 1,040 horsepower of freezing cold sea

water whenever a wave breaks over the top. No wonder my wife doesn’t want to be on board in anything more than Force 4. I read your magazine to find out which boats have the best seakeeping, not who has built the most impressive floating caravan. So please make sure you give due attention to aspects like ease of mooring and rough-weather handling so that you can help me find the ‘right’ next boat. Paul De Boeck Spoken like a true boating enthusiast. Your words will be music to all our testers’ ears and with any

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luck, might make a few boat designers prick up theirs too. For the record, we always try to make sure we give due focus to these crucial aspects of a boat’s behaviour but we are beholden to the sea conditions we experience on test. Sadly, we rarely have the luxury of returning another day if the conditions are too calm to challenge its ultimate rough-weather ability. Hugo

Ray’s loophole Having seen many examples of clever new mooring aids in your magazine, usually with a clever new price tag to match, your readers might be interested to see my own version. Because most of these new mooring aids have metal bits that can easily damage gelcoat, I came up with my preferred solution 18 years ago when we owned a Sunseeker Travado 40 (we now own a Hardy Commodore 36). It consists of a simple loop of rope with plastic clips attached (see photo below)

…while news ed Steve has to make do with a 1-manpower pumpkin

Good to see that the launching procedure is as high tech as the craft Ray Tanner’s DIY mooring aid


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ONMBY.COM FORUM CHAT Back-up outboard?

YOUR PHOTO OF THE MONTH Flat calm Mark Watts captured this stunning stretch of blue about a mile off the east coast of Sheppey in October last year, though its universality is such that it could have been taken anywhere in the world.

which, once clipped to a boat hook pole, is simply placed over a cleat. A sharp pull on the boat hook pops the clips free of the pole, leaving the loop attached to the cleat. Job done – you’ve now got a secure line ashore. The cost is rather high at £2.65 for the clips (from Force 4) but I am confident it still compares well with the price of its more complex rivals. I have made up several for fellow boat owners. Ray Tanner The best ideas are often the simplest and I think your latest invention proves it. I’ll start saving now in the hope that I can scrimp enough to make my own ‘Tanner Pole’ in time for the summer season. Hugo

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Green light? What do you really think of underwater hull lights? Having read your article last month, I’m tempted, but am concerned that fellow boaters will judge me in the manner I do them… Leonié Tancred I’m not sure I’d bother in the UK but in the Med it’s a no-brainer. Go for it! Hugo


Wedded to the sea As always, Nick Burnham produced an informative, balanced view on the Used Boat test of the Seaward 29 featured in the January edition. If she who must be obeyed would let me get back into boating, it reads like my kind of boat. Maybe the brokers could have a quiet word with my wife, as that’s the only way I’ll be allowed to purchase a ‘proper’ boat. Terry McDonald-Dorman Why don’t you surprise her with a short charter on a ‘proper’ boat somewhere sunny. It might help change her mind. Hugo

Ugly duckling I’ve got to disagree with Dave Marsh and his view that Yacht A is one of the sleekest he’s ever set eyes on (MBY January 2017). To me, it looks like something out of a Disney movie, just missing the big smiley face on the front. John Elder I’m with Dave. It’s so much more interesting than the usual white wedding cake. Hugo

jccurrie asks I’ve just purchased my first ever boat, a Mayland Maestro. It has a 50hp 2-stroke Mariner outboard on it which I’m thinking will push it along quite nicely, but should I also have a back-up outboard for emergencies, just to get me home? And if so, what should I be looking at trying to get hold of, bearing in mind budget is tight? I’d only be kicking around Loch Lomond at first but hopefully, as I get a bit braver, I might cruise further afield. CLB says A Maestro is 21ft, right? If so, I would suggest that on calm waters, almost any outboard would get you home at slow displacement speeds. Fit a lifting bracket and get something like a 4-5hp. If you’re going coastal, I’d probably upgrade to a 9.9hp, but it then becomes a more permanent installation. It will still only push you along at 4ish knots, but the extra power will help overcome wind and tides. simonfraser says I discussed this with the yard where I keep my boat. In their opinion, all spare outboards do is seize up as they’re used so rarely. BruceK says I’m sorry @simonfraser but in my opinion, your yard gave you the worst advice ever. It’s like these new cars without a spare wheel. An auxiliary outboard should be used regularly just to maintain it, agreed. In one year on my 21ft sportscuddy I had to use my auxiliary engine three times to get me back. A 17kg auxiliary 3hp 2-stroke outboard is a small price to pay. TQA says A get-you-home back-up is always a good idea. Make sure you get a long-shaft saildrive type. As for it seizing up, just start it up every couple of weeks and run it for a minute. If it needs a different fuel mix, dump it in the main engine tank and get a fresh supply every couple of months.

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The Mont seductively beckons mariners towards a potential deathtrap of shoals and vicious currents



PETER CUMBERLIDGE: If you happen to be cruising in perfect conditions by the mysterious Mont St Michel, an island commune only accessible at high tide, turn in to see it before the ebb leaves it high and dry


round the end of our Channel Islands cruise last summer, we returned to Saint-Malo via the charming Normandy port of Granville. From an anchorage off Gorey on the east side of Jersey, Ytene threaded the reefs down inside the Chausey islands towards the craggy headland guarding Granville’s shallow approaches. On the horizon ahead was a familiar hump, an integral part of the seascape hereabouts. “There’s the Mont!” we always say, as the mysterious, almost ethereal profile of Mont St Michel appears at the head of its vast curving bight of drying sands, salt marshes and tiny rivers draining the hinterland. The spirit of the Mont wafts over these coastal waters between Normandy and Brittany, seductively beckoning mariners towards a potential deathtrap of shoals and vicious currents. This inner corner of the Gulf of Saint-Malo has the largest tides in Europe, a top spring range of nearly 13m. Because the Bay of Mont St Michel is so gradually shelving, the ebb recedes for up to six miles and the flood is said to return across the flats at the speed of a galloping horse. In Granville, we met some familiar boats and dined well at the amiable Restaurant du Port. Next morning, the wind had died and we

At low tide, Mont St Michel is surrounded by dry land

left an hour before high water, creaming across a glassy sea. Soon the Mont emerged again from behind Pointe de Champeaux. Gazing around at the quiet conditions, I instinctively checked the chart and my watch before turning in towards the shimmering silhouette. There would never be a better

Granville Marina in the Bay of Mont St Michel

Approaching the Mont at high tide


chance of saying hello to this aloof semi-island. Soon we passed the charted drying line, entering ‘borrowed water’ which in just over six hours would be dry land. As the Mont came into focus, we admired the beautiful stone layers of its ancient walled town, capped by a Benedictine abbey with a slim pointed spire. The early monks and hermits who first settled here certainly picked a stunning piece of real estate. If you visit the Mont by land, the views from the ramparts take in 60 square miles of drying estuary between Champeaux and the shellfish haven of Cancale. Sheep graze the coastal marshes and you see a string of tiny villages devoted to the serious business of cultivating oysters. It was all completely fascinating, but suddenly the echo-sounder warned it was time to retreat. The Mont has a bewitching effect on the unwary. Soon the plug would be pulled and depths in the bay would fall like a lift. Opening the throttles, I pushed quickly back out to where the chart was safely coloured blue.

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DAVE MARSH: The ‘no trim required’ boat is an unattainable dream – in reality, our mid-size boats have never needed them more and I fume whenever I find even entry-level trim tabs on a boatbuilder’s extras list


he question of boat trim was a hot topic at the recent launch of Evinrude’s latest G2 engines. There’s no doubt that integrating an automatic leg trim system into the G2 engines will make life far easier for the vast majority of boaters, even the most experienced. Still, I did question Evinrude’s technical supremos on their decision not to incorporate a user programmable setting into its iTrim system (see New Tech for more details) beyond the usual manual override of the auto-trim. The discussions also reminded me that, regardless of practical experience, there are still misunderstandings and myths surrounding the question of boat trim which don’t seem to have died out. So what are these myths? The first is that a well-designed cruising boat should not really need a trimming system, such as conventional trim tabs or interceptors, at all. In reality, our mid-size boats have never needed them more. Weighty optional extras such as huge flybridge cook stations and hydraulic high-low bathing platforms, along with even heavier items like flybridge hardtops and gyros (which are now finding their way on to surprisingly small boats) have made it impossible for the naval architect to design a notionally perfect hull. That’s because the load and the static trim varies so much between outwardly similar boats, especially when the potential extra weight lies way behind the centre of gravity. In truth, the ‘no trim required’ boat has always been an unattainable dream. Even if a designer could miraculously position all the fuel and water directly over the boat’s centre of gravity (an almost impossible task), although the CG might remain unchanged, the distribution of dynamic lift would vary underway depending on how high or low the boat was floating. So you won’t be surprised to hear that I fume whenever I find even entrylevel trim tabs on a boatbuilder’s extras list – they should be part of standard spec. However, it’s not just our big comfy cruisers that need tabs or interceptors. The second


Despite its considerable beam, with correct trimming – even upwind in a blow – the Sealine SC35 can be driven very hard

myth is that outboard or sterndrive-powered boats do not need a trim system because the engine/leg trim can take care of that. Well, that has unequivocally not been my experience. Although low-profile sportsboats may not suffer all that much from wind-induced lean, in a beam sea it can be very beneficial on some craft to be able to trim the boat away from the oncoming waves in rough weather, to stop the chine and the topsides banging. It does feel counter-intuitive, but a 10° list in what seems like the wrong direction can transform the ride on some boats. Also, different boats can and do respond very differently. For example, Sealine’s SC35 can be driven surprisingly hard in rough conditions upwind, but it needs the sterndrive legs trimming in quite hard. There again, the hugely competent chaps who sell the Botnia Targa range insist that their boats usually run

better, even upwind in choppy seas, with very little trim on the sterndrive legs – and driving at 45 knots directly upwind in metre-high seas with +2 trim on the sterndrive legs on board a Targa 32 certainly proved the point to me. Conversely, I found that the Paragon 25 was largely impervious to sterndrive leg trim, but responded very well to a dollop of conventional trim tab, upwind in rough weather, to achieve the smoothest ride. If you want to get the best out of your boat, fit the very best boat trim system (or systems, some are complimentary) you can afford – the fuel savings alone will eventually cover the cost. Experiment as much as you can and in ways that don’t necessarily seem conformist, and don’t presume that the perceived wisdom of trim tabs for side-to-side trim only, while leaving sterndrive or outboard for fore and aft trim, will always apply.


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That sound you hear is Solent-based boaters sobbing quietly… Yes, my berth was an absolute bargain



NICK BURNHAM: With seagulls the size of small cats swarming the jetty and a very high-rising cill, it’s becoming painfully apparent that a cheap marina berth comes at a price


clock mindful of getting back before the proverbial drawbridge is raised. After two years of regular asking, I eventually managed to synchronise my request for a place on the outer marina waiting list with a rare vacancy, but with 19 people ahead of me and a reluctance to give up such a privileged position, movement of the list would be glacial – think in terms of years, I was told, maybe tens of years. So it was back to the cill and the seagulls. It was the seagulls that finally did it for me. I ended up walking to the boat every single day to hose off the guano. At which point I ventured tentatively into the plush MDL office to make enquiries, and learned a couple of interesting facts. Yes, an 8m berth is over four grand, but there’s a break point at 7m where the price

per metre jumps. As a result, a 7.1m boat costs £3,695 but a 7m boat is £2,819. Strange, but true. My boat is 6.5m – £2,618. That’s still double my current outlay, but there’s more. It includes free winter storage and 30% off lift and launch. I reckon that’s worth about £500, narrowing the gap to about £800. £800 more for 24-hour access and to escape the seagull mafia! It would mean that if I ever changed my boat, I’d need to stay religiously under 8m, which would rule out that single-diesel Sunseeker 27 Hawk in Poole I lust after if it ever comes up for sale. But turnkey 24-hour boating… I was sold. At which point, the harbour authority called. A space had opened up on the Outer Harbour Marina – bizarrely, every single person ahead of me in the queue had declined it (died waiting probably) and it was mine! I didn’t see that coming…

“Until next time”



hose of you who’ve been with this column from the very beginning might recall that this whole ‘Born Again’ malarkey was initially sparked by the building of a new council-run marina in the tide-locked inner harbour of Torquay. We already had two marinas: a private five-star MDL marina with hot and cold running dockmasters and prices to match, and a council-run outer harbour that lacked the lavish facilities but was far cheaper. The latter was chock-full the moment it opened and the waiting lists were capped at 20 per berth size and long since full and closed. Which was why, when I saw the new marina under construction, I banged my name down for a berth and then started looking for a boat, which is where this nonsense all started. What I ended up with was an 8m permanent marina berth for about £1,350 a year. That sound you can hear is Solent-based boaters sobbing quietly… Yes, it was an absolute bargain. To put it in perspective, an 8m berth in MDL’s Torquay Marina, literally a stone’s throw away, is over £4,000! That’s a massive gap – too big even for man-maths to bridge. Or is it? The Inner Harbour has one or two issues in return for that low cost. Seagulls, for a start. Lined with a variety of takeaways, a certain demography of holidaymaker, thick not just of neck, like to sit on the harbourside, scoff most of their chips and throw the rest on the floor where seagulls the size of small cats feast busily before depositing the inevitable result on my pristine boat. Then there’s the cill. At roughly half (incoming) tide, the cill drops, giving about five hours of access before being raised at the halftide point of the outgoing tide. That’s a pretty good window of opportunity, but you do end up having to plan your day around it. On a lovely day, you find yourself frustrated that you can’t get out till early afternoon or you’re watching the


aston martin am37 The car manufacturer’s first ever boat is a remarkable achievement, but has it got what it takes to win over serious boating enthusiasts? Words Hugo Andreae Pictures Max Earey, Carlo Borlenghi & Richard Langdon

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he first time I drove an Aston Martin is a time I’ll never forget. I was a budding car journalist, barely out of short trousers and in awe of the trust placed in my inexperienced hands. The car in question was a Virage Vantage, a vast beast of a thing with a handbuilt 5.3-litre supercharged V8 developing 550hp and enough torque to spin the globe on its axis. At the time it was one of the most powerful cars in the world, yet it was dressed in such a sober set of hand-crafted aluminium panels that you’d never have known it. Even back in the 1990s, it was something of an anachronism – a lumbering dinosaur struggling to keep pace with a new breed of faster, leaner, sexier supercars from Italy, Germany and Japan. Did I care? Not a jot. To me, Aston Martin was and still is the quintessential British supercar brand, a true gentleman’s choice, holding firm against those brash impostors from across the Channel. Why shout about your success with Versace designer threads when you can whisper it quietly with a tailor-made Savile Row suit? If I’m honest, it wasn’t a particularly great car, at least not in my hands, but it was one of the greatest driving experiences of my life. It didn’t matter that it wasn’t as fast as a Porsche 911 Turbo or as agile as a Ferrari 348 – it had something far more important than that. It had soul. Of course things have come a long way since then, and the latest generation of high-tech Aston Martins will happily rub wheel arches with Porsches and Ferraris on roads and race tracks around the world. But even the outrageous track-only Aston Martin Vulcan is still a gentleman’s GT car at heart, albeit one bedecked with an entire swarm of carbon-fibre wings to try and keep its voluptuous curves pinned somewhere near the ground. So when Quintessence Yachts announced that it had signed a licensing deal to build the first ever Aston Martin boat, the AM37, it was never going to be a stripped-out 100-knot race craft. That kind of speed may sound appealing but anybody who’s driven a really fast boat knows that speeds over 50 knots are rarely an enjoyable experience. Exciting, yes, for a brief period, but also loud, scary and deeply uncomfortable in anything other than mirror-flat water. No, what it aspired to build was a swift, luxurious, elegant craft that captured the true spirit of Aston Martin; a British Grand Tourer that could outshine its glamorous rivals from Riva and Chris-Craft. That’s a hell of a big shout, especially for a brand new company that’s essentially starting from scratch, but thanks to the remarkable efforts of its own engineers as well as the exceptional level of input from Aston Martin’s design team, the first fruit of its labour is now waiting for me to drive. Hidden under a protective tent at the Royal Southern Yacht Club on the Hamble, it’s a far cry from the Monaco Yacht Show where it made its global debut, but somehow it feels right to be sea-trialling it in home waters, even if the weather won’t match the balmy conditions of the Mediterranean photoshoot. Besides, if the AM37 can impress us on a bleak British winter’s day then we’re fairly certain it’ll do the trick for its likely owners in Saint-Tropez next summer.

The deep single-stepped hull has a distinct affect on the way the AM37 performs


The Quintessence crew have been fussing over the AM37 since 6am on the morning of our test, primping and preening the saddle-leather seats and mopping the dew off its glossy flanks like stable boys round a thoroughbred stallion. We try not to comment too much on the looks of boats we test, figuring that readers can make their own minds up about something as subjective as styling, but I can tell you that it looks way more seductive in the flesh than those first few publicly released photos suggested. That’s partly due to the impossibly smooth and subtle surfacing of the deck, screen and topsides which seem to flow into each other like liquid metal to create a single taut shape that reflects the light in different ways as you move around it. It’s also partly down to the exquisite detailing of the inset strips of stainless steel, flush -fitting smoked-glass decklights and those evocative Aston Martin badges that shimmer and glisten like jewels on a Fabergé egg. It has real presence, combining old-fashioned muscular proportions with a level of bleeding-edge technology never before seen on a boat this size. If that sounds like a bold claim, take a moment to absorb the lengths

Aston Martin branding runs much deeper than a simple licensing deal


What Quintessence Yachts aspired to build was a luxurious craft that captured the true spirit of Aston Martin; a British Grand Tourer that could outshine any of its glamorous rivals THE DATA LENGTH 36ft 5in (11.1m) BEAM 12ft 1in (3.68m) FUEL CAPACITY 800 litres (176 gallons) WATER CAPACITY 100 litres DRAUGHT 2ft 2in (0.65m) RCD CATEGORY B DESIGNER Mulder Design & Aston Martin DISPLACEMENT 6.7 tonnes (empty), 7.4 tonnes (full fuel and water)

The surface detailing of the hull is exceptional

The gorgeous flat-bottomed wheel is better suited to a car than a boat


the team has gone to differentiate the AM37 from its rivals. You won’t find any off-the-shelf navigation screen, dials or throttle levers here; everything has been specifically designed and shaped for this one boat. The most extreme example of this is the complex three-piece carbonfibre cockpit cover which negates the need for wrestling with the usual crude canvas tonneau and poppers. On this pre-production prototype it’s still controlled by a remote switch on a cable but on the finished boat, it will all be managed by an app on the owner’s smartwatch or phone. One touch and all the cockpit seats lower on hydraulic struts while the engine cover opens and the three panels start to slide into place using a complex system of wires, cables and pulleys. Each one hooks up the next as it emerges from its hiding place, slotting effortlessly into place and securing the cockpit against light fingers or heavy rain. It’s one of the reasons the aft deck is so long and rounded; it not only has to provide storage for these three panels but also a separate bimini hardtop that hinges forward on powered cantilever arms to shade the helmsman and crew from the heat of the midday sun. No danger of needing that today, but the sound of those two Mercury Racing big block V8’s erupting into life is enough to take the edge off the chill November air. On the finished boat, these mighty 520hp beasts will be coaxed into action by an Aston Martin starter button on the dash, maintaining the theatrical aura of the experience but for the moment, a simple pair of keys will suffice. Quintessence make no apologies for this being an engineering prototype, not merely the first boat off the line that will shortly be sold on to a customer. It is determined to get every detail right and working reliably rather than letting some poor customer do the snagging for them. It’s an admirable if costly decision, but one that will surely pay dividends in the long run. Stefan Whitmarsh, head of operations at Quintessence, eases the AM37 out of its lair with delicate dabs of throttle and the occasional burst of bow thruster, causing both of us to wince at the death rattle of the cavitating blades – even Aston Martin can’t defy the laws of physics, but Stefan is confident they can make at least make them quieter. A brief stop at the fuel berth to keep the big Mercs fed and we’re out into Southampton Water. Stefan wants to give me a brief demonstration of what it can do before handing over the controls, easing it on to the plane with a bit of help from the trim tabs to keep the bow down. The initial surge of acceleration is urgent but not breathtaking, then just as I’m wondering if that’s it, I’m rocked back on my heels by a second burst of power. It feels like a turbocharger kicking in but Stefan assures me it’s simply the water releasing its grip on the hull as the deep single

A glass companionway door retracts at the touch of a button

The retractable carbonfibre bimini provides shade at anchor

step starts to work its magic. Suddenly we are flying across the surface of the Solent, as flat and true as an arrow, unburdened by the 7-tonne weight of the boat or the cloying drag of the sea. It’s intoxicating stuff and I need to know what it feels like from behind the helm.


Stefan begrudgingly swaps positions and allows me to settle into the helm seat, taking my time to adjust the various squabs to my preferred height and reach using the electronic toggle switch. I take a moment to breathe it all in – I haven’t felt this excited since I sunk into the welcoming embrace of that Virage Vantage all those years ago and I’m determined to relish every moment of it. The AM37 feels instinctively right. The ergonomics still need a bit of sorting – the view over the foredeck is distorted by that doublecurvature screen, the wheel blocks the view of the too-small digital rev counters and the seat doesn’t move back far enough to make standing a comfortable option – but boy does it feel good. Right hand wrapped around the gloriously tactile throttles, left hand gripping the sculpted rim of the wheel, I take a deep breath and engage the Bravo Three XR drives. They slip into gear as smoothly as a Rolls-Royce Phantom, with none of the histrionics you’d get from a surface drive boat with over 1,000hp on tap. The steering is light and responsive but not so quick as to unsettle the boat with every little nudge of the wheel. I ease the throttles forward and listen to the barrel-chested V8s pile on the revs as the bow tips skyward and an unstoppable momentum starts to build beneath me. It clambers on to the plane at around 20


Air vents are borrowed from the Aston Martin Vulcan track car Exquisite detailing of carbon fibre and hand-stitched leather

THE TEST PERFORMANCE TEST ENGINES Twin Mercury Racing 520hp petrol


The table drops down to create a double bed, making it the first Aston Martin you can sleep in

1,000 5 26.6 5.8 0.86 120

2,000 3,000 3,500 4,000 4,500 5,000 5,400 8 13 25.5 34 38.5 43 49 104 142 160 190 210 260 320 22.8 31.2 35.1 41.8 46.9 57.2 70.4 0.35 0.42 0.72 0.81 0.82 0.75 0.69 49 59 101 114 116 105 97

Strips of stainless steel and glass accessorise the foredeck



Deep forefoot and pronounced spray rails keep the cockpit dry

knots but doesn’t truly hit its stride until closer to 30 knots when that step comes into play. In fact, as the fuel flow figures show, it’s at its most efficient when skimming across the surface at 35-40 knots and even at 45 knots, it’s no thirstier mile for mile than at half that speed. Clearly efficiency is a relative term when describing a boat with twin 520hp petrol engines but this is the speed at which the AM37 feels in its element – swallowing up the miles at an improbable rate in remarkable comfort. Suddenly, that fancy windscreen comes into its own, funnelling the airstream up and over the cockpit, leaving the front-seat passengers blissfully unaware of the 50-knot gale whistling over their heads. There is still some fine tuning of the props and weight distribution planned to ensure the ideal balance between acceleration and outright speed, but things aren’t exactly shabby as they stand with a top speed on our test of 49 knots and the promise of a couple more still to come. What is clear is that the hull behaves exactly as you’d expect of a fast gran turismo, leaning into turns gradually and predictably rather than diving into them aggressively and threatening to dip a rail into the water. Far better to keep the propellers spinning and take a wider line rather than scrubbing off speed with a tighter track. That way you can revel in the predictable degree of stern slip that the hull allows, a little like a powerful rear-wheel-drive sports car but without the heart-stopping over-steer moment. This is addictive stuff and I can’t resist performing for the video camera rather more than is strictly necessary, even if it does result in a near swamping of the RIB where our photographer Richard is hanging on for dear life. It’s only when Stefan tells me that the poor engineer,

All the cockpit seats drop and the carbon-fibre covers slide into place at the touch of a button

whom we packed below decks for the duration of the shoot, is feeling a little green around the gills from being flung around the cabin like a cat in a washing machine that I finally take the hint and ease off the throttle. In the interests of equality, and the fact that this is the first Aston Martin to boast a bed and a galley, I take a turn below decks to see how it measures up. As you’d expect, headroom is in limited supply for those over 6ft tall but the fit and finish is every bit as special as you would expect, although I was mildly disappointed not to find a wood and leather toilet seat just for the hell of it. It’s the cockpit that really shines though with its rich mix of soft leather saddlebags, glossy carbon-fibre mouldings and highly polished metals. Nor have they entirely forgotten the practical side of things, with dedicated storage for the bespoke fenders that clip into place using special popper attachments. Even the anchoring system deploys automatically from its hiding place under the foredeck at the touch of a button, which is probably just as well given the slippery rounded side decks that you’d have to negotiate to make your way there on foot. By the time we return to the AM37’s special covered berth, I’m smitten. It’s not quite the finished article, as the team is quite happy to admit, but it’s clear that it has already achieved what many thought impossible. It has created a boat that not only looks and feels quite different to anything else out there but one that captures the spirit of a true Aston Martin. It may have more in common with the latest high-tech DB11 than the classic Aston Martins of old but just like that Virage Vantage of my youth, it’s positively dripping with soul. Contact Quintessence Yachts. Tel +44 (0)7881 305 865.

Twin 520hp Mercury V8 petrol engines were fitted to the prototype but diesels are also an option


The hull behaves exactly as you’d expect of a fast gran turismo, leaning into turns gradually and predictably rather than diving into them aggressively

THE COSTS THE COSTS & OPTIONS Price from (2 x 430hp) Price from (2 x 370hp diesel) Price from (2 x 520hp) Price as tested

£1.26 million £1.30 million £1.34 million £1.62 million

Carbon-fibre sliding cockpit covers Carbon-fibre retractable bimini Clima 12,000 BTU air-conditioning 3kW petrol generator Bow thruster 48in TV entertainment package Stainless-steel anchor upgrade Stainless-steel chain upgrade

£149,890 £59,290 £9,805 £17,394 £16,754 £4,778 £1,952 £2,809

= Options on test boat The anchor folds out automatically from under the foredeck



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winter wonderland From neighbouring Mallorca all the way out to New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf, Peter Cumberlidge picks five cruising destinations perfect for escaping Britain’s icy clutches and warming up Words & pictures Peter Cumberlidge

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t this time of year, in our grey northern climes, it’s cheering to dream about warmer, bluer waters where you might genuinely unwind and top up your tan. So for this winter holiday special I have picked five fabulous boating areas around the world where you can charter comfortable motor yachts from well-organised companies and escape on a sunshine cruise for a week or two. This personal selection has steered clear of regions where political tensions or uncertainties could make some travellers feel uneasy. However, a few of them require flying a fair distance, and my New Zealand charter area is almost exactly on the opposite side of the world to where we live in Devon! The five destinations are not presented in any particular order, but are all halcyon treats which particularly appeal to me.

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New Zealand is a long way to travel for a break, but if you happen to be flying halfway round the world to visit family or friends, a week’s charter added on could feel like good value. Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf is a glorious boating playground, with islands galore and some surprising echoes of our own colonial history. The Caribbean, of course, is a must for winter sunshine and the British Virgin Islands are simply my favourites in this dazzling sea of islands – gorgeous to explore, blissfully laid back and still rather attractively British. Florida’s Gulf Coast is a star not simply because of its warm winter climate and dreamy beaches, but also because this sun-drenched seaboard is so straightforwardly American, unashamedly focused on pleasure, holidays and having fun. The charter company I know here understands this perfectly. Mallorca is the closest to home of my famous five and I’ve always been fond of this fortunate isle. Popular it may be, but Mallorca has absorbed mass tourism for over half a century while retaining an impressive proportion of unspoiled coastline. There’s much to see and enjoy here, and chartering is a great way to do it. Finally, there’s the Seychelles – and what more can you say than roll the word luxuriously around your tongue. This far-flung archipelago is true escapism, literally out of this world. There are sandy cays in the Seychelles which have never seen footprints, except those of some wandering turtle. Be sure to leave iPhones and tablets at home – their babbling content will make absolutely no sense at all in these sensational waters. february2017


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Mansion House was originally the residence for the mine superintendent on Kawau Island


This grand expanse of sheltered water is on the north-east side of New Zealand’s North Island. Partly enclosed by the Coromandel peninsula, the gulf has clusters of islands off Auckland city and many others further out. Visitors with suitable experience can charter 12m flybridge motor boats (often called ‘launches’) for some idyllic cruising around Hauraki. Most of the gulf is part of a marine national park, so its coasts and archipelagos are protected from development. Charter operator Philip Wilson has two handy boats based at Gulf Harbour, a delightful marina on a rural peninsula north of Auckland. Westhaven also has one or two charter boats, a slick city marina at the south end of Auckland Harbour Bridge. Cruising north from Gulf Harbour, you soon reach Kawau Island, once owned by George Grey, twice Governor of New Zealand in the mid-19th century. Grey built an elegant mansion here, creating a wonderful Victorian park of exotic pines, orchards and olive groves around it. You can anchor in a sheltered bay near this carefully restored residence and its viceregal landing pier.

Port Fitzroy feels like a Scottish sea loch, only with seductive blue water that’s crystal clear, and the heady fragrance of lemonwood trees Most of the Hauraki Gulf’s coasts and archipelagos are protected from development

Westhaven Marina is situated at the south end of Auckland Harbour Bridge

On the east side of the gulf, Great Barrier Island is quite mountainous, rising to over 2,000ft. Its north-west coast has marvellous cruising in the sounds and inlets around Kaikoura Island. Port Fitzroy feels like a Scottish sea loch, only with seductive blue water and the heady fragrance of lemonwood trees. Tucked closer inshore towards Auckland, Waiheke is another gem, its east coast sheltered by a string of smaller islands. Don’t miss Man O’War Bay, named by Captain Cook in 1769. The crescent beach has vineyards on the mild slopes behind it, and the 2015 Man O’War Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent vintage! CHARTER FROM Philip Wilson Marine Ltd. Web: Tel: +64 (0)9424 0957. Mobile: +64 (0)27 4775 460. Philip Wilson has two 11.6m single-engine, semi-displacement flybridge charter boats based at Gulf Harbour Marina. Browse the New Zealand online charter guide for other options. Web: Tel: call Martina on +64 (0)3540 2880. Email: Sample prices per week NZ$5,040 October, November, April, May; NZ$5,950 December 1-March 31. GETTING THERE Many international airlines fly to Auckland, notably Singapore Airlines from Heathrow via Singapore; total travel time 24 hours. Air New Zealand is also a good choice. Auckland Airport is south of the city, 65km from Gulf Harbour Marina – an hour by airport shuttle or 2½-3 hours by bus and Gulf ferry.


British Virgin Islands anchorage bay


is named after an early Dutch settler and erstwhile pirate. Here you can anchor in Great Harbour and visit Foxy’s bar for rum cocktails. But for your first cruise leg, just hop a few miles south of Tortola to Peter Island, shaped like a boomerang with heavenly beach bays around its crook. East of Peter is a string of tiny islands with seafaring names – Dead Chest, Salt Island and Cooper. On Virgin Gorda, the Bitter End Yacht Club is a haven for true escapists, where the Caribbean days are long and lazy. Out on the north-east edge of the British Virgin Islands, Anegada is blessed with miles of empty beachcombing sand and lobsters second to none.


For me, the finest Caribbean destination for motor boat chartering is the British Virgin Islands. Serenely beautiful and simple to navigate, this enchanting archipelago lies well east of Puerto Rico, before the Leeward Islands start curving south towards Antigua and Guadeloupe. As a self-governing British overseas territory, the islands are also reassuringly homely for UK visitors, who feel safe and at ease here. The BVI spread out for 30 nautical miles, a compact cruising area with short visual passages between harbours and anchorages. There are four main islands – Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda and Anegada – plus 50 smaller islands and cays. Charters start from Tortola and in a week you can easily potter out as far as Anegada’s stunning white beaches and turquoise lagoons. Tortola harbour lies at the head of a south-coast bay at Atl Road Town, the island’s charmingly chaotic capital. Road an PUERTO LEE ti Town’s colourful main street is a higgledy-piggledy WA RICO RD parade of timber-fronted shops, bazaars, offices, BRITISH pubs and bistros, brightly painted in typical blues, VIRGIN pinks and yellows. The marina occupies a snug ISLANDS inner harbour with a film set-like Caribbean waterfront. Nanny Cay Marina is a few miles Caribbean south-west in a much smaller inlet, overlooked Sea by lush hillsides and enviable villas. West of Tortola, luxuriant Jost van Dyke island ND




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The uninhabited island of Sandy Cay is impossibly serene


The Bitter End Yacht Club is a haven for hedonists

CHARTER FROM Nautilus Yachting. Web: Tel: +44 (0)1732 867445. Nautilus Yachting is the UK agent for Virgin Motor Yachts at Nanny Cay. Look for their well-priced Trader 485, Horizon 48s and a Rodman 41 Flybridge. The Moorings. Web: Tel: +44 (0)33 0332 1520. The Moorings base is at Road Town marina. Their twin-engine power cats from 39ft-51ft are specially designed for warm-weather charters. Virgin Motor Yachts. Web: Tel: +1 (284) 495 2526. Sample prices per week Trader 485 Signature, Nautilus/Virgin Motor Yachts from US$6,250; Moorings 43 three-cabin power cat from £5,691. GETTING THERE Most UK charterers fly Gatwick to Antigua with BA or Virgin Atlantic, then on to Tortola Beef Island airport with local airlines VI Airlink or LIAT. Nautilus Yachting and The Moorings can arrange inclusive flight-charter deals.




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The swirling sands of Cayo Costa Gulf coast



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Cape Coral is known as the waterfront wonderland and it bursts with comfort and pleasure


You can’t beat Florida for winter sunshine and its Gulf Coast is classic charter country. Some of the most memorable cruising is along the 150-mile stretch between Marco Island in the south and the Venice Islands in the north, with Cape Coral and the azure waters of Pine Island Sound about midway. Southwest Florida Yachts is a friendly, long-established charter company based at Tarpon Point Marina in Cape Coral. Its interesting choice of bareboat motor yachts includes several comfortable Grand Banks, which suit this part of the world perfectly. The Gulf Coast is low-lying and renowned for its gleaming miles of toe-scrunching sugar-sand beaches. Parts of the coast are sheltered by chains of barrier islands, creating fascinating saltwater lagoons to explore, with more islands inside them. Way down south, the glitzy resort of Marco is on the fringes of the Everglades, a vast wildlife reserve of tropical wetlands with countless tiny islands scattered within its navigable lakes. Cape Coral is a fantastic modern holiday city with many Old Florida-style attractions. Known as a waterfront wonderland, the Cape is criss-crossed with 400 miles of canals lined with smart houses, opulent villas, palm tree gardens and every facility Americans can devise for comfort and pleasure. From Tarpon Point Marina you can head east through the sawgrasses and citrus groves of the Okeechobee Waterway which meanders through Florida’s heartland. North of Tarpon Point, the Intracoastal Waterway leads through Pine Island Sound inside Charter a Sea Ray 540 with Southwest Florida Yachts

the pleasure-seekers’ islands of Sanibel, Captiva, Cayo Costa, and Gasparilla. Here you can find entrancing beach anchorages, deserted keys and romantic Florida sunsets. Some island harbours have stylish restaurants where local seafood is the star turn. Cayo Costa is particularly enticing and you can anchor off its southern tip. Cabbage Key is a picturesque resort whose waterside inn is wallpapered with dollar bills! Vic and Barb Hansen, who run Southwest Florida Yachts, always tell their clients, “You can cruise with us time after time and never cross your own wake!” I’m pretty sure they’re right. CHARTER FROM Southwest Florida Yachts. Web: Tel: +1 800 262-7939. The SWFY charter base is Tarpon Point Marina at Cape Coral, Florida. Their bareboat fleet includes three Grand Banks (32, 36 and 42), several Carvers, a Bénéteau 44 Swift Trawler and a Leopard 37 power cat. Sample prices per winter week Grand Banks 36 US$4,499; Carver 404 US$5,046; Bénéteau 44 Swift US$5,828; Sea Ray 540 US$5,828. GETTING THERE For direct UK flights, Tampa International is the nearest Florida airport to Tarpon Point Marina, about 140 miles by one-way hire car or the Florida Express bus. Daily BA flights Gatwick to Tampa are just over 9 hours.


While Mallorca isn’t a winter charter destination, its season starts early and I have fond memories of springtime cruising around this timeless Spanish island

You need a boat to reach the beautiful Cala en Basset from the mainland


Cala Figuera, a working fishing port Mallorca’s tranquil south-west coast

CHARTER FROM The Moorings. Web: Tel: +44 (0)33 0332 1520. Moorings 43ft and 51ft power cats are based at Marina Balear, near the old quarter of Palma on the Paseo Maritimo. Marina Balear Yachtcharter. Web:



While Mallorca isn’t a winter charter destination, its season starts early and I have fond memories of springtime cruising around this timeless Spanish island. Bareboat charter options have always been limited here, but there’s a friendly local company at Palma’s Marina Balear and The Moorings now have 43ft and 51ft power cats based here. Easy to fly to, Mallorca remains safe and politically stable in an increasingly turbulent world. Palma’s wide bay has the island’s main port at its head, where a flamboyant Gothic cathedral is a magical sight from seaward. Palma itself has an old Moorish quarter of narrow cobbled streets, cool arcades and secret courtyard gardens. To start a cruise, maybe head westwards to Port d’Andratx, one of Mallorca’s most attractive and chic harbours. There are pine slopes each side and a coastal plain rises inland towards the old town of Andratx and a line of craggy peaks. Anchor in the bay or book a marina berth in advance. In quiet weather, you might press on next day to Ibiza, 45 miles to the south-west. Barcelona Cruising east of Palma, don’t miss the lotus-eating anchorage off Es Trenc, a long, almost Caribbean SPAIN beach in Rápita Bay. Backed by low dunes and MENORCA MALLORCA fragrant pines, Es Trenc is one of Mallorca’s holiday Palma treasures. It feels like a million dollars lying here, Valencia though many other boats will be doing the same. The south-east coast is known for its picturesque IBIZA BALEARIC calas, bays and dramatic caves. Some of the best ISLANDS S beauty spots become crowded, but Cala Mondragó n Me ea often stays quiet and the swimming is superb. diterran At Mallorca’s north-east tip, the Formentor peninsula shelters Pollensa Bay, one of the most spectacular parts of the island. Formentor has a commanding lighthouse high above the sea and its north-coast inlets are backed by soaring cliffs. The south shore looks softer against the rich blue bay and Cala Engossauba is a tranquil cove with a strip of white sand. The restful marina at Bonaire is one of my Mallorca favourites, set in a leafy enclave of comfortable villas.

Tel: +34 971 232 204. Marina Balear has a selection of sportsboats and larger motor yachts for bareboat charter. Sample prices per week The Moorings 43 power cat from £3,890; Marina Balear Prestige 32 from €2,660, Jeanneau Leader 10 from €3,490. The Moorings can arrange flightinclusive charters. GETTING THERE Numerous flights to Palma from most UK airports, flying times 2-2¾ hours. I like easyJet from Gatwick or Monarch from any of the main UK London or regional airports. Marina Balear is a 15-minute taxi ride from Palma airport.




The languid, live-for-the-day lifestyle of the local people is infectious and you soon lose all sense of time


There is something irresistible about the name ‘Seychelles’, which almost sounds like a gentle wave lapping a soft sandy beach under the hot southern sun. The physical reality is even more captivating. At only four degrees south of the equator, the 115 islands of the Seychelles group lie far out in the Indian Ocean, nearly 600 miles north-east of Madagascar. The remote outer islands are low-lying cays and atolls, some little more than sand spits or lonely rocky outcrops. The sheltered inner archipelago is on the Seychelles Bank, whose shallow depths account for the startlingly bright blue water we associate with the name. These are the only oceanic granite islands in the world, the peaks of ancient underwater mountains, high and lush with tropical forests and pristine beaches. A I AL Here you can anchor in paradise inlets surrounded by M SO palms and bright green takamaka trees. The gin-clear AFRICA waters provide incredible swimming and snorkelling KENYA over coral reefs. SEYCHELLES Ashore, there are breathtaking nature reserves. Mombasa The languid, live-for-the-day lifestyle of the local Dar es Salaam people is infectious and you soon lose all sense of



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The tiny granite island of Anse l’Islette

Seychelles deserted beach

time, idling between exquisite coves and soothed by balmy breezes. The Moorings power cat fleet is based on Mahé Island at Eden Island Marina, just south of Victoria, the island’s carefree capital town with its unique blend of French and English colonial vibes. On a week’s bareboat charter you can cruise north-east to the outlying clusters of smaller islands. Praslin has magnificent beaches and bays, with harbours at Baie Sainte Anne and Anse Volbert. The anchorage at Vallée de Mai is fringed with giant palms. Tiny Curieuse has a magical anchorage at Baie La Raie where the snorkelling is unbelievably vivid. La Digue island is a jewel of the Seychelles, an oasis of contentment that makes you feel like those early navigators who first stumbled on the archipelago and claimed to have found the Garden of Eden. La Digue residents use bikes and oxcarts instead of cars. CHARTER FROM The Moorings. Web: Tel: +44 (0)33 0332 1520. Moorings 434 and 514 power cats are both ideal for these waters and the equatorial climate, with four double cabins for up to eight people. The long, shallow catamaran hulls and twin diesels give fuel-efficient cruising at 10-12 knots. Sample prices per week Moorings 43 power cat from £5,215, 514PC from £7,082. GETTING THERE Fly to Mahé with Air Emirates via Dubai from Heathrow or larger regional airports, or Qatar Airways from Heathrow via Doha. Journey times are between 13 and 16 hours. The base is only a five-minute drive from Mahé airport. The Moorings can arrange flight-inclusive charters.






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sessa c42

The all-Italian brand is back in the limelight with an exciting new coupĂŠ to shout about. So has its comeback craft retained the effortless style and substance Sessa was so well known for? Words Jack Haines Pictures Richard Langdon

Boat report


essa’s period of uncertainty has come to an end and, thanks to investment from the Chinese dealer, it’s great to see one of the true innovators of the industry back in the game. In its pomp, Sessa was a byword for stylish design and near fanatical detailing, a potent combination of Italian glamour underpinned by genuinely intelligent boatbuilding. The C68 stands out as an icon of its time and, though the recession years have been hard on the Bergamo-based yard, new models are coming to the fore and one of the most important is the C42. In order to get people back into the brand, a boat within a core section of the market like

the C42 needs to be right on the money. It’s an interesting concept, described by Sessa as a crossover boat – it’s a sportscruiser, yes, but with cockpit doors in place it can easily be used all year round. That said, the cockpit itself gets more than its fair share of space on the main deck. It’s a fabulous area blessed with plenty of space for guests to move around and sit in comfort to dine or take in the view. Some see a transom-based wet-bar as a gimmick but on the C42 it works really well. Putting the bar within the cockpit would make things feels cramped but with the layout its chosen, Sessa leaves plenty of room in the cockpit while allowing the person helming the grill to be part of the conversation.

The teak-topped table is the focal point and it sets the tone for some wonderful detailing that thankfully, hasn’t been ejected in favour of cutting costs. The moulding work throughout is beautifully finished, as is the stainless steel. The cockpit overhang incorporates three stylish down lighters to illuminate the table at night, speakers and a sunshade that extends over the entire area at the touch of a button. On the foredeck, where space isn’t exactly at a premium, the yard has made the very most of what’s there by including thick sunpads with adjustable backrests, a repeater head unit and speakers for the Fusion stereo system and beautifully engineered folding fender holders built into the forward guardrails.

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The galley features all mod cons and is extremely stylish

The saloon is classy and dripping with cool but there are too many sharp edges on show

The owner’s cabin is attractively finished and packed with storage

The cockpit doors slide apart, as opposed to one side, to reveal a saloon brimming with Italain style. It’s a feast of contemporary timbers, hard angles, contrasting light and dark leather with highly polished cabinet fascias. There are a few too many sharp corners on show but it’s an inviting interior. There isn’t a huge amount of room to play with layout options on a boat of 43ft (13.1m) so the galley is located on the lower deck forward. Given the space on offer it’s a sensible configuration. With a short run of steps separating it from the main deck, those in the galley can still easily interact with people sat at the dinette. The galley itself is dripping with style, with more polished surfaces and a classy dark Corian top. That said, day-to-day practicalities haven’t been ignored so you get a deep stainless-steel sink, a good-sized oven and a fridge-freezer that is larger than the undercounter job that is the norm on boats like this.

A huge panel in the section of the saloon floor adjacent to the galley lifts to reveal a deep, dry locker perfectly designed to hold long-term stores and larger cooking items. Move forward and you come to the accommodation and a narrow passageway that is a necessary compromise in order for Sessa to fit two cabins and two bathrooms. Though the tight hallway isn’t ideal, the ability to house guests in their own cabin with a private ensuite will more than make up for it with most owners. The master ensuite is forward in what used to be the traditional layout before amidships master cabins muscled in on the act. Some rivals like the Prestige 420 S and Bénéteau Gran Turismo 40 offer a full-beam master that Sessa can’t compete with. That’s not to say the C42’s layout is without merit though, because you get a cabin that’s attractively finished and packed with storage. Between the two hanging wardrobes, eye-level lockers, fiddled bedside

Fitting two bathrooms into the C42’s shell is impressive enough but it’s how big they feel that is most remarkable. They both get generous separate shower cubicles

The twin guest cabin berths comfortably cater for adults over 6ft

storage slots and the huge storage bin under the bed there is space for a good few weeks’ worth of cruising gear to be swallowed up. The twin guest cabin doesn’t fare quite so well when it comes to storage but it has two spacious berths and an impressive amount of headroom, despite it being tucked beneath the saloon. The smart finishing extends into here too, with LED mood lighting, reading lights on bendy stalks, high-quality wooden Venetian blinds and plenty of wardrobe space. Fitting two bathrooms into the C42’s shell is impressive enough but it’s how big they feel that is most remarkable. They are almost identical in size and both get generous separate shower cubicles and bathroom ware that keeps the quality finish found throughout the boat. The guest bathroom has an access door from the hallway so can be used as a day heads too.


Sessa was an early adopter of Volvo Penta’s IPS pods and this is the drivetrain of choice on the C42. There are two options: IPS400 or IPS500 with a pair of D4 300hp or D6 370hp motors respectively. Our well-specced test boat had



FENDER STORAGE A small detail but a handy one. Instead of fenders gobbling up the space in deck lockers, Sessa has included solidly made twin fender baskets on either side of the foredeck. When not in use, they swivel upwards to keep the side decks clear.

TOP TABLE The cockpit table is a classy piece of furniture with thick teak leaves and a chunky handhold to grab on to when the top is folded. It’s also big enough to serve six people for lunch and sets the tone for what is a very well-finished boat.

The saloon is classically Italian in style

the latter and topped out at an impressive 34 knots on test in grizzly conditions. You can save yourself around €20,000 if you go for the smaller engines at initial purchase but they’re unlikely to be more fuel efficient than the bigger lumps thanks to how hard they’ll have to work to shift the C42’s weight and they may affect resale value further down the line, so the real-world saving may not be as great as it first seems. With the weight of the engines so far back in the boat, the C42 does have a tendency to run with a bow-up attitude unless you engage a decent portion of trim tab. With both tabs halfway down though, the ride levels off and the view from the twin helm seat is perfectly clear without having to crane your neck to see over the bow. It’s not ideal to have to engage so much tab but at least there is enough wiggle room left for fine adjustment to the trim depending on wind and sea state. The helm lacks cupholders and fiddles to hold loose items but its ergonomics are praiseworthy as is the combination of MFD and analogue dials so you can easily check engine readings. The dash is tasteful with lashings of coffee-coloured leather and mouldings.

Both bathrooms are kitted out with quality furnishings

The weather on test delivered a short chop but nothing overly taxing for the hull. It ironed out the worst of it without complaint, though there is a balancing act to be had with trim to ensure the forward section of the hull doesn’t run too low in the water and create unnecessary spray. The handling is typical IPS with a keen initial turn in that soon flattens out into a wide arc and ponderous turning circle. It’s not exciting but then this is not a sportscruiser out of the Windy or Hunton mould – it’s a cruiser, and a very refined one at that. Our test comes to an end and I spend a few minutes inspecting the C42 from the pontoon, having brought it alongside an up-river berth on the Hamble with the tide steaming through and the IPS feeling worth its weight in gold. Christian Grande, who penned the C42, is better known for his superyacht work but has turned his hand to the smaller end of the market effortlessly. It’s a handsome boat, with chiselled features and a beautiful taper from bow to stern that leads back to that low-slung transom. Our test boat was all white but one of the coloured hull options will make it pop even more. It’s unmistakably Sessa and looked great among the plastic populating Swanwick Marina.

SOUND DESIGN The C42’s foredeck is littered with useful additions to make life afloat even more enjoyable. Having speakers and a repeat head unit next to the foredeck sunpads means you don’t have to trek back to the saloon to adjust the volume or change what you’re listening to.

ENGINEROOM A hatch in the cockpit sole reveals the entrance to the engineroom and a short drop into the bilge gives good access to the area between the engines and daily service items. Getting to parts on the outboard side of the motors and over the top of them isn’t easy but on the whole, it’s a perfectly good installation.


The cockpit is one of the C42’s ďŹ nest assets. There is plenty of space on the L-shaped bench seating but also more than enough room to pull free-standing chairs up to the table

The wet-bar position makes a lot of sense, allowing for as much space as possible in the cockpit but meaning the grill is nearby

A side door adjacent to the helm would be useful


LENGTH OVERALL 43ft 0in (13.1m)

BEAM 12ft 8in (3.9m)

Though headroom is a little restricted, the berths are a generous size in the guest cabin

This big, dry storage void next to the galley is very useful for storing food and cooking tools

The two large wardrobes in the master cabin mean there is plenty of clothes storage

FUEL CAPACITY 216 imp gal (980 litres) WATER CAPACITY 70 imp gal (350 litres) DRAUGHT 2ft 7in (0.82m) RCD CATEGORY B for 12 people DESIGNERS Christian Grande & Sessa Marine DISPLACEMENT 10.6 tonnes


Open the sunroof and cockpit doors on a summer’s day and the Sessa’s character changes completely

Without space for a separate sunpad in the cockpit, the one on the foredeck becomes all the more useful. It’s a good one too, with thick cushions and adjustable backrests


The owner of the boat was on board with us for the day and considering he’d only had the boat for a couple of weeks, he couldn’t have been more relaxed about us putting his new baby through the ringer. Her final destination was Northern Ireland where she will be used all year round as a weekend apartment as well as a boat. This is something the C42 does very well as it has such an even spilt between indoor and outdoor space and can adapt to the weather accordingly. If you fancy a winter blast then close the cockpit doors and go, but on a summer’s day, open the sunroof and the cockpit doors and its character changes completely.

You do pay a premium for this versatility. However, it’s good to see that Sessa hasn’t tried to cut costs by drastically reducing quality. The brand was built on style and quality so if it loses that, it loses what made the yard its name in the first place. But with the French and German giants competing in this market, not to mention a number of top-quality Scandinavian alternatives, there are plenty of other places for people to spend their hard earned. Still, with a smartly executed product like the C42 and an enthusiastic dealer looking after customers in the UK, Sessa is poised to come back stronger than ever. Contact Bates Wharf. Tel: +44 (0)1932 571141. Web:

THE HELM VIEW The colour scheme on the dash is stylish and does a good job of reducing glare

It’s useful to have these analogue dials for a quick glance as well as the MFD


These areas would be much more useful if they had fiddles to keep objects safe



TEST ENGINES Volvo Penta IPS500. Twin 370hp @ 3,500rpm. 6-cylinder, 5.5-litre diesels

Price from Price as tested

FIGURES ECO RPM 1,300 Speed 8.2 LPH 15 GPH 3.3 MPG 2.49 Range 429

2,300 16.2 67 14.7 1.10 190

2,500 18.4 76 16.7 1.10 190

SOUND LEVELS dB(A) Helm 61 70 71 Cockpit 70 77 80 Saloon 63 69 70

2,700 22.4 88 19.4 1.12 200 71 79 71

2,900 25.2 94 20.7 1.22 210 73 79 72

FAST 3,100 29.1 115 25.3 1.15 199 73 81 72

3,300 31.0 129 28.4 1.09 189 75 81 76

MAX 3,500 34.2 159 35.0 0.98 159 78 83 78

Teak cockpit and bathing platform Hydraulic bathing platform Cruise pack (4.4kW bow thruser, Raymarine C125 MFD, LED lights, cockpit sunshade, bow comfort kit) Upgraded interior finish Electronic pack (Autopilot, Raymarine 49E VHF) = Options on test boat

Speed in knots. GPH & MPG figures use imperial gallons. Range in nautical miles and allows for 20% reserve. Calculated figures based on readings from on-board fuel gauges; your figures may vary considerably. All prices include VAT. 80% fuel, 55% water, 2 crew, cruising stores and liferaft on board, 20ºC air temp, F1 + calm conditions for sea trials

RIVALS £351,739 £487,511 £6,052 £10,435

£6,522 £6,087

Prestige 420S Price from £354,991 Also IPS powered, the 420S gets Prestige’s trademark separateaccess master cabin. Buy the test:

Grandezza 40 CA Price from £392,977 With the largest pair of 370hp Volvos, the 40 CA will crack 40 knots and it’s packed with thoughtful detailing.



he Moorings has been providing highquality charters all over the world since 1969, and from humble beginnings, has grown into an industry leader. A power charter with The Moorings offers you the choice of craft and range of destinations to go further, see more and get the most out of your cruising holiday. Experienced powerboater at The Moorings Sebastian Hirst explains why a power charter provides an unforgettable experience. Why choose a power catamaran with The Moorings?

With over 45 years of experience in the industry, The Moorings offers a wide range of spacious power catamarans from 39ft-51ft, which provide premium living space without compromising on performance. The Moorings catamarans are chic, stylish and great fun to cruise without being overly complicated. Choose from more than ten destinations worldwide, from the charm of the Mediterranean to the crystal-clear waters of the British Virgin Islands.

How simple is it to charter a power catamaran?

Very simple, especially if you have existing powerboat experience or happen to be a seasoned sailor. For existing powerboaters, we recommend that you charter a boat of a comparable size to what you have experience with. For people who have only ever cruised under sail, we would recommend a conversion course to make sure you are familiar with the different handling of a powerboat – for instance, the low draft of a power cat and lack of a keel means it is more susceptible to windage. If you don’t have the relevant experience or qualifications but still want to enjoy a power cat charter then The Moorings can provide a skipper for the duration of your holiday. If you’re lacking confidence or are just feeling a little rusty then a complimentary skipper can guide you through the first few hours until you feel ready to take the helm. The Moorings expert charter planners are on hand to answer any detailed questions you may have. They also offer a bespoke service that will take all the stress out of planning your holiday by


booking airport parking, flights, transfers and hotel stays to bookend your charter. What are the benefits of a power charter?

Obviously their speed and power make them great fun to cruise, but the added benefit of a power charter is you can get from place to place faster, leaving more time to enjoy the places you visit. They are great for island hopping in destinations with short passages and light winds that are not always optimal for sailing. For a novice or less experienced powerboater, we would recommend Croatia or the British Virgin Islands the first time around because there are just so many places to stop and so many things to do. For the experienced powerboater, we would recommend chartering out of Palma and cruising over to Ibiza to really experience the powerboat lifestyle and community there. What boat would you recommend?

The Moorings 43PC is our newest power catamaran and is a great entry-level option. It’s compact and easy to manoeuvre, yet feels spacious inside. If you’re looking for something bigger, The Moorings 514PC is our flagship catamaran and combines great performance and ample space for entertainment, including an expansive flybridge. Both models can comfortably cruise between 10 and 14 knots with powerful dual-engine propulsion.


The spacious saloon and galley of The Moorings’ flagship 514PC All our power catamarans have excellent entertaining spaces and multiple cabins

What qualifications do you need to charter with The Moorings?

The Moorings’ new base in Puerto Rico really opens up the Spanish Virgin Islands

Although no formal qualifications are required in certain destinations, if you were new to boating, we recommend that you get qualified to at least the level of Day Skipper Power. Experienced powerboaters should be at Day Skipper standard and can look to gain ICC Power 10+ accreditation. A Power Boat 2 refresher is always a good idea too. If you’re an experienced sailor and looking to transition over, we’d recommend a Power Boat Level 2 Course and an ICC Power 10+ assessment. We work with partners like Boatability to ensure everyone who wants to charter with us can get qualified, but most importantly, be confident. What’s hot for 2017?

Our new base in Puerto Rico really opens up the Spanish Virgin Islands and a power yacht is a fantastic way to be able to experience the unique blend of Caribbean and Latin culture or explore the remote and untouched natural beauty further afield from the main ports of call. We launched Power in Palma de Mallorca towards the end of last season to great success and expect it to really take off in its first full season. It offers the chance to taste the rich Balearic culture and offers great blue-water cruising opportunities to party in Ibiza or rub shoulders with the discerning people who escape it all on Formentera.

For more information on power charters with The Moorings, visit us at or meet us in person at the London Boat Show 2017 on stand DO12. Prices start from £5,304 in Croatia in May 2017 aboard a Moorings 434PC and from £5,736 in the British Virgin Islands in November 2017 aboard a Moorings 433PC. Price excludes fuel and is correct at time of print.





o I’m cheap. There, I admit it. As cheap as anyone who owns 56ft of Dutch steel trawler yacht, aka the Money Pit, can be. Let me loose in a boat jumble and I’ll snap up every half-empty can of wax polish that’s not yet set to the consistency of concrete. Rope? No piece is too short, too long or too chunky for my lazarette – as long as it’s pennies on the pound. Paint? Don’t get me started. We may have been reckless enough to sell up our life in Florida to fulfil a long-held dream to buy a liveaboard boat and cruise through France to the Mediterranean (see MBY January-May 2016) but we’re still working to a tight budget. Having now actually reached the Med,

we hope to experience a little of the millionaire lifestyle without the usual expense. So when I spotted a new folding teak passerelle advertised on the French Le Bon Coin website for half price, I needed it, wanted it, had to have it. Didn’t matter that it took a day and cost a small fortune to get it; I had to rent a car, drive 180 miles each way, pay for petrol, pay the wallet-bleeding French autoroute tolls. But it was half price. When I needed an outboard for my freshly acquired Caribe RIB – pre-owned, naturally – I did more research than Dan Brown writing The Da Vinci Code. Imagine my unfettered joy at tracking down a brand new Honda 10hp four-stroke, worth €3,200, on the cheap in a Kia car dealership in Menton. The sales chappie told me the dealer owned


After six months meandering through the French canals aboard their Dutch trawler yacht Nomade, our cruising couple attempt to spend a year exploring the Med without breaking the bank Words & pictures Howard Walker



Ask nicely and Saint-Tropez’ capitainerie will let you tie up for free for up to four hours

Nomade’s autopilot The wonderful steers east out of ancient town of the bay of Bandol Villefranche-sur-Mer

a Honda Marine operation in nearby Monaco and had hoped to flog a few outboards out of the Menton showroom. It didn’t happen, and the motor sat in the window, forgotten and gathering dust. The clearance price was €1,850. I offered €1,500 and got it. It was only after I’d schlepped it back to the boat that I glanced at the ID plate and saw the reason for the price. It had been assembled in, er, 2001. I think the term ‘new old stock’ comes to mind. Still, it was a deal. So with this background of frugality, you can imagine my heartpalpitating anxiety at the thought of spending a year cruising the Côte d’Azur, parking in outrageously priced marinas, paying through the nose for artisanal local mechanics to wield a spanner on Nomade’s greasy bits, and buying fuel-dock gas-oil at roughly a third more than the Carrefour around the corner. It was with these trepidations filling my head that we untied lines at Port St Louis at the end of the mighty Rhône north-west of Marseilles and set off for the Riviera. Could we do the Côte d’Azur on the cheap, or at least without totally evaporating the bank account? We were about to find out. If you’ve been following the adventures of the good ship Nomade in previous issues of MBY you’ll remember that we’d spent an actionpacked six months easing the boat from St Katherine’s in the heart of London, down the Channel, up the Seine and into Paris. From there, it was along the Marne to Champagne country. Then through the crazy low-bridged canals to the Saône river, on to the mighty Rhône and, finally, down to the Med. A big boat on very skinny waterways; six months, over 1,400 miles and 280 locks start to finish – definitely an adventure.

A ROCKY START On Nomade’s flybridge during a three-week off-season stay in Saint-Jean-Cap Ferrat


Now it all seemed worthwhile. We were finally playing in the Mediterranean. Day one saw us cruising past Marseille Vieux Port on the left,

the Count of Monte Cristo’s Château d’If on the right, then through the spectacular Parc National des Calanques with its craggy fjord-like inlets. Blue skies, blue water – we were here. The game plan for our year in the Mediterranean had always been to drop the hook as often as we could – find one of those secluded bays you see in the glossy travel mags, spend the night at anchor in peaceful solitude enjoying candle-lit dinners, and save on pricey marinas. We were going to put this theory to the test in the Baie de Bandol – the first stop on our cruise – where we’d read there was good holding just off the entrance to the port. What could go wrong? After all, Nomade comes with 300ft of industrial-grade stainless chain and an anchor that could hold the Exxon Valdez. We also had a newly acquired RIB and that not-quite-so-new Honda for zipping into port for a bottle or two of Bandol’s finest. What the cruising guides don’t really emphasise enough is that the Med is perpetually in a state of motion. The surface may look as flat as Norfolk but there always seems to be a swell rolling through. Add to that the constant wake from passing superyachts and go-fast boats, maybe miles off in the distance, and a boat like ours will sway like a Hawaiian hula dancer. While rock and roll may be fine for a lunchtime swim stop, through the night, it gets plain tiring. We lost count of the number of tumblers that tumbled, cutlery that clattered, wine bottles that went walkabout. At one point I thought we should invest in seatbelts for the bed after a local pécheur hammered past us at two in the morning, flat out, naturally, rolling us violently from beam to beam. And this wouldn’t be restricted to the Bandol anchorage. For pretty much the entire season, throwing out the anchor even in the seemingly most-protected of bays would be accompanied by constant side-to-side roll action. The glorious, protected bay at Villefranchesur-Mer in the shadow of Cap-Ferrat? Outside Port Grimaud at the bottom of the Bay of Saint-Tropez? Off Eze-sur-Mer right by Bono from U2’s pink villa? The worst. I even looked in to having a yard fabricate a pair of flopper stoppers similar to those on a friend’s roly-poly Nordhavn 55,



Ignore what you read about booking ahead. Unless you’re Eddie Jordan with a wad of Euros looking to park Blush in Saint-Tropez’ old port, trying to book ahead is usually a waste of time. “Sorry monsieur, we are fool,” is the reply we got from most capitaineries from Marseilles to Monaco when we asked for an overnighter. Call right around ten in the morning, however, preferably in your best-rehearsed Franglais for a same-day spot, and the likelihood of a “oui” increases significantly. Turning up and parking on the quai d’accueil, or welcome dock, is also a good ploy. That allows you to plead face to face and show what a nice, friendly chap you are. Most importantly, because the French love their forms, it allows you to fill out the paperwork and get your boat details into their computer system. We tried for weeks to score a slip in Antibes’ sprawling Port Vauban – just because I love the place – but always got the cold shoulder when we called. So we took the train to Antibes, went to the capitainerie office with our boat papers, told the nice lady we’d love to visit and while we knew there was no space now, could she enter our details in the computer? A week later when we called – at 10am sharp – we requested a slip and were able to say, “We are bateau Nomade, we are in the ordinateur.” Surprise, surprise, after hearing a clicking of keys, the reply came, “Oui Nomade, we have a place. For how many nights?” Here’s one more little piece of advice: before you walk to the office to pay, you swing by the local patisserie for a box of pastries or but there were too many zeroes in Captain Walker skirts the the conversation. Gyrating zeroexiting superyachts for a trip macarons, which you hand over with a gushing, into Saint-Tropez’ old port over-the-top, “Merci, merci madame for speed stabilisers? Not in our budget. the place. These are for the office.” Bribery? And I haven’t even mentioned the No. A gift of gratitude? Most certainly. After that, we never failed to dreaded Mistral, the howling gale that blasts down the Rhône score a spot in Antibes. valley and can turn the Med from glassy tranquillity to a frothy While most marinas along the Côte d’Azur are indeed pricey – maelstrom in minutes. While the marine weather services are pretty spot on at forecasting its arrival, you don’t want to be €120-€150 a night in High Season for a 17m vessel is a good average out at sea when it arrives. – there are veritable bargains to be had. Antibes’ Port Vauban, at As much as it pained me, after much deliberation, we decided around €70 a night, is certainly a great deal if you can score a slip. that for peace of mind, safety and continued matrimonial bliss, But our favourite turned out to be Golfe-Juan, half way between we would have to cough up for a marina berth. And over the Cannes and Antibes. coming months we’d discover there really was a technique in The key here is to take a left at the port entrance and head to the scoring a slip, especially for a boat of our size. Vieux Port de Golfe-Juan. Turning right takes you into the fancier Nomade heading out of the industrial Bay of Fos heading for Marseilles

Day one saw us cruise past Marseille Vieux. Blue skies, blue water – we were here

Eddie Jordan’s Sunseeker 155 Blush tied up in Saint-Tropez

Nomade’s blue hull stands out among the stark white of its neighbours in Antibes’ 1,700-berth Port Vauban


The fortified tower on Île Saint-Honorat provides a jaw-dropping view west

Low season in Saint-Tropez means you can stroll the streets, hang out in cafés and have the place to yourselves and twice-the-price Port Camille Rayon. The difference here is the Vieux Port is publicly owned; Camille Rayon is a private venture. We’d trained to Golfe-Juan early in the season – they had a great boat jumble on the dock with tablefuls of really cheap polish – and stopped by the capitainerie to introduce ourselves, hand over some macarons and get into their computer. A month or so later when the heat really started to build and we decided we needed a home port for the summer, with electricity to run our fans and air-conditioning, we called them back. Yes, they remembered us, yes we were in l’ordinateur, and yes they had a slip for a few days. We booked for a month and ended up staying for three. We took the staff more macarons and Champagne. It turned out to be a pretty magical spot. Within 45 minutes of loosening lines, we could be anchored and sipping frosty rosé in the

Antibes’ sprawling Port Vauban


breathtakingly gorgeous anchorage between Île Sainte-Marguerite and Île Saint-Honorat – The tower dates back to the two magical Îles de 1073 and has a lovely little anchorage right next to it Lérins just off Cannes. Gin-clear water, 2m depths, white sandy bottom; it felt like the Caribbean. Just don’t go on any weekend in late July or early August as there won’t be an empty piece of water to be found. And for half a dozen nights in July, you’d find us anchored off the beach at Juan-les-Pins, a short 20-minute cruise from Golfe-Juan, having dinner and listening to some of the jazz greats at the annual outdoor Jazz à Juan, Europe’s longest-running jazz festival. Last year, under the moon on Nomade’s flybridge, we hummed along to the likes of Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Chick Corea and Lionel Richie. For free. Amazing. As for our favourite harbour along the whole of the Côte d’Azur? Clichéd I know, but it’s still Saint-Tropez. During our year on the Med, we stopped in three or four times. One time, right at the end of the season, and unknown to us, the daily rate had dropped from a high-season €140 a night to a low-season €42. Okay, Beyoncé and Jay-Z were nowhere to be seen, but it was still fun to stroll the streets, hang out in the cafés, and feel like we had the place to ourselves. One little-known fact is that Saint-Tropez offers one of the very best mooring deals on the whole of the Côte d’Azur. Call up the harbourmaster mid-morning and ask if they have a place for le Franchise. If there’s space available, they’ll let you tie up free of charge for up to four hours. It’s done to encourage boaters to empty their wallets at the local restaurants and shops. Then, once you’ve had your fun, you can motor round the corner to the safe, secure, and surprisingly protected Baie des Canebiers anchorage just east of town for a free, stay-as-long-as-you-want mooring. Now if I could only find some cheap diesel. Next month The Porquerolles

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Why go electric? Many boat owners have already discovered the joys of carrying a folding bicycle on board. It allows you to explore further afield than the immediate confines of whatever marina you happen to be visiting and makes that boring but necessary trip to the supermarket that much less of a chore. But even the best folding bikes can prove a bit of a slog, especially in warmer climes – after all, the only way is uphill from most marinas. Now, however, the latest generation of folding electric bikes promises to take you further and faster than ever before, whatever your age or fitness level. Designed from the ground up as electric bikes rather than hastily converted pedal cycles, they feature powerful electric motors, long-range lithium ion batteries and neat folding mechanisms that often conceal the batteries and cables within the frame. The result is a lighter, neater, more compact solution that is both fun to ride and easy to store on board.

Folding electric bikes Words Steve Usher Pictures Richard Langdon

differing degrees of cycling experience to reflect a suitably broad range of users. Each of them rated all six of the bikes for comfort, performance, handling, brakes, ease of use and build quality on a variety of different surfaces from tarmac to dirt tracks. We then systematically folded and unfolded all of the bikes, noting how quick it was to do and how easy the folded bicycle was to carry and store. With most of the bikes requiring some pedal effort to get them moving, it wasn’t possible to accurately compare their claimed ranges so we’ve used the battery capacity and their own claimed ranges as a guideline. Lastly we measured their abilities against their price tag to ascertain our value-for-money rating. What the law says Provided you’re 14 or over, on UK roads, you don’t need a licence to ride an electric bicycle that meets

a specific set of requirements. The legal term for these approved bikes is an Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle or EAPC. In order to be classified as an EAPC, the bicycle (or tricycle) must have pedals that can be used to assist it, must not exceed 25kmh (15.5mph) under electric power and the maximum power output of the motor must not exceed 250W. If it meets these requirements, it is classified as a normal pedal cycle and can be ridden on cycle paths and anywhere else where bicycles are allowed. If it doesn’t meet these requirements, it is classified as a motorcycle and will need to be taxed, insured, type approved and requires the rider to hold a suitable licence and wear a helmet. All the bicycles tested comply with these regulations but some have the option to alter these restrictions in countries where different rules apply (see the notes below).

THROTTLE ADVICE Use of a twist-and-go throttle is permitted in the UK on all electric bikes imported before January 1, 2016. If you buy a bike

How we tested them We took a team of four testers down to Berthon’s Marina in Lymington to put the bikes through their paces. The team deliberately included people of varying age, height, weight and fitness levels with

imported after that date, chances are that the throttle will have been disconnected pending approval testing by a Department of Transport centre. If you want to use the throttle, you will have to connect it yourself at your own risk and in regard to the law and any consequences. DERESTRICTION On some bikes, you can alter the settings on the display meter to prevent the motor from cutting out when you reach the speed limit. Doing this yourself will make your bike illegal to ride. Doing this can also impact the motor and battery, reducing performance and battery life. “The 15.5mph rule is pan-European on this kind of bike; only in the USA and New Zealand can they go faster,” said David Miall, MD of Amps bikes, suppliers of the Wisper 860 torque.


The Connect is almost the complete package

The folded size is fairly bulky

The battery is hidden under the carrier above the back wheel

Way cheaper than its rivals

Shift gears easily using the rotating handlebar

Coyote Connect £499 The least expensive bike on test turned in a very solid performance, even if its packaging isn’t quite as neat as some ★★★★★

Weight 22kg


Stowable dimensions 60x86x45cm

The Coyote Connect’s 20in wheels feel surefooted under way while the sturdy aluminium frame gives a secure, stable ride. It’s not the most stylish of packages but its utilitarian appearance won’t offend anyone either



Brakes Tektro V-brakes

The six Shimano Tourney gears are slick and easy to use, rotating on your right handlebar. When you decide it’s time for a shot of electric power from the front-wheel motor, just use your left thumb to turn it on and choose the level of assistance you need from the three available. The 24V lithium ion battery doesn’t have quite the same urge as some of its 36V rivals but it will still reach the 15.5mph restricted top speed and its 9Ah capacity delivers an impressive range.

Gears Shimano Tourney 6-speed


Speed 15.5mph Motor 24V 3power Range 30 miles Battery Lithium ion Charge time 5-6 hrs Wheels 20in

Warranty Frame 3 years; components and battery 1 year

Sturdy frame and 20in wheels made for a comfortable ride


A wide range of seat and handlebar height adjustment with pedals in the natural place meant all our testers found it easy to find a comfortable riding position. The broad saddle also met with approval from our heavier testers. The front V-brakes and rear hub brake aren’t as powerful as some but are progressive and easy to use. The battery is stowed under the rear luggage rack rather than mounted in the frame but the extra carrying capacity is a welcome bonus.



It’s a little heavy to lug about but as you won’t be carrying it further than a few metres from the back of your boat to the pontoon, that shouldn’t be a major problem. The Coyote folds and unfolds quickly and logically, although its slightly untidy shape and size (60x86x45) when folded may not make it the easiest to stow on board. VALUE


It may be the cheapest of our group at £499 but it doesn’t feel that way when you ride it. Our news editor Steve bought one for himself over a year ago and swears by it. It’s backed by a three-year frame and a one-year battery and component warranty. VERDICT


Available exclusively at Halfords, the low price, sturdy build and comfortable ride make this a surprisingly good budget E-bike package. Spend an extra £30 on a bag suitable for any folding bike with wheels up to 20in from and you’re ready to roll.


500mm seats are available for taller riders

A fantastic all-rounder

The bike stands comfortably on its own when folded

Proper six-speed Shimano gears make hills a doddle

The powerful 36V motor is mounted in the rear hub

Kudos Secret £765 This cleverly designed and surprisingly affordable E-bike is unlikely to stay secret for long after this test ★★★★★

Weight 19kg


Stowable dimensions 85x40x65cm

The extruded aluminium frame is neatly welded with a modern rectangular design that houses the battery inside. Twenty-inch wheels and Kenda tyres with front and rear V-brakes and six-speed Shimano gears give confidence under pedal and electric power.

Speed 15.5mph Motor 3-position PAS & throttle, 250W Suzhou Bafang motor Range 27-30 miles Battery 36V 8Ah LiMnO4 Charge time 4-6 hrs Wheels 20in Brakes V-brake calliper, front & rear Gears Shimano Revoshift 6-speed derailleur Warranty 1 year warranty on frame, components and battery. In case of theft, the frame number can be registered on the company website



The Secret’s 36V 8Ah LiMnO4 battery is more powerful than the Coyote’s and hidden inside the aluminium frame –hence the ‘Secret’ name. There is so much acceleration on tap that you really need to go carefully at first until you get used to the right-hand twistgrip throttle controls. The LED unit on the handlebar displays three assist levels and tells you how much battery you’ve got left. You can use the throttle to set off and start pedalling until the power automatically kicks in at the level you set on the handlebar display. Take care using the power to start without pedalling; the eager motor can cause your front wheel to rear up if you overdo it. A gentle squeeze of the very efficient brake levers cuts out the motor when you need to slow down.

a pleasant bike to ride, although the pedals can clip the ground if you lean over too far into corners PORTABILITY



At £765, we felt that the Secret represented excellent value for money, offering the style and features of the more expensive bikes without the hefty premium. VERDICT


The frame looks safe and solid


Taller riders will need a longer alloy seat post than standard (400mm) to ride comfortably and Kudos can supply a 500mm one for a nominal extra charge. This aside, it’s


The Secret folds quickly down to a compact size and stands on its own without wobbling over. A Velcro strap holds it all neatly in place while you lift it into your boat’s lazerette. Its 19kg weight is par for the class, although sadly they no longer supply a storage bag to protect the bike from salt water and knocks.


This is the bike which most of our testers said they would buy for themselves. It performed well under both pedal and electric power, folded easily and its combination of style, quality and price was spot on. FEBRUARY2017 79


The curved frame looks good and feels solid

Neat styling, well engineered and a solid performer

It folds neatly but is no lighter than some of its rivals

There’s a USB socket for charging your phone

The battery is hidden inside the folding frame

Freego Folding Light £1,249 Stylish looks and an impressive array of equipment help justify this bike’s premium pricing ★★★★★

Weight 19kg


Stowable dimensions 43x84x69cm

Similar in style to the Kudos Secret, the rectangular section alloy tubing conceals the battery within the folding frame. A slightly more curvaceous shape and higher-spec equipment helps justify the extra cost.

Speed 15.6mph Motor Front-wheel hub, high-torque 250W intelligent brushless motor


Range 20 miles

Charge time 3-5 hrs Wheels 20in Brakes Tektro front disc & rear roller brakes Gears 3-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears



Three-speed Shimano Nexus internal hub gears don’t give you quite the same range of pedalling options as the six-speed derailleur alternatives but they are blissfully easy to use and less prone to the chain falling off. The electric motor is mounted on the front wheel with five different power modes giving strong performance uphill and on the flat. The disc brakes are so effective, they take a bit of getting used to.

Battery Lithium Ion 36V 7.8Ah

Warranty Extended 2-year warranty on registration with the website covers you for all components and there’s 5 years warranty on the frame

Particularly impressive are the Tektro front disc and rear roller brakes. The rear rack can take up to 25kg while the extra large LCD display has five levels of assist and gauges showing remaining battery capacity, speed and mileage.


Three-speed internal hub gears ease you along with power on or off


The frame is sturdy and strong with plenty of adjustment to suit all sizes and very comfortable handlebars. Like many of the bikes, the pedals are set quite low but the 20in wheels give a safe, secure ride.



Although Light in name, this model is almost identical in weight to the Coyote Connect and the Kudos Secret. During folding and unfolding, the black plastic locking band is a bit of a hindrance while you’re pulling levers on the handlebar stem but the whole bike does go down very neatly, including the pedals folding flat. VALUE


Available in ‘sugar apple green’ and ‘pewter grey’, the Freego comes in at £1,249. A two-year warranty reflects Freego’s confidence in the life of its 36V 8Ah battery – lithium batteries deteriorate over time so Freego uses only Grade A cells. And its frames are covered for five years! VERDICT


The Freego Folding Light is marginally better than the Kudos Secret due to its superior LCD display, it has better brakes and additional features, but it’s not quite enough to warrant the substantial extra price.


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This bike is lightweight and goes at a great pace

The Gallego fits into tighter spaces than any other bike on test

Smallest and lightest of the group with startling acceleration

The frame felt too small for our larger riders

The battery slots into the folding frame

Woosh Gallego £769 With its 16in wheels and quirky, fun looks, this bike lives up to its name – the Woosh part, anyway ★★★★★

Weight 18kg


Stowable dimensions 64x72x40cm

This is by far the smallest of the bikes with 16in wheels instead of the usual 20in ones and a much more compact aluminium frame with a flip-over Brompton-style back wheel. The 36V 7.5Ah lithium polymer battery is

Speed 15mph Motor 8Fun motor rated 250W, twistgrip throttle Range 20 miles Battery 36V 7.5Ah lithium polymer Charge time 6 hrs Wheels 16in Brakes Front V-brake, rear Shimano roller brakes fitted with sensors Gears 3-speed Nexus hub gears



The Woosh runs its 250W front-wheel motor via a twist-grip throttle with truly startling effect. The small wheels and rather precarious top-heavy riding position exaggerate the feeling of acceleration to the point that it verges on the alarming even if the top speed is limited to the usual 15.5mph. The three-speed gear shifter is easy to use but the low-set pedals, small wheels and compact frame size don’t feel suitable for prolonged journeys under pedal power alone. RIDER COMFORT

Warranty 1 year restricted to UK use only and not extendable

The back wheel flips over to create a stand


concealed inside the frame and some of the details like the leather saddle and chrome handlebar ends add a touch of style.


The Gallego is fine for short journeys around the marina but if you’re over 6ft tall or the wrong side of 12 stone, you’re unlikely to feel very comfortable or secure on longer rides. The pedals are prone to clipping the ground if you lean into the bends and our larger testers looked and felt out of proportion to the frame.



This is where those small wheels and frame size come into their own. It’s 1kg lighter than all the others in the test (apart from the Gocycle G3) and can fit into a tighter space. The flip-over back wheel acts as a stand and gives it a basic form of rear-wheel suspension. The only downside is that you have to remove the seat post to fold it fully. VALUE ★

★ ★ ★★

At roughly the same price as the Kudos Secret, the Gallego represents decent value for money and goes at a cracking pace, but it doesn’t feel as sturdy as some, and the one-year warranty is rather limited. VERDICT ★


This is the bike to get if you have very limited space on board and only intend to use it on short trips around the marina. Those smaller 16in wheels are the limiting factor for anything more challenging, although it’s possible that younger teenagers and women might cope better with the smaller frame size.

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The ultra lightweight frame and pit-stop wheels use technology honed on the race track

The G3 slots neatly into its portable docking station

High-tech design and peerless riding performance

The GocycleConnect app lets you customise your riding modes

An LED dashboard runs the width of the handlebars

Gocycle G3 £3,299 Racecar engineering and a futuristic design put this high-tech bike on pole position, albeit at a price to match its punchy performance Weight 16.3kg


Stowable dimensions 78x37x58cm in portable docking station

Designed by former McLaren Cars employee Richard Thorpe, this futuristic E-bike is a league ahead of its more functional rivals. The ultra lightweight magnesium frame and wheels are made using a process called


Range 50 miles

Thixomolding, which gives them the look and feel of carbon-fibre mouldings, while the swingarm rear suspension and fully enclosed chain are as elegant as they are practical. Quick-detach PitstopWheels clip on to the single-sided forks with a simple twist-andlock design. A row of LEDs in the handlebars show what mode you’re in as well as battery power remaining. There’s also a built-in front light and electronic three-speed gear selector.

Battery Lithium ion, 13.5Ah, 22V


Speed 15.5mph Motor Gocycle proprietary motor gear drive 250W continuous

Charge time 7 hrs Wheels 20in Brakes Hydraulic disk, front & rear Gears Predictive electronic gear-shift mechanism Warranty Register with Gocycle for a 2-year warranty on all except battery (1 year), frame, clean drive and wheels (3 years)


The Gocycle G3 is responsive to every slight manoeuvre


A 250W motor powers the front wheel while you pedal the rear. The motor is controlled by a torque sensor in the pedals, which can be tuned to give varying levels of assistance via the smartphone app. This also makes it possible to override the sensor and speed limiter (where legal) and drive it on the throttle alone. Gocycle claims the motor has more than twice the power-to-weight ratio of conventional E-bikes and it felt like that to us. The low centre of gravity ensures excellent handling while the hydraulic disc brakes are super effective.



The frame is designed to replicate all the key touch points of a full-size bike. You can even adjust the angle of the handlebars as well as the height. The slightly fatter wheels, rigid frame and proper rear suspension give a very secure and comfortable ride. PORTABILITY ★


The Gocycle doesn’t fold in the conventional sense but the wheels come off, the saddle post lifts out and the whole lot stows neatly into a wheeled carry bag. It takes longer to do than the other bikes but the end result is extremely neat and easily stowed on board. VALUE ★


At £3,299 it’s a lot of money, but it’s not hard to see where the money’s gone. VERDICT ★


This is the clear winner in terms of style, build quality, performance and rider comfort but that punchy price and complex folding procedure may put some people off.


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The step-through frame makes the Wisper easy to mount

The bike folds down to suitcase size

The large LED display was the best on test

Sturdy build quality and a very comfortable ride

Oversized tyres and a disc brake up front

Wisper 806 Torque £1,599 This hardy, dependable bike will last a long time and go all day, but is it worth the hefty weight and price tag? Weight 22kg


Stowable dimensions 30x100x70cm

The Wisper 806 Torque has a hand-built alloy frame with an impressive ten-year warranty. Its step-through design makes it the easiest to mount and its restrained but classy looks will appeal to more conservative types. The battery is perched over the rear wheel rather than integrated into the frame.

Speed 15.5mph Motor High-torque brushless frontwheel drive 250W Range 30 miles with standard battery, 50 miles with Samsung 575Wh battery


Battery Lithium 42V Charge time 2.5-5 hrs Wheels 20in Brakes Tektro V-brakes Gears Shimano 8-speed cassette


The brushless front-wheel drive 250W motor is so quiet that you can only tell it’s on by the boost in speed you get as soon as you engage the throttle and begin to pedal. Tektro V-brakes keep you in complete control and there is a choice of battery allowing you to increase your range to 50 miles with the optional Samsung mega-range 575Wh version. The standard long-range 375Wh battery carries you 30 miles. The centrally mounted and generously sized LED display shows speed in mph and tells you how much battery power you have left. A Remote Control Service System deep sleep mode protects the battery when the bike’s not moving. RIDER COMFORT

Warranty 2 years on registering purchase online includes battery. Frame covered for 10 years The frame is built by hand




Everything about the Wisper speaks of dependability. The folding mechanisms are well engineered and reassuringly strong. The cabling runs through the frame and even when exposed is well insulated against damp sea air. The HZ saddle features a 3D skin gel that moulds to your backside and the

oversized tyres help to soak up bumps. Not the raciest of rides but a comfortable one with plenty of range and a reassuringly solid feel. PORTABILITY


The downside of that big battery is weight. At 22kg, this is by some margin the heaviest of the bikes on test and you feel it when lifting it into or out of a lazarette. However, the folding mechanism works well and the end result is impressively compact. VALUE


At £1,599-£1,799 (depending on battery size) the Wisper 806 Torque costs twice as much money as the Kudos Secret but it does feel like a quality product backed up by that impressive warranty. VERDICT


A very respectable ride and clearly a quality product but the weight is likely to be a problem for some boat owners and the price looks a little on the high side compared to some of its rivals.

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Innovative, but not gimmicky; serious, but not stuffy; exquisitely finished, with enough customisation options for even the choosiest of owners. Introducing the MCY 80 Words Alan Harper

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The enormous flybridge is more like a superyachtstyle upper deck The aft lounge has plenty of seating and a splendid teak table

Fill your 80 with whatever fabrics and furniture you like – MCY has an amazingly relaxed attitude to customisation


o make a new yacht look different is easy. What’s difficult is making it look right, keeping the language of the design intelligible to the eye, and avoiding innovations whose only purpose is to attract attention. Novelty soon gets old. When the first Monte Carlo Yachts model was unveiled at the Cannes boat show just six years ago, it was obviously a serious piece of work. It was distinctive and grown up. It was 76ft long and had a certain authority, comfortable in its own skin. On top of all this, it was also – with its curvaceous mouldings, bubbling side windows, sculpted hardtop and Portuguese bridge – a bit different. Six years. That’s all it’s been, and since then, MCY has designed and launched another five yachts, all the way up to 105ft. The MCY ‘look’ has been evolved to suit each new model, up and down the size range, but it remains as distinctive as ever in all of them, including this new 80. It may well be true, as the marketing director remarked while standing on the sun-baked quayside at the Cannes boat show, that MCY’s latest model neatly fills the gap between the 76 and the 86, but it is not just a bigger or a smaller version of what the shipyard has built before. It has its own identity. As a design exercise, it works.


The level of detailing is impressive: inlaid stainless-steel strips in the panelling are barely noticeable, but they add a subtle perception of depth and solidity to the interior fit-out. On a practical note, magnetic locker catches are satisfyingly positive in use. To find a shelf lined with tactile stitched leather is a welcome surprise, a bit like discovering a £10 note in the pocket of an old raincoat. The dining table is an excellent pivoting glass one with swivelling ends.

The interior of this first 80 features a lot of oak veneers in various contrasting shades and textures, and lots of other expensive stuff from Hermes, Armani Casa and Minotti. But you can fill your own particular 80 with whatever fabrics and furniture you like, because Monte Carlo Yachts has a remarkably free and easy attitude to customisation. Not only is the interior design and decor entirely up for discussion, but even the layouts can be adapted to your own special requirements – provided, of course, that certain non-negotiable structural bulkheads remain in place. This owner requested a non-standard arrangement for the crew accommodation, for example, which, because he intends to run the boat with just one crew member, robs space from the second crew cabin – which is now a cramped twin-bunk affair on the port side – in order to make a bigger cabin for the captain. So there ought to be no complaints from the staff. The guests should be happy too. This is a spacious yacht. Nowhere on the lower deck does headroom sink below 6ft 6in (1.98m). The single beds in the twin-berth cabins are probably bigger than those in your guest bedrooms at home, and there is lots of accessible stowage space. Big windows bring daylight across the full expanse of the midships master suite, and there are large opening portholes for everyone else. A practical four-square layout makes efficient use of the hull’s volume. With its MCY signature Portuguese bridge and comparatively long foredeck, the 80’s profile confirms that its designers are defying the current fad for maximising the length of the saloon by pushing the windscreen as far forward as possible. They have placed the galley down below on the port side, so the saloon and dining area are far from compromised. In fact, with its huge side windows as well as the sliding glass doors leading out on to the starboard side deck, the main

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The interior of this first 80 features a lot of oak veneers in various contrasting shades and textures, and lots of other expensive stuff from Hermes, Armani Casa and Minotti The galley is down below on the port side

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The pilothouse is efficiently laid out This boat has a large customised VIP cabin

deck feels pretty luxurious. After all, with a generous length-beam ratio of around four to one, the MCY 80 is a pretty beamy boat – there’s really no shortage of space. As a plush waterside apartment, it works.


As with all of MCY’s yachts, the outdoor spaces on the 80 have been given as much thought as everything else. That foredeck has been carefully considered from the outset as a major entertaining and relaxation space. There are two semi-circular tables which can either descend to sunbed level or be converted using a substantial infill section, which has its own stowage slot, into a large dining table suitable for ten or 12. The seating is excellent – ingenious backrests make sitting up to eat almost as comfortable as lounging around like an elephant seal. A fabric sunshade can be rigged on four carbon poles for the full Bedouin effect. The flybridge is gigantic – 450ft2 in area (42m2). In truth it’s more of a superyacht-style upper deck, and its shade comes from a very substantial (optional) carbon-fibre hardtop. As for the cockpit, it is completely shaded by the overhang, sheltered from the breeze by broad, glazed supports each side, and has two sets of steps down to the bathing platform. So as a private beach resort, the MCY 80 works.


Among the aforementioned non-negotiable structural bulkheads, the engineroom’s is possibly the least negotiable of all. It’s as far aft as you like so as to leave as much interior space as possible for the lower-deck accommodation. The machinery space is cramped: shorter than it ought to be, set about with generators and fuel tanks, and with most of its middle filled by the tender well. It is beautifully executed, but maintenance and servicing will be a chore.

The attention to detail in the owner’s cabin, and throughout, is really something special

MCY 80

Although its turning circle may have seemed a little on the wide side, the yacht’s handling and helm response were perfectly precise As is customary among canny boatbuilders keen to make a positive first impression, this first MCY 80 was fitted with the more powerful of the two available engine options: twin 1,650hp MAN V12s. The ruse paid off. Pretty well loaded with nearly two tonnes of fuel and water and a typical Cannes Boat Show crowd of 14 people, not to mention some weighty extras such as the hardtop (it may be carbon, but look at the size of it), and a 3,920lb (1,778kg) Seakeeper 35 gyro stabiliser, a two-way top speed of just over 30 knots felt pretty impressive for a yacht of this size. It proved taut and well balanced at full throttle and high cruising speeds, with responsive acceleration. Although its turning circle may have seemed a little on the wide side, the yacht’s handling and helm response were perfectly precise.

SPECIFICATIONS DRAUGHT 6ft 1in (1.85m) FUEL CAPACITY 1,320 gal (6,000 litres) WATER CAPACITY 264 gal (1,200 litres) DISPLACEMENT 56 tonnes empty TEST ENGINES 2x1,650hp MAN V12 1650 OPTIONAL ENGINES 2x1,550hp MAN V12 1650 TOP SPEED ON TEST 30.1 knots CRUISING SPEED 20-27 knots PERFORMANCE (Range on 80% fuel) 2,350RPM 30.1 knots, 142.5gph, 0.211mpg, 223nm 2,200RPM 27.5 knots, 126.3gph, 0.218mpg, 230nm 1,900RPM 23.0 knots, 89.3gph, 0.257mpg, 271nm 1,600RPM 17.6 knots, 56.7gph, 0.310mpg, 327nm 1,300RPM 13.3 knots, 32.6gph, 0.408mpg, 431nm 1,000RPM 10.6 knots, 16.7gph, 0.635mpg, 671nm DESIGNER Nuvolari Lenard/ Monte Carlo Yachts PRICE On application

LENGTH OVERALL 80ft 9in (24.62m)


BEAM 20ft 2in (6.15m)

Automatic trim meant it was easy to establish a minimum planing speed, and it felt relaxed and comfortable between about 1,800rpm and 2,000rpm, for fairly rapid but comparatively economical passagemaking at 20 to 23 knots. As a cruising yacht, it works. There is much that is new about MCY’s new 80, but little that is novel. It has self-possession and demands to be taken seriously and in this, it is just the same as all of its sister craft. The brand’s distinctive style is well established by now, and while that Portuguese bridge and those round hull windows can still attract attention, it’s the right kind of attention, underwritten by the competence and quality of the yacht’s construction and engineering. Contact

The engineroom is fairly cramped

The owner’s ensuite has marble countertops



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ASKMBY FIRST BOAT I’m thinking about getting into boating and would like some advice on a first boat. The thing is, my budget is only around £10,000. Is there good stuff out there for this sort of cash? Max, Colchester If people are looking for a secondhand starter boat on a budget, I always recommend a RIB. The reasons for this are plentiful. Firstly, there are a lot of them about so you’re likely to find one to suit your budget. They are also covered in rubber, so the stress of nudging up to a pontoon or another boat is removed. For their size, RIBs are also very seaworthy and practically designed with deep decks, secure seating and plenty to hold on to. They’re versatile, too. Water sports, day cruises or heading out to the beach are all in a day’s work for the average RIB and you don’t have to be too precious with them when it comes to beaching or tying them to a quayside. A cursory STAR QUESTION look online unearthed a 2010 Wins a FREE pair of Ribtec 535 with a 50hp Yamaha outboard for under £10,000. BAMBOO Downsides? At this end of * SUNGLASSES the market they are likely to be lacking in creature comforts. Email YOUR questions now to Dry deck storage can be limited, seating on the short side and not everyone will be happy with the idea of RIB-style jockey seats. They can also look a bit too workmanlike for some. This wouldn’t deter me though – as starter boats go, they’re hard to beat. Jack Haines

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A QUESTION OF HEADROOM Being Dutch is a mixed blessing – we’re an unusually tall bunch, which means great views at pop concerts, but bruised heads inside a lot of powerboats. So your review on the Prestige 630 made my ears prick up (although not too far – I don’t want to exceed my already lofty 6ft 7in) with reports of “incredible amounts of headroom in the owner’s cabin” and “more headroom than the LA Lakers team bus in the ensuite”. However, “incredible headroom” is indicative but imprecise, especially when the average height of Westerners is rocketing. So my question is, why don’t you accurately catalogue the headroom in the principal areas in amongst the other useful data you print at the end? Anton Van Dijk We have toyed with the idea of printing the headroom data you suggest. The difficulty we have is that in any given area, it can fluctuate a lot. Localised overhead décor panels in the saloon can easily shave 2in off the maximum. In the archetypal twin-berth cabin (the one typically tucked beneath the helm) there are often three distinct headroom measurements: in the area just inside the door, around the sunken floor space at the foot of the beds, and further aft between the beds where the overhead often drops down. There are often two or three distinctive heights inside heads compartments too. The upshot is that we tend to mention the headroom when it’s particularly good or bad, but not list the innumerable measurements and variations. The truth is that only a long wander round inside is going to tell you the whole story. Dave Marsh

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PRODUCTS Nick Burnham

Even the fastest boats and the most experienced helmsmen can benefit from automatic trim systems

Boat trim and trimming systems With existing trim tab systems already going above and beyond what’s required to do the job, how do these four new developments measure up? Thanks to innovative thinking and the onward march of technology in the boat trim arena, the ability to extract the best performance and fuel economy from your boat and achieve the best and most comfortable ride in rough weather gets easier by the day. In recent times, we’ve come across four interesting developments. Last month, Evinrude impressed us with the automatic iTrim system incorporated into its latest G2 outboards. Hands-on experience with the latest generation of Bennett trim tabs suggests a key improvement in the US company’s product, and it has something new and exciting to offer – a counter to the system its main rival Lenco has had for some time. And Volvo’s takeover of Humphree – the Rolls-Royce of interceptor systems– has spawned a more sophisticated range of Volvo interceptors. So how do these products fit into the raft of existing trim systems, many of which are already extremely effective?

EVINRUDE VS VOLVO As far as we know, the functionality of Evinrude’s automatic iTrim system is unique in that it not only adjusts the trim of the outboard leg in line with the revs, but it also factors in the throttle setting. For example, floor the throttle from a standing start, and the G2 knows to trim the leg fully in because it assumes that you doubtless want to get on to the plane as quickly as possible. In sterndrive terms, its closest

equivalent would be Volvo’s Powertrim Assistant. However, the two systems do differ in key areas. With the Powertrim Assistant, you personally programme the leg trim at five different rev settings of your choice, to exactly match the behaviour of your boat, and you can reprogramme at any time. With iTrim, the software incorporates configurations for four different pre-defined boat types, and the boatbuilder chooses what it

Maintaining the ideal running trim is vital if you want the very best performance and fuel economy from your boat

considers to be the best setting for its boat, not you. I think it’s a shame that Evinrude did not go one small step further and include a userprogrammable setting that at least allowed a degree of fine tuning of those four installed set-ups. That said, I did test the system on four disparate boats (single 150hp to twin 300hp, and 20ft/6m to 34ft/10m) and it worked well on them all. Volvo’s Powertrim Assistant and Evinrude’s iTrim can both be instantly manually overridden. However, Evinrude bundles iTrim with every G2 engine, whereas Volvo charges you for its Powertrim Assistant. Still, even if you only use it to ease your passage on to the plane, Powertrim Assistant is immensely convenient – you’d be crazy not to specify the system on a Volvo sterndrive-powered boat. LENCO VS BENNETT Lenco and Bennett are the two giants of the conventional trim tab world. Until now, I’ve always favoured Lenco simply because on all the boats I’ve driven that have been fitted with Lenco trim tabs, they have always been far faster acting than their Bennett counterparts. However, that seems to have changed because on the last three Bennettequipped boats I’ve tested, the tabs have been much faster acting, on a par with Lenco. Bennett also have a new system called AutoTrim Pro (ATP).


The operational software that controls Volvo Penta’s enhanced range of interceptors has been considerably upgraded

MY TAKE I enjoy trimming my own boat


to get the best out of it but it takes time to perfect and even then, I can’t react as quickly as a computer to changing conditions. Hugo Although we haven’t tried this yet – the Bennett website says ‘shipping soon’ – it looks like a notably user-friendly system. Helmsmen simply store their two ideal running attitudes in the system’s memory, and then ATP will automatically maintain the attitude selected (in pitch and roll) regardless of changes in speed or loading or sea conditions. There’s a further fine-tuning function that allows the OEM to adjust the system’s response to engine power and hull form and the trim tab size. The tabs automatically retract when the system is turned off, but there are also

manual ‘full up’ and ‘full down’ buttons too, useful for all sorts of reasons: beaching, reversing, turning quickly from upwind to downwind, and so on. No surprise that Lenco also has an automatic system. Lenco’s Auto Glide has been around for some time, so it’s surprising that we’ve never encountered this on any of the boats we’ve tested – depending on how much boating you do, the potential fuel saving alone can offset or even pay for the modest cost (from $1,499 for a starting kit). Although the principal aim of Auto Glide is essentially the same as

Bennett’s AutoTrim Pro – to keep the boat at its most efficient and/or comfortable running angle underway – Lenco’s system sports sophisticated control software that differs from Bennett’s. It’s impossible to summarise the 60 pages of Lenco’s operational and installation guides (lucid as they are) but amongst the myriad modes that Auto Glide incorporates are: idle, planing, automatic, auto-retract for reversing and switch off, and hole shot; in normal, rough weather, and rough weather override form. There’s a rapid deceleration mode that aims to

Lenco’s Auto Glide and Bennett’s AutoTrim Pro both sport an extremely straightforward and clear control head

maximise forward visibility should you ever be obliged to wallop the throttles into neutral, but also a different ‘exit planing mode’ for the times you decelerate gently. The system’s gyroscopes and accelerometers constantly monitor, amongst other things, the rate of turn (yaw), and in planing mode, the system overrides the roll and pitch correction in sharp turns. All told, Lenco seem to have thought of every eventuality from the perspective of the hands-on boater, not the deskbound boffin. VOLVO & HUMPHREE Volvo’s acquisition of Humphree was always going to be good news. Humphree continue to operate at the very top end of the interceptor market, with heavy involvement in the commercial side and products that include custom-made interceptors. That left Volvo free to offer what is to all intents the off-the-shelf Humphree product, with its elevated levels of engineering, the recent significant change being that it now offers the full range of control software that includes everything from basic trim to full attitude control. Interestingly, Volvo has added two smaller blades – 300mm and 450mm – a clear indication that it hopes to fit its interceptors on ever smaller boats, and perhaps counter the threat from Zipwake’s simpler and far cheaper but still impressive interceptors (see MBY April 2016). Although Volvo’s interceptors might be considered more mass market than the Humphrees, they still ain’t cheap. But at least now you’ll be able to treat yourself to a pair and still keep the Bentley and most of your domestic staff. Dave Marsh FEBRUARY2017 97


Don’t let your duff French make you captain of a sinking ship

On the radar Simrad NSS evo3 multifunction display




MEL BARTLETT: Lost in translation For a few years, I earned my living by swanning around in a 55ft yacht. But even a dream job like that has its off days. One of them was when bad weather forced us to make an unplanned stop in Concarneau. Concarneau is a lovely spot but according to the chart, there wasn’t enough water in the marina for our 9ft draft, so I headed for the lesslovely (but deeper) fishing port. Within minutes of getting our warps ashore, a battered harbour launch turned up. As far as its crew were concerned, we were a plaisancier, so we belonged in the Port de Plaisance. And if we didn’t move ourselves, they would move us. Cecilia, my cook-mate, spoke French with an exquisite Parisian accent, but her vocabulary was more suited to discussing dinner party menus than arguing with harbourmasters’ minions. By the time we’d moved the boat into a berth intended for a vessel half her size and poked the seabed with a spinnaker pole to make sure the bottom was soft, I’d had enough. I ended up in a grotty back-street bar where I fell into conversation with the only other customer – a grizzled old boy who (I think) was trying to tell me that he’d been part of the Free French Forces in 1945. But his English was even more limited than my French, so we spent the evening drinking toasts to Winston Churchill and General de Gaulle. By the time I’d slalomed back to


the boat, she’d settled safely into the mud, bolt upright, steady as a rock. Nearly 40 years on, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has seen an incident very similar, but with a far less happy outcome. Bad weather forced three French trawlers to shelter in Dartmouth where harbour staff directed them to berths on the South Embankment Quay. The skippers assumed they were being allocated safe berths, but they were wrong. The fishermen spoke very little English and the harbour staff spoke no French, so a crucial warning that their boats would go aground when the tide went out was misunderstood. One of the three boats survived the night unscathed. Another grounded, but refloated when the tide rose. As the tide fell, the third rolled on to her side, and flooded. When the tide rose again, she was almost completely submerged. The MAIB doesn’t apportion blame, but it criticises the skipper for not having appropriate charts or tidal information, for not using his impressive array of sonar equipment to check the depth of water at the berth, and for not doing enough to limit the damage. But it also criticises the harbour staff for not ensuring the skipper knew the berth’s limitations. The message, though, is that the skipper is responsible for the safety of his boat and crew, even in harbour, and even when someone in a quasinaval uniform is telling him what to do.

The latest step in the evolution of Simrad’s NSS range offers little that is new but a lot that is improved in a range of four multifunction displays – 7, 9, 12, and 16in, at prices ranging from £1,519 for the 7in model to £5,579 for the 16in version. The highlight of the new range is the use of Advanced SolarMAX screens, which use a technology called in-plane switching to deliver bright, highdefinition imaging, with exceptional clarity in direct sunlight, wide viewing angles, and improved colour accuracy. The touchscreen control function has been improved too, so it’s now accurate and responsive even when it’s wet or spattered with rain or spray. This is combined with Touch Sensible controls – when the motion of the boat

makes touchscreen operation tricky, a keypad, cursor control and rotary knob are ready to take over. A dual-fuel GPS and Glonass receiver is built in, as is a dual channel CHIRP sonar with the option of adding a forward-looking or 3D StructureScan sonar through a separate sonar module, or radar by adding any of Simrad’s current range of scanners. The software incorporates a trip computer that can help plan passages by calculating fuel range and tidal information and – with Navionics Autorouting or C-Map Easy Routing – can even suggest the optimum route between any two points. It’s just like your in-car satnav, but with the added feature that the evo3 can also control an autopilot. Contact www.simrad-yachting/en-GB

More power to you MAN i6-730 and i6-800 engines Last month we had the iSeries generators from Fischer Panda, next month no doubt we’ll have the latest iWipe toilet roll, but for this month, the latest manufacturer to be sold the ‘i’ dream by an overpriced and unimaginative brand consultant is MAN, who’ve rolled out the new i6-730 and i6-800 diesel engines. Designed for both displacement and planing boats up to about 55ft and replacing the R6-730 and R6-800, the i6 is available in 730hp and 800hp guise (i6-730 and i6-800), both based around the straight 6-cylinder 12.4litre block of the D2676 motor from MAN. All the usual super efficient diesel specs are present and correct, including a high-pressure common rail-injection system that runs at 1,800 BAR (an amazing 26,000psi for us old-schoolers) which MAN claims ensures low vibrations, noise emissions and fuel consumption.

These engines bring aesthetics to the engineroom

All very laudable, but what really sets these engines apart is the visuals. “It brings aesthetics to the engineroom,” says Claus Benzler, head of MAN Marine Engines, and he’s not wrong – they do look fantastic! Good enough, in fact, to be granted an International Red Dot Design Award by the sort of men that wear thick-rimmed glasses and black poloneck jumpers. Glass saloon floors, anyone? Contact


Play it safe on the water Crewsaver Euro 100N children’s lifejacket Children. They start off as tiny bundles of joy that steal your sleep and suck the very life force from you and end up as sulky teenagers that despise you. However, there is a brief hiatus – before they learn the devastating power of the word ‘whatever’ and disappear forever into a world of utterly vapid social media – where they’re actually quite good fun. Or at least, tolerable. It’s very important that as a parent, you capitalise on this all-too-tiny window of opportunity by taking them boating at the earliest opportunity. It’s equally important, apparently, that you don’t drown them in the process. Crewsaver is on hand to keep your precious darlings safe with a range of children’s lifejackets, the latest of which is the Euro 100N. It’s an inherently buoyant foam-filled lifejacket, which has the distinct advantage over gas-inflation types that kids can use it for water sports like kayaking, paddle boarding or even swimming without it ‘going off’. Available in four sizes (baby, child, large child, junior), it features extra seat support in the smaller baby and child sizes, and all include the essential crotch straps, reflective taping and a whistle (which won’t be at all annoying once a two year old

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The colourful children’s lifejacket is designed to be safe and fun to wear

figures out what it does). A fun cartoon design helps persuade young’uns to wear them, and an Oliver’s Adventure storybook helps educate on the importance of wearing them. The Euro 100N takes the children’s range of Crewsaver lifejackets to four, meaning there’s a PFD for kids of all sizes and boating of all types, including an offshore cruising gas-inflation device called the Crewfit 150N Junior for children whose parents never tire of hearing, “Are we nearly there yet?”

But if I may finish with a plea? If you take your kids boating, and conscientiously ensconce them in an appropriate lifejacket, do wear one yourself. There’s nothing worse than a boat full of brightly coloured lifejacketwearing kids where all the adults are without. Nothing sends a signal to young minds that lifejackets aren’t cool faster than visually relegating them to something only children wear. Prices start at £50. Contact

The cover blurb describes this book as a collection of ropecraft ‘recipes’, but it doesn’t teach you how to tie everyday working knots any more than Jamie Oliver’s latest moneyspinner teaches you how to bake a potato. Instead, it gives you clear instructions for recreating 60 of the ropework guru’s favourite pieces, including key fobs and fenders, doormats and drink coasters. I’d have liked a little more help with things like “putting on a flat seizing” that the author obviously regards as being as basic as boiling an egg, but if you fancy making a suitably nautical lead for the ship’s dog or covering your steering wheel with rope, this book will tell you how to do it. Adlard Coles Nautical, £16.99

AND YOU THOUGHT YOUR BOAT WAS SPECIAL Nice superyacht! This is Aquarius, a one-off custom build, completed in a remarkable 18 months by Mengi Yay in Turkey. It looks pretty big… It’s 45m long, and a triple decker, so it isn’t short of space. How much space is there exactly? Enough for a main-deck master cabin with a full-beam bathroom, office and dressing room, plus four guest cabins, a captain’s cabin and three crew cabins. In addition to the living areas there’s also a spa, gym, and a fantastic beachclub. What’s it like inside? Designed by Autoban and claimed to be a ‘new design language’ for yachts, it’s intended to offer a more homely feel than the hotel-style interiors often found in these kind of vessels. So rooms are curved and ‘shell-like’, and full of natural

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materials like white brushed oak offset by dark hand-inlaid wood veneer inlays and plenty of polished teak. Engines? A pair of Caterpillar C32 motors produce 1,450hp each for a top speed of 16.5 knots.

It sounds dreamy, but I sense you’re holding something back… You’re right. What really sets this boat apart is its construction. These things are normally GRP or metal aren’t they? Absolutely, but not this one. What sets this motor yacht apart is that it’s built out of wood.

Aquarius is made out of trees. Who wood have thought it?

Really? It doesn’t look wooden All the outer shells are laminated with epoxy and painted. But yes, it’s wood. The main keel and construction foundations are iroko. Frames and beams are sapelli and mahogany and the rest is marine-certified plywood, laminated and painted. That’s remarkable. Why? The owner felt that this would be the best option as it’s proved itself as a construction material over centuries of use. He felt it was more adaptable and flexible for manufacturing as well as for alterations and repairs, and that it was more long lasting and durable than steel. He also thought it would give the yacht real identity. What does the yard reckon? They agree. They can build in steel, aluminium and GRP but recommend wood due to labour advantages and the ability to make rapid changes, plus they say it has naturally good isolation and insulation properties.

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Get a hold on your tech NavPod gen 3 I can remember exactly where I was when I first experienced chartplotter technology. It was 1990 and I was aboard a brand new Princess 435 called Meant 2B, berthed at the end of B pontoon on torquay marina. made by autohelm and fitted at the lower helm (you couldn’t have one on the flybridge in case it got wet), we stood entranced at the mono-colour green image flickering against a black background on the tiny display, amazed at the fact that the chart even depicted the actual marina. Not only that, but the blinking icon that depicted the boat was very nearly in the vicinity of said marina! It’s fair to say that chartplotter technology has come an awful long way in the intervening quarter of a century. screens have got brighter, clearer, and of course feature full colour. But most of all, they’ve got bigger. It’s the same story with secondary instrumentation, which has moved on many generations from the square Incastec log and echo-sounders of that 435 (or Incastink, as they were known in the trade, due to their propensity to failure). all of which is fantastic, of course, unless you’re trying to mount this new equipment on a Princess 435-era boat that was never designed to cope with the large displays of today – especially on the flybridge. the answer comes from ocean equipment, which

See under the sea OceanLED Eyes camera this underwater camera is made of aluminium bronze aB2, it fits a 1⅜in hole in your hull, features a tritonium 3.7mm optical lens with a wide field of view and captures full 1,080p highdefinition imagery. oceanLeD claims it can be used to ‘increase security and provide proof of the winning catch.’ Increased security from whom isn’t made clear – marauding haddock? and surely the best way to provide proof of your winning catch is simply to winch it another foot or two clear of the water? (Have you noticed how fishermen who throw their catch back always claim it doesn’t hurt the fish? I tend to brandish a fish hook at this point and ask them to put their theory to the test.) so I’m struggling slightly to see the point, but oddly, that doesn’t stop me thinking it’s a brilliant invention and wanting one very much indeed! $999. contact

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remote-control cruising Sentinel Boat Monitor one of the joys of living so close to my boat is peace of mind borne of the fact that it’s ‘within range’. If I haven’t had a chance to use it recently, a 20-minute stroll puts me on board to ensure all is well with my pride and joy. It’s something I’d really struggle with if I lived far inland, or worse (at least from this perspective, if not from the weather perspective), if the boat were abroad. sentinel marine solutions have a natty solution to this conundrum however – the Boat monitor. Viewed via an app on your smartphone, it allows you to monitor bilge pump use (it will let you know if it starts running), battery state (up to four batteries) and provides a geofence alert to warn you of unauthorised movement. It also supports wired and wireless sensors so that you can set up intruder alerts, temperature alerts (handy if you keep a heater aboard in winter and want to

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The boat Monitor allows you to keep track of things like bilge pump use and battery state via an app

know if it fails), shore power sensor and even humidity sensors. a motion sensor is a particularly useful bolt on if you keep the boat ashore on a trailer. Nmea2000 compatibility also allows you to connect to your electronics network and view engine data and other

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Antifoul a boat

MBY’s definitive guide to all those essential tasks you need to know how to do but were too afraid to ask Words & pictures Nick Burnham

One of those desperately dull but utterly necessary annual jobs – antifouling might be a chore but tackled the right way, it shouldn’t be too onerous a task. Everyone has their own theory about which product works best (see MBY May 2016 for the results of our latest group test) but as any true expert will tell you, the key to getting consistently good results is applying it properly in TIME REQUIRED the first place. Here’s how A day or two, depending to get it right, whether on the size of the boat and you’re starting from a bare complexity of the job hull or re-antifouling a previously painted boat… SKILL LEVEL 2/5 Boring, but not especially difficult

PITA RATING Potentially messy, which can be a PITA. Gloves and overalls are your work mates

DIY COST £110-£180 depending on whether antifouling for the first time or a previously painted boat and whether or not the outdrive(s) need painting (based on a 24ft motor boat)

WHAT DO THE PROFESSIONALS CHARGE? £300-£450, again depending on requirements (based on a 24ft motor boat)

TOOLS REQUIRED PPE (goggles, facemask, gloves, overalls), sandpaper, primer, masking tape, paint tray, rollers, degreaser, antifoul paint, outdrive antifoul (if required) With thanks to Darthaven Marina


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Mark the waterline If antifouling a bare hull (and if not, bear with us, we’ll get to you), the first step is to mark the waterline. There’s no substitute for floating the boat and marking the hull with a chinagraph pencil since the level will vary depending on factors like engine installation and optional equipment such as generators. The closer together your markers, the more accurate your waterline will be.

sand the bare hull This is to ‘key’ the surface and ensure a good bond between the primer and the hull. Fail to do this and it will peel off in chunks. Sand, clean, then paint on the primer. If already antifouled many times, you might want to consider removing some layers. A product like International Paint’s Interstrip paints on and soaks in, softening old coats of paint allowing them to be scraped off more easily. In either case, a facemask and goggles are recommended.



apply Masking tape Once you’ve marked out the true waterline, add a couple of inches to allow for extra load, fuel etc so that the antifouling line ends up slightly above the waterline. Mask the top of this antifouling line with a good-quality masking tape such as 3M. If you have outdrives or outboards, also mask a 1in gap around your transom shields to avoid a reaction between copper in the paint and the aluminium of your drive.


roller on fresh antifoul It’s time to don the facemask again but first, make sure you mix the paint thoroughly before and during the application. The main active ingredient of copper oxide is heavier than the paint and quickly settles to the bottom of the tin if not stirred regularly. Apply two thick coats with a roller or brush, with a third coat from the waterline to about a metre down where warmer water and more light encourages growth.


white antifouling looks great on a white boat! for about five minutes… you’ll get a scum line that won’t clean off and strangely, white antifouling is generally less effective than darker colours. not a practical choice


Make sure the hull is perfectly clean If it’s a brand new boat then use degreaser to remove any residual mould release agent before preparing the surface. If you’re repainting a boat that has already been antifouled then a prolonged pressure-wash and scrub upon recovery is the best way to remove any remaining slime. If you still see evidence of flaking paint or barnacle shells, you may need to set to work with a scraper and sander to remove them.


use outdrive paint, not hull paint If you have outdrives, you need to use outdrive paint (such as Prop-O-Drev), not hull paint. Normally this comes in aerosols. If painting for the first time, the surface will need to be keyed and primed first. Mask the areas around it to avoid overspray as well as any decals and anodes. You can also get similar products for propellers although we’ve yet to find one that lasts for a full season. february2017 105




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Entering foreign waters When Harry Metcalfe purchased a boat abroad, the buying process went far from swimmingly The last time I wrote about buying the Princess 61 you see here, I was in that strange period before completion but looking forward to a lovely summer on board our new boat. I’d like to say the final bits of the buying process all went swimmingly but that wasn’t the case, and it turned out to be a whole lot more stressful than I’d ever imagined. Quick recap: we sold our 2002 Windy 37 in April 2016 and put an offer in for Bateau 9 (our 2001 Princess 61) around the same time. The exchange price was approximately £140,000, which I was going to fund via a £95,000 marine mortgage from Lombard and the sale of a classic car. It all sounded reasonably straightforward but then one by one, the cracks started to appear. The main issue was that Bateau 9 was German registered, and because Lombard will only provide a mortgage on UK- registered vessels, we had to get our boat delisted from the German registry and provisionally listed on the UK registry. What I hadn’t realised at the time was before the German registry would delist Bateau 9, I had to pay for the boat in full. This meant I had to find £140,000 without the help of the Lombard mortgage and just trust the boat’s papers would be in order so she could be registered in the UK without a hitch. It was a chicken-and-egg situation but there was no backing out now, so I scraped the necessary funds together and wired the money across to the broker, Parton Yachting, at the beginning of June 2016. Fortunately, the German owner of Bateau 9 had a lease on the boat which meant I was actually buying the boat from PV.A Leasing, so at least we were dealing with a highly efficient finance team in Germany, experienced in this sort of transaction. The boat’s papers were released mid-June and the UK Registry issued a provisional registration for Bateau 9

as a pleasure vessel. All seemed good – but then another snag hit us. CRACKING THE CODE I had mentioned to Lombard that I was looking to do a small amount of chartering with Bateau 9 over the summer – I then discovered this changed the purchasing process dramatically. Firstly, Bateau 9 would have to be registered as a commercial vessel rather than as a pleasure vessel, and an MCA coding would be required before going any further with the purchase process. Also, Lombard would now only offer a seven-year mortgage term rather than the ten-year term I had budgeted for. Not only that, but when the boat’s papers arrived, it turned out Bateau 9 was owned by a Belgian in 2012 when the boat was called Bull Run. He’d put the boat into a company that year which is fine, but the paperwork for this change in ownership was a copy of the original document – unacceptable to the UK registry. It looked like I would have to commission a Belgian notary to help sort this problem out and certify it as a legal

After a lot of hoop jumping, Bateau 9 is finally available for charter

copy. The purchase process was all starting to get a bit stressful. Now Bateau 9 had been doing a small amount of charter under the German flag and I’d assumed this meant I would be okay to do the same under the British flag. Wrong – the previous owner had been mistaken in this so I commissioned Keith Willis (a UK surveyor based on the French Riviera) who had already done a pre-purchase survey on Bateau 9, to inspect and help get her officially MCA coded for charter. Keith came back with a pre-coding list of 45 items that would be needed before he could carry out the coding inspection. Most of the items were already on board (lifejackets, liferafts,

Harry upgraded the tender to a BRIG Falcon 360


Despite costing a princely sum, the boat is now fully MCA coded

radar reflectors, hand-held VHF radios) but the list required me to upgrade certain items. I had to upgrade the anchor to a heavier weight (35kg), buy a suitable 70m towrope, and two man-overboard buoys, install a linked smoke detector system in the engine room and all cabins, and have porthole blanks made to seal off the opening should the glass break at sea. Finally, a ‘heel test’ had to be carried out with 12 people on board, who all had to stand on one side of the boat while Keith measured how far the boat leans in the water as a result. The coding process is basically a box-ticking exercise but it’s a very worthwhile process as once your boat passes, the coding remains

in place for five years (with self-certified checks done each year) before it all has to be gone through again. OFF THE CHARTS The downside to all this coding work was the weeks were ticking by and I still didn’t have the boat fully UK registered, so it was a great day when the coding papers for Bateau 9 finally came through at the end of July. Now I could send the papers off to the UK Registry, obtain full UK registration and most importantly, get Lombard to release the £95,000. What I’d forgotten was the issue with one item in the boat’s history in 2012 being a copy rather than the original. Fortunately, the UK registration office in

Costing £11,000, it has proved a good investment

Cardiff had a solution which was, rather than getting Bateau 9 registered as a pleasure vessel first and then upgrading to commercial, they would register her as a commercial vessel straight away, as only one-year’s ownership records are required rather than the five years demanded on pleasure vessels. Hurrah! Cardiff soon sent through a vessel number which I had to get fixed to the boat and then inspected (in France). This was to confirm that both the plaque and the name of the vessel (plus port of registration) were in place before the official UK registration papers for Bateau 9 could be released. These finally arrived on August 18. I thought that was the end of the story but Lombard had other ideas, as they weren’t happy that the UK registration office in Cardiff had done their job properly. At least I could make Bateau 9 available for charter and she soon started to book up very nicely, earning €17,000 in charter income during the last few weeks of the season. In the end, Lombard finally relented and paid out on the mortgage at the end of

September, some four months after I had budgeted receiving the money. In all, getting Bateau 9 MCA coded ended up costing me £3,900 for the extra safety equipment required and £3,100 in fees but I know it’s money well spent, as it only adds to the peace of mind when the family’s on board. I also upgraded the tender to a BRIG Falcon 360 equipped with a Suzuki 30hp outboard which cost £11,000 delivered to France, but has proved to be an absolute blast over the summer. If I were ever to buy a boat registered under a foreign flag again then I would never do it without a professional looking after the process on my behalf. There are too many pitfalls that could potentially trip you up yet I’m told that my own experience was reasonably straightforward. Apparently, had Bateau 9 been Italian or Spanish registered, then waiting six months to get the paperwork through isn’t unheard of. That’s worth considering the next time you see a foreign boat in the classifieds which appears to be a tempting bargain. Harry Metcalfe FEBRUARY2017



The Cranfields used to charter out their old boat Rapport, shown here in its native New Zealand


A landmark decision

Laurie and Diane enjoying a drink aboard Rapport

Making the choice to charter out your boat is a big commitment and is no easy process I wouldn’t mind a pint for every time someone told me they’re planning to buy a boat and charter her out to combine business with pleasure. We tried chartering out our previous boat Rapport but decided against it for Envoy, our current Nordhavn 46. In our experience, chartering is fraught with traps for the uninitiated and requires high booking levels to make a profit. Chartering generally falls into two categories. The first and easiest category involves buying a boat managed by a chartering company, which reserves it for your use several weeks each year. This can work if the company is well run and achieves the expected number of bookings but leaves little room for manoeuvre if not. Our experience lies in the second category of trying to charter out a boat you’ve already purchased for yourself. When we were still boating in New Zealand, we bought Rapport, an Oliver Royale 4000 12m GRP flybridge cruiser, and ran her as a chartering business for six years. New Zealand’s chartering regulations are similar to those in the UK where the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) administers the Code of Practice for Small Commercial Vessels MGN280, applicable to vessels under 24m carrying fewer than 12 passengers.



The code requires boats to meet strict standards of construction, stability and equipment for lifesaving, firefighting and navigation, entailing a survey by a code inspector. The number and cost of the modifications required can vary widely from boat to boat. Fortunately, Rapport had already been surveyed and approved prior to our purchase, but we still paid out several thousand pounds for ongoing inspections during our ownership. The intending charterer also needs to consider whether they will be the skipper, employ a professional skipper, or offer bareboat charters. We used a Chartering can help offset costs but it can be tricky

combination of all three. To become a qualified charter skipper, owner operators will need to have a commercially endorsed RYA certificate. Only boats with high levels of bookings can justify a full-time skipper so most use casual skippers, whose costs eat into your income (we typically paid £130 per day). Bareboat chartering can work well but is best suited to technically simple boats operating in sheltered waters. We chartered Rapport at then-market rates: £450 a day bareboat, £700 skippered. Early on we discovered operational challenges. Many harbours and marinas

don’t allow commercial operations from their regular berths and require use of a more expensive commercial berth. Insurers also need notification and will likely charge higher premiums. Advertising is expensive. We listed Rapport with an agency, which did a good job but charged a 15% fee. We always met bareboat clients aboard for a briefing and demonstration (at least to show them manoeuvring in and out of the marina berth) and they expected us to be available by phone during the period of the charter to answer inevitable technical questions. Chartering often goes hand in hand with excessive alcohol consumption, resulting in some major post-charter clean-ups, while repair, maintenance and depreciation expenses exceed normal private use. It offers possible taxation advantages, but to claim these we needed professional help to prepare annual accounts and tax returns. Chartering Rapport resulted in a partial recuperation of normal boating expenses but for us, the business was not profitable while creating a significant extra workload. Nowadays, we prefer to keep Envoy to ourselves. It is more costly but it’s worth it for the peace of mind it gives us. Laurie & Diane Cranfield

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Princess 50 MkIII It’s got looks to kill and the speed to match, but it’s an elusive beast An interesting facet of the Princess 50 MkIII was established before even speaking to a broker, owner or the manufacturer. A quick scan of the brokerage market revealed not a single example for sale in the UK, despite a total build number of 85 boats. Indeed, my usual protocol of featuring a boat actually for sale had to be abandoned. John Gardiner, who kindly loaned me the fine vessel you see before you and in the accompanying

What are the magnetic properties of the 50 MkIII that ensure owners keep their bills of sale under armed guard?

video, was adamant of two points when we spoke. He absolutely loves his boat. And he’s NOT selling. And he’s not alone. Henry Firman owns a 2012 Princess 50 MkIII with which he operates Charter Solent ( “I’ve been contacted by brokers asking whether we’d be interested in selling but we’re hanging on to this one.” John too has fielded calls from eager would-be sellers

with clients hunting these popular but elusive craft. Meanwhile, Anthony Bert, owner of the very last 50 MkIII ever sold by PYMS, claims that for the first time in his life, he and his wife Lesley can come away from a boat show entirely happy with the boat that they already own. Which begs the intriguing question: what are the magnetic properties of the 50 MkIII that ensure owners keep their bills of sale under armed guard?




The deck saloon has a raised dinette forward opposite the helm on the main deck The L-shaped galley is below decks

Twin bucket seats at the helm are comfortable and secure

The full-beam master cabin feels huge for a 50-footer

There are two heads on board

The third cabin has bunk beds

The forward VIP has ensuite access

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ELECTRIC WINDOWS Check the mechanism is working on both sides of the helm. They are prone to failure TENDER CRANE Optional concealed crane in the transom coaming worth looking out for

DECK STORAGE There’s no dedicated lazerette, so the small crew cabin often gets pressed into storage duties

HIGH TOPSIDES It’s quite a stretch up to the cleats from the pontoon but this is what grants that terrific accommodation

SURVEYOR SAYS If I’ve said it before, I apologise, but in my opinion, Princess is the best of the boatbuilders in its class. So what is there to say about the 50 MkIII? I could say that the topsides are too high and hamper pontoon access, or that the galley-down steps are too steep, verging on the dangerous. But these are design issues, not condition or wear-and-tear issues, so let’s get back on track. Arguably, the best person to ask about any boat is an actual owner and it just happens that I have a close friend who has owned one of these from new and has experienced not one single structural, mechanical or electrical problem since taking delivery three years ago. This in itself speaks volumes. That said, my pre-delivery inspection of that particular boat did throw up some neglect behind the scenes in the form of missing non-existent bonding between the main hull and accommodation mouldings in numerous places, and a set of leaky intercooler seals on one of the Caterpillar engines. These issues were rectified under warranty without fuss. My only other gripe with Princesses is the old-school sterngland assemblies, which they prefer over a more modern lip seal, and it never seems to take much pressure to cause gel-coat stress cracking across the bathing platform rear lip, which is too fragile. Do commission a full pre-survey on any vessel (this involves around 60 sub groups of the structure and systems across the vessel), but you can approach this brand and model with confidence. Tony McGrail, yacht surveyor Tel: +44 (0)7711 329314. Web:

The layout of the MkIII closely echoes that of the larger sister ship, the Princess 54 – at a glance, it’s hard to tell the two boats apart HISTORY Launched in November 2008 and running until May 2012, the designation ‘Princess 50 MkIII’ might lead you to conclude that it was an evolution of the existing Princess 50 line. However, where the MkII was a gentle rejigging of the original, the MkIII was a keelup new model. Inevitably, when a fresh version hits the water, there’s a subtle swell in length in order to ensure a suitably impressive lift of interior volume. The MkIII bucks that trend, the hull length remaining resolutely below 15m at 14.98m precisely. But don’t think for one moment that the interior didn’t get that volume uplift. Ten centimetres added to the beam go some way to providing extra space, but the real story here is three-dimensional: it’s all about height.

“I think it was probably the height that concerned me most,” says Henry Firman, who moved up from a Princess 42 flybridge. “It’s significantly higher than my previous boat and I worried that windage would be a problem during close-quarter manoeuvring.” His fears proved unfounded. “I actually find it easier to handle than my old 42 – the props seem to have more bite, the extra weight makes the boat more docile, and there seems to be an extra layer of precision when you need it most. And the payoff for that extra height is immense, because the interior is simply superb.” There’s a clue to the big news over its predecessor in the topsides, where three vertical stainless framed fillets of glass give lie to the full-beam master cabin in the centre of the boat. Despite being one of the most compact


DATA FILE Type Flybridge cruiser In build 2008-2012 Designer Bernard Olesinski Hull type Planing RCD category B Current value From £400,000 LOA 50ft 5in (15.37m) Beam 15ft 0in (4.57m) Draught 4ft 2in (1.27m) Displacement 19 tonnes Fuel capacity 560 gallons (2,500 litres) Water capacity 130 gallons (592 litres) Performance 33 knots with twin Caterpillar C12A 715hp diesels Cruising range 270 miles at 25 knots with 20% reserve

THE COSTS SERVICING (inc labour & VAT) Twin Caterpillar C12A 715hp diesels Approx £3,000 (estimate) REPLACEMENT PARTS (inc VAT) Raw water pump POA Injectors POA Oil cooler kit POA Starter motor POA Alternator POA


flybridge boats of its era to sport such a feature, compromise was kept to a minimum, shallow steps in the floor to accommodate the vee of the hull and some ceiling intrusion being the only obvious concessions. In fact, the layout closely echoes that of the larger sister ship, the Princess 54, launched two years earlier. Both sport that full-beam master cabin, both feature three cabins and two heads on the lower deck as well as an L-shaped galley, and both offer a deck saloon with a raised dinette forward opposite the helm on the main deck. At a glance, it’s hard to tell the two boats apart. EXTERIOR John Tipton of Princess Brokerage International talks me through the key differences. “Whilst the boats are conceptually similar, there are key areas of variance. The third cabin is perhaps the most obvious – the 50 getting bunks where the 54 has twins. The stairs are a little steeper in the 50, and of course there’s a little less compromise in the master cabin of the bigger boat, although a useful lesson learned on the 54 means that the 50 gets a sliding ensuite door so that the main cabin door doesn’t clash with it. The 50 also has a higher dinette than the 54 giving a better view out, although you lose the two stools stored beneath the forward cabin bed of the 54 as the table is too high for them to be used’.

CATs or Volvos were available and both proved popular

Another subtle change is the loss of the lazarette beneath the cockpit floor, that shorter length meaning that the engines extend beneath the teaklaid sole. A crew cabin was an option on both boats, but the storage hold created if you don’t have it is so useful that Anthony had his converted back from a crew cabin that would have cost the initial owner an additional £5,500.

While we’re at the back of the boat, a particularly cunning option was a concealed crane hidden inside the transom coaming. It leaves the stern of the boat completely unhindered by a passerelle but allows a 250kg RIB to be lifted on to the bathing platform. Anthony far prefers it to the current system of hydraulic bathing platforms, pointing out that all

MY TAKE Princess may have shot itself in the foot with this boat. It’s so well suited to what owners are looking for that they are reluctant to upgrade to anything newer or bigger. Good news for them, but not for Princess or second-hand buyers. Hugo Andreae

Classy teak-laid cockpit sole is standard

All three of our owners previously owned smaller Princess boats. Henry moved up from a 42, as did John who ran a Princess 38 flybridge prior to that. Anthony began his boating career with a V39. Progression through a brand is a point that manufacturers would do well to remember as they abandon the lower echelons in search of greater glory and bigger bottom lines that come with larger models. All of our owners cite build quality as a major part of their brand loyalty as well as strong customer support from the UK dealer. None report anything beyond minor niggles. John had a spring cleat work loose – itself a trifling matter, but moving the huge fridge-freezer to access it was more of a challenge! To protect this boat with Coppercoat multiseason antifoul would cost £1,932 (ex VAT)

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the mechanics are kept dry and protected. The alternative passerelle adds another 30kg of lift (increased later to 320kg). And as Henry points out, even if you don’t need it for boarding duties in the UK, if you have air-conditioning as well then you have a Med-spec boat with a wider resale audience. INTERIOR Interior woodwork initially came in two shades of high-gloss cherry, ‘natural’ (light) and ‘classic’ (dark). Cherry was soon standardised as ‘serotina’ (roughly in the middle) with the light oak you see here making an appearance, and walnut offered on some of the last boats (by then, all choices were available in gloss and satin finish). Likewise, midnight blue and steel-grey hull colours joined the plain white of earlier boats. Xenta joystick control was offered, which linked engine and bow thruster control together via a joystick. Less subtle in operation than IPS but it does gain a more powerful bow thruster. Arguably

better was the addition of a stern thruster or the upgrade to variable speed bow and stern thrusters. Look out also for the optional electric saloon table in place of the freestanding coffee table (allowing this area to create a double berth), a washer-dryer beneath the stairs and a dishwasher in the galley. A 7kW generator was standard, 9.5kW and 11kW upgrade options. ENGINES The other big decision for the first owner was engines. The first three boats got the same twin Volvo Penta D9-575 fitted to the MkII and from then on, D11-670 (670hp) became standard with Caterpillar C12A giving 715hp as an alternative. Traditionally, Volvo Penta tend to be more popular in Princess boats but for the 50, the CATs added only about £6,000 (less than 1%) to the purchase price, and so were frequently specified. What we can’t give you is any information about servicing or parts costs as we normally would since, bizarrely, the UK dealer


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Date 2010 Price €485,000 Located Turkey This boat has full air-conditioning and a watermaker. Comes with Volvo Penta D12 engines. Contact

refuses to divulge this information… We’ll let you know if we hear anything! Anthony has Volvos and is very pleased with them, citing a 31-knot top end with a clean hull. Henry has the CATs. “The very first time I opened the throttles, I thought there must be a fault. The bow lifted slightly and that was about it. I scanned the dials trying to figure out what was wrong. One of them was the speed log – it was reading 31 knots! It’s so completely effortless that it barely feels like you’re moving. Throw it into a turn and it does though – it banks into corners like a sportsboat, so winding from lock to lock is a guaranteed way to impress charter guests!” John, also a CAT fan, concurs. “With full fuel tanks, we still see 33 knots at full throttle.” All of which is fascinating of course, but why the reluctance to move on? “The two large seating areas inside are key for me,” says Henry. “Put the cockpit canopy up and there are three areas, all on one level – brilliant for charter parties. The smallest boat Princess build now with this facility is the 56 which is virtually 60ft long. The 50 we can squeeze in anywhere – Newtown Creek is a favourite haunt, as is Yarmouth. I’m not a fan of the new vogue for aft galleys either. I understand the convenience, but facilities like the massive full-height fridge-freezer are lost, and the third cabin makes a useful extra catering store.” Anthony also prefers the lower galley: “When we have parties on board, we can move all the mess downstairs and deal with it later.” His only criticism is the steepness of the stairwell, a point touched on by Henry also, although both agree it’s a compromise worth making. John sings from the same hymn sheet. “This is our third Princess, each

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larger than the last, and I’ve had it for six years now. To go bigger, I would have to start considering crew, but I can manage the 50 on my own. It’s great for the sort of local boating we do – the buoys at Dittisham [on the River Dart] are 50ft maximum length, for instance.” Meanwhile, Anthony has begun a gentle programme of updates – new navigation equipment and LED lighting initially – as a way of ensuring he stays with this boat. For the UK at least, it seems that once you have a Princess 50 MkIII, you really have arrived. The only challenge is finding one. VALUE ★★★★★ BUILD QUALITY ★★★★★ ACCOMMODATION ★★★★★ PERFORMANCE ★★★★ OUR VERDICT 95%

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Three-cabin flybridge


Big on the inside ● Small on the outside ● Good quality

Words Nick Burnham


Spectacular amounts of interior space At the slight expense of ultimate seakeeping

Length 47ft 5in (14.5m) Beam 14ft 1in (4.3m) Draught 3ft 11in (1.2m) Displacement 12.5 tonnes Fuel capacity 337 gallons (1,530 litres) Engines Twin Cummins QSC8.3 500hp diesels FOR SALE Jaykay Marine. Web:

2008 £224,995



Jeanneau Prestige 46 Two years ago, the stand-alone prestige (as the name infers) echelon of Jeanneau wowed the world with a sub-70ft main-deck master cabin and recently it launched a 75-footer. Yet barely under a decade ago, this 46-footer, still with Jeanneau in the title, was the flagship model. Progress indeed. INTERIOR Considering it’s a three-cabin mid-40ft flybridge boat, it’s interesting that the most spectacular element of the interior isn’t all the bedrooms – it’s the The interior is vast, more akin to that of a 50ft boat

saloon. You’d expect a little compromise in deference to the sleeping areas, but the reality is almost the reverse – it’s vast! A large lounge area greets you through the aft doors, there’s a Ushaped galley plus, remarkably, a dinette alongside the helm that doubles as a great place to sit underway. Downstairs, two double cabins and a twin complete an interior more akin to a 50ft boat.

form, resulting in a stylish look. You don’t usually see asymmetric side decks on this size of boat – this means the port deck is a full foot wide, making access forward easy. The flybridge has a decent footprint but side coamings are low (albeit topped with rails) to keep the profile sleeker, as are flybridge seats. An optional crew cabin is squeezed beneath the cockpit seat.

EXTERIOR Italian designers Vittorio Garroni and Musio-Sale had a hand in the exterior

PERFORMANCE Twin Volvo Penta TAMD 74 or 75 motors, giving 430hp or 480hp each, were

The U-shaped galley is set down a few steps

The large lounge area greets you as you enter through the aft doors

offered upon launch in 2003. Cummins QSC8.3 500hp engines were offered on later boats, the combined 1,000hp achieving over 30 knots. SEAKEEPING A medium vee-hull with an 18-degree deadrise means that the Prestige 46 isn’t the last word in wave cleaving, but it’s nothing that a gentle easing of throttles and touch of tab in rougher conditions won’t sort out. What is impressive is noise levels. Even flat out, the readings remain sub-80dB(A).

The master cabin is one of two doubles

The twin has two single beds rather than a bunk


DATA FILE Length 45ft 8in (13.9m) Beam 14ft 0in (4.3m) Draught 3ft 7in (1.1m) Displacement 14.8 tonnes Fuel capacity 360 gallons (1,636 litres) Engines Volvo Penta TAMD 74 480hp diesel FOR SALE Princess Motor Yacht Sales. Web:

2004 £229,000

The consummate all-rounder. Very good everywhere

Princess 45 Princess revived the model number of its classic 1980s flagship for this mid-40ft three-cabin boat, but the reality was very different and far more modern – and at the time of launch in 1999, it was one of the smallest threecabin aft-cockpit boats on the market. INTERIOR The original 1980s Princess 45 had the option of three cabins, or two plus a dinette next to the galley on the lower level. Launched on the eve of the millennium, the ‘new’ 45 only offered

Arguably a touch ubiquitous

a three-cabin layout, and the galley was pushed up on to a half deck between the saloon and lower level. The reason is simple: the later boat is a physically smaller craft, 45 referring to the length to the tip of the integral platform rather than to the transom as was the case with the earlier boat (actually succeeded by the Princess 480). Nonetheless, interior packaging had so improved over the intervening 16 years (for example, the third cabin beds extend under part of the galley units) that you barely feel the reduction in size.

EXTERIOR The teardrop lower saloon window line is as much a part of the millennial Princess look as the high-gloss cherry interior and extended bathing platform, large enough to take a small jetRIB (the hull extends beneath it to lengthen the waterline). The conservative design is rewarded by failing to age significantly – this is still a very good looking boat. PERFORMANCE On launch, buyers could choose between Volvo Penta in TAMD 74L


★★★★★ or 75P (430hp-480hp) guise, or opt for Caterpillar 3126TA diesels (a much rarer choice). In 2004, Volvo Penta’s D9-500 came on stream and became the default option. Figure on just south of 30 knots with a pair of 74L motors, the rest nudging the speed over that threshold. SEAKEEPING Bernard Olesinski penned the hull, as he did all Princess yachts post 1990. The result is a planted, polished, steady ride with good rough-water capability.

The master cabin, part of the three-cabin layout

The second cabin is a very good size

The interior layout makes the 45-footer feel like a much bigger boat

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DATA FILE Length 44ft 11in (13.7m) Beam 13ft 10in (4.2m) Draught 2ft 9in (0.8m) Displacement 11.9 tonnes Fuel capacity 344 gallons (1,564 litres) Engines Twin Volvo Penta IPS500 370hp diesel FOR SALE Norfolk Yacht Agency. Web:

2006 £169,950

Rodman 41 After success in the commercial and sportsfisher markets, the Rodman 41 was the yard’s first venture into luxury flybridge cruisers – the precursor of the Muse range that now stretches from 44-74ft. But, like the Tonka Toy tough range of pilot and patrol boats, the 41 is absolutely rock solid. INTERIOR For a first venture into the luxury market, the Rodman 41 was quite avant-garde. Maybe the company realised that in order to gain market share in an arena


Rock solid and a great three-cabin layout


Not the very last word in haute couture

dominated by big names it would need to create something a little different. Well, it succeeded, creating a genuinely excellent three-cabin sub-45-footer. As you’d expect, the master cabin and second cabin incorporate a double and twin beds respectively. And that the third cabin has bunks is entirely predictable. What is clever however, is the way that Rodman staggered the beds so that the lower berth extends further into the cabin, creating a far less claustrophobic lower bunk. High-gloss cherry or oak interior set the tone.

EXTERIOR Functional rather than fancy, as befits a yard more used to business contracts. Wide, safe side decks, a large bathing platform and decent flybridge cover all the bases though. PERFORMANCE Rodman was one of the first to offer Volvo Penta’s pod drive system when IPS launched in 2005, mirrors beneath the London Boat Show vessel proudly flashing its bare legs to the world. The 41 actually dates back to 2000; earlier

boats were available with Volvo or Yanmar diesels on shafts. It’s worth noting that Rodman created a new hull mould with completely different aft sections for the IPS-driven boats. Despite weighing 12 tonnes, twin IPS500 (2x370hp) offer an impressive 30 knots. SEAKEEPING It’s the boat’s rock-solid demeanour that impresses most at speed, closely followed by just how very quiet it is on the flybridge – a corollary of those super-smooth IPS drives.

Staggered beds create a less claustrophobiac bottom bunk

The master cabin has a double while the second has twin beds

High-gloss oak woodwork

Rodman created a three-cabin flybridge with a difference


MY CHOICE I could close my eyes and take a blind stab at any of these fine ships and justify it winning this month. The Princess 45 is the most rounded, most sensible and most financially prudent choice here. The only possible downside is finding it amongst all the other sensible Princesses in the marina. The Jeanneau Prestige is a spacious triple cabin, plus it’s fractionally cheaper and quite a bit newer than the Princess. The Rodman feels hewn from solid and utterly bombproof, and those IPS drives make it a doddle to handle. But I’m handing it to the Nord West this month. It’s the dearest by some margin but the build quality is exquisite, the performance strong, the cruising quiet, and the handling – well, it is Scandinavian. Nick Burnham

DATA FILE Length 43ft 0in (13.5m) Beam 12ft 0in (3.9m) Draught 3ft 11in (1.3m) Displacement 12 tonnes Fuel capacity 264 gallons (1,200 litres) Engines Twin Volvo Penta IPS600 435hp diesel FOR SALE Benny & Jessica. Web:

2010 £435,372

Phenomenally well put together and finished

★ ★W


INTERIOR A feast of mahogany and teak greets you inside, but the big news is the layout – Nord West opted for a galley-up set-up, positioning it behind the helm. But what you lose in socialising space you gain on the lower level where you find three double cabins and two heads!


Once described by a well-known motor boat magazine as “the best boat you’ve never heard of,” Nord West made a Swedish-built range of sports and flybridge cruisers. We’ve come to expect a high quality of finish from Scandinavian boatbuilders but Nord West really raised the bar, offering sumptuous woodwork inside and out and sublime stainless-steel work. Big lay-up weights in the hull too, typically 40-50% more than other high-quality yards. They’re a tad on the pricey side though – this one is 4,999,000SEK.

★ ★W

Nord West 420



EXTERIOR The Nord West has a low saloon window line and high-sided flybridge, but there’s

Expect the reply, “A what?” every time you tell someone what sort of boat you’ve got

no doubting how well the outside of this boat works. A deep, well-protected cockpit with yet more lashings of teak, side decks that can be accessed even with the canopies in place, and those high coamings around the flybridge make it feel like a sportscruiser cockpit. PERFORMANCE Unusually for a 40ft-plus flybridge, there are two drive configuration options, neither of them shaftdrive. The Bavaria Virtess 420 is the only other that springs to mind as offering


★★★★★ sterndrives or IPS pods. Twin Volvo Penta D6 are the engines of choice. In IPS form you’ll find IPS400, IPS500 or IPS600 as fitted to this boat. Expect speeds in to the mid-30-knot area. SEAKEEPING As ever, the big news with flybridge IPS is noise levels – or lack of. Even in the saloon at planing speeds, readings stay resolutely below 75dB(A) – about the same as a decent car at motorway speeds. It’s agile too, and it’s Scandinavian. ’Nuff said.

One of three double cabins – remarkable for a 42ft boat

Another of the double cabins, which comes with heads

The galley is the length of the port side of the saloon behind the helm

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Twin Volvo Penta D12 engines of 715hp each, Full Mediterranean specification, KVH TracVision G4 Satellite TV, Hydraulic passerelle upgrade to 350kg, 3 cabins plus crew cabin to aft, 3rd control station with Bow Thruster, White Hull

Twin MAN 1360 CRM engines of 1360hp each, Full Mediterranean specification, Third station engine and thruster controls, 4 cabins plus crew cabin to aft, KVH TracVision G6 Satellite TV, Full Teak upgrade including Flybridge, White Hull

Twin Caterpillar C32 engines of 1622hp each, Extremely motivated seller, Hardtop to Flybridge, Sparse usage, Ready for immediate delivery, Fin stabilisers, White Hull

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SQUADRON 78 (2016)

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£89,950 Berthon

Windy 28’ Ghibli

£325,000 South Coast UK

Windy 44’ Chinook


Mint 2009 twin Volvo Penta D3-190 (340hrs) 28. Superb specification with 43 knots on tap, and equally at home on the Solent or on the Cote D’Azur. The benchmark Scandinavian open sports-boat with absolutely stunning handling.

£164,950 Berthon

Windy 42’ Grand Bora

Rare 2010 IPS model (with joystick) and full inventory to include diesel heating, AIS, cameras, holding tanks, white hull with grey Niroxx upgrade cockpit upholstery. 380 hrs run, new batteries 2016, and lying afloat in the UK.

£449,999 Berthon

Windy 44’ Chinook

Epic 2006 40 knot driving machine for serious fun with C120, blue hull stripe, white cockpit, tender garage/ winch, teak decks (replaced with superior teak 2013) and twin aft cabins. Engines/drives major service 2016, recent canopy, etc.

Stunning high spec. 3-cabin IPS performance yacht, 40 knots & joystick manoeuvring. One fastidious owner, fully serviced every year, pristine grey hull stripe, Charcoal Niroxx cockpit, full teak, heat, generator, camera, holding tank.

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Fairline Phantom 38

Sealine F530 2017


With breathtaking panoramic views, a powerful hull design and an unmatched amount of natural light inside. With the largest flybridge to be found on a 53 foot motoryacht – all these elements place the F530 at the top of its category.

2002 - Twin Volvo 370hp, cherry wood interior, heating, new cockpit covers Sealine C330. 2017 and cushions

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Equipped with the rare to the market IPS 500 engines, this SC42 is a breeze to handle at close quarters and will reach 30+ knot top speeds. The SC42 also offers a large and sociable cockpit as well as an excellent accommodation plan below deck.

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Sealine SC35

Sealine SC42 2012

BrOOm 370 2016

Twin Cummins to up Zeus Volvo and 480hp, cherry woodthe demands 2000 Joint winner of the 2016 MB&Y award for the sportscruiser of 480hp the year to pod 45ft 2010 The Broom 370 has beenTwin developed refined to meet of today’s boat drives, C330 joystick controls, generator environmental & aircon, along with her sister the Sealine S330, the Sealine really does break new owner: for performance,interior, style, economy, awareness and all-round £249,000 £139,000 11kwsogenset, ground. Orders now being taken for the 2017 season please dinette contactconversion us for details. enjoyment. With its twinpasserelle Volvo D6 330hp engines this Broom 370 really shines at sea, whilst still being compact and maneuverable on tighter inland waterways.

2013 – Twin Volvo D4 260hp, fabulous high gloss Walnut interior, extended platform, Satdome, Sealine S330 2017

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220hp, award 2016 Joint winner with the new Sealine C330 of the Twin MotorVolvo Boat D3 & Yachting £189,950 for best sportscruiser up to 45 ft. Equipped with twin Volvo full D3 220hp engines the bowthruster, Raymarine

If you are considering selling your powerboat Jeanneau 855 the or yacht, please give usMerry a callFisher to discuss Legend version, Yamaha 300hp 2015excellent and competitive service we2013 offer. o/b, bowthruster, Garmin

judges described the S330 as ‘a real treat to chuck into thevery turnslight if you £169,950 nav, heating, useare in the mood’. Orders now being taken for the 2017 season so please contact us for details.

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Sealine F42 Twin IPS600 with 3 x joystick controls, 2012 bowthruster, full Raymarine nav, heating, RIB & outboard £275,000

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Twin Yanmar 110hp, full Raymarine 2014 nav, heating, Flexiteek throughout, latest E14 upgrades £130,000


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24.3 Metre TSDY

£1.55M Skagen 50’ Italy PRICE DROP

The TT Designs gentleman’s motor-yacht. Built in 1996, major refit 2006 including deck and extension, she is fully Med. specified and at ease in northern climes. 6 berths and two crew – twin CATs & gen. Surely the best blue boat on the planet?

Swordsman 40’

£675,000 FPB 64’ South Coast UK

Built in 1989, and way ahead of her time, this aluminium semi-displacement beauty has palatial accommodation to sleep 11 in complete comfort. Only 1800 hours on her twin MTUs, Koopnautic stabilisation, new paint 2015, shafts 2016.

Nelson 80’


Iconic Steve Dashew FPB 64 with extended transom, ultra-frugal John Deere SFM50 with Yanmar wing engine, CE compliant, 5500Nm range, bow-thruster, Naiad stabilisers. Two guest cabins, crew cabin after and simply exceptional.

£249,500 Broom 50’ AD £449,000 Trader 535 Sunliner South Coast UK Croatia

£324,950 Berthon


Stunning one-owner 2007 full Mediterranean spec. Skagen. Full air-con., Yacht Controller, passarelle, jet RIB and twin 480HP Yanmar diesels in a sublime semi-displacement hull. Highly accomplished build giving three cabins, internal stair and a superb flybridge.

£187,000 Hydrolift S-24 Berthon

2004 two-owner Bridgend-built aft cabin Swordsman. Cummins 480C-E (700hrs) on twin Rolls Royce KameWa jets for c. 40 knots. Gorgeous blue hull, Coppercoat, Hydronic heating, generator, full teak decking – stunning modern classic.

£1,850,000 TAX NOT PAID Berthon

One owner Trader 535 with 660HP Caterpillars, with three en-suite cabins and fully-loaded. Her Sunliner hardtop affords protection from the sun. All home comforts including freezer, washer-drier and 4-unit air-conditioning.

£39,950 Lochin 38’ Berthon

Blindingly fast performance and awesome sea-keeping from this Norwegian thoroughbred. 2009 build with single 320HP Mercruiser for 55 knots, handy bow cabin, GPS, price just reduced to sub £40K - all ready for next summer!

2007-build superb aft cabin cruiser with 2015 electronics refit, dinghy crane, heating, gen, CAT C12-710s – 650hrs. Massively comfortable both at sea and in port, she is substantially built and all set to cruise.

£69,950 Clipper 60’ UK Cordova

Not one for the faint-hearted – this 1990-built 38 is running on two Sabre 280s. Formerly in service as the Caister independent lifeboat, with a wealth of rescues and stories to her name, these bullet-proof hulls are simply phenomenal.

£695,000 VAT NOT PAID South of France

Stunning 2012 trawler yacht, Zero-speed Wesmar stabilizers, Cummins QSC 550s for 50LPH @ 9 knots, 3 double cabins/2 heads, twin Ray E140W suites, air-co and bow/stern props. Fab fly-bridge, MCA and superb at sea.

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2004 Grand Banks 64 Aleutian. Very well equipped & beautifully maintained. 3 cabins, bathrooms & heads plus crew cabin. Huge saloon & flush aft cockpit, large flybridge, v. good entertainment & navionics. Twin 1000hp Cat C18 engines. Reduced to £795,000 tax paid.

2002 Grand Banks 64 Aleutian. Great example, spec’d to a very high level with recently upgraded navionics. 3 cabins, 6 berths, twin Cat diesels, bowthruster & stabilisers. Reasonable offers considered. 6,000,000 DKK tax paid.

2006 Grand Banks 59 Aleutian. A beautiful example in top condition. Spec’d to a high level incl, twin MAN R6 diesels, bow/stern thrusters, stabilisers, 2 x generators, full air-con, 6 luxury berths. Priced to sell at €1,100,000 ono Euros tax paid.

1989 Grand Banks 42 Classic. A lovely example, wintered 2007 Grand Banks 47 Heritage Classic. Must be the best available in Europe of this beautifully crafted current undercover every year and maintained to the highest 2003 Grand Banks 42 Motor Yacht. A lovely example Sleeps 7 in 3 cabins, one en-suite heads/shower and one model. Very high spec with many fitted extras. Two double, island berth, en-suite cabins. Powered by twin CAT C9’s level. 2 x 135hp diesels, many upgrades & replacements. guest head. Spec’d for Med cruising with Bimini and Air-con, generator. Very well equipped, powered by 2x CAT Recently reduced to €179,500 Euros tax paid. 420hp diesels. giving 20+ knots. Recent price reduction to £485,000 inc vat. £329,000 inc vat.

1973 Grand Banks 36 Classic. Great example of these iconic yachts offered in sound all-round condition for her age. 5 berths in two en-suite cabins, many upgrades inc new fuel tanks & sound insulation. Twin Ford Lehman 120hp diesels. Serviced 2015/6. Asking £75,000 ono.



2 X Twin Volvo Penta D3 220hp Diesels. Cruising Pack. Comfort Pack. Entertainment pack. Raymarine A97 Plotter. Raymarine 260 Vhf. Eberspacher D4 Heating. High gloss wood finish.

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Twin Volvo Penta D4 300hp Diesels, six berths in three cabins. D4 Eberspacher heating, Comfort pack, Cruising pack. Bow thruster, Teak cockpit, Fly bridge, low hours with fresh water use only.

1991 Grand Banks 36 Sedan. Great example with twin 225hp diesels, bowthruster, generator, full Bimini top, dinghy & more. 5 berths in 2 cabins, Superbly maintained. £147,500 tax paid.



2003 Grand Banks 42 Europa. Exceptional 2 owner example in outstanding condition. Equipped to very high level, 6 berths inc. en-suite Master with island bed. Twin Cat diesels, bow & stern thrusters, generator & much more. Great value at £297,500.



2007 Grand Banks 47 Heritage EU. A superb example. Fully spec’d for Med use. Fastidiously maintained. Twin CatC9 diesels & bowthruster. Onan gen, good selection of navionics. Fully serviced every year. £495,000 tax paid.



1989 Grand Banks 42 Classic. Great example with many factory fitted options & upgrades inc stern anchor windlass, ideal Med waters. An occasional sixth berth in the saloon. £145,000.



Twin Volvo Penta D3 220hp Diesels. 4 berths, Cruising pack, Comfort pack, Entertainment pack, plotter,electric sunroof, heating, opening side door. Huge specification. High gloss wood finish.

Twin Volvo Penta D6 370hp Diesels. Seven berths, full navigation, cruising, comfort & entertaining packs, movable cockpit and electric cockpit table, generator.

Twin Volvo Penta D6 330. Cruising Pack. Comfort Pack. Navigation Pack inc. Autopilot. D4 Eberspacher Heating. Raymarine HD Raydome. AIS. Exterior. Leather saloon upholstery.

Twin Volvo IPS 800 pod drives with joy stick control. Full navigation package, High low platform, 13Kw generator, Air conditioning, Crew cabin, Huge spec. High gloss wood finish.

2013 SEALINE SC42 (S450)


2016 SEALINE S330

2003 SEALINE S38


Twin Volvo D6 370 Diesels, Six berths Full navigation Package, Bow & Stern thruster. 8KVA Generator & Air conditioning, Bespoke dressing table. Great example with just 50 hours on the clock

2 with Twin Volvo D4 260hp and 1 with Twin Volvo D4 300hp engines.


Single Volvo Penta D6 330hp Diesel. Gas hob, microwave, bowthruster, heating, cockpit bbq & wet bar. Viewing recommended.

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Twin Volvo Kad300’s 285hp each. 5 berths, Bow thruster, holding tank, teak cockpit floor, Cockpit BBQ Radar GPS and chart plotter, Heating. Leather saloon, Clean tidy example.

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Sealine S330, 2015, 1x Volvo D6-310 diesel. £169,000 Bow thruster, electric heads, waste tank, heating (Thames).

Sealine S41, 2000, 2x Volvo KAD300/DP (285hp) diesel. £99,950 (Portsmouth) One owner from new. Space & luxury everywhere.

Sealine S37, 2002, 2x Volvo KAD300/DP 285hp diesel. £89,950 Generator, bow thruster, autopilot, RayMarine C80, waste tank.

Sealine 380 Ambassador, 1992, 2x Volvo KAD42/DP (230hp) diesel. £74,950 Bow thruster, new upholstery & canopies, radar/plotter, VHF, electric heads (Gosport)

Cranchi 33 Edurance, 2003, 2x Volvo KAD300 diesel £54,950 (Hamble). Huge specification throughout, 40 knot cruiser with excellent sea keeping.

SeaRay 315 Sundancer, 2005, 1x Volvo KAD300/DP diesel. £49,950 (Thames) Lovely condition throughout, rare diesel with most creature comforts.

Cranchi 29 Giada, 1996, 2x Volvo 4.3Gi/DP 210hp V6 inj.petrol £34,000 Beautiful throughout. New canopies, upholstery, immaculate. (Thames).

Duffy electric boats NEW. Silent cheap boating environmental boating from £25,000 (Thames) Eco at its best. 12 models available from 14ft Open to 22ft with cabin & heads. Custom options.

LeisureCat 350, 2005, 2x Volvo KAD300/DP (285hp) diesel. £79,950 (Dorset) Commercial capabilities with catamaran stability and space.

Freeman 30, 197?, 2x Yanmar 4LP 140hp diesel, £19,950 (Thames) Re-powered in 2000, all white GRP, great classic boat with modern engines.

Chris Craft 26 Crowne, 1997, 1x Volvo 5.7Gi/DP 270hp V8 petrol. £17,950 (Thames) Quality USA builder, well equipped with plotter, VHF, 240v, inverter ad much more.

Creative Marine 16’ Electric boat, 1999, 1x Electric motor. £9,500 Lovely electric day boat, silent and economical boating.

Boston Whaler Dauntless 17. 1997, 1x Yamaha V4 130hp. £8,950 (Thames) (Bow rider) Amazing power and boat in excellent condition.

Sealine 190 Senator, 1991, 1x Volvo 250/SP 147hp petrol. £9,950 Trailer available (+£1,500), Popular 2+2 berth cabin weekender/sports boat.

Mochi 14mtr, 1995, 2x Cat 435 (435hp) diesel. £119,950 (Corfu) Special edition, beautiful wood & leather throughout. Air con, genny.

Sealine S38, 2004, 2x Volvo KAD43/DP (230hp) diesel. £119,950 Bow thruster, radar/plotter, VHF, electric heads, waste tank, heating (Thames).





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Sheerline 1090 Hard Single V Top eat Volvo D4 300hp diesel, bowthruster, eat Specifi electric sunroof.



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Broom 370 Volvo D6 370hp, bow and sternthrusters, hydr arch. Supplied new by us.


Nanni 21hp 3cyl diesel. Carbon finished sport dashboard, rope fendering, bimini top.

Perkins 148hp diesel on shaft, bow- and sternthruster. Comprehensive specification

2014 £384,800

NEW Sheerline 955

VIKI 26 Cabriolet

Nanni 60hp diesel, bowthruster, 2014 battery charger, inverter, £192,937 Walnut interior

Yanmar 75hp diesel on shaft, large open cockpit, heating.

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NEW Waterspoor 707 2014

NEW Aquanaut 1300CS

2016 £39,417

NEW Waterspoor 711

AQUANAUT Drifter 1500AK

Nanni 38hp 3cyl diesel. Cockpit 2016 fridge, FlexiTeak in cockpit/ b/platform & engine cover. £47,368

Twin Perkins 135hp diesel, bowthruster, generator, 2x en-suite heads.

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Regal 2565 2005 £29,950

2008 - Mercruiser 5.0L MPi (260hp) 1988 petrol; sociable cockpit ideal for £39,950 entertaining, very tidy boat.

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Fairline Squadron 42


· Built 2012 · Twin Volvo Penta D6 370hp Diesel Engines · Only 170 Engine Hours · Bow Thruster · Hydraulic Tender Launch · Rear Facing Lounger · Wet Bar & Electric BBQ · Spacious Interior / Modern Decor

Broom 425 LYING AWAY Built 2011. Twin Volvo Penta D6 435 hp Diesel Engines. 6 berths in 3 cabins. With bow thruster, generator and Yacht Controller. £345,000

Sealine 360 Ambassador Built 1994. Twin Volvo Penta KAD 42 230hp diesel engines. With 7 berths, a large aft cockpit, bowthruster and heating. £53,950

Broom 44 Softop Built 1999. Powered by Twin Volvo Penta TAMD 73-A 430 hp diesel engines. Hydraulic radar arch, generator and bow thruster. Dinette layout. £165,000

Nimbus 320 Coupe Built 2004. Single Volvo Penta D4 210hp diesel engine. Bow thruster, holding tank, electric windlass and heating. Serviced each year and in excellent condition. £TBC

Broom 33 Built 1989. Twin Volvo Penta TAMD 41A 200hp diesel engines. Well presented 6 berth aft cabin cruiser, equipped with radar, GPS, & battery charger. £68,000

Broom 44 Hardtop Built 1990. Twin Volvo Penta TAMD 75 EDC 480hp diesel engines. Very capable off shore cruiser with spacious accommodation. Includes bow thruster, generator and reverse cycle air conditioning. £139,000

Broom 450 Built 2007. Powered with twin Volvo Penta D9-500 diesel engines. Comprehensive navigation system and full Mediterranean speck air conditioning. 6 berths in 3 private cabins. £345,000

Haines 320 Built 2004. Single Nanni 5.280he 62hp diesel engine on shaft. The accommodation is deceptively spacious with the added luxury of a master aft cabin and ensuite. £95,000

Broom 39 Built 1992. Twin Volvo Penta TAMD 61A 306hp diesel engines. Full Raymarine navigation package, 4kva generator & new aft cockpit seating in 2016. £119,000


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2001 (Last one built) - Twin Caterpillar 450HP Diesel engines. 6 berths in 3 cabins with 2 toilets and 2 showers. Holding tank and diverter valve, Warm air heating system, Bowthruster, Folding radar arch, Raymarine Radar/ Chartplotter,VHF radio, Generator,Teak cabinets.This is a nicely maintained and well loved example of these cavernous cruising boats. Recent Canopy and cockpit upholstery. LYING NYA BRUNDALL - NYB2274 - P/EX POSSIBLE



2017 model now available.Powered by a Nanni 38hp diesel engine.Accommodating up to 4 in its open plan cabin with one toilet/shower compartment. Beautifully fitted with Oak finish & Amtico Oak & Holly flooring. Specification includes bow thruster, shore power, battery charger, inverter, immersion, warm air heating, electric toilet & speed log. A stylish and modern cruiser offering versatile & spacious living with the renowned Haines build quality. NEW STOCK.The Haines 26 Model with be displaying at the London Boatshow 2017 Stand Number B190A. LYING NYA HORNING - NYH2226 - P/EX POSSIBLE



1994 with a Nanni 130HP diesel (new 2006). BSC Until Feb 2017, 6 berths in two cabins plus saloon, full galley, 2 x electric toilets 2 x showers. Bow and stern thrusters, windlass, Eberspacher heating, shore power, battery charger, speed & depth log. An excellent sociable aft cabin river cruiser offering generous accommodation internally & externally within its 34ft. LYING NYA HORNING - NYH1917 P/EX POSSIBLE



1991 - Twin Volvo 200hp Diesel engines. 6 berths with 1 heads compartment. Warm air heating system, trim tabs, Folding radar arch, Anchor winch. BSSC until 2017. New Raymarine Radar and chartplotter, polished, antifouled and full engine service - all in 2016. An exceptionally well maintained version of these highly regarded boats with a vast cockpit ideal for social cruising. LYING NYA BRUNDALL - NYB1901 - P/EX POSSIBLE

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2014. 1 x Nanni 270Hp diesel engine. Luxury accommodation for up to 4, 1 x toilet/shower compartment. Impressive spec including bow & stern thruster, electric anchor winch, shore power, battery charger, inverter, immersion, warm air heating, Garmin GPS chart plotter, VHF, speed & depth log. Beautifully finished in Walnut, with Avonite galley & toilet surfaces. A stunning example with Pearl Grey Hull handling beautifully at sea & at slow river speeds. LYING NYA HORNING - NYH2309 - P/EX POSSIBLE





2012. Single Cummins 425hp Diesel Engines. 6 berths comprising of a Large double berth in the master cabin, side cabin with bunks and a comfortable convertible saloon seat. 1 toilet and shower. Diesel Warm Air Heating System, Bowthruster and Sternthruster, teak laid cockpit, Raymarine C90 plotter and radar, Raymarine VHF, Raymarine Autopilot, blue hull. An exceptional example with striking looks and room to cruise in comfort. NYA STOCK - Fully prepared by our Service Centre. LYING NYA BRUNDALL - NYB2313 - P/EX POSSIBLE



2000, 2 x Volvo Penta TAMD 63P 370hp Diesel Engines. 5 berths with 2 toilets and 2 showers. Holding tank, Warm air heating system, Hydraulic passerelle, Hydraulic trim tabs, Bowthruster and Sternthruster making mooring simple and effortless. Pauro Generator and much more! BSSC until March 2019. A striking looking cruiser in excellent condition with a spacious cockpit and flybridge. NYA STOCK - Fully prepared by our Service Centre. LYING NYA BRUNDALL - NYB1198 - P/EX POSSIBLE

2011, Nanni N4.43HE (43hp) diesel. 4 berth accommodation in 2 cabins, toilet & shower compartment, bowthruster, warm air heating, battery charger, inverter, shorepower, immersion water heater, electric anchor winch, BSC 07/19. Offering the best in extended luxury river cruising, capable of navigating under the lowest Broadland bridges. LYING NYA HORNING - NYH2290 - P/EX POSSIBLE

2002 - Nanni 5.250TDI (85hp) diesel engine, 4 berth accommodation, bow and stern thrusters, electric windlass, shore power, battery charger, inverter, immersion, warm air heating, electric flush toilet, additional sink and fridge to cockpit, cherry high gloss timber interior finish. Antifouled, compound and polished in 2015, new rubbing strakes 2015, engine serviced April 2016, BSC 11/18. A spacious, well equipped and comfortable river cruiser with a very sociable aft cockpit area. LYING NYA HORNING - NYH2310 P/EX POSSIBLE

2005 - Twin Volvo D3 160HP Diesel Engines. 4 berths with 1 toilet to holding tank and 1 shower. Bowthruster, Shore power, Inverter, Battery charger, Trim tabs,Warm air heating system, Electric anchor winch, Teak flooring to cockpit and bathing platform.A bright and social sports cruiser with plenty of space for entertaining in comfort. BSSC until 2018. NYA STOCK - Fully prepared by our Service Centre. LYING NYA BRUNDALL - NYB2312 - P/EX POSSIBLE





2005 - 1 xVolvo Penta D4 260Hp Diesel engine. 4 berth accommodation in 2 cabins, 1 x sea toilet/shower, shore power, battery charger, immersion, electric windlass,VHF, GPS plotter/fish finder, flexiteak cockpit & bathing platform. A sleek sports cruiser offering generous accommodation and great performance with a spacious sociable cockpit. LYING NYA HORNING - NYH2273 - P/EX POSSIBLE

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1989 - Twin Volvo TAMD40B 167HP Diesel Engines. 6 berths with 1 toilet to holding tank and 1 shower. Bowthruster, Davits,Warm air heating system, Calorifier, Shore power, Trim tabs, Battery charger, Electric anchor winch. New canopy, calorifier and tonneau cover 2016. BSSC until March 2019. A well maintained version of these spacious cruisers with an unusual alternate layout. Perfect for cruising in comfort. LYING NYA BRUNDALL - NYB2285 - P/EX POSSIBLE

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Fairline Squadron 65 1,090,000 euros VAT paid Côte d’Azur Build in 2012, delivered in 2013 • 2 x 1150 hp Caterpillar C18 • Fully equipped, Mediterranean specs, bow and stern thruster • Part exchange considered

Fairline Squadron 70 1,100,000 euros VAT paid Mallorca Build in 2009 • 2 x 1360 hp MAN CRM • Fully equipped • Boat in excellent condition, maintenance by full-time crew • German owned

Fairline Squadron 78

2,450,000 euros ex VAT (inc. mooring) Port Vauban, Antibes Build in 2015 • 2 x 1622 hp CATERPILLAR C32 • Latest model including hardtop and fin stabilisers • Mooring in Port Vauban, Antibes - Mole SUD 23.00m x 6.00m •Boat in perfect condition and built for experienced owner.

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Bayliner 255 – 2010 £49,995 • Mercruiser 5.0L MPI 260hp petrol engine. • Permateek to cockpit & bathing platform. • One owner from new. • Only used on the River Thames. Chertsey

Bayliner 285 – 2011 £74,950 • Mercruiser 350 MAG MPI B3 300hp petrol engine. • Raymarine E7 hybrid touch GPS. • Raymarine VHF. • Bow thruster. Chertsey

Tuccoli 30 Golden Series – 2001 £39,950 • Twin Yanmar diesel engine V drive 240hp. • Teak cockpit. • Spacious interior. • New hoods. Chertsey

Rio 800 - 2007 • Twin Suzuki Diesel 175hp Engines. • Radar Arch. • Sunpad Cushions Fwd. • Electric Windlass.

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Maxum 2700 SE – 2009 £49,950 • Mercruiser 350 MAG B3 300hp petrol engine. • Teak cockpit & bathing platform. • Northstar navigation package (GPS & VHF). • Electric windlass. Swanwick

Regal 2565 Window Express – 2006 £37,950 • Volvo D3 diesel 190hp w/565 hours • B.S.C Valid Until 2018 • Incredibly spacious cabin • Fully serviced prior to sale Chertsey

Bayliner 300 – 2008 • Twin Mercruiser 5.0L 260hp petrol engines. • New canopy. • New interior furnishing. • Bow thruster.

Sessa C35 HT - 2012 £239,995 • Twin Volvo Penta D4 - 260 DP diesel engines. • Only 42hrs use!! • Generator 4kw. • Air Conditioning. Chertsey





Bayliner 2855 – 2000 £29,995 • Mercruiser 5.7L 275hp petrol engine. • Spacious cabin with 6 berths. • River Thames BSS expires April 2017. • Just 4 owners from new. Chertsey

Sessa C35 – 2006 £109,950 • Twin Volvo Penta D4 260hp diesel engines. • Eberspacher heating. • Vetus bow thruster. • New drives fitted August 2015. Chertsey

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Cranchi Endurance 33

£135,995 VAT paid

Grand Banks 47 Heritage EU

£399,995 exc.VAT

Beneteau Oceanis 393 REDUCED £64,995 VAT paid

Poole 2008 Fitted with twin Volvo Penta D9 (2 x 575hp)

Poole 2014 Endurance 33 serious fun and darts across the water with its sleek and sporty design. Fitted with twinVolvo Penta D4 EVC/E/DPH engines (2 x 300hp).

Poole Grand Banks 47 Heritage EU (2006) - cleverly designed throughout with excellent handling, maximum comfort and an abundance of space.

Poole 2002 Beneteau Oceanis 393 sails beautifully in all conditions and has spacious accommodation of 3 double cabins with abundant storage space.

Sealegs 7.1 (2014)

Anytec 747 Cabin

Sealegs 7.7 (2016)

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A RIB towed us home CHRIS TARMEY: Alarms ringing, smoke in the saloon and radio calls falling on seemingly deaf ears, I put out a Mayday call to CyprusÉ

This small RIB towed Chris Tarmey’s 13-tonne, 42ft Nord West for five hours back to Karpaz Gate marina

he first hint of problems ahead


came while manoeuvring Christiana, our IPS-powered Nord West 420 motor yacht, off her berth in Karpaz Gate Marina, northern Cyprus. No sooner had we slipped

our lines than we lost control

of the port engine and the Volvo EVC display cautioned ‘Slip function not available: acknowledge!’ Thankfully, we hadn’t even left the marina and were able to return alongside on the remaining engine. A Limassol-based Volvo Penta agent arrived the same day with his laptop and diagnostics tool. After a brief inspection of our engineroom and electrics, he declared that the computer said there were ‘No faults on the system’ and that we were good to go. We set off on the 50-mile voyage to Turkey at 26 knots in calm conditions under clear skies. My wife Judy and I were being joined on the trip by old friends journey to Turkey! I tried again only to receive the

we could manage was 3 knots. Our valiant rescuers

same response and quickly concluded that I wasn’t

stuck to their task though, and after five long hours,

engines suddenly slowed to what Volvo call ‘Limp

being understood. I put out a Mayday call to Cyprus

we finally arrived back at the marina around midnight.

home mode’ – about 8 knots at reduced revs to

Coastguard to try and impress upon them the

Luckily, the weather stayed fine and except for a

protect the engines in the event of a serious fault.

severity of our situation.

worrying moment when the towline parted, it all went

of ours, Ann and Andy Lawrence. Half an hour in and without any warning, both

Then came a warning of ‘Limited steering available’

By this point, Andy and Judy, armed with a fire

remarkably smoothly.

followed by a second warning that the EVC had lost

extinguisher, had managed to ease open the

all communications with the port engine.

engineroom hatch to discover plenty of acrid

transmission clutch had failed causing debris to clog

smoke but mercifully, no flames.

the servo valves. This in turn created excess pressure

I decided to shut down the port engine and continue on starboard alone. Within minutes, similar alarms sounded for the starboard engine. Judy left our flybridge steering position to get the Volvo user manual and check if the same warnings were displayed at the lower helm. They were, but more alarming was that the saloon was now full of smoke.

A subsequent investigation revealed that the port

Eventually Cyprus Coastguard got the message

in the hydraulic hose, causing it to leak oil into the

and called Karpaz Gate Marina to ask if they could

engineroom. So the original error message of ‘Slip

help. Sure enough, the marina said they would send

function not available’ was in fact an early warning

a boat to tow us back to safety.

that the clutch was on its way out.

Expecting some powerful workboat to arrive, we

What I hadn’t realised was that in Turkey, the

set about rigging a bridle and towrope that would

Coastguard will send a boat to save a life but unlike

spread the load without ripping the cleats from our

the RNLI, won’t send one out to recover a boat – that’s

any possible fire and asked Andy and Judy to

foredeck. Chance would be a fine thing! Two hours

up to the boat owner to organise. So all credit and

investigate the source of the smoke as carefully

later, a small RIB appeared equipped with a 60hp

thanks are due to Karpaz Gate Marina for saving

as they could, while I called Cyprus Radio.

outboard engine manned by harbourmaster Captain

our boat and our bacon. We finally crossed to Turkey

Deniz Alkatan and assistant Envir to take us in tow.

three weeks later. But that’s another story…

I shut down the starboard engine to avoid feeding

I explained that we were drifting without engines or steering 15 miles off Cyprus with a suspected fire

My initial reaction was one of disbelief that such

on board. They confirmed that they could see us on

a small RIB could ever tow a 13-tonne, 42ft flybridge

the radar but then proceeded to wish us a pleasant

cruiser. It took a while to get us moving and the best

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