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Paragon 31

It drives like the perfectly balanced sports boat that it is.  Its steering is superbly responsive, providing incredible angles of heel in the turns …  In typical Scandinavian style, the Paragon 31 is hugely practical both inside and out. Paragon 31 Greg Copp savours the virtues of this particular Scandinavian Paragon …   Making its […]

The Sign of the Zodiac

… the 550 Open is a nicely conceived dayboat for families with enough turn of speed to make her interesting without being exciting. Zodiac have certainly hit the water with a splash and have kept the price competitive too …  Zodiac want owners to keep exploring and finding their own adventures and experiences … The […]

Stingher 800 GT Sport Custom

Greg Copp tests the Stingher 800GT Sport Custom Unless you know exactly what you want in a RIB, the rows of high powered rigid inflatable boats that adorn most boat shows often saturate your head with temptation and confusion. The fact is that RIBs have got faster, handle better, and are generally tougher. Many have […]

Wave Boat 525 Full Wake

Running at wide-open throttle at 50mph into a F3 posed no problems whatsoever. I never got a chance to get her fully airborne, but without a doubt the 525 is well put together. She handled the sea without complaint, helped by the fact that she has good natural fore and aft trim … The most […]

Targa 27.2

Buy it, keep it for a generation or two, and rest assured that it will take a very long time before the compact pilot house market comes up with anything substantially better than this.  Targa have taken their time-honoured formula, played with the proportions and the layouts, and brought it within touching distance of perfection. […]

Jeanneau Cap Camarat 10.5 WA

This is a serious offshore boat for those that appreciate what it can do. The central helm works well, both from a driving and a berthing perspective. With 700hp on the transom she does not hang around, hitting 30 knots in under 10 seconds. … the true external focus of the boat is its superb […]


BRP Create New Marine Group

BRP Create New Marine Group BRP have announced the creation of the Marine Group with the acquisition of Alumacraft, a private North American manufacturer of aluminium fishing boats, based in St. Peter, Minnesota. Tracy Crocker, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Evinrude Outboard Motors since 2017, is being appointed President of the Group, effective immediately. […]

Chasing Canguro Finishes on a High

Chasing Canguro Finishes on a High Alex Luther and the Chasing Canguro team are celebrating the completion of their Mediterranean marathon, which finished recently in Cervia, Italy. Alex fulfilled his objective of waterskiing from Tangier, Morocco – tracking the Spanish, French, Monaco and Italian coasts – to Pula, Croatia in the same number of days as […]

Ancasta Win Dealer of the Year Award

Ancasta Win Dealer of the Year Award  Ancasta have been announced as the Prestige Luxury Motor Yachts Dealer of the Year 2018. The award ceremony was followed by the announcement of the world launch of the Prestige 590, which will take place at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.   The Prestige brand has experienced […]

Human-Powered Sub Receives Makeover

Human-Powered Sub Receives Makeover A human-powered submarine built by students at the University of Warwick has received a professional makeover from 3M experts ahead of a global competition. The science-based technology company, which is sponsoring the WarwickSub team, had been tasked with making HPS-Godiva 4 the best-looking contender in the European International Submarine Races, which […]

Volvo Penta Set Electric Power Deadline

Volvo Penta Set Electric Power Deadline Volvo Penta have issued a clear statement of intent with the news that by 2021 they will provide electrified power solutions for both their land- and sea-based business segments. Underpinned by the success of hybrid and all-electric technology introduced by the Volvo Group, Volvo Penta’s electrified solutions will demonstrate […]

SeaStar Solutions Launch Gen II Jackplates  

SeaStar Solutions Launch Gen II Jackplates   SeaStar Solutions have announced the introduction of their next-generation SeaStar jackplates. The improved Gen II SeaStar Standard and Xtreme jackplates handle up to 300hp and 400hp outboards, respectively, are easier to install and adjust, and are designed to better resist the damaging effects of the harsh marine environment. […]


Music Matters

… if you’re feeling the pinch, you could go fully integral and add external amplifiers later.  Wi-Fi is currently better than Bluetooth because Bluetooth can have trouble streaming high-quality audio …  Fusion have leveraged the digital world to produce a system with impressive functionality and connectivity.  Whatever we played, it sounded terrific, even faced with […]

Speed King

With world-class partners, anything is possible. To drive the boat at Coniston and to smash a world record was both a fantastic personal and team achievement. Speed King Peter Dredge has won two world and three European championships and has broken 21 world speed and endurance records, 15 of which still stand. In this exclusive […]

 This Boating Life – Bilge diving & other jobs!

Bilge diving and sorting out some odd jobs – Alex Whittaker is living the dream … Once again, I am sleeping aboard. This time I am working through a few easy jobs. The first is to replenish the ship’s spirits locker. Now the Bayliner’s booze locker, like me, is notoriously shallow, and not too tall. […]

Stepping Out

Fortunately, all the complications involved in designing and building a great stepped-hull boat are the boatbuilder’s to solve, not yours.  Extra reinforcement is required to bridge the structural discontinuity across the steps, and stepped hulls are not as simple to laminate. At speed, driving through waves, stepped-hull boats invariably pitch and porpoise far less; their […]

Wildlife Wonderland

The UK has an amazing array of marine wildlife. As a recreational boater, give it the respect it deserves. The more educated people are about what to do and how to operate power-driven craft near wildlife, the more it is protected and will continue to thrive … As much as you want to see wildlife, […]

Ports of Call – Maryport Minimalism

Maryport struck us as a great place to station our boat to take a foray across to the Solway Firth to Scotland, and around to the Clyde …  Maryport is a very convenient and nicely equipped marina, with very helpful staff.  It is a friendly place, and if you like peace and quiet, well, you […]


Lifecord electronic kill cord

Latest video from Lifecord showing the new device in use with Salcombe Powerboat School aboard their 7m Ribcraft. The new electronic kill cord device was reviewed in issue 146 of PBR [online here https://www.powerboatandrib.com/2018/04/18/lifecord/] and represents a welcome high-tech ‘upgrade’ to the traditional retractable cord option. https://www.cordsafe.co.uk   (313)

P1 Puma RIB

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