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TESTS & REVIEWS

Cruisers 35 Express

The Express is as much a driver’s boat as it is a social platform … … the driving experience is one that will excite and thrill with the performance on tap. The hull is refined and efficient with plenty of grip on the water, allowing you to throw the boat around like a small sports […]

Axopar 24 T-Top

See video at Axopar Video When you consider what you are getting for your money, the Axopar 24 T-Top is a no-brainer … … she made light work of cutting her way through the choppy narrows at wide-open throttle. [it] has equal appeal for the white-knuckle powerboater as it does for the family man. Greg […]

Island RIBs 7.5m

Beneath its superb gelcoat finish is a structural rigidity that can take the punishment that this sort of boat is likely to receive. The attention to detail is reassuring, as is the consideration given to potential future retrospective maintenance. Not many RIBs this size offer such a blend of practicality and performance at this price […]

Piscator 580

In addition to being remarkably good to drive, it is spacious, affordable, safe and dry. … such is the calibre of the performance on offer that, even with the compromised helm, the 580 is a genuine pleasure to drive. The best news … involves her ability to negotiate a lumpy, messy, windswept sea state at […]

Buster Magnum M5

It’s this blend of routine family compliance and snarling apocalyptic ferocity that makes the M5 such a charming paradox. … as a radically rapid family runabout for the skipper who wants the pliability of a knockabout hull alongside the undiluted thrill of hard-edged grunt, the M5 is not a boat to be ignored. Despite the […]

White Shark 206

The helm layout has a sporty but purposeful look and feel to it. A great deal of thought has gone into the layout to make it simple yet effective – and it works. With her nifty turn of speed, great seakeeping and stylish looks, I am sure we will start to see the White Shark […]

LATEST NEWS

New Axopar 37SC

The new Axopar 37SC Sports Cabin version was launched this week at Boot Düsseldorf. The new craft offers a streamlined cabin and aft cabin design, without losing any of the full walk-around, seakeeping and pragmatic capabilities or outboard configurations available with the Axopar 37′ range. The Axopar hull has become a distinctive design and potential customers can […]

Cobra add to Nautique range

Cobra Add to Nautique Range Cobra Ribs have announced the introduction of two new models to their Nautique range, the Nautique 7.2m and Nautique 9.5m Inboard, both of which were officially launched at the London Boat Show 2017. Josh Arkell, sales manager at Cobra Ribs, said: ‘We’re pleased to bring the new design aspect of the […]

Promising year ahead for Cheetah Marine

Catamaran builders Cheetah Marine have reported a good year across all boating sectors. The company, based on the Isle of Wight, has a burgeoning order book for 2017 with 23 catamarans already on order, of which seven are currently in build. In addition to a thriving leisure sector, Cheetah Marine have been awarded contracts for […]

Trafalgar Boat Club

Join the Club PBR investigates a bold new solution to help get more people out on the water and interviews its brainchild, Jonny Boys, MD of Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth. Are boat clubs set to change the face of the UK RIB and powerboat scene? What do you do if you want to go boating […]

Ribeye Prepare to Launch PRIME NINE41

Currently in build is Ribeye’s new PRIME NINE41, the latest model in the company’s PRIME series. The PRIMEs were launched last year and the manufacturing facility in Dartmouth has been in full production ever since. Using advanced manufacturing techniques, Ribeye’s experienced workforce has grown rapidly, with several highly skilled employees, experts in composite integration, joining […]

Augmented Reality App Now Available

Raymarine have announced an all-new version of their Wi-Fish mobile app for use with Dragonfly-PRO and Wi-Fish CHIRP Sonar systems. The app has been expanded and now includes Augmented Reality Viewing of saved waypoints and fishing hot spots. The app works with the GPS, compass and camera in a smartphone or tablet to show precisely […]

OTHER ARTICLES

50 years of Windy

50 Years of Windy In this, (2016) the 50th anniversary year of the iconic Scandinavian boatbuilder, Simon Everett takes a look at their new boatyard and the boats they are now building. The name Windy is one that I remember from the earliest days of my boating. They were already boats with an enviable reputation […]

Surf Safari with Cheetah X-Cat

Simon Everett dons his beret and wetsuit and heads for Cap Breton to check out the surf … The powerful Cheetah X-Cat really stands out from the crowd with her modern, stylish graphics and massive deck space … This is one of the joys of the Cheetah – it’s capable in a big sea, but […]

Unwin’s Odyssey

… can I get a 5.3-tonne unstepped diesel pleasure boat with full weekend accommodation to run 80mph plus while still giving amazing fuel economy? Starting with a clean sheet of paper enabled me to reduce the engine centres from 950mm to 800mm, allowing a higher X dimension and lower centre of gravity. Many weekends were […]

Finding the Faroes

The coastal scenery is magnificent and changes with the light … … every couple of seconds new facets were revealed as the filtered light enhanced the natural sculptures. The water was as clear as the finest gin … … many ornithologists visit the Faroes to marvel at the huge colonies of seabirds … Simon Everett […]

Bleu Camargue

Their power has to be experienced to be believed – it is like being hooked up to the Venice Simplon Express. It is an area that is steeped in history, culture and tradition … … it is the landscape that has shaped these traditions and natural phenomena, one of which is the fishing heritage off […]

RCD or OCD? 19 page special feature on the Recreational Craft Directive / CE Mark

DOWNLOAD VIA THE ABOVE READER RCD or OCD?  That is the Question … We take a look at the Recreational Craft Directive in our 19 page special feature comprising the following three parts: Part 1 The essential overview of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) 2 – Ross Wombwell BMF Part 2 The case for the CE […]

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