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TESTS & REVIEWS

Scarab 195 Open

This is great fun to drive, and something totally different to a conventional outboard-powered boat. You may either love it or simply find it is too specialised for what you need. At low speed you can spin the boat around virtually on the spot. It is a cleverly innovative boat in terms of design features. […]

Parker 750 DC

 The most noticeable aspect of the Parker 750 DC is her build quality, which is still evident behind the scenes. The designers have managed to pack in plenty of features without burdening the boat with more than it realistically needs. Running up to her top speed just shy of 40 knots was a bit of […]

Jeanneau NC33

It has been well designed with a good attention to detail and with a particular eye to safety on deck. Living accommodation has been well thought out. Movement on deck is enhanced by the asymmetrical wheelhouse design …  Jeanneau NC33 Greg Copp heads to the South of France to examine Jeanneau’s latest and smallest addition […]

Grand Golden Line 580

The Grand 580 is a very complete RIB, especially considering its size. It drives and handles well, making it perfectly suited as an all-round sports boat. Plenty of thought has gone into the detailing of the 580. Grand Golden Line 580 Greg Copp test-drives the G580 to find out whether it is as Grand as […]

Mazu 38 Open

Below decks the design is just as striking as above.  With a 12ft beam, providing a triple sun pad on the foredeck was an obvious move. Mazu 38 Open Revealed at the Düsseldorf Boat Show for the first time, the IPS-powered Mazu 38 Open White Pearl is likely to catch your eye. Greg Copp explains […]

Mazu 42 Walk-Around

Mazu have done well to slip in a double berth and a compact luxury heads compartment with shower and vanity unit.  I can’t imagine it is likely to get a huge amount of use as an overnighter, but if the local hotel is full, you have a plan B.  Mazu 42 Walk-Around Greg Copp looks […]

LATEST NEWS

Barrus at SBS

Barrus at SBS Represented across three stands, and on the water, Barrus will be featuring the latest line-up of products at this year’s Southampton Boat Show, offering the leisure boater and commercial user an extensive choice of marine engines, boats and accessories.   The next-generation Mercury outboards will be making their UK debut, with a […]

Cheetah on Show

Cheetah on Show Cheetah will be exhibiting two catamarans on the water at the TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show.   The 9.2m Topcat is built and equipped as a leisure dayboat, and with twin 250hp is well suited to exploring the south coast from her base in Poole. By contrast, the Five Bells is a 10.2m […]

Ancasta to Launch Beneteau Swift Trawler 47

Ancasta to Launch Beneteau Swift Trawler 47 Ancasta will be hosting the world launch of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 47 at the TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show. The show also sees the UK debut of the Beneteau Gran Turismo 50 Sportfly.   Ancasta, who were recently awarded the title of Prestige Luxury Motor Yachts Dealer of […]

Premier Marinas’ popular ‘Park and Ride’ to SBS18

Tickets are now on sale for Premier Marinas’ popular ‘Park and Ride’ service to the Southampton Boat Show (14th – 23rd September 2018). Valid for any show day, customers can park their car at Premier’s Swanwick Marina all-day and travel in comfort to the show for just £14 per person or £32 a family ticket*, […]

RYA to cease as UK national authority for powerboat racing

The RYA has today written to the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), the international federation for Powerboat Racing, to inform them that it will no longer act as national authority for powerboat racing in the UK with effect from 01 January 2019. This decision has been taken by the RYA’s Board, following a review of the […]

Atlantis Introduce Entry-Level Model

Atlantis Introduce Entry-Level Model Atlantis Marine, who have been producing the Atlantis range of 16 to 26 ft offshore boats in Guernsey for over 20 years, have announced the addition of a new entry-level model, the Atlantis 16 cc.   The new model follows the same design profile as the other models, which are based […]

OTHER ARTICLES

 This Boating Life

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 […]

Yard Visit – Custom Yacht Works

‘Today we stand on the edge of an exciting future.’ ‘It’s taken many years for us to filter through suppliers until we found the companies we are happy to use …’ ‘Twelve months’ lack of attention to a wooden boat like a Fairey can result in the equivalent of two years of decay.’ Yard Visit […]

Towing the Line

Remember that any boat/trailer combination over 750kg must have brakes fitted. While carrying out your checks, be sure to ‘feel’ for play in the wheel bearings. First and foremost, you need to ensure that your load is secure. Do not be tempted to sit a large, heavy boat on an unbraked trailer in an attempt […]

VIDEOS

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   (259)

P1 Puma RIB

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