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Stingher 10m GT Custom Sport

Greg Copp revisits a 10-year-old high-performance RIB from Italy that is much changed in its latest incarnation … Any self-respecting RIB spotter will probably be wondering why we are featuring a boat originally tested a decade ago. The fact is that the new version of the Italian-built 10m Stingher, the GT Custom Sport, is worthy […]

Cheetah Makes Way to São Tomé

Cheetah in Portugal are now celebrating two years in production at the workshops near Nazaré. There are now 10 Cheetahs working around the Portuguese coastline, with another three Cheetahs built for export to Jersey, the UK and France. PBR reports on recent developments as Cheetah Marine celebrate two years of production in Portugal … The […]

Alen 45

Over the last decade we have seen a number of retro designs gracing numerous shorelines. However, the Mediterranean has proven to be the most fertile area for designs encompassing traditional lines with modern technology. Alen Yacht, based in Turkey, have certainly embraced this concept with their range of traditional slab-sided powerboats, which they have now […]


ENGINE TESTS

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Volvo: New Products and Hands-on Testing

Volvo seem unstoppable in their quest to keep on adding more and more functionality to their engine range. What Volvo have ended up with … is a system that in my opinion no longer needs any sensors at all – it works brilliantly as it is, and in any berth. Dave Marsh reports on Volvo’s […]

Cox 300hp Diesel Outboard

For those that do not have easy access to petrol … the extra cost of the engine will be relatively immaterial compared to the benefits it offers. … this engine will pay for itself in a few years in regular commercial use. The 300hp diesel V8 CXO300 from Cox Powertrain has been a long time […]

Yamaha XTO Offshore 425

Servicing is made all the easier by a flushing connector on the front of the powerhead … In addition to an oversized gear case, which is claimed to be the most hydrodynamic Yamaha have designed, there are hardened gears and superstrength engine mounts. … the XTO 425 has the bonus of DFI up its sleeve, […]


CRUISES

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Cork to Sardinia with Safehaven Marine

Frank Kowalski, MD of Safehaven Marine, provides a first-hand account of a mighty 2,500nm journey from Cork in Ireland to Porto Cervo on Sardinia’s idyllic coast – a delivery voyage extraordinaire made in one of his own Safehaven XSV20s, a striking 23m all-weather vessel that has the power to court both wealthy superyacht owners and […]

Falmouth Harbour

Falmouth Harbour is a great holiday location whose sheltered position makes it a safe bet with the windy summers we now get.  For the water sports fanatic, it is a no-brainer.  It is a popular location but never really seems overcrowded, especially on the water. Greg Copp shares with PBR readers his experience and knowledge […]

Skerry Stuff

Very often the fact that safety increases with numbers means that crews will press on in less than ideal conditions. I am incredibly lucky to have been able to have a go at the helm of this 44-ton, 2500hp beast, which for me was a childhood dream come true. It’s safe to say that storm […]


EQUIPMENT

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Pick of the Bunch

These Helly Hansen shoes appear to be very well made indeed … … their ultra-lightweight, rugged construction coupled to the commendable degree of comfort they offer make them very likeable. These latest products from Gill are likewise highly suited to all activities associated with life on the water … This strongly made, high-quality, breathable, waterproof […]

Staying in Touch

It is important not just to consider the advantages and disadvantages of the hardware but also the area that is covered by the different satellite services. EPIRBs are good, part of the GMDSS and should be your first port of call if you are in distress. As long as you are close to the shore […]

Plotting by Design

Jonathan Peers flies south to test the latest crop of technical advancements and products from the stable of leading marine electronics manufacturer, Navico. The latter part of May 2019 saw Navico hold a press event at the vast, idyllic harbour of Palma, Mallorca. Making good use of the RCNP sailing club and surrounded by all […]


LOCATIONS

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Cork to Sardinia with Safehaven Marine

Frank Kowalski, MD of Safehaven Marine, provides a first-hand account of a mighty 2,500nm journey from Cork in Ireland to Porto Cervo on Sardinia’s idyllic coast – a delivery voyage extraordinaire made in one of his own Safehaven XSV20s, a striking 23m all-weather vessel that has the power to court both wealthy superyacht owners and […]

Pilot Guide – Med Havens – Invitation to Ibiza

Since Eivissa possesses such a large and extensive deep-water port, it enjoys a wide range of boating facilities. Arrival at Eivissa by sea is quite a landfall and rather thrilling on a small boat. The palm-lined stone quays have more than a whiff of the tropical about them. You absorb the balmy October weather, the […]

A Jewel in the Ocean

Flying into Madeira is an experience in itself. With some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, Madeira has made good use of these features with a fabulous feat of engineering. Once you have seen and experienced the island you will understand why it has become such a popular retirement and holiday destination. Simon Everett […]


PRACTICAL

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Cruise Your Way to Instructor Level

It’s about how you react to people and how you debrief – your natural ability to teach. I didn’t really enjoy college and I looked at teachers and thought, ‘I could never do that’, but now it’s all fallen into place and I love it. For some, teaching is in their blood; for others, it’s […]

This Boating Life – Boat Bonding

The truth is, a quick powerboat is very exhilarating on a fast coastal passage in winter. I adore being out in an open-cockpit boat in the hard weather.  I much prefer being on the water without the encumbrance of a pilot house, radar arch or hard top. Being a sad anorak, I find it really […]

Boat Maintenance Tips to Help Keep You Afloat

… with some regular checks and ongoing TLC, not only will you ensure a pleasurable time out on the water, you’ll keep your kit in tip-top condition. The biggest cause of problems inside any boat is the cold, damp environment that we operate in. Invest in a decent cover that keeps rain and moisture out […]


SPECIAL FEATURES

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The SilverHook Story

Keeping alive the true spirit of powerboat racing … PBR relates the success story that is Nigel Hook … Sixty years ago, in May 1969, Don Aronow ‒ a millionaire New Yorker who built the first Cigarette boat under the name Cary ‒ won the APBA-sanctioned race ‘The Gateway Marathon International 200’ in his 32ft […]

The Birth of Gloriana

Today, Gloriana has been in service for some seven years, and in addition to the usual servicing and repair work, she has also undergone a major change in her Motiv power system. When the drawings for Gloriana were originally produced, allowance was made for an auxiliary propulsion system. Mike Taylor reports on the creation of […]

Retro Repower – Arctic 22 RIB

You have no doubt about the hull’s credibility as it simply runs through any chop with total indifference. The ride is unsurprisingly smooth, helped by the thick supportive seating. The Arctic is no sprightly race boat, but the punchy 2-stroke E-TEC motors still push her quickly up onto the plane. They are constructed like a […]