Special Features

15 speed boats inspired by cars

Supercars are the playthings of the rich and famous, so what better to enjoy on holiday than a powerboat inspired by their favourite model?   The eight-seat Aston Martin AM37 has been designed to be ‘the ultimate day cruiser’ and features two Mercury 430bhp engines, for a top speed of 57mph. Its carbon fibre, leather and metallic trim is inspired ...

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West Coast Marinas

  MDL’s three 5 Gold Anchor West Coast marinas, Torquay, Brixham and Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth, offer a range of idyllic destinations within easy cruising distance of one another. As the winter finally retreats, thoughts turn to a long spring and summer of cruising. There are fewer more lovely places to be than the English Riviera, 22 miles of ...

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MARLOW’S INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN IN SAILING

This international Women’s Day, Marlow Ropes celebrates the success of the many inspirational women in sailing from around the world that it is proud to work with and support as official supplier. The following great women sailors are part of Marlow Ropes long and successful voyage across the world’s oceans: These include: Dame Ellen Macarthur OBE, sailor and world record ...

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Gillingham Marina

Situated on the Medway’s south bank, Gillingham Marina is the most downstream of the river’s marinas, ideal for both local cruising and extended journeys to the East Coast and beyond.   The marina has been family run since it first opened in 1972, and over the years has been improved and developed, including new workshops and chandlery, but has never ...

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Crowhurst – the film

Last month the big budget film The Mercy was released, but there is another film out this month that will also be exploring Donald Crowhurst’s tragic story. Simon Rumley, the director of Crowhurst, takes us behind the scenes of the making of this film. Words: Simon Rumley Images: Mike Riley By now, it seems, everyone in the UK must have ...

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Making Waves

Claire Rendall is an interior designer who has collaborated with Van De Sant garden furniture. Plastic on the sea-bed has been pulled up from the sea and recycled into a luxury furniture range. Few who recently watched the amazing Blue Planet series on BBC1 can have failed to be deeply moved by the plight of our ocean wildlife due to ...

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A guide to buying your first boat

Owning a boat is much more affordable than most people think, and much more fun! Buying a boat could be the first step towards discovering two thirds of the planet’s surface that those on land simply can’t. So why wait? Well, before you set sail, there are some questions you’ll need to consider when shopping around for your first boat, ...

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Jachthaven Biesbosch

Surrounded by the beautiful nature reserve of the Biesbosch National Park, Jachthaven Biesbosch in the Netherlands offers unparalleled space and all the facilities that appeal to modern boaters. Located in the North Brabant region of the Netherlands, the freshwater delta of the Biesbosch has been the epicentre of boating in the country for decades. The national park is a mecca ...

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Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour

The Beaulieu River Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour keeps pace with modern demands while remaining an unspoilt, stunning, natural haven.  The Beaulieu River is one of only a few privately owned estuaries in the world. Four centuries of custodianship by the forebears of Lord Montagu have ensured that it remains an unspoilt haven, where riverside development and the number of moorings ...

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Town Quay Marina

  Town Quay delivers a vibrant city centre berthing experience, whether you are staying for one night or 12 months. Town Quay Marina is one of four marinas owned and operated by Associated British Ports and was built in the mid 1990s. It was then extensively refurbished with a dredge, new electrics and water supply in 2011. In the heart ...

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