XO DFNDR 9 – Licensed to Thrill

6th June 2022|BOAT TESTS|

Alex Whittaker tests a high-speed adventure vessel with a refined interior … This boat is a paradox. With the right engine package, she can top 50 knots, punch waves and corner like Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder. This wheelhouse adventure vessel looks military, mega-tough and yet accomplished – a go-anywhere craft that is Category B certified for force 8 offshore navigation. Her aluminium hull screams Special Forces, and yet there are family sunbathing options arranged over two cockpits. What’s more, down below there is a surprisingly smart cabin and a large V-berth where two adults may sleep in comfort. Then comes

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Cox 300HP V8 Diesel Outboard

18th December 2021|ENGINE TESTS|

HMS gets the opportunity to undertake the very first test here in the UK of the much-anticipated Cox diesel outboard technology. The twin 300hp installation, rigged to an Axopar 37 XC, certainly reveals some striking data, but what’s the true thinking behind the engine’s 160-million-pound research and development programme?  We find out … With a sleek elegant design these outboards look as classy as any petrol alternative. Above. Twin 300hp Diesel setup on the Axopar 37 Cross Cabin (XC) test boat. Here in the UK, HM Government have stated that their policy is to ban the use

Dometic Xtreme Power Assist

27th May 2022|EQUIPMENT|

An easy-to-fit power steering system that offers fingertip steering for boats down to 70hp.  Dometic’s latest Xtreme Power Assist steering system brings smooth electric power-assisted steering to smaller boats. Launched at the end of last year, this system is an affordable, easy-to-install solution providing reduced steering effort for mechanically steered boats with single outboard power from 70 to 200 hp. It integrates with any existing SeaStar rack or rotary cable steering system, so there is no need to install new steering to retrofit it. Power Assist also works with both standard and tilt helms, and mounts to all major

Ports of Call – Wonderful Whitby

7th June 2022|LOCATIONS|

Alex Whittaker travels to Yorkshire to explore this fascinating gem of the north. Upper harbour looking to East Cliff. Whitby is a famous old seaside town and port situated on the east coast of Yorkshire, at the mouth of the River Esk. It is celebrated for its maritime history, its ruined seventh-century gothic abbey and its fish and chips. It is also the place where the ‘Fanged One’ leapt straight from his ship into the pages of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Captain James Cook, the incomparable navigator, was apprenticed here, learning how to sail in these very waters.

Venom in the Sea

7th June 2022|FEATURES|

International marine biologist and journalist Giovanna Fasanelli takes a fascinating look at the subject of ‘venom in the sea’ and considers both the role it plays and why, as boating people, we should be interested …  Most of us are well aware of the dangers that certain venomous spiders, scorpions and snakes pose to us landlubbers, but on a family holiday to the tropics (and how we must all be yearning for one following a gruelling global pandemic), how worried should we be when we plunge into that aqua-blue sea? As it turns out, very – and yet not