The biggest boating stories of the year

The biggest boating stories of the year

It really is been a further frantic 12 months right here on – we spherical up the greatest stories that got our motor operating all through the earlier 12 months…

2022 seemed to flash by in the blink of an eye, with the return of (most) boat demonstrates and the relaxation of vacation constraints indicating that the boating environment could get back to some thing approaching normality.

As constantly, we’ve covered it all listed here on – and if you are looking through this, thank you for next it all with us. Below are our major stories of the 12 months, on a month-by-month foundation:


The cancellation of Boot Dusseldorf for the second yr in a row acquired 2022 off on a bum be aware, but we however experienced loads of new boats to marvel at on-line, not minimum the impressive Mulder Healey.

Commissioned by David Healey as a seafaring tribute to his grandfather Donald’s famous sportscars, this 60ft custom made cruiser was built in the Netherlands by Mulder Yachts.

Read through more about the Mulder Healey

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Boot might have had a different 12 months off, but there was a brand new boat demonstrate in the British isles for us to get all excited about. BoatLife threw open its doors for the to start with time in February, with an remarkable exhibit of far more than 100 boats at the Birmingham NEC.

The display is currently shaping up properly for February 2023, so it is effectively worthy of examining out their sophomore line-up.

Study much more about BoatLife 2023



Palm Beach front is rapidly getting the connoisseur’s choice amongst Floridian boat displays and this year’s occasion noticed Grand Financial institutions debut its extraordinary new flagship yacht, the Grand Banks GB85, which went on to wow the European audience at Cannes 2022.

It’s an spectacular yacht on quite a few levels, but what actually created a huge effect on us was the self-actively playing piano in the owner’s cabin.

Check out our full yacht tour of the Grand Banks GB85


Photo: Olivier Blanchet


French lawn Neel has been building sailing trimarans for lots of years, but our notice was properly and genuinely captured by their most recent launch, the Leen 72 ability trimaran, which splashed down in April.

A genuine rarity, even in the area of interest planet of multihull powerboats, this distinct triple-hulled design and style boasts a genuinely world-trotting cruising vary, as we found out when we analyzed the Leen 72 later on on in the year.

Examine our complete exam-generate evaluation of the Leen 72


MV Astra‘s skipper and proprietor Iain Macneil


From a probable globetrotter to a boat that literally cruised all the way around the world – MV Astra established a new environment report in Might 2022 by turning out to be the initially motorboat under 24m to circumnavigate the world under her possess electrical power.

Would-be circumnavigators get observe: the time to defeat is 166 times.

Browse Element One of Iain Macneil’s six-portion spherical-the-environment characteristic



Extended-term MBY stalwart Jack Haines still left our crew in 2022, but not before signing off with a boat take a look at that details to a extremely interesting foreseeable future for fossil fuel-no cost boating.

The Delphia 11 Electric is the very first all-electric boat from the world’s greatest boatbuilder, Beneteau Group. Proof if it were required, that electric boats have nicely and genuinely arrived.

Check out Jack’s exam push evaluate of the Delphia 11 Electric

Tough but effective aluminium displacement hull enables a vary of 3,000nm at 8 knots


Arksen Yachts is a new name in the British boatbuilding globe with major ambitions. This 12 months we’ve toured their Arksen 30 Journey boat and previewed their Arksen 85 Explorer yacht, but it was the Arksen 65 that genuinely turned heads in July.

Owing to be crafted from at minimum 40% recycled aluminium, this oceangoing style and design has a claimed cruising assortment of 3,000nm at eight knots.

Read through more about the Arksen 65


Seakeeper is a brand name that’s practically synonymous with gyro stabilisers, but this summertime they released details of the new Seakeeper Trip, its very first foray into energetic handle trim systems.

Seakeeper estimates that it can remove up to 70% of pitch and roll, describing it as “the following significant factor in boating”, so MBY editor Hugo Andreae took a closer look at these claims…

Read a lot more about the Seakeeper Ride program


The integration of fly deck and bow lounge is deeply extraordinary


Cannes Yachting Pageant is the organic property for significant boat launches, and they don’t arrive a great deal more substantial than the Sunseeker 100 Yacht, which the property promises ushers in a new era of flybridge design and style.

We jumped on board through her Cannes debut and were impressed by the clever use of place, such as a foredeck lounge that can be immediately accessed from that wide flybridge.

View out total tour of the Sunseeker 100 Yacht


Rotax states its new Stealth outboard is the cleanest engine in its class


When is an outboard not at outboard? When it’s the new Rotax Stealth, of training course!

This intelligent style sits flush underneath the bathing system, releasing up additional area for watersports and decreasing the centre of gravity, all though retaining the usual outboard gains of substantial functionality, reduced price tag, simplicity of upkeep and built-in trim.

Go through more about the Rotax Stealth variety


It appears to be, feels and goes like a effectively-matched petrol outboard engine


Another outboard unit to convert heads in 2022 was the 300hp Evoy Storm, which currently lays declare to the title of the world’s most highly effective electrical outboard motor.

Hugo took a exam generate of an Axopar 25 fitted with a prototype variation of the Evoy Storm and was amazed by its overall performance, even if the selection even now leaves something to be desired.

Look at our exam travel of an Axopar 25 equipped with the 300hp Evoy Storm electrical outboard



2022 came total circle in December as we returned to Princess Yachts’ Royal William Garden. We commenced the 12 months there with a tour of the Princess X95 and finished it there to attend the launch event of its open up-topped sibling, the Princess Y95.

The lawn has been so chaotic churning out X95s (18 crafted with a even more eight on order) that the Princess Y95 obtained temporarily shifted onto the again burner. Now it has lastly arrived, we just can’t see the personnel on the Y95 production line obtaining much downtime both!

Enjoy our full yacht tour of the Princess Y95

Adhere with us in 2023, as we have lots extra interesting check drives and yacht excursions coming up, in addition comprehensive coverage of all the world’s largest yacht displays and the return of the Motor Boat Awards. Content New Year from all of us in this article at MBY!