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FOL­LOW THE NORD STAR

I am cur­rently look­ing to buy a boat and from experience have nar­rowed the search to walka­round wheel­house boats, as they are easy to man­age sin­gle­handed and are great sea boats.

The three boats that stand out from the crowd are all Fin­nish; Botnia Targa, Sargo and Nord Star. On my last visit to the boat show, and be­fore I was in a po­si­tion to buy, I went aboard the Targa 27.1 and a Sargo 28, but have yet to see a Nord Star 28 or find a re­view in MBY.

I see that you have re­viewed the Sargo 28 and the Targa 27.1 and I won­dered if you have any plans to re­view the Nord Star 28 to draw a com­par­i­son, as this would com­plete the trio and prove most in­ter­est­ing to me and no doubt oth­ers in my po­si­tion look­ing at th­ese boats. Chris Hamil­ton We don’t cur­rently have any plans to test the Nord Star 28 but I have con­tacted one of MBY’S con­trib­u­tors, who has driven a num­ber of Nord Stars back-to-back with both Botnia Tar­gas and Sar­gos in Fin­land over the last 15 years.

In his opin­ion Sargo and Botnia still have the edge over all the ob­vi­ous com­pe­ti­tion, al­beit at a price. Pro­vided you can af­ford them, he reck­ons both the Sargo 28 and Targa 27.1 would make an ex­cel­lent choice of boat, al­though it might be worth hang­ing on for our forth­com­ing test of the new 27.2 in one of the next few is­sues. Hugo

I TA L I A N S E A START

I’m re­lo­cat­ing my Fair­line Squadron 42 to the west coast of Italy, and am try­ing to find an op­er­a­tion like Sea Start. There is a French com­pany called Ma­rine As­sis­tance, but they only pro­vide cover in French wa­ters. There’s an Ital­ian firm, Sailor­net, but they only op­er­ate a ‘sched­ule of charges’ type ser­vice if you break­down and they can get to you. Can you rec­om­mend any­one? Tony Waghorn I don’t know of a com­pany in Italy that op­er­ates a ma­rine break­down and re­cov­ery ser­vice based on an an­nual pre­mium, rather than pay as you go, but our Ital­ian-based read­ers might. Please email us on mby@ti-me­dia.com Hugo

YOUR PHOTO OF THE MONTH Wins a hand­held Icom IC-M25 Euro VHF Ma­rine Trans­ceiver worth £169! Send your best photo to us at mby@ti-me­dia.com

A L L I N THE NAME

Your leader about the new gen­er­a­tion of pi­lot­house sports­fish­ers be­ing the SUVS of the seas ( MBY Au­gust 2018) makes good sense. Af­ter all, on land SUV is an acro­nym for Sport Util­ity Ve­hi­cle, on wa­ter it ap­plies equally well to Sport Util­ity Ves­sel. Ed­ward John­ston I wish I could claim the credit for that! But thanks for pro­vid­ing the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion I need to keep re­fer­ring to them as SUVS. Hugo

QUEST I O N O F S P E E D

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Peter Dredge and the Jaguar Vec­tor Rac­ing’s V20E for break­ing the world record for elec­tric boats with a speed of 88.61mph ( MBY Septem­ber 2018).

But I have also seen a Youtube video of an elec­tric craft that claims to be do­ing 98mph.

So who is the real record holder of the world record for elec­tric boats? Robert Kay Good ques­tion and one which the record holder him­self is best placed to an­swer. Here’s his re­sponse:

“You are cor­rect that there is an elec­tric record that was set some 10 years ago, af­ter the UIM out­right record that we broke was set. How­ever, the UIM has very clear rules on all its records, es­pe­cially the out­right one.

“Th­ese out­right records are not ones that can be frozen as and when class rules change so must be able to stand the test of time. As such, they re­quire rel­e­vant lev­els of safety.

“The record shown in the video was made us­ing a su­per-light­weight liedown hy­droplane and is un­doubt­edly a fan­tas­tic tech­ni­cal achieve­ment. How­ever, we had to en­sure that our boat met the re­quire­ments asked of us for this type of record.

“When I first met with the RYA and dis­cussed the at­tempt, af­ter they had dis­cussed it with the UIM, we were told what ex­actly was re­quired.

“We had to have a full UIM ho­molo­gated 3000N safety cell, driver re­straints, driver’s air sys­tem, safety au­to­matic airbag sys­tems and so on.

“All this adds mas­sively to the boat’s weight and hence com­pro­mises the ac­cel­er­a­tion and speed.

“But it means in years to come, as bat­tery tech­nol­ogy and mo­tor power in­creases, and there­fore the speeds in­crease, the boats will have a level of safety sim­i­lar to that seen in a top end For­mula boats. I hope this clar­i­fies the mat­ter.” Peter Dredge

CLOS E EN­COUNTER Rus­sell Hast­ings took this photo on his iphone X last month. He was tak­ing his 20-year-old son out out for a birth­day evening cruise from Chich­ester Har­bour on his Sealine SC35 when they chanced across a pod of play­ful dol­phins

Is Jaguar Vec­tor Rac­ing’s V20E re­ally the fastest elec­tric boat in the world?

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