HAVE YOUR SAY IN PRINT AND ONLINE
AN ENGLISH MAN’ S BOAT IS HIS CASTLE Stephen Moore took this evocative photo of Conwy Castle from the helm of his 2004 Regal Commodore 2465 Manana. It’s his first boat and he captured this image during a memorable evening outing in July. MOTO R B LOATER
You wrote in your October editorial that you would like to hear from readers to know what they make of the changes. The first thing I noticed was its weight. The 202-page October 2017 edition of
MBY weighed 473 grams, and the 214page October 2018 issue weighed in at 720 grams – a 44% increase! I am not sure I want to carry this extra 1/2 lb of weight with me when travelling. I also see that there is a new photo of yourself, looking very relaxed. But gone is the fresh-faced, svelte man your readers have come to recognise, to be replaced by a photo of what appears to be a motor bloater.
The magazine (and maybe its editor) is no doubt following the current trend in motor boat design of becoming wider and heavier, and where performance and efficiency are being compromised to increased hull volume. I also see that the format of your boat test performance tables has changed. Instead of miles per gallon (MPG) we now have litres per hour (LPH). Why the need to change? Jan van der Schans I agree with you that weight reduction is usually a good thing with regards to boats, cars and perhaps even people (I am in fact the same 73kg I have always been since the age of 18) but I’m not so convinced that using thinner, lighter paper is a good idea as the quality of the printing and pictures tends to suffer. The decision to switch from MPG to LPH/LPM was based on the fact that fuel berths and most boat’s fuel flow meters are now based in litres rather than gallons so it made sense for our figures to reflect that. We are also highlighting the LPH figure at 20 knots in one of our new boat test roundels. The idea is that this will provide an easy way of comparing fuel consumption from boat to boat. I realise that 20 knots isn’t always the most efficient speed for a planing boat but it’s a realistic cruising speed for people to make comparisons at.
All the same, information is still there if you want to look at fuel consumption at the usual rpm/speed intervals or even calculate your own MPG figures. Hugo