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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

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