Yachting World

PART OF THE FAMILY

- Helen Fretter

The summer of 2020 has been a time of big change for a great deal of us. Many sailors have re-evaluated their plans this year, and may be reconsider­ing whether their current boat meets those new needs.

But buying a boat on a whim is rarely a wise idea. Though you must be practical and pragmatic, the boat you can’t stop thinking about will probably be the one you end up buying. The right yacht will enable adventures, offer reassuranc­e, challenge you just enough, and provide a lifetime of memories. In return it will demand time, investment, and no small amount of love. It becomes, to many, part of the family.

So how should you disentangl­e such conflictin­g emotions, and clinically work out which will be the right fit for you? That’s where ‘Yachting World’ comes in.

Over the years our test team has sailed thousands of yachts. They ask the awkward questions, clamber into engine bays and pull up the floorboard­s to find the niggling irritation­s and the clever design solutions. In this issue Test Editor Toby Hodges and others share some of the secrets of their art, with tips on how to make the most of every viewing or test sail. It’s essential reading for anyone who is ‘just looking’, or more.

Sometimes a boat requires no questions, only superlativ­es – the Spirit 111 is just such a yacht. See our onboard exclusive on page 74.

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