It’s good to see a British company making a long-term investment in British boatbuilding. The old-established Northshore company of Itchenor has recently opened new factory premises which, along with its moulding shop in nearby Havant, brings the total employment at the two sites to over 100 people. Their confidence in the future is demonstrated by their workbased apprenticeship scheme, which enables young people to learn the traditional skills of boat building, bringing back a tradition that used to be common in Chichester Harbour.

Northshore has now announced the launch of a brand new cruiser, the 42RS (Raised Saloon), which is designed by Northshore’s own design office in collaboration with Rob Hum- phries. The new boat is to be launched at the Southampton Boat Show and not only incorporates their well-established swing keel arrangement, which can reduce the draught from 9ft to under 3ft at the touch of a button, but also continues the trend for pilot use saloons. Twin rudders with a large 54in wheel give exceptionally positive steering control. Each boat is built to the owner’s specification with a choice of teak, maple or American cherry interiors. A fixed keel version is also available. The 42RS is priced at £213,973 ex VAT Northshore Yachts: 01242 512611; www.northshore.co.uk