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This festive cartoon is an old favourite of ours, illustrated by the talented Mike Peyton.

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Cornish Shrimpers in Poole Week. Credit: David Harding/SailingScenes

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The Tug Yacht 33 Union Jack

Boat Test: Tug Yacht 33

Nick Burnham takes to the water in the Tug Yacht 33 Union Jack, a ‘quirky motorboat from Gloucestershire’