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Old 27-09-2010, 21:39   #1
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Yachting Magazines

Can anyone recommend any magazines, preferably in English but with German or French as alternatives, that rely on the written word rather than illustrations with comments, which seems to cover most of the popular yachting press nowadays?

The editor of one popular (but nameless) magazine tells me that this has to do with the attention span of the average reader. Cruising sailors, in general, have more time to read than most.
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Old 28-09-2010, 04:56   #2
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Its a very visual medium. All the advertisers are displaying items that need to be seen. The descriptions of anchorages, bays, cities as well as charts etc are all far better, more simply and more accurately done visually.

No magazine could possibly survive if there was not a strong reliance on illustrations.


My fav mag is Cruising World.
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practical sailor is probably the closest, but theres only so many reviews of boat polish that you can take

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Cruising World

I prefer Cruising World and Good Old Boat
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Books.

Magazines are designed to grabbed from the shelf, flipped through for a moment, and then tossed aside. That is how the advertisers see it.

Books are designed for a long attention period. Books on sailing are harder to sell. Guides fall in the center.
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cruising world is good if you want to look at huge expensive boats and lots of advertising. water sailing">blue water sailing is expensive but interesting and informative.
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My favourite periodical, "Good Old Boat" magazine, offers a free introductory issue.

Good Old Boat - Welcome to Good Old Boat Magazine
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The broker mantra is:"sell the dream ,not the boat". Photos with bikinis ,lavish yachts in exotic places are all part of the dream.
Try Good Old Boat mag. its much more about the boat.
I still miss the bikinis tho.
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I'm a Yank who sails in the UK and who used to live in Germany, so I have experience with sailing journals from various countries. I much prefer the UK magazines Practical Boat Owner and Yachting World, to the US equivalents. They are somewhat parochially local, however, but they make for great reading and are full of much more information than the rather slick and superficial (in my opinion) Cruising World or Sail.
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Thanks for the replies. Thinwater and Mrohr seem to have hit the nail on the head. A lifetime ago, I was on the staff of Yachting World and it was a good read, as was Yachting Monthly but it is the fact that I don't seem to find more than about ten minutes worth of interest in them now that prompted the question.

Good Old Boat I like but I'm biased because they have published (and paid) me. About 30 years ago, I discovered a very good American cruising magazine, the name of which escapes me, but after one year's subscription with no problems, they returned my Eurocheque, made out in USD, on the grounds that they could only accept cheques drawn on a US bank, so that was the end of that.

To take MarkJ's point, I am always wary of non official sailing directions - I've seen far too many mistakes and Admiralty Pilots aren't exactly brimming with illustrations and get the message over.
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Try Points East. It's regional (New England) but pretty down to earth, no glossy photos, and it's free!
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Latitude 38 has a great cruising section.
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IMHO, Latitude 38 is not only the best sailing magazine available in the US, but it's price to content ratio is REALLY good.

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To those of you who have mentioned Latitude 38, I have seen it but how do I get it in SE Asia?
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Latitude 38 magazine is available online.
Latitude 38 - The West's Leading Sailing and Marine Magazine
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