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Old 25-10-2010, 10:37   #16
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I would have a different opinion on that after being misquoted by them in there mag and their subsequent retraction was anything but humble....I still pick it up for free every once in awhile but Id never spend my money on it.
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Will read it for free, but won't buy one since we consider magazines a waste of trees.
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Old 25-10-2010, 11:49   #18
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We're still learning and planning so we started out reading pretty much every sailing or cruising related magazine that we could get our hands on. Over the last year we weeded it down to Latts & Atts, Cruising World, and Sail.

We've also migrated to online, PDF, or Zinio versions that we read on our iPad. The best deal on Latts & Atts is to go with the annual Latts & Atts Cruisers Club since it gives you online access to; all of the magazines since issue 36, Latts & Atts videos, Latts & Atts radio, buy one get one free boat show tickets, and the first drink free at "Harbour Hangouts."

Plus, we've gotten our moneys worth in free pizza and beer at the Latts & Atts Cruisers Parties!

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Old 25-10-2010, 16:46   #19
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We subscribed to L & A for a while, but the price has just gotten outrageous, for what you get. Cruising World is 1/3 the price, and a better magazine. I know they have lost a lot of subscribers - and their way to "fix" that has been to jack up the price. It's just not a great, or even that good, a magazine. It seems to be published primarily to sell their "stuff".
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They always tend to romanticize everything and particularly cruising by focusing only on the port descriptions and the part of cruising once you put down the anchor. I never found them to be objective in any aspect including their advertizing and marketing and only read it when I got it for free.
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I would have a different opinion on that after being misquoted by them in there mag and their subsequent retraction was anything but humble....I still pick it up for free every once in awhile but Id never spend my money on it.

They quote you as saying "Go small, go complex"?
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I think you can get Lats & Atts free online.
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I haven't picked up a lats and ats for a couple of months (they bought my first article! could explain the previous pan regarding amatuerish writing) I dunno about the advertising situation now... found them no worse than some others previously. Stikes me as a fun magazine aimed at newbies like me with plenty of happy talk about "the cruising life". I've enjoyed the magazine and would qualify the tendancy towards info light by saying that some good folks have contributed on a number of sailing issues and I have found some good tips there. I'd have to say that my favorite more info oriented glossy has been SAIL).
Lat 38 has some good first hand cruising and destination info but they take themselves a bit too seriously. They are too conservative in their politics and condescending to their readers for me so I seldom pick one up anymore and if I do I tend to look only at the classifieds and then leave it in the head at the West Marine
I'd much rather get my info elsewhere... here for instance!
I will say that Lat38 did a good job bringing the Lake County tragedy to light ... the one where the drunken sherriff smashed into the sailboat and then the county prosecutor went after the sailboat skipper for driving his sailboat (in a dead calm) "under the influence" charging him with manslaughter. I think that falls under the "best defense..." school of managing liability problems.
It's part of the job description of sailing mags to 'romanticize" sailing, or the cruising life... That romanticizing being an important driver of sailing gear and boat sales
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Latitudes & Attitudes Mag. is light on content, heavy on advertising, and void of editorial responsibility. I let my subscription lapse after one year.
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Lats & Atts is the only sailing mag I subscribe to. Yep they've got plenty of ads. So do the others. L & A is just way closer to my view of sailing than, say, Cruising World. I get stirred up about sailing when reading it. Can't say that about most of the others. Bob's new Shannon aside, I couldn't care less about the new Island Oyster 64 that seem so prominent in other mags. They can go to $10 and I'll still buy it, given the alternatives.
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I don't read any of the magazines. I read Cruiser's Forum. The price is right. It's interactive. Lots of great information. It beats a magazine any day.
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There all the same somtimes good sometimes boring. I wish they have more about boat building and people doing it.
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Thank you to everyone. It has given me alot to think about. I wonder if they would send me a sample copy.

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