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Old 06-12-2011, 17:11   #31
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Re: Sailing Magazines

It is interesting that the publications that I enjoy the most, are the ones that you get for free. Not because it is free, but because the articles are mostly local. Lat 38 when I can find it, Windcheck for LI sound, the one that covers New England, and my absolute favorite, when I can find it, Caribbean Compass. When traveling, I try to pick up any local publications I can find. After awhile, you don't care about charter deals, every other issue has the latest on How to Stay In Touch,(I don't want to, that's why I cruised), and my preference in boats isn't shiney production Clorox bottles, but boats with pedigree, style and proven sea keeping abilities. I think most of the popular publications need to pay more attention to advertisers for economic reasons, rather than to subscribers. But it's great that we have all these choices to make.
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I've finally dropped my subscription to Cruising (aka Charter) World. Perhaps it was always simply a vehicle for charter advertisements, but the original, pertinent content for cruising sailors has diminished to almost nil.
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Old 06-12-2011, 21:05   #33
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Hi,

I buy PBO and an Australian mag Cruising Helmsman. These tend to have more practical info than others.

I bought CW once and haven't bothered again.

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GOB is a good read, and is a keeper, but it is more about doing projects on your boat and less about using the boat. That is the role the other magazines offer.

I guess that's my point. Boat projects will always exist, and in fact, up to a point, I enjoy them. But reading about someone in the Med or the S Pacific doesn't do much for me. At my age and health I'm lucky to go coastal cruising. Add in to that the boat reviews which aren't reviews for boats that I could ever afford and I said to myself I don't need any more wish books.

They do serve a purpose but you outgrow them.

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They do serve a purpose but you outgrow them.
Yes, I agree.

Up here in Canada we have GAM on Yachting on which is uneven (because they do not pay for content) but occasionally has a good selection of local stories. The nice thing about it is that you get a wide range of input, from newbes to world travellers.
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The British Yachting Monthly is excellent and practical; check their latest boat test the real action starts at 5 min 30 secs.

Crash Test Boat videos | Specials | Yachting Monthly
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It is interesting that the publications that I enjoy the most, are the ones that you get for free ...
... and my absolute favorite, when I can find it, Caribbean Compass ...
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