Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Creedmoor NC
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Practical Sailor magazine
I just subscribed to Practical Sailor after seeing some recent back-issues and being impressed. The magazine and the website seems to be filled with relevant articles and comparisons of products.
I still haven't figured out what it is though...is it similar to Consumer Reports which "accepts no outside advertising, no free test samples, and has no agenda other than the interests of consumers," or are they paid by marine companies for their coverage?
How they make their money is critical to me as far as whether I trust the opinions or not. For instance, I always notice when these big boat magazines have their "Boat of the Year Award" and the winners often have big display ads in the same issue. I take that kind of "analysis" with a grain of salt.
"Tell 'em I'm busy. I'm on a sails call."