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After periodically buying Lattitudes & Attitudes of the shelf, I finally picked up a subscription. My wife & I recently "bumped" into Bob & Jody at thier 'cruisers weekend' at the Isthmas, Santa Catalina Island.

They truely are great people living the dream, and thier magazine reflects it!!!

Used to subscribe to CW and Sail.... but the advertisers won out. PS is a must for those inevitable purchases.
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What do people think about Practical Sailor?
I subscribed to PS for a year, and I let it expire. I found that they concentrated too much on equipment and products that had no relevance to my boating experience. I think their reviews of knives that cost $75 and up put the nail in the coffin. I wound up saving only one issue for future reference. On top of that, I found the writing style was BORING. Oh, I understand they are trying to be neutral and dispassionate, but if you read Consumer Reports, you know that mission does not necessarily equate with boring writing.
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I subscribe to Cruising World and Practical Sailor. I'm letting my subscription to CW run out, but I will always get PS.
Back when I had my first boat in '99, a C&C-designer 33 foot racer-cruiser, I used to purchase Cruising World, Sail Magazine and Ocean Navigator. Gradually, I realized that CW and Sail were aiming for a different market than me for the most part, and I found the only bits I really found useful (aside from Webb Chiles/Pardeys/windvane vs. autopilot articles), were the "Hands On" section that frequently had innovative or sensible ideas and projects.

I started subscribing to Practical Sailor in '03 or so and continue to do so. In '05, as we started looking for an ocean-going cruiser, I started to subscribe to Ocean Navigator and paid for both by dropping CW and Sail. We now are fitting out a steel cutter for a circumnavigating, which is *not* like taking a Beneteau to the BVIs. Consequently, I don't regret my decision.

Now, how do I get rid of six years of SAIL and CW?
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Best Sailing Magazines

In my opinion, SAILING WORLD (U.S.), SEA HORSE (GBR) AND YACHTS AND YACHTING(GBR).
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now are fitting out a steel cutter for a circumnavigating, which is *not* like taking a Beneteau to the BVIs. Consequently, I don't regret my decision.

Now, how do I get rid of six years of SAIL and CW?
Valiente,
Do you know of the Metal Boat Society ? Inexpensive to join and they publish a quarterly newsletter which is available online. The site is packed with useful information on anything to do with steel boats.

www.metalboatsociety.com

We bought our first steel boat earlier this year and this site has been a mine of useful information for a couple of steel boat novices.
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Magazines

At $10 for a quarterly magazine, "BoatWorks" is a good value and I am sure with backing from its corporate owner, they are aiming to be around for the long run. It has introduced some stink pot, oops I meant power boat material in between the covers to appeal to a wider audience.

I believe that "Coastal Cruising" and "Northeast Sailing Life" have disappeared. During a couple land based moves I let those subscriptions lapse and even though the content was fun to read, those publications just didn't have a large enough subscriber base. Sorry I didn't renew.

"Offshore", which is targeted at boaters in the northeast of the U.S. is heavily into power and fishing, they only belatedly gave the MLLW when reviewing marinas -- not that I make it a habit of running aground (the two magazines above targeted sailors) And maybe that would not have happened if I had renewed my subscription to "Ocean Navigator", but who knows?

"Good Old Boat", "Wooden Boat", and "Practical Sailor" are all useful publications which I flip through again and again.
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All my favorites have been mentioned here, I love Boatworks, DIY, Practical Sailor and Good Old Boat. I have tried about all of them over the years and these are the ones that have the most practical value for a guy that sails a 25 year old Watkins 27.
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At $10 for a quarterly magazine, "BoatWorks" is a good value and I am sure with backing from its corporate owner, they are aiming to be around for the long run.
I'm going to recommend DIY Boat magazine(http://www.diy-boat.com/) for how-to information. I've found it much better than BoatWorks.

I picked up the first or second issue of BoatWorks. They had an article about painting your mast. It was written by someone who had never painted a mast before. In contrast, articles in DIY Boat tend to be written by folks who are in the boat maintenance business and have lots of experience.

After picking up my first copy of DIY Boat, I bought a 3 year subscription and bought the back issue CD-ROM. I've never regretted this purchase.
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This has been an interesting thread and has caused me to go back and really look at some of the publications I have. Here is what I see: It appears Sail magazine is hurting - ditto Boatworks (owned by Sail). I have been receiving offers for $10/yr subscription for Sail. I almost want to but am convinced I will not receive many before it stops. As for Boatworks, they've changed their target market; tag line and header on the mag cover now reflect power + sail. Hmm. Not selling enough, I presume.

Practical Sailor. Now that I have completed a year of subscription, I'm finding it is not all that useful for me (30 yr old 27 foot Catalina) as has been stated previously. I still look forward to Good Old Boat and read every page.

I'll be checking out DIY-Boat.
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Most of the mags try to be all things to all sailors and that's there downfall and why GOB seems to do quite nicely. You actually spend time reading the classifieds in GOB, and get thinking, "Yeah, that'd be nice...." In Sail, where one third the mag seems to be the classifieds you get thinking, "Yeah, right!" I bit on the renewal offer last year and it just stopped coming after about six months. I was so distraught I didn't notice for a couple of months. Same experience as Parley with PS. Tried it for three years and it just wasn't worth the budget for the few relavent articles per year-they also seemed to focus a little more towards the high end market than what I am. Hope this relationship with Sailnet gets me the info I did like from them. My neighbor installs vinyl siding for a living, but I think he supplements that with articles in Boatworks. DIY doesn't seem too bad. In my experience, most of the mags don't have enough space and editing capability to do what a good book on the subject does. For example, you can read the 12 Volt Bible for Boats in about the same time as a magazine cover to cover and you've got a pretty good grasp on what those little green men do on your boat. Part of the difference must be due to the fact that it's not easy to get published, you must have a rep to sell a publisher on, and even after the book is done it's proofed/edited much more thoroughly than a magazine article. Just my 2 cts.

I think the death-knell for Sail was when I read about how you should carry a good flashlight for, among other things, shining at the wheelhouse of merchant ships to get their attention!
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