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Best Sailing Magazine for 27' Sailing??

What are some good sailing magazines for mid-size sailboats.. like 27' ?

I have been getting "Cruising World" and like it but the boats are always larger than mine (boat envy). I will be sailing mostly on the Delaware River and south to Chesapeake and Delaware.

I've gotten "Sail" magazine also but am still not that impressed.

Any suggestions?
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I have subscribed to almost all the mainstream North American boating rags over the years, including Cruising World (which has become monotonous, in my view). Of those devoted exclusively to sailing, Good Old Boat gets my first vote, followed by Blue Water Sailing/Sail/Sailing/Ocean Navigator, in no order of preference.

But my favorite boating magazine BY FAR, is a little semi-monthly (published twice a month) black and white called "Messing About in Boats." It's full of stories and articles about real people doing real things in real boats, written in their own voice (as opposed to conforming to a tedious, highly edited style). Sailing, paddling, motoring, rowing, building, repairing, etc. Every issue is a rare gem.
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Good Old Boat by far. All the big glossies cater to the bigger boats/newer boats because that's who they sell the most advertising to. GOB is aimed right at people like us who sail the boats we have for a variety of reasons, not the big ones in the ads in the big glossies.
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Awesome, Awesome! Just what I was looking for. I just placed my order. Thanks!
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Another vote for Good Old Boat. My other favorite is "Sailing". Sailing has a large format that allows it to run some spectacular pictures; the editors really love sailboats, and it shows in their choices of pictures and articles. I agree with you and the others who have chimed in about Sail and Cruising World; they have gotten so predictable and boring. I recently received an offer from Sail: $10 for one year. I figured, why not? I am about halfway through the subscription and I don't think I will renew, even though they have offered me a three year subscription for less than $25.
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Small Craft Advisor is a bi-monthly and deals with all manner of small boats. There is just not a valid excuse for getting this magazine. It's got more stuff about how people are "messing about in boats" than you can shake a stick at. It is full of things you will not get elsewhere. Probably not as practical for you as GOB, but you won't put an issue down out of boredom. Every issue will elicit a "hey look at that".
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Except for Good Old Boat and Sail, I don't get a lot of hard copy magazines, I usually just read them online, my favorites are: Sailing Anarchy and Scuttlebutt

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