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L&A and Good Old Boat Mags
First off, lets all hope Jody makes a full recovery.
When I subscribed to L&A I thought it was funny that Bob made several comments about the cost and complexity of owning a million dollar yacht(he was referring to the Lost Soul). The next month he writes about building the Shannon at $1.2m. Granted, he bartered advertising space for equipment, he is a smart guy. I don't subscribe anymore, but I am dying to find out what current subscribers bought for BB and Jody.
Good Old Boat is an excellent magazine if you interested the mechanical side of sailing. I have been friends with the publishers since the late 1980's. I shared a marina with them when the idea of Good Old Boat was first discussed in the mid 1990's. If you want to learn about your boat, and you are a do it your self kind of person, it is a great read.
I stopped subscribing because they no longer spend much time talking about bigger cruising boats. They seem to focus on small boats, many of them trailerable. They are catering to their market, but I don't want to read articles about rehabbing a 22 footer with a pop top. They should change the name of the mag to Good Old Small Boat.
I love to cruise, but at the end of the day, I want to be comfortable on my boat. I sailed on my buddies 25 footer and I felt like I barely took a step up from camping. Karen and Jerry love that style of boat, but it wasn't for me. You can take a lot away from what they write about and apply it to bigger boats, but you can only read about those tiny boats for so long.
The great thing about sailing is that there is a boat, a magazine, and a destination for all of us. You just have to find the right combination.