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post #41 of 50 Old 01-04-2007
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Good Old Boat is hands down the best sailing magazine, IMHO. My only complaint about GOB is that they don't offer a discount to subscribers.

Speaking of discounts, what makes anyone think that $10/year for boatworks is cheap (and therefore the magazine is having problems)? As a quarterly magazine, that works out to $2.50 an issue, which is certainly a good deal but considering that many magazines offer $10/year for 12 issues (such as Sail, Esquire, Rolling Stone, to name but a few) it is not "cheap".

And speaking of "not cheap", while I love Practical Sailor I hate the price. I've subscribed for a couple of years now, but I always let my subscription lapse for a few months because I can't bring myself to write the check when the renewal notice comes. But then I go through withdrawls and end up renewing a few months later.

Small Craft Advisor is also really good. While at 26' my boat is at the upper end of the target audience, the articles are really good and informative.

Two other magazines I read pretty regularly. One is Latitude 38. Free if you pick it up at West Marine. Great cruising articles. The other, I'm almost ashamed to admit it, is Sea. I know, it's a powerboat magazine, but being a west coast sailor it has really good destination articles. Do a Google search and you can find a free subscription offer for Sea.
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My mainstay, must reads are GOB, PS and SpinSheet (here on the Chesapeake, by far the best sailing rag.) I also subscribe to Sailing magazine primarily because of the Bob Perry boat reviews -- and they also do other, more thorough reviews of boats as well. And not all the boats featured are the usual ones you see in the big glossies. I currently also get Sail, but will let it lapse when this subscription is over.

I let Cruising World lapse within the last few months and yesterday got a deal in the mail from them -- $28 for 3 years. At less than a buck an issue I may take them up on that one. (Such deals are the only way I will subscribe to either Sail or Cruising World.)

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Cruising World not what it was back in the late 70's. Of course, neither am I. I signed on for three years a while back and got a free crappy plastic jacket and now every month they send another renewal notice and another free offer.

In the future, I'll prescreen the mags at the local B&N or Borders. If I think an article has merit and is worth reading, I'll purchase the magazine or tack over to the library. Yeah, I'm cheap!

The Metal Boat Society produces an excellent quarterly publication for those (like me) who don't go by plastic ...
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For reasons that are entirely unclear to me, I was offered (and accepted) free subscriptions to "Power and Motoryacht" and "Boat USA International." Yes, they are free. I have been receiving both for at least two or three years. Every now and then, they ask me if I want to continue my free subsription, and I send back the post card with "yes" checked off. PMY is a very well written magazine. I have picked up a couple of good tips on fiberglass care, engine maintenance and electronics. The columnists are actually quite good; for the most part, their pieces could go right into a sailing mag with no editing. I tend to quickly flip through the rest of the magazine, but it is interesting to contrast their boat reviews with the typical sailboat review. I have yet to see a sailboat review say anything explicitly negative about a boat; in PMY, they may not blast a boat, but they do point out negatives.

Boat USA is megayacht-look-at-me-I'm-so-rich porn. The majority of the yachts (and they are yachts, not boats) portrayed are power yachts, but there is usually a sailing yacht profiled in each issue too. Unbelievable stuff. If you think Cruising World and Sail cater to the "high end" of the market, you are in for a surprise. The Hylas 44 that you lusted after in last month's Sail costs about as much as a charter on one of the big boys. 'Nuff said.
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The two must reads for me are: Good Old Boat and Ocean Navigator. All others I preview at the bookstore/newsstand and buy the ones I like that month. Which usually mean I pick up a coulple or three issues of PS, 5 or 6 issues of CW, and a smattering of others. Though, Boatworks and DIY look interesting.

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I've got a small fortune tied up in sailing magazines. I get:
Lats & Atts
Cruising World
Sail
Practical Sailor
Good Old Boat
Blue Water Sailing
Sailing

They are all good reading when Lake Michigan is frozen.
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I've got a small fortune tied up in sailing magazines. I get:
Lats & Atts
Cruising World
Sail
Practical Sailor
Good Old Boat
Blue Water Sailing
Sailing

They are all good reading when Lake Michigan is frozen.
you haven't got Practical Boat Owner (PBO from UK). its a good mag for DIY'ers and those who wants to know about "bolts & nuts" in a sail boat.

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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.
Yes. I am considering joining, as well as joining a boat builders' co-op here in Ontario. Thanks.
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Angry Fools!

The only magazine any of you should ever lay eyes on is WoodenBoat! anything else is blasphemy! I am disturbed that it took until the second page of this forum to even see WoodenBoat magazine show up! Shame on you all.
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Dang, Garett. Do you mean they used to make those things out of wood?

I do find that the Wooden Boat Forum online archives are a wealth of information for any boater who enjoys doing his own work, regardless of hull construction.
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