RL24 (Rob Legg) Kookaburra
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So I've been reviewing a few sailing magazine sites, all are near the same price at about $2 an issue for 12 issues, or some at $25 for 10. Anyone have a favorite and why?
And once you subscribe to any magazine, it seems impossible to unsubscribe.I've subscribed and dropped most of them over time. None seem to be able to write enough new material each month to be worth it. I just grab one every once in a while from the magazine stand. Probably the same cost as subscribing, albeit I get fewer issues, but they don't pile up. I bet I grab Sail the most.
Well, it's long been a popular sport, and a virtual staple on sailing forums, for folks to gripe about how crappy the current crop of sailing magazines areGOB's tag line is, "The sailing magazine for the rest of us". That is really true. Their focus is on classic plastic. For me, it is a bonus that they are based in the US Midwest, so, tend to see articles about boats that are in my area.
I tire of the other magazines with review of the next 50' pie-shaped 'cruiser'. (No offense to anyone with a pie-shaped boat)
++ on that. GOB is the only one for me at the moment.The only one I subscribe to is Good Old Boat, which I really like for the balance of DIY articles, reviews of old boats and some practical articles on things like sail trim, how to use a traveler etc. I find the glossy mags are just there to advertise new boats (nothing wrong with that, but I'm not a new boat customer). There are a few free online mags as well that are quite good like "The Coastal Passage".
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Funny. A received a copy of Cruising World just the other day. The subscription expired years ago.And once you subscribe to any magazine, it seems impossible to unsubscribe.
Cruising World just keeps coming
Jon - I have to admit I haven't seen Sail magazine in a while. Stopped getting that one b/c it wasn't directed toward sailors like me. I get Cruising World for the reasons you mentioned in this past issue. I get GOB because it makes me happy.However, I sometimes have to wonder how many are actually looking at the rags they're dissing…
Back in the 1990s I used to subscribe to "Sailing Quarterly" video (VHS tape)Ok I confess a bit of thread drift but how many would be interested in or watch a video magazine particularly for maintenance and DIY type things? For that matter boat reviews and places done in a video format as well. Would that be a more appealing format given the changing demographics and widespread use of tablets and smart phones? I personally still like to hold a paper mag in my hands but confess I find myself watching more and more video.