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Features

  • Total loss!
    Why are insurance premiums soaring? Dick Durham asks three leading companies and finds that lawyers share something in common with powerboat owners and terrorists
  • A solo bite at the ocean
    Paul Heiney sails into a gale on the first leg of the Azores and Back Race and describes the pleasures and perils of his first solo ocean passage
  • It?s showtime!
    Tanya Leech checks into Southampton Boat Show with a shopping list of gear for her blue water boat in the Caribbean ? a 36ft Westerly Corsair
  • Westcoasting: sounds of Scotland
    Ken Endean sails through Scottish sounds between Islay and Skye in the penultimate episode of his series
  • Biscay Triangle Rally
    Blue Water Rallies linked up with YM for their cruise in company from Torquay to La Coruña and back to La Trinite
  • Destinations: Milford Haven
    Arguable the best-kept secret in South Wales, this marine Arcadia has many delightful anchorages, some of them in the UK?s only coastal national park

  • Survey! Survey! Survey!
    In the second of our new series, surveyor Paul Jeffes helps yachtsman Jim Little find a suitable boat to fulfil his dream of living aboard with his young family in the Mediterranean

Sailing Skills

  • A question of seamanship
    A visit to Paul Gaugin?s home on the Aven river beckons, but is it worth the risk without a chart?
  • Learning Curve
    James Mcnaghten is rescued by a French lifeboat after a sailing trip from the Solent to St Malo in December gets hit by a winter gale

  • Yachtmaster class
    Tom Cunliffe on how to negotiate locks, plus sailing skills tips for all abilities, and seamanship tips

  • Sailing Quiz
    Win Transas Nautic NaviGator chart software

  • Any Questions?
    Can you use a spinnaker as a cruising chute and wiring sacrificial anodes

  • Better Boat Handling
    Simon Jinks on how to use springs to manoeuvre out of a tight corner

On Test

  • Bénéteau?s First 27.7
    Simon Jinks steps aboard this pocket rocket from the design board of Groupe Finot, who created the Open 60s, and enjoys an exciting sail
  • Wheel pilots
    Simrad?s WP30 and Raymarine?s 4000
  • Shaken and stirred
    Toby Hodges looks through the lenses of four image-stabilised binoculars with much greater magnification than conventional 7x50s
  • New Gear
    Simon Jinks and Paul Gelder run the rule over the Sensor Max VSD water pump and the Navman Tracker 5500 chart plotter

  • Essential Buyers? Guide
    Our guide to some of the best products we?ve tested this year

Every Month

  • Editorial
    View from the helm
  • On Watch
    Gipsy Moth IV to sail again? YM proposes to get the famous yacht back in the water

  • Readers? letters
    Close encounters of the worst kind
  • Next month/YM Books
    Sneak preview of YM?s November issue
  • This Cruising Life
    Libby Purves joins husband Paul Heiney to sail back from the Azores and feels like a ?rival female? and a Jonah
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  • Blue Water Letter
    Do the Greek gods have it in for Rod Heikell as he sails his yacht seven tenths from Turkey to Rhodes and Crete?
  • A-Z of second-hand boats
    Shes and Sigmas under scrutiny

  • Around the coast
    All the local news from our correspondents at all points of the compass
  • Property
    A converted brewery in Plymouth has stunning views of the harbour

  • Confessional
    Honeymoon high-jinks and putting the boot in