April 2016

In your April 2016 issue:



Expert on board: A yachtsman’s guide to shipping
To stay safe around shipping, you need to understand it. John Lang explains

A question of seamanship
‘How much cable should you veer’?

Any questions?
• ‘The best ocean yacht?’ • ‘Why stick with old anchors?’ • ‘Add or subtract for GMT?
• ‘Why is my chain rusting? • ‘Safe to dry out?’

Learning curve
Nigel Calder: ‘I watched my anchor drag – from the shore!’

Skipper’s tips
• Katabatic winds • Magnetic disturbance • Tacking a cutter

Practical seamanship: Pilotage in fog James Stevens finds himself sailing in fog and brushes up on his poor-visibility pilotage


Home waters: A shortcut through Scotland

What makes the Folkboat great
The 50th Folkboat Festival was a celebration of a yacht that is still ‘the boat of the people’

Adventure: Put to the test in Greenland
Sailing a small boat in the high Arctic isn’t meant to be easy. Weather and ice test Bob Shepton’s mettle

Cruising: Still sailing solo at 94

Pilotage: Estonia
Dic Durham explores the coast of Estonia, where yacht harbours are being built in a lost world of forests and islands


New gear

  • Deck fillers
  • Soft shackles
  • Lightweight radar
  • Durable foulies

Tried and tested

  • A windscoop that works
  • Fuel polisher

Reasons to be paranoid about fuel
As emission regulations tighten up, Nigel Calder warns of unforeseens problems for yacht engines

New boat test: Wauquiez PS 48

Used boat test: Rustler 31