Inside your July 2015 issue


Expert on Board: 21 tips to keep your crew safe on deck
We see lots of advice about man overboard recovery but very little about not going overboard in the first place. Andy Du Port redresses the balance

Skipper’s tips
• Stress-free slipping
• Summer squalls
• Gone fishin’
• How my wife saved my life
• Keep clear of divers
• Double-check waypoints

A question of seamanship
Do you race the wind home, or seek refuge?

Any questions?  
• Pirates in the Ionian?
• How to check keel bolts?
• How to cruise the Blackwater?
• Which chart app?
• Do I grease this nipple?

Practical Seamanship 
Cruising GP Jonty Pearce explains why dehydration is dangerous, plus how to spot the symptoms and deal with them in time

Learning Curve
Tom Partridge talks to Vanuatu cruisers about Cyclone Pam to find out how best to survive strong winds


Postcards from the Baltic
When Theo Stocker delivered a friend’s boat from Sweden to Germany, he found himself port-hopping from one magical moment to another

Electronic charts and groundings: a cautionary tale  
Bill Anderson looks at how Team Vestas Wind ended up stranded on a well-charted reef

Seven days in the Faroes: Nigel Calder visits a land of fog, drizzle and summer snow to find out what put iron in the soul of the Vikings

How to write a pilot book: The author of the East Coast Pilot, Colin Jarman, explains how to research, write – and update – a pilot

Cruising log    
Yachting Monthly readers share their experiences including White Sea to Black Sea by sail, a ‘moment’ off Mistley, and cruising Portugal


Used boat test: Moody 36
‘Safe, steady and comfortable’

New boat test: Dufour 310
‘The best cruiser in her class?’

We explore a new, affordable, four-speed winch 76

New Gear
• Electronic flare
• Stand-alone chart plotter
• GPS watch

Tried and Tested
• Forward-looking sonar
• Waterproof navigator’s bag

Group test: VHF radios
With GPS, DSC and AIS, the humble VHF has come along way, but who makes the best one? We test five at sea