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Inside your June 2015 issue


Expert on Board: Solo sailing made easy 

You don’t need to be a sailing legend to complete a passage on your own,  but you will need to prepare differently. James Stevens explains how

Skipper’s tips 

• Confusing radar
• Sell your boat
• Sweet lead, no winch
• Beat the bandits and clean your bottom
• Dodgy plugs
• Let her drift

Practical Seamanship

What most sailors don’t know about  propwalk, and why some boats are affected more than others

Learning curve 

Caught out in a following wind: Jonty Pearce finds out  how easy it is to underestimate conditions when sleigh-riding downwind

A question of seamanship

‘A simple little passage planning exercise?’

Any questions?

• Should I grease my pawls?
• How to communicate in the Arctic?
• Where is Hoshi?
• How to clean a mast?
• What is that paint?


Pilotage: How to cross the Irish Sea 

Norman Kean guides  you across the Irish Sea with promises of beautiful cruising grounds

Sailing with whales in Tonga:

Tom Partridge and Susie Plume find their own private paradise in the remote Ha’apai islands


Our two-handed Triangle Race: Neil Millward accepts the challenge of an offshore cruiser race and revels in some serious sailing

Irish anchorages

Paradise, County Clare and Dunboy Bay, County Cork

The allure of the log book 

Revel Barker muses on the ritual, romance and less-than-glamorous reality of the logbook

Cruising log

Yachting Monthly readers share their experiences including sailing the fabulous Norwegian fjords and the Three Peaks Challenge



A radical new way to wire up boats: Duncan Kent  examines the pros and cons of digital power distribution

New Gear

• Quieter wind generator
• Simple chartplotter
• Outboard hoist

Used boat test: X-40

‘A capable cruiser that’s superb to sail’

New boat test: Allures 39.9 

‘An innovative aluminium centreboarder’

Group test: Navigation apps

Could a tablet navigation app replace your chartplotter? We put ten apps through their paces at sea