May 2016

In your May 2016 issue:


Expert On Board: Atlantic crossing advice
Graham Snook met crews who had just crossed the Atlantic to find out what they learned

Skipper’s tips
• Washed up • Revise chart symbols • Bad earth, warm beer

A Question of seamanship
No room in the anchorage: what would you do?

Any questions?
• ‘Will my liferaft invert?’ • ‘Why is my engine corroding?’

Learning curve
Graham Snelgrove discovers: ‘Offshore sailing is not for me’

Practical seamanship: How to update your charts
Lucy Wilson explains how to keep your paper charts up to date



Home waters: Bringing Maurice Griffiths’ boat home
Dick Durham sails the gaffer Wendy May back to Essex in a piecemeal delivery from Cherbourg

3,000 miles against the Humboldt Current Sailing direct from Ecuador to Chile:
Michael Marshall discovers why yachts rarely do it

The naked truth about cruisers
Why sailors are relaxed about clothing

Sailing with your spouse Rachel Robertson muses on dividing jobs afloat

Pilotage: The sacred haven of Lindisfarne This historic half-tide island off north-east England is worth a visit, says Alastair Buchan

From Pacific idylls to Brittany hideaways and Scilly havens

Pilotage: Changes on the Beaulieu river, Tom Cunliffe tells us what’s new

Cruising log
Readers share their cruises to London, Snape and Portugal



Group gear test: AIS transceivers
AIS is one of the most useful tools on board. Duncan Kents checks out the latest ‘transponders’

Is your deck gear strong enough? How to check bow rollers

New gear
• Combined anode and rope cutter • Flotation belt • Deck shoes

Technical: Avoid that sinking feeling
Watertight bulkheads reduce the risk

New boats
• Django 980 • Bavaria Cruiser 34 • Delphia 46DS • Solaris 47 82

Used boat test: Freedom 35
Duncan Kent goes cruising without shrouds to see what makes this innovative 1980s ketch so different

New boat test: Legend 31
She’s massive! But how well does she sail? Graham Snook steps aboard this voluminous yacht to find out

Tried and tested
• High-end seaboots from Zhik • Rechargeable torch