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Sailing Skills

Expert on board:
How to tackle a night passage short-handed. Tom Cunliffe shows how night sailing can be easy and fun

Skipper’s tips:
Steer into the seas
Heave her clear
Clashing spreaders
Cleat, don’t jam

Learning curve:
‘I wish I’d never activated my EPIRB’, says solo sailor Charles Pickering

Practical seamanship:
Why all boats still need a leadline. Dick Durham shows how to use one

A question of seamanship: 
Faced with a tangle of erractically moving lights, what would you do?

Any questions:
Why won’t my battery hold its charge?
A good liveaboard?
Get weed off the prop?

Boats & Gear

Me & my boat:
Bavaria 320 Sportline. A remarkably easy boat to sail

Pros & cons of hybrid propulsion We investigate the latest systems

New boat test:
Rustler 37. See our test of this brand new beauty

Tried and tested:
Tide app
Bilge pump switch
Karver rope clutch

Boats and equipment:
13 bright ideas to improve your life on board. Graham Snook reports

New gear:
Our haul of interesting gadgets on show at Southampton

Prevent electrical fires on board. Nigel Calder explains circuit breakers

Group gear test:
Gas alarms. Is your gas alarm good enough?


Home waters:
Down the Weaver to the Mersey. Jonty Pearce takes an unusual trip through north-west England

Sailing in storms. Award winning expedition leader and high-latitude sailor Bob Shepton shares his wisdom

An ice-strewn bay in the Canadian Arctic
A Hebridean island hideaway
A peaceful English idyll to escape the madding crowd

Cruising life:
The junkie’s life for me. Colin Jarman explains why the seamanlike junk rig isn’t just for mavericks

Cruising log:
Yachting Monthly readers share their experiences, including repairs in Capri and cruising the East Frisians islands


View from the helm: Editor’s letter

Exclusive – new seacock safety rules
Southerly Yachts liquidation

How the Coastguard has changed and what it means for sailors

Bertha’s last gasp
Smooth flushing
Fined in France

Libby Purves – Fantasy boat-shopping
Tom Cunliffe – Pleasure from work
Dick Durham – Treasure in the bilges

A good read:
Looming Lights. Life aboard a wartime light vessel

The Confessional:
Readers own up…