See what’s inside our November 2016 issue here…

Sailing Skills

Expert On Board: Save time, sail more!
How to streamline your cruise planning. Chris Beeson explains how to make getting away easy

Practical Seamanship: The best way to wear your safety harness
This may sound ridiculous’, says Ken Endean, ‘but it works’

A question of seamanship ‘A little pinch of spice’.
Bill Anderson wonders whether the easier, slower option around a hazard really is the safer choice

Any questions?
• Can I extend my chain? • Do radars work at close range?  • How do you say ‘reef knot’ in Greek?  • What’s marking my woodwork?

Skipper’s tips
• Easy rider • Panic avoider • Colregs nightmare • Keep the battens in • Ever-useful whiteboard • The message is clear for all to see

Learning curve
‘As the trawler approached, my steering cable snapped!’ Moments from a collision, Christine Richings loses control



Sailing two sides of England in a hurry
Selling a boat is a hard decision, says Theo Stocker, but a four-day passage is a good way to say goodbye

My delivery trip from Croatia to Southampton
Having bought a boat in Croatia, Jim Wallace sailed 2000 miles to bring her home

Pilotage: Better berths for visitors in St Malo
David Jefferson explores this fortified Brittany town to see what it offers for sailors

Cruising log
Garry Flashman enjoys a cruise to a south-coast blues festival
Gear and Boat Reviews

Technical: How seaworthy is your boat?
Graham Snook thought he knew his boat, but an insurance survey found a few surprises

The Hurley story
From 1956 to 1991, more than 8,000 Hurley yachts were built. Duncan Kent looks back on the history of this famous British builder

Used boat test: Hurley 30/90
Duncan Kent sails the largest of the Hurley Range, a 30/90 from 1974, and finds a stiff, well-bullt yacht

New boat test: BayCruiser 26
Swallow Yacht’s new boat has classic lines but her looks belie a very modern boat, says Graham Snook

Southampton Boat Show: Boats
Graham Snook explores the new boats on offer, including the RM 1270, Dehler 34 and X-Yachts X4

Southampton Boat Show: Gear
From VHF radios to fridges