Summer 2016

What’s inside your Summer 2016 issue?


Expert On Board: New advice that could save your life
There’s a problem with jackstays, but simple changes could keep you safe

Skipper’s tips
• What do I do now? • Spotting thin buoys • Don’t pinch

Practical seamanship
How to ride out storms in a modern cruiser. Peter Bruce revisits his definitive guide to heavy weather sailing.

A question of seamanship
‘How would you cope with the domino effect?’

Any questions?
• Does health insurance cover sailing?
• How to calculate anchor scope?
• Which PLB is best?
• Can I use antifoul on my propeller?

Practical seamanship
The easy way to check your anchor’s set

Learning curve
Emergency self-steering kit evaluated

Practical seamanship
How to protect your inflatable with a dinghy outhaul


Homewaters: East Coast authors
A literary cruise up the River Orwell

Why the Vicar of Cowes bought a Bénéteau
Bob Aylott goes on a spiritual journey on the Solent with the Isle of Wight’s sailing Vicar

Pilotage: 10 top tips for cruising in Scotland Clyde
Cruising Club Sailing Directions editor Edward Mason offers expert advice

Jonty Pearce finds excellent holding in Loch Scadabay, Harris

The man who loves islands
Hamish Haswell-Smith, author of The Scottish Islands, has landed on 155 of 168 Scottish islands. Will he complete the set?

Cruising log
Champagne and romance on the French rivers for Ray Bowen

Round the Island
The iconic race for cruising sailors celebrates 85 years


New boats: Two new performance cruisers
• Dehler 34
• X-Yachts X4

Tried and Tested
• Pontos 4-speed winch
• Insulated jacket

Group gear test: Chartplotters
Which chartplotter is best? Duncan Kent tests the four biggest brands’ multi-function displays to find out

New gear
• Smartphone satphone sleeve
• Inverter generator
• Folding bike

Used boat test: Nicholson 35
You would be hard pushed to find a tougher cruiser as popular as the Nicholson 35, says Duncan Kent

GPS update
Duncan Wells finds out from the Royal Institute of Navigation what the future of holds for the GPS system and how it can be improved