Fitting out special: Twelve jobs you should do before launching

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  • Marina rip-off?

    James Jermain investigates price differences from the Solent to Scotland – and on the other side of the Channel

  • Eastward ho!

    Maurice Griffiths’s last yacht, Kylix, goes home to the East Coast with her new owner

  • Fitting out special

    Twelve jobs you should do before launching

    Save your mast: James Jermain calls in an expert

    Seacocks/through-hulls – ignore them at your peril

    Electrical health check – Nigel Calder’s DC diagnosis

    Striptease – Paul Gelder checks out four ways to strip off seven years of antifouling

  • Spring reading

    Dominic Byers leafs through some new titles

  • Inside story

    James Jermain talks to designer Jonty Sherwill about the shaping of a yacht’s interior design

  • Helford River

    The crowning glory of a West Country cruise. Miles Kendall surrenders to the timeless joys of the Helford River. Plus, your free Destinations pull-out chart

  • Charting Chile

    Miles Hordern stumbles on an undiscovered island in the Patagonian wilderness aboard his 28ft Twister

  • Earl’s Court encore

    YM’s team of experts picks the best of the rest of the new gear at the London Boat Show

  • Sails for running

    In Part XVI of Sailpower, Peter Nielsen considers the options for downwind sailing

  • The shower scene

    Tom Cunliffe grabs his loofah and says it with showers

  • Aussie rules

    Duncan Kent charters a catamaran on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and encounters turtles, stingrays and kangaroos in the Whitsunday Islands

  • On test: Catalina 310

    The American Catalina 310 comes complete with a TV set – Pete Nielsen sails her up a different channel

  • Herm truths

    David Jefferson pilots you round the rugged rocks to the tiny Channel Island gem of Herm

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