Plastic or classic?

  • Plastic or classic?

    ‘They don’t make ’em like they used to!’ YM puts three modern yachts up against three classics to see if the old adage holds water

  • Playing hooky

    In part two of anchoring techniques, Simon Jinks examines various influences on our choice of anchorage and the importance of having an escape plan

  • Rock hopping

    Ken Endean visits the Isles of Scilly, a tantalising archipelago of 48 sun-soaked islands

  • The Atlantic alone

    Paul Gelder and Miles Kendall meet the motley crews taking part in the 11th solo transatlantic race

  • Free chart

    Peter Cumberlidge explores the hidden anchorages in the Rade de Brest. Plus, free pull-out chart

  • It’s good to talk

    Shortwave radio reaches the parts others can’t… Hugh Marriott presents the first of a two-part special on long-distance communications for ocean voyagers

  • Glorious Grenadines

    Sarah Norbury goes chartering in the Caribbean and finds herself skippering a ‘honeymoon cruise’

  • Bénéteau beauty

    Peter Nielsen tests Bénéteau’s latest addition to the Oceanis range, the Groupe Finot designed Clipper 331

  • Second-hand focus

    James Jermain sails Kim Holman’s classic Rustler 36

  • Boat buyers’ guide

    Choosing a long-distance cruiser

  • The high life

    YM tests ten bosun’s chairs and picks the best buy for comfort, safety and price

  • New gear briefing

    Simon Jinks checks out the latest equipment from WhisperGen – a ‘silent’ generator to a battery monitoring kit
  • Sailing Skills

  • Question of seamanship – a troublesome tow

  • Learning Curve – Escape from a waterspout

  • Tom Cunliffe’s Yachtmaster Class

  • Quick Tips and Des Sleightholme’s Sea Sense

  • Pilotage quiz answer; quick tips


  • Editorial

  • On watch

    Including Marina Spy, Club Call and Pub Guide
  • Readers’ letters

  • Any questions?

  • Next month/Subscriptions

  • Blue water letter

    From Annie Hall
  • Blue water postscript

  • Libby Purves

    On boating neighbours from hell
  • Around the coast

    Latest news from our correspondents
  • YM books

  • Waterside property

  • The Confessional

    Readers own up to their sailing sins