Peter Bonsey and his wife Sylvia crossed the Atlantic looking for a landfall...


  • A sort of paradise
    Peter Bonsey and his wife Sylvia crossed the Atlantic looking for a landfall far from the madding crowds

  • Seeking sanctuary
    Julian Mannering faced a family mutiny aboard his 30ft yacht when a spell of bad weather put the dampeners on a summer cruise

  • Mirabella V: launching
    a luxury leviathan James Jermain checks out the vital statistics of Mirabella V, the tallest boat ever built and the largest sloop

  • Rallying call of the East
    Toby Hodges sails on two of the 49 yachts on the East Mediterranean Yacht Rally and has cocktails with the president

  • The Ghost of Christmas Past
    YM cartoonist Mike Peyton confesses that his annual Christmas cruise is not always plain sailing

  • Destinations: London
    Dick Durham discovers the London Boat Show?s new home at ExCel nestles between traditional East End coster mongers and the ?shock of the new? ? Canary Wharf
    PLUS: your free pull-out chart of the River Thames

  • A family?s first boat Survey! Survey! Survey!
    Paul Jeffes lines up four boats for a family of seven with a budget of £55,000

  • London Boat Show 2004
    New gear and new boats in a new venue: we preview the biggest ever UK boat show
    PLUS: your free pull-out ExCel guide

  • The damp busters
    How to banish moisture and keep your boat dry over winter ? Simon Jinks reports

  • Taming the diesel workhorse
    Toby Hodges signs up for the RYA?s one- day diesel engine trouble-shooting course

  • Radar on target
    Mike Balmforth examines the safety advantages of radar target enhancers

Sailing Skills

  • Mastering exam nerves
    Despite 40 years? sailing experience Richard Morley still got the jitters when it came to taking his RYA Yachtmaster

  • Sailing Quiz
    Answer the questions correctly and you could win £200 worth of books from Fernhurst

  • Yachtmaster Class
    Tom Cunliffe describes a windy night when lateral thinking helped reef a boat with a jammed headsail furling system

  • Better Boat Handling
    Simon Jinks on the art of anchoring ? the first of a two-part article

  • Any Questions?
    VAT, EC directives and gun law

On Test

  • Dehler 34
    The elegant but powerful new Dehler design is given a run for its money by James Jermain

  • Chart plotters
    Mid-range colour chart plotters offer significant advantages over traditional charts as James Jermain discovers

  • Be seen on screen
    Radar target enhancers by Mike Balmforth

Every Month

  • Next month/YM Books
    Sneak preview of next month?s YM

  • Editorial
    The true mark of good seamanship?

  • On Watch
    Wanderer III almost wrecked on reef

  • Readers? Letters
    Busy shipping lanes and radar; French Customs; RNLI rescues and a yacht delivery disaster

  • This Cruising Life
    When it comes to finding gear, Libby Purves says you reap what you stow

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  • Blue Water Letter
    Rod Heikell heads west through the Med with shipmate and bride-to-be Lu, in readiness for the Atlantic and a wedding in Antigua

  • A-Z of Second-hand Boats
    The last of the S?s with Sweden Yachts, as well as Tamarisks and Tradewinds

  • Around the Coast
    Local news round-up from our coastal correspondents nationwide

  • Property
    Living with a sea view at Brighton, Bude and Bodanna near St Ives in Cornwall

  • Confessional
    The latest Certificates of Absolution