• Virgin beauty
    Sarah Norbury chases the sun and rum on flotilla in the British Virgin Islands

  • The mudman cometh
    Roger Cooke finds himself in a life- and-death struggle in the Hamble mud while inspecting his mooring

  • Lifejackets group test
    Simon Jinks puts 18 automatic lifejackets to the test and picks the best buys

  • Blown away!
    David and Cheryl Rice had to swim for their lives when they were caught in the clutches of Hurricane Lenny aboard their boat in the Caribbean

  • An ocean paradise
    Part four of Shadowfax’s voyage from Hong Kong to London: Justine Oliver and Tom Russell two up head for the Indian Ocean Maldives

  • Chart tables
    Nigel Calder looks at ‘Mission Control’ and tells you how to get the best out of your navigation station

  • Destinations
    Peter Cumberlidge visits Salcombe, an intriguing mix of Devonshire delights and metropolitan chic

  • Thinking the unsinkable
    Peter Nielsen visits the Belgian factory of Etap, champions of the double-skinned,unsinkable boat.

  • Diary of a marine depressive
    Carol O’Shea kept a diary as a form of therapy when homewater woes threatened blue water dreams

  • High seas humour
    Extracts from the ‘nautobiography’ of YM’s ex-editor Des Sleightholme, ‘A Funny Old Life’

On Test

  • 96 Najad 400
    Peter Nielsen goes to Sweden and sails ‘a thoroughly desirable boat that sets a new benchmark for 40ft cruisers’

  • 102 Etap 32
    James Jermain sails a sporty new cruiser that dares to be different

  • Sun Odyssey 26
    Peter Nielsen aboard a shoal-draught boat that’s great fun to sail and should find fans among first-time buyers

  • A-Z of second-hand boats
    Our monthly cut-out-and-keep series continues with the Cs – Corribee, Countess and Cutlass yachts – and starts with D for Deb 33 and Debutante


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  • Editorial
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