Four summers, four nations...


  • Four summers, four nations
    Tom Cunliffe heads to Norway for his summer cruise and has a memorable time returning home via Scotland, Ireland and the West Country

  • Westcoasting
    Ken Endean?s west coast cruise continues with stops on either side of the Irish Sea. He visits Portpatrick and Donaghadee and gets a taste for the North Channel

  • Isle of look outs
    YM?s Paul Gelder and Dick Durham discover dark secrets during a late summer cruise to Alderney

  • Rally Portugal 2003
    Dick Durham learns about running repairs as he sails with the ?Boat Doctor? during the Yachting Monthly Rally Portugal 2003

  • Destinations: Falmouth
    With its maritime museum and improved yachting facilites this West Country port is the perfect base from which to explore the Helford and Fal, says James Jermain

  • Cyber sailorman meets old gaffer
    Tom Cunliffe discovers that choosing software is just the start of the fun and games as he to switches to electronic charts

  • Breathables on a £200 budget
    Toby Hodges checks out eight pairs of oilies that shouldn?t break the bank

  • Survey! Survey! Survey!
    YM?s expert surveyor helps Dick Durham choose a used boat. But will he trade up or down ? and has he really had enough of wooden yachts?

  • Southampton International Boat Show Preview
    We look ahead to SIBS 2003 with news of the boats and gear to look out for, plus the chance to win £5,000 worth of sails

Sailing Skills

  • Learning Curve
    A skipper faces a £10,000 repair bill after a lightning strike wipes out his yacht?s electronics

  • Sailing skills bookshelf
    Sextants, sail trim and test papers ? plus Colregs made fun and easy

  • Better Boat Handling
    Yachtmaster Instructor Examiner Simon Jinks on bow and stern-to mooring in the Med

  • Yachtmaster class
    When should you slip ropes, plus mini tips on tracking, plotting and snubbing

  • Sailing Quiz
    Test your nautical knowledge and win Transas Nautic NaviGator chart software

  • Knots
    Geoffrey Budworth on how to create a ?sky hook?

  • Sea Sense
    Des Sleightholme?s last ever column for YM

On Test

  • Nordship 43 DS
    James Jermain is impressed by the flagship of this small Danish builder

  • Bavaria 38 Match
    Mike Kopman welcomes the German marque?s new cruiser/racer

  • Essential Buyers? Guide
    Your at-a-glance guide to the top products we’ve tested in 2003 including the best chartplotters, fixed GPS, tenders and radios

Every Month

  • Editorial
    View from the helm

  • On Watch
    Solent knockdown and European GPS

  • Readers? letters
    Fear of fog; a double dose of VAT

  • Next month/YM Books
    Sneak preview of YM?sOctober issue

  • YM subscriptions
    Save up to 30% every month

  • This Cruising Life
    Libby Purves considers the pleasures and perils of a singlehanded husband with a satphone

  • Blue Water Letter
    Jungle-clad hills and rich, tropical fruit await Wild Bird?s crew in Jamaica as she prepares for the Panama Canal. By Colin Lowe

  • A-Z of second-hand boats
    The Ss continue, including Scanmars and SCODs

  • Any Questions?
    Expert advice on anchoring with chain or rope

  • Around the coast
    Local news round-up from our correspondents

  • Property
    Dream waterside homes for sale

  • Confessional
    Human mooring line and mud larks in Poole Harbour