YM readers choose their dream boats, couples cruise the world and your expert guide to improving your cockpit. All in YM this month!
London Boat Show
People’s choice: see how three couples on a budget shopped for their dream boat at Earl’s Court. PLUS: we make Miles Kendall a notional Lottery millionaire and ask, if It Could Be You, what would you choose?
The YM team finds gadgets and gizmos to suit all pockets, from Musto’s Windstopper Snug to a Foldaway Survival RIB
Two days one summer
Tom Cunliffe, homeward bound in his new boat, confronts May gales across the Atlantic… and relishes the tranquillity of a lazy September sail in the Solent
The mainsail. In Part Three of our major series, Peter Nielsen examines the sailplan’s workhorse; a complicated beast to trim and shape
Stop the world…we want to get on!
Paul Gelder meets a flotilla of adventurous couples sailing 28,000 miles around the world in the club-style Blue Water Rally
Mark Fishwick explores the colourful port of Tobermory on Scotland’s Isle of Mull
The nerve centre of a yacht is her cockpit. Duncan Kent looks at what makes an ideal one and offers 10 tips to improve yours. And designer Adrian Thompson reveals the fly-by-wire cockpit he created for Pete Goss’s giant catamaran
It was love at first sight when David Jones saw the Peter Duck class ketch ? originally conceived by a somewhat less enthusiastic Arthur Ransome as ‘a marine bathchair’ for his old age
Blue water letter
Hugh Marriott, basking at anchor in exotic Bali, recalls a naked truth, admires a satisfying sheerline and discusses ‘stander uppers’
It’s my party…
…and I’ll cry if I want to. Birthday girl Jill Knight sails alone across 850 miles of Indian Ocean and finds passagemaking takes its toll on her social life
Also in this Issue:
A 12-night cruise to the Land of the Midnight Sun
Libby sees her life story scattered among the aisles of the London Boat Show
A question of seamanship. A safe bearing?
Yachtmaster class: If in doubt, suggests Tom Cunliffe, drop your main
We pass on your good ideas. PLUS: Des Sleightholme on how to stamp out boat bugs
Sandy Watson on losing his mast off Portugal
Reading a weather map
David Houghton unravels the mysteries of synoptic charts. Next month: how to draw your own chart
Tide-strapped; the ferry glide
Win a GPS
Test your chartwork with Tom Cunliffe’s pilotage quiz
Taking the plunge
Peter Bartlett and his wife Kay deliver their new yacht home to Lytham – a challenging passage from Hamble
Second-hand focus casts off with the lively MG Spring 25
Around the coast
Correspondents report from your local cruising ground