London Boat Show preview...

  • London Boat Show preview
    2003 will be the last Earls Court Boat Show before the move to Docklands. What new boats and equipment will be unveiled? YM has been taking a sneak preview. A FREE fold-out map will help you navigate round the show for bargains

  • Fixed GPS sets on test
    The YM team tests seven fixed GPS sets, costing from £230 to £800. Which performs the best and which is the best value for money? Simon Jinks and Toby Hodges investigate

  • Destinations ? FREE chart
    A friendly port on Cornwall?s north coast, Padstow?s narrow cobbled streets and alleys are packed to the gunnels in high summer. Peter Cumberlidge visits this charming town, where the culture of fresh seafood permeates all the kitchens ? not least that of celebrity chef Rick Stein

  • One man and his boat
    Peter Nielsen sails with Bernard Cornwell aboard Royalist (above), his 7.31m (24ft) gaff-rigged Cornish Crabber. British-born Cornwell, author of thrillers and the Sharpe series of historical novels, now lives on America?s east coast

  • Sailing skills
    In part 26 of Better Boat Handling, Simon Jinks looks at the basics of spinnaker handling: the gear needed, where the strings go and how to raise, trim and, most importantly, lower it

  • Wanderer III?s 50th birthday
    If there is one boat that could be singled out as a starting point of cruising, it?s Eric and Susan Hiscock?s 30ft Wanderer III. Currently on her fifth circumnavigation, she?s logged 250,000 miles. Thies Matzen, who bought her when he was 24, celebrates her 50th birthday exclusively in YM

  • Blue Water Letter
    Rod Heikell reports from Greece, where the appalling paperwork needed to cruise has kept yachts away. ?No other EU country demands this clumsy paperwork,? he says. Meanwhile, the bonus is sailing in empty waters

  • Second Look
    Simon Jinks sails the 7.31m (24ft)Ron Holland-designed Eygtheme.

  • On test:
    The YM team test two fast family cruising boats likely to prove popular in the 12m (40ft) range: James Jermain reports on the French Dufour 40 (right) and the German Hanse 411

  • PLUS all your favourites: Learning Curve, Libby Purves, The Confessional, Sailing Skills and the A-Z of Second-hand boats