Practical Sailor is one of the two magazines we still subscribe to. We have been getting their great information on all things boating gear for over 25 years. In that time the magazine has saved us untold amounts of money, not to speak of frustration and wasted time, by helping us to source the best gear available and avoid much of the junk that populates the marine market.
In recent years, since our one time editor at Cruising World magazine, Darrell Nicholson, a long term voyager himself, took over as editor at Practical Sailor the magazine has become even more useful to us as Darrell has added more articles that meet our needs.
The one thing that has irritated us about the magazine was their policy of making us pay for reprints of back articles that we downloaded from their web site. “Damn-it, we already paid for this via our subscription!”
Well, no more. The new PS web site now includes their entire archive of articles and reports for download for free. Well, not quite free. You have to subscribe to the magazine. But hey, although Darrell is kind of a skinny guy, he does have to eat something. He might even want to feed his kids too. So, we highly recommend subscribing.
While Darrell is a friend, we pay the same price for a subscription as every one else and we have received no benefits from Practical Sailor other than the occasional mention of this site in their magazine.