A Great Resource

PSPractical Sailor is only magazine 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 hidden benefits from Practical Sailor.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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