The print world is flooded with sailing magazines for every sailing interest – coastal cruising, bluewater sailing, small boat sailing, racing and of course, all around sailing interests. There’s also some digital-only sailing magazines available that you can read on your favorite mobile device. With there being so many, it might feel a little overwhelming to see which one(s) are best suited to the type of sailing you’re doing or are planning to do.
A good way to see what’s out there to read is to do a simple Google search for “sailing magazines”. You’l find a lot of choices. I get 4 or 5 different ones that cover the type of sailing I do and also for very specialized topics (open ocean passage making, for example). Internet digital sailing magazines have the advantage of being able to post content on a more frequent basis than a monthly or quarterly publication. Regardless of what your sailing interests are, here is the type of information to expect.
Boat And Yacht Maintenance Tips
If you own a sailboat, learning how to maintain it is very important. There’s a saying in the sailing world that goes “Sailing is the most expensive way to go third class”. Depending on how you look at it, there can be some truth to that statement. Fixing things on your sailboat is a constant job. It will never end. If you don’t like working on and fixing things, you can always have the marina do the work for you. But you’ll find yourself spending a lot of money. So if you’re not mechanically inclined or don’t like working with your hands, you’ve been warned.
Aside from fixing things, there is also the cosmetics of sailing. Depending on how picky you are, there is always cleaning to do on the boat. Polishing the hull is a spring commissioning ritual, as is painting the hull bottom of your boat with anti-fouling paint. This is special paint that keeps ocean critters and plants from taking root under your boat. Barnacles and seaweed growing on the bottom of a boat can significantly affect performance. And when you’re only averaging 6 knots of so, slowing by 2 knots because of hull growth is significant. Magazines always have maintenance tips, some more than others. But these articles are great. There’s probably not a single thing that you’ll have to do in terms of cleaning or maintenance on your sailboat that someone hasn’t been faced with already. Use their experience.
Any vessel on the water needs to be maintained in a safe condition to prevent any catastrophes during rough waters. For instance, if not maintained or repaired regularly, the boat might sink in the event of a storm. However, if that’s done according to the rules and regulations, the vessel can stay afloat and strong regardless of the weather condition.
It’s very common to find individuals who own water vessels of various kinds but don’t know anything about sailing. Rather than doing it on their own, they always have to pay somebody else to take the vessel out on the water. Well, sailing might not be as simple as anyone can imagine but with the best advice on how to do it, anyone can transform to a pro overnight.
Look at any magazines about sailing on the internet or buy the printed versions and learn more about sailing. Here, any individual can learn about various sailing techniques, steering the vessels and anything relevant to guarantee a smooth sailing trip.
Types Of Water Vessels
For people looking to buy a boat or yacht, it might be difficult to choose the best one with there being various manufacturers on the market. However, the best place to start is by looking at the specifications of the vessel. For instance, what’s the maximum speed? Can the engine go faster with a few tweaks? What’s the total capacity of the boat?
These are just a few questions that can be answered by any sailing magazine out there. Even better, the magazines have print outs of the newest vessels on the market from various manufacturers. Therefore, for those looking to get new vessels, this is the best place to window shop.
The Bottom Line
Any magazines with information on sailing can be helpful to any sailing enthusiast. However, choosing the best magazine out of all the available ones can be quite harsh. Therefore, it’s important to check the quality of content and how regularly the magazine is published. That way, it’s easy to get a copy whenever an individual needs advice on various aspects of sailing.