Our December-January issue – some great winter reading.

Containing a broad range of contents, from cruising an Achilles 24 through the Caledonian Canal and up the west coast of Scotland to a comprehensive review of folding knives.

Practical articles cover reefing, anchoring techniques for the scope of your cable, restoring a wooden gaffer, trailers and lights and connections, how a Barton block is put together, how to make a baggy wrinkle and how to do a tee-half joint.

 

Here’s the issue contents in full:

Editorial – the editor remembers his first Tall Ship

Signals News: Luke Powell building again; round-Britain voyage for children;
new skills charity; Magic Dragon for non-racers

Around the yards: Tommi Nielsen and Scott’s Discovery; Amundsen’s Maud unfrozen; a new mast for Nancy Blackett; IBTC boatbuilder’s garden at Chelsea

Association news: Little Ship Club at 90; Old Gaffers; Yachting Historians

The Post, Letters: Hurricane-hit island; RNSA 14s; HMS(?) Pickle

Martyn Heighton 1947-2016: Tributes to the late Director of National Historic Ships UK

Classic Coast and Smylie’s boats: Faversham for barges, and beer; North Norfolk Crabbers

Andrew Bray column: Welcome to the Guinness Show (with boats)

Nardi’s nods No13: another GRP classic – Philip Rhodes’ Ranger 29

Valerie spreads her wings: Scott Metcalfe restores a ‘strange-looking clipper-bowed schooner’.

Achilles 24: Sailing Scotland’s West Coast, but will she go over the top? Reefing tips

Theo Rye 1968-2016: Much missed already: yacht historian, designer, sailor

East Coast Rivers: a family affair: We meet Janet Harber, author of the new edition

Restoring White Cloud: The 100-year-old ketch that became a retirement project

Bill Tilman by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston: One great sailor on the life and career of another

Lucy Lavers: the lifeboat that went to Dunkirk: Launched in 1940, restored in time for last year’s Return

This cruising life: how to enjoy visitors – and Helen Lewis and the Skipper have disloyal thoughts

Practical: Trailer sailing: lights and connections. The all-important but always awkward electrics

Anchoring in heavy weather: How to make sure you don’t drag

Joints: Tee halving – A step-by-step guide

Barton’s blocks, and Des Pawson on Baggywrinkle  At the Whitstable blockmakers, and Des describes how to make the trad item of anti-chafe

On Watch: Folding knives – A five-page round-up, plus a page of kit for your Christmas list

Books (not just) for Christmas – Lloyd’s Registers on a stick; Alpha Bravo for the young, and lots more

Off Watch: Christmas spirits. Plus Shoreside, Artist of the Month and Sea Life – the extraordinary long-lived Greenland shark

Calendar and Next Issue : Events for the coming months and what’s in our next issue

The last word: heads-up from Lucy L Ford. Fighting through four layers of foulies in the smallest room

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