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Classic Sailor Magazine Issue 15 – April-May 2017

April 16th, 2017|0 Comments

75 Years of the Folkboat – the world's most popular and versatile pocket cruiser ever. Latter day Vikings cross the Atlantic in a Long Ship. Jumping off the Tall Ship Eye of the Wind, to swim with whales. Folkboats, in GRP or wood, are among the world's best pocket cruisers and a great way to get afloat and sail over the horizon on a budget. We join a latter day shield maiden as she signs on as crew of the Draken Harald Hafrage – the world's longest Long Ship to recreate the Vikings' voyage across the Atlantic 1,000 years ago. [...]

Classic Sailor Magazine Issue 14 – February-March 2017

February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Eco Trading under sail, Nelson's seamanship, Sea Therapy for military veterans, The artist Wm Wyllie's sailing life and boats We're all at sea this month, with our cover featuring how the lugger Grayhound is making a living for her owners by shipping cargo with a paying crew. Horatio Nelson went to sea aged 12 and was allowed to be coxswain of the ship's cutter if he did well at his navigation exercises – we have a fascinating feature on how he learned his seamanship and put it to such devastating effect against Britain's enemies in the Georgian era. We follow [...]

Classic Sailor Magazine Issue 13 – December 2016 – January 2017

December 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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; [...]

Classic Sailor Magazine Issue 12 – October-November 2016

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Our October November issue – Man on a Mission. Dave Selby is a man after our own heart. His mission is to get more people sailing by showing them boats and sailing need not cost the earth or be the preserve of the super rich. We joined Dave in his Sailfish 18 on his way to publicise his mission at the Southampton Boat Show this September. And we turned off the GPS and did it the old way with a compass and chart!   Here's the issue contents in full: Editorial - the case of Cheeki Rafiki is about to [...]

Classic Sailor Magazine Issue 11 – August-September 2016

September 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Our August September issue – Bargain Boats. Uncertainty in any market is a boon to the buyer and with as much as we have right now there has probably never been a better time to buy a boat. Read our guide to some of the best glassfibre and wooden boats on sale right now. With so many GRP bargains wooden boats are great value right now if you find one which has a sound hull. We cover a SCOD (South Coast One Design) which was bought for £1500 and then made to look smart again in a month or so [...]

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Classic Sailor Magazine Issue 10 – July 2016

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Our July issue – trailer sailing We're looking at the trailer sailer this month, with the start of a four part guide into owning and sailing one. With a cabin and towed behind a family car are they the best way to get away to a different bit of coast each season? Certainly the upkeep is going to be easier, and mooring costs too. We have a bit of a workboat feel this month - with pilot cutters in the Bristol Channel (joined for the first time by one or two of newer build!), we have the preview of the [...]

Classic Sailor Magazine Issue 9 – June 2016

June 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Our June issue – a bucolic feast If you have a boat with the right draught you can get from the muddy creeks of the east coast to the rocky west of England without having to put to sea. And this month we feature a lady who did just that, using the tidal Thames and the wonderful canal system. Not only did she deliver her boat safely but she saw a completely different side of Britain where the inland waterways dictate a calmer pace as you travel through their abundant nature and picturesque vistas. We have retired designer Chuck Paine, [...]

Classic Sailor Magazine Issue 8 – May 2016

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Our May issue features the 1972 Rival 34 Wild Rival - she has been restored by her owners with new coatings and her hull and deck look new again.  What a great ocean going boat! Simon Cooper is a man on a mission. He is experimenting with the use of natural resins and fibres derived from flax - initially using them in his cruising canoe designs, but with hopes to contribute to the wider science of renewable materials as building materials.   Here is the May issue in full: News: Fairlie Yachts closes; a favourite Scilly tender and Jersey lifeboat [...]

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Classic Sailor Magazine Issue 7 – April 2016

April 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Our April issue has a cover story on Cleone - the claim is that she is Britain's oldest, or one Britain's oldest yachts... so naturally we look into that. Beautiful boat nonetheless! Nigel Irens is a naval architect who has designed the fastest power and sailing craft in the world. He is also known for re-interpreting traditional designs and giving them a modern twist. One of his main influences were the lug rigged open boats of Shetland. We profile him. Here is the April issue in full: News: help us fill the British Village at the Brest Festival; Portsmouth Boathouse [...]

Classic Sailor Magazine Issue 6 – March 2016

April 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Cruising to round Cape Horn, rowing down the Mississippi, surveying epoxy and serving with marline... it's anothe rpacked issue! Here's the summary: Editorial: It’s floods. Once they get serious how do you navigate? Signals: The Cowes yard fire; fake lifejackets; racing down under; Gaffers shall go to the Brest ball; London Boat Show and what was missing Around the yards: Devon Wooden Boats; Classic Marine moves to Suffolk Yacht Harbour; Ashley Butler buys a yard, and looking for a large shed Association news: OGA honours Ed Burnett; Seagull races, Rivals, Twisters, Strange yacht Obituary: Roger Wardale: Chronicler of Arthur Ransome’s [...]

Classic Sailor Magazine Issue 5 February 2016

February 15th, 2016|0 Comments

THE ISSUE WE TOOK TO THE LONDON BOAT SHOW ...with a look at long keels and why they make for such seaworthy craft, two great S&S GRP classics, how it feels to own and run a smack and the inspiration of Jack London and the trials and adventures, not to mention the exorbitant costs, of his voyage of the Snark. Full contents of February 2016: Editorial: What kinds of boats would a classic sailor sail? The ed muses... Golden Globe goes again: 50 years after the original round-the-world race won by Robin Knox-Johnston, it’s to be rerun, using period boats [...]

Classic Sailor Magazine Issue 4 January 2016

February 15th, 2016|0 Comments

THE NEW YEAR... How does an 18th century Frigate design handle at sea? Surprisingly well we learn as the sailors of Hermione relay a new found respect for the builders and designers of historic vessels in terms of speed and manoeuvrability. We're also cruising to Bembridge, decoding the shipping forecast and more. Here is the full list of contents: Eye opener: It’s a Brest Festival year, here’s a sample of what to expect News: Historic Ships apprentices project, plans for a new Cutty Sark to sail, Clovelly Fish Festival, Falmouth marina scheme ditched Associations: Historical Maritime Society, Sceptre, Hurley 22, [...]