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Old 10-27-2015, 12:39 PM   #1
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Magazine Suggestions Needed

Hi Folks,

I have let all my sailing magazine subscriptions expire in preparation to buying a trawler. I am looking for suggestions for interesting cruising-type magazines aimed at trawler folks. I need something to read while I suffer on the treadmill, so boating-related stuff takes my mind off of the pain .

Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-27-2015, 12:52 PM   #2
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Passagemaker is the likeliest suggestion, although it has struggled over the years to settle on its "brand." It's sort of half "boating" mag and half "lifestyle" mag. The boating part is usually good; the lifestyle part sometimes comes off rather smug. Understandably, the advertising targets an affluent "lifestyle" readership.

Soundings can also be good - bit more eclectic in terms of stories and advertising.

I call most boating-related publications "boat porn." I shouldn't even be looking, and most of what's portrayed is beautifully unattainable - but hey, a guy's gotta look!
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SEA magazine is another good one, it is tailored for the section of the left coast you live on.

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I have been getting free subscriptions to PMY and Show Boats and one other mag whose name escapes me.


Show Boats is a PITA as they cater to those who wouldn't mind dropping $150K or more on a stupid WATCH. I mean who in the hell does that?


I also like Sea because of their left coast section. I don't pay much attention to their boat reviews because they never find fault with ANYTHING they do a writeup on.


PMY also caters to the high end boater but they do have some pretty good articles.


My question to all boat mag editors: Are you so blinded by the shiny newness of the boats you review that you are not capable of finding fault with them? Not every boat built is perfect in design, workmanship, layout, materials, etc. Why not be honest and tell the bad with the good?


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SEA magazine is another good one, it is tailored for the section of the left coast you live on.
Yes to Sea Magazine.
They have great cruising, systems and maintenance articles.
They also offer a free one year digital issue.
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When we had our sailboat we subscribed to Practical Sailor, Good Old Boat and Cruising World. Upon the move to the trawler, we started reading Passagemaker, but that magazine has really gone downhill in the past year or two from our perspective (and especially now that Steve D'Antonio is no longer a contributor).

The only magazine we find valuable enough to subscribe to at this point is Practical Sailor. We really like the unbiased reviews. While it does cater to sailors, at least 50% or more of every issues is relevant to both power and sail (and often much more than 50%). We purchased a lot of gear based on their recommendations (which usually coincide with our own research).

I still pick up Cruising World at the airport once in a while, just to dream of far off cruising destinations. If we were in the market for a brand new boat, then maybe we would be looking at other boating magazines, as it seems most of them are now focused almost exclusively on expensive, large new boats.
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The boating magazines are all great if you like to read advertising and positive boat reviews. The actual editorial content is for the most part the same old same old over and over. Frankly, you'll learn more on this forum than from any boating magazine. If the magazines aren't free, I don't even look at them anymore. But that's me.
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PassageMaker.

My question to all boat mag editors: Are you so blinded by the shiny newness of the boats you review that you are not capable of finding fault with them? Not every boat built is perfect in design, workmanship, layout, materials, etc. Why not be honest and tell the bad with the good?


Rant off. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
Magazines make their money off of advertisers. Usually the boat they are reviewing has paid them money for space in their mag....so would. You want to piss off the people that pay your bills???? That is why practical sailor is such a good one. They do not rely on advertising dollars to pay their bills. It is also why it is a relatively expensive subscription.
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The only magazine we find valuable enough to subscribe to at this point is Practical Sailor. We really like the unbiased reviews. While it does cater to sailors, at least 50% or more of every issues is relevant to both power and sail (and often much more than 50%). We purchased a lot of gear based on their recommendations (which usually coincide with our own research).
PS used have a power slanted sister publication... Power Boat Reports.
Haven't looked in a few yrs whether they still offer it but might be worth checking.
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I work in the boating publication business and don't bother to read any of the magazines anymore. It's much more fun to read blogs, forums, etc. The perspectives are more diverse and the debates more entertaining. Some of the blogs I read because of the places they cruise and others because of the technical info they post. Boat reviews never really interested me anyway.
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PS used have a power slanted sister publication... Power Boat Reports.
Haven't looked in a few yrs whether they still offer it but might be worth checking.
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They bailed on the power boat publication several years ago. Had a subscription to them till then.

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Old 10-28-2015, 07:22 AM   #13
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Pro Boat Builder will give information on modern construction and outfitting concepts.

Its not a fly weight National Geographic ,"the Force 10 I saw in the Erie Barge Canal ", style publication.

Education , not entertainment.

Perhaps just purchasing 10-15 years of Passagemaker back issues would be entertainment?
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Perhaps just purchasing 10-15 years of Passagemaker back issues would be entertainment?
A couple of years ago I offered up a complete archive of PM to anyone who would cover shipping. They got recycled. And those were the GOOD years.


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I work in the boating publication business and don't bother to read any of the magazines anymore. It's much more fun to read blogs, forums, etc. The perspectives are more diverse and the debates more entertaining. Some of the blogs I read because of the places they cruise and others because of the technical info they post. Boat reviews never really interested me anyway.
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My favorite was Passagemaker. I cut out 10 years of SDA articles and a few others and put in a 3 inch binder with index to keep on the boat for rainy days. We recently stopped all mags. I spend 100 times more time here on TF, T+T, and MTOA. Where else can you get the best info on TP, which prop nut goes on first, and single vs twins?
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I agree about Passagemaker. I still have the first 10 years worth in a box and I'm not giving them up. Now I just thumb through the new issues at Barnes and Noble.
I get a few freebies since the yacht brokerage business over a decade ago but they are worth what I pay for them.
Ocean Navigator is now a mere shadow if it's former self. Too bad, they were a good read. Professional Mariner and Tugboat Illustrated are good to see how the other half lives.
Recently PMY sent along a promising issue of something called 'Power Cruising'. Don't know anything about it but it seems promising. Like a slightly more commercial but original Passagemaker. I hope they continue to send it for free!
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One reason I will keep going with PassageMaker is that my wife is the first to grab it when it comes through the mail and reads it from cover to cover.

That alone makes it worth it to me.
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Hi Folks,

I have let all my sailing magazine subscriptions expire in preparation to buying a trawler. I am looking for suggestions for interesting cruising-type magazines aimed at trawler folks. I need something to read while I suffer on the treadmill, so boating-related stuff takes my mind off of the pain .

Thanks in advance.

Cheers, Bill

Contrary to several prior comments by other TF members the PM magazine would be far down my list for a source of "interesting cruising-type magazines".

FWIW, I enjoy reading some of the articles in the Waggoner Cruising Guide, Waggoner Cruising Guide - Pacific Northwest Boating along with Ocean Navigator online, Ocean Navigator: Marine Navigation and Ocean Voyaging Resources
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None of the above...

Now when I got into planning cruises, I'd go for the guidebooks for the area. However, as to magazines, you can find more than you can possibly read online and most magazines will, at most, have one article of interest to you. Now, if I had an interest in something very specific, then I might go for a magazine. Just the boating magazines don't offer much you can't get online and are so busy with promotion for advertisers. Then the other thing I'd do is find kindle books of those who have made cruises in areas you're thinking of or of the type you're considering. That plus search online blogs.

As an example, if you want to get a feeling for the loop, you're not going to learn much in a 2 to 3 page magazine article. You'll learn some on the loop web site, some from Captain John, and more from bloggers who have done it. Then pick up a coupe of Kindle books of families and couples and follow them all the way around.

I believe magazines have their place but it's in providing information not easily available elsewhere, covering current topics and exceptionally well written articles. I must put a disclosure in here. We do own a regional magazine publishing business. I'm just not impressed by the magazines on boating and I've read them all from performance boats, small power boats, to megayachts to sailing.

On the treadmill, I'd pull up some kindle. I'd recommend a few to start:

Melanie Wood's Captain Logs. Diamond Lil' does the Loop. Diamond Lil' does the Bahamas, etc.

Gunkholing in the Salish Sea

The Plastic Butterfly

Trawler Micki. My single handed adventure up the Pacific

Leap of Faith. Quit your job and live on a boat

Life's a Ditch

South to Alaska

Cruising the Big U

Island Fever, Cruising the Bahamas, Caribbean Islands

Family Aweigh

Great Loop Cruising: Two on a Trawler

Reflection on America's Great Loop: A Baby Boomer Couple's....

Yachting on the Cheap

The Next Port

Up the River, or Yachting on the Mississippi

Skirting the Shore. Reflections on Sailing the Great Loop

Footloose on the Atlantic Waterway

The Atlantic Crossing Challenge

Crossing an Ocean Under Power

Then one of the best boating stories I've ever read. Will keep you on edge and in suspense. Runaway Yacht by John Devore.

There are many more. Those are just a few I had handy.
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