The Bottom Line
- Focuses on practical sailboat issues, not dreamy boat photos and exotic locales
- Step-by-step do-it-yourself boat projects described clearly and well illustrated
- Full of real articles, not swamped in glossy ads
- Only 6 issues per year - more would be nice
- A tad expensive ($39.95 one year) - though worth it for the content
- Almost 80 pages every issue with very little space lost to display ads
- Many articles focus on boat maintenance and inexpensive improvements you can make to your boat
- Articles by experts such as Don Casey, Ted Brewer, Robert Perry, and Beth Leonard
- Boat reviews of popular classic models you’ll see in harbors everywhere and may be thinking of buying
- Feel the sailing life as experienced by real people, not the world of pros and wealthy world travelers
Guide Review - Good Old Boat Magazine
As a sailor who has owned several good old boats, I can say that this magazine offers quite a bounty to sailors who maintain their own boats and like to think of ways to make improvements. Save those other glossy mags for days when you daydream of winning the lottery and sailing off to Tahiti—this one is better designed to keep you floating in your own boat and happy in your actual sailing life.
In addition to great articles that guide you through tricky maintenance issues and upgrades, articles on seamanship skills, safety equipment, and how to handle emergencies and everyday boat dilemmas keep you at home on the water.
But it’s not all so practical. Articles in the Cruising Memories and Sailing Life departments help you stay in touch with your inner sailing self even when not on the water.
Good Old Boat really is a different sort of sailing magazine. To prove it, they’ll even send you a free sample issue to see if you want to subscribe. No strings attached. Go to their web site to check it out. Once you’re hooked, you may also want to order back issues on CD to build a reference collection.