The September issue is jam-packed, as usual. Boats include the Nonsuch 26, the Com-Pac 23, and the Bristol 35.5. We also have Len Schwab’s modification of a large wooden racing stallion (Improbable) to a single-handed cruiser. Along technical lines, we’ve got: autopilots, the conversion of a forward water tank to a chain locker, Ted Brewer’s discussion of the Comfort Ratio, all about tides, a lovely nesting dinghy, Marine-Band 101, choosing a trailerable boat, and a diesel mystery solved. Just for fun, we added a profile of Bill Garden written by one of his many “mentorees,” Bob Perry. We look at chartering and alternatives, John McCann writes of seeking perfection when buying a boat, and Marilyn Palley and Reese look at the end of a long relationship with their boat, Unlikely. The cover and centerspread are knockouts, if you’re into boat dogs (and who isn’t?). Simple Solutions include an accessible bilge pump, a shower solution, and some interesting plotting tools. Quick and Easy solutions are an emergency starting button, a new kind of winch cover, doubling your muscle, and a easy way to clean up when doing small paint or varnish jobs.
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