Here’s a list of magazines available in print and online. There are in no particular order since we just include them when we come across one through a forum or someone’s blog. If you have any recommendations to include here, please share them!
Canadian Yachting is Canada’s only national boating lifestyle magazine which features local, regional, national and international destinations, as well as how to articles on safety, seamanship, electronics, navigation and entertaining. Subscriptions comes with your membership to Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons.
Cruising World is about cutting the docklines and getting out there. “the foremost authority on cruising under sail. With how-to articles, underway cruising adventures, and useful information that will improve your sailing skills and safety on the water, Cruising World is sure to please.” There is a Kindle version available on Amazon, but as of July 2014, it was more expensive(!) Great magazine, but they have to sort that out…The parent website seems to only offer print.
Sail is probably one of the better known magazines out there. The claim to be the magazine of record on sailing. Editorial content covers the total sailing experience, featuring articles on coastal and blue-water cruising, trailer-sailing, racing, multihulls and monohulls, daysailing, one-design racing, and much more. Available in Kindle format as well. Their main site offers print and all kinds of options for electronic versions.
Multihulls Magazine (Digital Only). Reporting on catamarans and trimarans worldwide since 1975.
Blue Water Sailing. Nice magazine and well put together website. Now in its 15th year of publication and reaches readers across North America and in 66 countries. Be sure to sign up for Cruising Compass, their free weekly newsletter.
Latitude 38 Known as The West’s Premier Sailing & Marine Magazine. It is a substantial publication at approximately 150 pages for the edition that was online when we posted this here. Available online at no cost.
Cruising Outpost. The spiritual successor to Attitudes and Latitudes magazine, still produced by Bob Bitchin. Both print and digital are available.
Ocean Navigator magazine is for voyagers, both power and sail, who want to know more about their boats, their gear and the techniques to make them better voyagers. We haven’t subscribed to this magazine yet, but we signed up to get their newsletter to see what they are like. Print and digital subscriptions are available.
SpinSheet is the Chesapeake Bay sailing magazine. Heavy on advertising, but free digital copies available online.
Yacht Essentials is a community magazine. You’ll find that the majority of the editorial comes from actual active Yacht Captains, Crew and Marine Industry Gurus. All yachting contributions in editorial, photography and illustrations are welcome and highly encouraged. Free digital download issues.
WindCheck is a monthly magazine devoted to sailors and boaters in the Northeast. Every issue features those who race, cruise and learn to boat in the region. Full magazine download is on the bottom right of the main page.
Sailing World claims to be the #1 source of news and information on sailboat racing at every level. Tips, tactics and techniques, and advice on the latest boat models and equipment. Kindle version available through Amazon.
Sailing describes itself as a national magazine that is set apart from its competition by its oversize pages and fresh, honest reporting. The magazine is meant for sailors who, above all else, are interested in sailing, reading about it, and enjoying it through the many pictures and incisive text. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, it is the oldest continuously published sailing magazine in the United States. Kindle version available through Amazon.
Southwinds is a free, printed monthly Sailing magazine dedicated to Sailing and Cruising in Florida, the Florida Keys, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Monthly information, articles, resources, sailboat racing, sailboat reviews, sailboats for sale, cruising destinations, anchoring laws, moorings, marinas, news and information and sailing in The South.
All At Sea – Caribbean. “Since July of 1993, All At Sea has been covering the marine industry in the Caribbean. Who would have thought that the small little “fish wrapper” newsletter would evolve into what it has become – the voice of the Caribbean Marine Industry.” Available in both digital and print editions.
All At Sea – Southeast. “From the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, down through the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Gulf Coast to Texas, we are the Voice of the Southeast. Local Voices covering Local Topics creating a truly Community Boating Publication celebrating the Waterfront Lifestyle.” Available in both digital and print editions.
Caribbean Compass is the free monthly publication that provides real news, real views and real insight into the Caribbean’s vibrant marine scene. The Compass is published by Compass Publishing Ltd and distributed at key locations throughout the Greater and Lesser Antilles island chain and Venezuela.
Course au Large is a magazine for our French speaking comrades out there. “Le premier magazine dédié exclusivement à l’actualité de la régate et de la course en haute mer. Bimestriel, le magazine Course Au Large est diffusé à 45 000 exemplaires, en France et dans les pays francophones (Belgique, Suisse, Luxembourg, Canada, etc)
Points East describes itself as a unique cruising magazine celebrating the Down East coast. Cruisers who come to the Gulf of Maine have a special fondness for the region’s unique marine assets, from its skilled craftsmen to its quiet, secluded harbors to its pristine environment. Points East represents the Down East cruising culture. We celebrate it and give it voice.
Australian Motor Boat and Yachting Monthly 1925-1930 is a very cool digital archive on early yachting and motor boating in Australia. Allow time for the media viewer to load.
Practical Sailor states in their about section that they do not accept any advertising. Their testing program is supported by loyal subscribers who believe in our mission and want to make the best choices when buying a boat, or equipping and maintaining the one they have. So far our favorite publication. One of the few we have coming in print.
Seahorse International Sailing magazine has developed over 25 years into a powerful forum for debate, and influential opinion, a truly International magazine, and the official publication of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). Digital and print subscriptions available. Partial content complimentary online.
“Water Craft is the beautiful bi-monthly magazine produced by Pete Greenfield, previously creator of Classic Boat and The Boatman. Though compared by many to the excellent American magazine WoodenBoat, our special interest is in affordable, environmentally-friendly boats in any boatbuilding material – though we do love wood.” Print subscriptions only.
Practical Boat Owner “was first published in 1967, and says they are acknowledged as the best title in the world for boat maintenance and repair advice, together with seamanship skills relevant to both novices and seasoned sailors alike. It provides trustworthy advice and information for boaters by highly experienced marine journalists.” Print and digital available.
Yachting Monthly “is at the heart of the British yachting market and is for people who actively sail their boats – whether cruising across the channel, around the coast or further afield in blue waters. It provides an entertaining mix of vital information for cruising yachtsmen with all levels of experience, which maximises their enjoyment, increases their skills and gives them the confidence to broaden their horizons.” Digital and print subscriptions available.
Yachting World is a “truly international magazine is synonymous with quality, authority and excellence. From blue water cruiser to super-yacht, Yachting World has the best in nautical writing and photography, up-to-the-minute technical reports, equipment valuation, new boat tests and informed comment.” Digital and print subscriptions available.
Yachting Magazine “is one of the marine industry’s oldest and most respected titles focused on enhancing your boating experience. In every issue, you get extensive coverage of premium yachts and equipment, technology, design, seamanship, world-class destinations, electronics, luxury charters, current events and much more.” Digital and print subscriptions available.
Yachts & Yachting Magazine “is the sailor’s bible. Every month Y&Y features expert advice about how to perfect your sailing technique, the very best marine photography, boat tests and the latest sailing news for competitive racers. Launched in 1947, Yachts & Yachting is recognised the world over as essential reading for anyone with a passion for competitive sailing. Whether you want to know more about the America’s Cup or the Round the Island, dinghies, keelboats or cruiser-racers, Yachts & Yachting provides essential advice for the racing sailor who wants to finish ahead of the opposition.” Digital and print subscriptions available.
“For over 25 years Classic Boat has celebrated the world’s most beautiful boats. Each issue showcases the best-designed traditional boats afloat, examining their design, provenance and heritage and championing their classic good looks and craftsmanship. With its outstanding photography and expert editorial coverage, Classic Boat is the definitive magazine for everyone seeking credible advice, reviews and information about classic boats, events and gatherings worldwide.” Digital and print subscriptions available.
Sailing Today “is the essential monthly magazine for thousands of active cruising sailors whose love of sailing takes them around the British Isles, across the Channel or further, to the blue waters of the wider world. Featuring new and used boat tests, interviews with cruising enthusiasts and expert assessments of the latest equipment, Sailing Today is the first choice for any cruising sailor in search of really relevant information.” Digital and print subscriptions available.
Multihulls World has “the essentials for trimarans and catamarans, sail and motor magazine. News, cruising, full tests, classified ads (new and second-hand).” Digital and print subscriptions available.
Sailing For Southern Africa is “published monthly, and Southern Africa’s premier specialist sailing magazine, featuring latest news in the sailing community, reviews, and expert advice from our panel of writers.” Digital and print subscriptions available.
Sailing Breezes is a regional sailing magazine focusing on the Great Lakes and Midwest sailing community. Sailing destinations, local sailors, racing, boat maintenance, cruising, day sailing, live aboards, boat buying, vacation trips and reviews of boats, books and products. Online only.
Offshore Yachting “is Australia’s longest serving yachting magazine and the official publication of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA), home of the famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The magazine’s mission is delivering the latest news, reviews and features on Australian yacht racing, with a special focus on blue water events, whether run by the CYCA and throughout Australia.” Digital and print subscriptions available.
Sails Magazine has “a selection of only the best racing and cruising content each issue, Sails presents a world of sailing sport and lifestyle in a single magazine. Featuring interviews with the world’s best sailors, boat reviews, cruising articles, technical tutorials from the pros and top quality features by leading yachting writers from across the globe, whether our readers sail a sabot or a superyacht, Sails magazine has them covered.” Digital and print subscriptions available.
Small Craft Advisor take great pride in it’s diminutive nature. “We feel we’ve succeeded in achieving our goal of creating “the magazine we couldn’t find on the newsstand,” but we still strive to make every issue bigger, better and more informative than the last. Since its inception Small Craft Advisor has been at the center of all things small-boat and sailing, while constantly advocating and promoting the minimalist lifestyle.” Digital and print subscriptions available.
Afloat (Ireland) “now in its 43rd year of production is a vibrant specialist magazine which has continually adapted to the demands of its readership, with an industry insight which is quite simply unique. Afloat is the only publication dedicated to serving the needs of the sector, and it does so with a truly independent voice. Packaged as a glossy magazine with an emphasis on colour photography, no other specialist magazine in Ireland offers such an impressive range of comment, information and advice in such an attractive format.
Good Old Boat is “a bimonthly publication for sailors focusing on maintaining, upgrading, and owning cruising sailboats built since the late 1950s. Readers are part of a community of sailors who have similar maintenance and replacement concerns. In addition, the magazine reviews sailboats in current use but no longer in production and publishes historical articles about the people and companies in the sailing industry who have influenced the fiberglass designs now considered to be good old boats.” Print and digital subscriptions available.
Yachting Matters is oriented towards the super yacht scene, but it does have some good destination and profile articles. Free downloadable editions for Desktop, Mobile, iPad, Kindle and eBook.
Yachtstyle is not strictly sail, and another magazine aimed at the high end of the market, but it has some great photography and travel destinations. “Asia’s premier boating magazine, and is unrivalled in its coverage of power and sail.Yachtstyle’s high quality, large format magazine brings readers interesting and informative articles on the local and international yachting scene.Drawing on the world’s best marine photographers and yachting journalists, Yachtstyle appeals to the most discerning of readers. The magazine has four sections: Logbook, Features, On Board and Style. Print subscription and free downloadable online editions.
48 North is “published monthly both in print and on-line 48° North is the only magazine dedicated to the sailing scene in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska to provide a magazine written for sailors by sailors. A place where sailors can be comfortable sharing ideas and experiences. Print subscription and free downloadable online editions.
Charter Savvy is a free online magazine and describes itself as, “filled to the brim with compelling stories and great photography of bareboat chartering worldwide, with insider tips on everything from itineraries to the best local pubs, gear to take and not-to-miss sights.” I only found it while searching for article on our Leopard 44.
Afloat (Australia) is a freely distributed print magazine and describes itself as, “the most popular monthly boating magazine in Australia with Distribution over 35,000.” Also available online as a free digital download or readable through your browser.