Finding Inspiration: Letter from the Editor, March 2022

How often do you refine what works on your boat? Theo Stocker provides food for thought as he presents the March 2022 issue of Yachting Monthly

I am here writing to you because I was successfully rescued from the water after falling overboard at the end of last year.

Although everything was planned and carefully managed, I was still very dependent on my “crew” to get me out of the water (p30).

After often wondering if my wife and I could actually recover from the water if one of us fell overboard, especially if we were incapacitated in any way, we decided we had to find the responnse.

Rachael Sprot came to test a whole host of equipment and techniques, from casting lines to rescue pods. I was surprised by what we found.

The vast majority of equipment normally carried by yachts works well for injured people who are able to help themselves.

Trying to secure and lift an unconscious victim is another matter, and there was no solution that did everything perfectly.

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The Dufour 32 promises to be sporty and pleasant to sail. Theo Stocker takes a look at the new baby…

A sailor passes man overboard in the Solent on a gray cloudy day

The YM team gets wet to see how well the MOB process works for shorthanded sailing. Here are our findings…

Unusually for sailing, it was a simple, inexpensive little idea that made the biggest difference.

Fine-tuning what works on your boat should be a core task for all cruise couples and crews.

The new Dufour 32 may not have a brand new hull, but it also shows the benefit of seriously rethinking the way things are done on board a small boat (p18).

The tiller and a single rudder reduce costs and complexity, but bring back the pleasure of sailing and add to the seaworthiness of the boat.

Her new rig may be simple, but she shone in the light winds on test day, and the boom-mounted solar panels, cockpit-wide sundeck and new swim platform all demonstrate a willingness to think outside the box.

If you’re looking for true inspiration, as most sailors will tell you, it’s often found over a drink or three at the end of a day at sea (p52).

We’ve worked hard to find the best waterfront pubs, breweries and distilleries to browse and find your own inspiration.

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