Cruising World

The original high-circulation cruising magazine. Concentrates on articles about serious cruising destinations, gear choices and maintenance, cruising technique, and boat reviews. Each issue has vignettes of cruising people in far-off places and at least one recipe suitable for preparation underway. ~150-200 pages, monthly.


Passagemaker is written for cruisers and live-aboards on trawler yachts. Many of its topics, such as electronics, maintenance, food, and cruising areas, are of equal interest to sailboat cruisers. Passagemaker articles tend to be long and detailed, with large pertinent photos. 200+ pages, monthly.

Blue Water Sailing

Periodical for the ocean cruiser. Features longer-than-average boat reviews, often based on multi-day outings. BW had an early emphasis on seamanship, gear, and cruising technique, with excellent articles still archived on line. The magazine has added reports from cruising grounds, shorthanded racing events, and other features. ~100 pages, monthly.

Messing About In Boats

A cult magazine for beach and pocket cruisers. Mostly reader-contributed articles (of surprisingly high quality) about cruises, boatbuilding projects, rowing, kayaking and (yes, sometimes) powerboat voyages, letters, book reviews, small boat gatherings (messabouts) and shows, and more. 40 pages, monochrome, every two weeks (for 22 years!)