About Us

For more than 35 years, Practical Sailor has been taking the guesswork out of boat and gear buying with bold, independent boat tests, and product-test reports for serious sailors and boaters. Practical Sailor does not accept any advertising. Our 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.

Today, paid subscribers to Practical Sailor have access to a vast online archive of test reports, including hundreds of unbiased evaluations of sailboats and sailing equipment. We invite you to sign up for our free e-letter, Waypoints or subscription to Practical Sailor today.

Inside Practical Sailor Blog

Pocket Cruisers Unite!

by Darrell Nicholson on December 16, 2014

Anytime you talk about pocket cruisers you have to clarify what you mean, for the term is loosely applied to a wide range of small boats, some with very little in common besides displacement. Size is certainly a factor, but size is relative. I’ve seen 26-feet length overall (LOA) being a commonly cited as the upper limit for the “pocket” appellation, and that seems about right, although a few decades ago a 26-foot sailboat was called something else—a yacht.

Read More

Reader Questionnaire

Which of the following best describes your approach to bottom paint?