Welcome to the new Practical Sailor Website

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Practical Sailor is pleased to announce its completely redesigned website, www.practical-sailor.com. The refit means the site now offers you and all our loyal subscribers free access to Practical Sailor's online archives 24 hours a day. Once subscribers are logged on to the website, they will be able to read, at no extra charge, any article that was published after January 1998. Paid subscribers also will have free online access to hundreds of sailboat reviews. The website’s improved search engine will help users scour the archives by topic or keyword. Tabs at the top of the webpage will help you navigate through the various gear test categories.

As former cruising sailors, the PS crew knows that this new service will be especially useful to those cruisers who spend all or part of the year onboard their sailboats and don't have the locker space for binders full of PS's back issues. Imagine how nice it will be to have instant, electronic access to independent tests of virtually any piece of sailing equipment. Subscribers will be able to download a PDF of the entire issue each month—as well as those from recent years.

In addition to the online access to our valuable archives, the new website features a new format that highlights current articles in the magazine, and keeps readers in touch with important trends in the sport of sailing, the marine marketplace, and the boating industry. We will also have links to important resources for sailors, including our popular departments such as PS Advisor and Mailport.

Be sure to look for our free weekly e-letter, Waypoints, in the coming weeks. In it, you’ll find useful tips and ideas to keep your sailing safer, more economical, and more enjoyable. And we’ll also be checking in each week on our Inside Practical Sailor blog, which now is hosted on www.practical-sailor.com.

We continue to work hard at Practical Sailor in our effort to serve sailors like you, and we appreciate your support.

Comments (27)

We have been living aboard for over four years. Periodicals are tough when you're in the San Blas Islands, for example. The old web site only let me look at the current issue. I was not able to view any of the other issues I'd already paid for. So we let our subscription lapse - with space at a premium, we can't carry all those old hard copies aboard. Opening your archives to paid subscribers is an excellent policy and I'd like to congratulate whoever decided to allow it. It's a bit late for us, but I'm sure others will benefit.

Posted by: Unknown | May 14, 2011 7:40 AM    Report this comment

Thank you so much for finally opening the archives to paid subscribers. I was just about to drop my subscription, as overall I think the archives are worth as much, or more, than the current content, and I thought trying to charge subscribers access totally unacceptable. I'll stay signed up.

Posted by: ROBERT M | April 15, 2011 7:53 AM    Report this comment

I just hoped on the website to download article by article the April issue of Practical Sailor, since I am out of the country it will be a year before I ever see a paper issue. I was bummed when I realized as I was logging on I missed getting March's issue. Then I was pleasantly surprised that I could download the entire issue in one click and download the back issue I missed as well! I highly appreciate the new change it's such a relief to me and other cruisers with no mail service.

Posted by: IB B | April 13, 2011 2:42 PM    Report this comment

Great job on the new web site! Congratulations! Practical Sailor Forever!

Posted by: DESTINY DAVE | April 9, 2011 10:40 PM    Report this comment

Nice job with the website. However, don't do away with the paper magazine. It's like a paper chart...

Posted by: BLAKE F | April 7, 2011 5:00 PM    Report this comment

Living aboard and far away from the mailbox, electronic issue is all I need, would save you money to quit mailing, is it true about archiving? Off to check it out.

Thanks, so there would be no conflict in your fair and balanced reporting, how about internet adds that have no boating tie in, such as farm tractors or hot air ballon sales?

Posted by: herbert m | March 29, 2011 3:08 PM    Report this comment

I too really like the site... Well done! It now has what I always thought the magazine subscription price should include. I know you've avoided advertising in the magazine, but I wouldn't object to it here (limited, in sidebars), especially if they are offering PS subscribers great deals.

Posted by: MARC L | March 27, 2011 3:13 AM    Report this comment

Same comment as someone else put in. It lets me log in but does not let me look at articles. it says "you must be a paid subscriber".

I've been one for many, many, many years... What gives?


Posted by: RICK F | March 26, 2011 8:44 PM    Report this comment

I write this from my boat, Norwegian Steam, in Marina Mazatlan. Thank you so much for putting the magazine and back issues on line. This is what I have been waiting for for many years. Now I have access to those issues but don't have to drag them around with me; and electronic issues don't collect mildew.

Posted by: Alan W | March 26, 2011 6:20 PM    Report this comment

Nice site, however I like the printed version too, the tactile experience (like sailing) is important for me.

Posted by: DAVID N | March 26, 2011 10:47 AM    Report this comment

Wow! It's like you read my recent email comments and create this site just for me... Thanks. Now I'll be able to find old articles quickly and my wife will have for space in the closet for her stuff! Good Work PS

Posted by: KENNETH M | March 26, 2011 7:30 AM    Report this comment

Phenomenal site, the amount of time and effort that must have gone into its design and launch are much appreciated. I love the search features and easy access to past boat reviews. The website alone is worth the price of the subscription. Great value and great info. Bravo!

Posted by: BRIAN L | March 25, 2011 7:44 PM    Report this comment

I want a paper magazine. I enjoying reading paper -I do work on a computer - and it is not my choice for pleasure reading. I always keep a previous copy of Practical Sailor in the bathroom!!

Posted by: JAMES M | March 25, 2011 6:03 PM    Report this comment

Whow! now I'm an happy subscriber. Very very great site's update. Bravo.

Posted by: Robert C | March 25, 2011 5:18 PM    Report this comment

Yes I too would like to see an online only subscription.

Posted by: Hooligan6a | March 25, 2011 4:36 PM    Report this comment

I was planing to drop my subscription this year until now. This is exactly what I hoped for. Unlimited online access to PS archives for reference. The next step would be to provide the option for an online only subscription to the website like Consumer Reports has. Thanks.

Posted by: Shodapp | March 25, 2011 3:06 PM    Report this comment

I'd like to echo the above comments about access to old articles/reviews. I very nearly dropped my subscription due to having to pay again to access articles online. This access will keep me subscribed! Thanks for the all the great work! Todd S.

Posted by: TODD S | March 25, 2011 11:25 AM    Report this comment

Thank you for adding the back issues. I have about 4 years of 0ld copies that take up room. Nice job on this. This greatly improves the quality of your product.

Posted by: Franklin F | March 25, 2011 8:53 AM    Report this comment

Glad to hear we got it squared away, Richard. The Advanced Search lets you drill down down for the back issue you need.

Posted by: DARRELL N | March 24, 2011 4:37 PM    Report this comment

The PS team fixed my problems (described below) very quickly, so all is good! If anyone else has a problem similar to mine, contact them and I am sure they will respond. The new site looks great, especially with the expanded access to back issues.

Posted by: Take Five | March 21, 2011 9:19 PM    Report this comment

Thanks. I have wanted you to open access to the archives for a long time. I have often thought that this would be a good move on your part for the long time subscribers who want to learn from your work and get a full return on the subscription price. Thanks again.

Posted by: MAC HUFF | March 21, 2011 7:24 PM    Report this comment

If you are having trouble logging in, downloading articles, or your subscription data seems incorrect, the best place to sort this out is through the Customer Service link under Resources on the right hand side.

Posted by: DARRELL N | March 21, 2011 11:24 AM    Report this comment

Well, I'm having problems. It will not let me download issues, it tells me I'm not logged on even though my name and "log out" links appear at the top of the page, and my pages say my subscription is expired even though I'm paid up until late 2012. It sounds like they have some bugs to work out.

Posted by: Take Five | March 20, 2011 10:17 PM    Report this comment

Hallelujah! It's about time.

I subscribed to PS for many years and kept every single issue. When the website was first launched, I thought great I won't have to keep collecting the back issues. But it was so hard to use, needing to insert the complex subscription number each time that I gave up on PS altogether when we started cruising. Maybe now I'll even subscribe again. Thanks.

Posted by: CruisingKitty | March 20, 2011 10:50 AM    Report this comment

After years of wishing I didn't have to dig through piles of old issues looking for an article, it's now at my fingertips. This is a superb site, commensurate with the quality of testing and analysis we've seen from you over these many years. Well done, and very much appreciated! :)

Posted by: DANIEL D | March 20, 2011 8:00 AM    Report this comment

Great site! Really adds value to having a subscription.

Posted by: ANDREW P | March 18, 2011 7:21 PM    Report this comment

Congratulations to the entire Practical Sailor for creating an amazingly useful website. Can't wait to dig in...

Posted by: Tim C | March 18, 2011 10:15 AM    Report this comment

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