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We’re pleased to present to you Practical Sailor’s brand-new website. On the site, you’ll find our sailing gear, equipment and boat reviews from 1998 to today.

Users of the Practical Sailor website will read reviews of sailboats for all budgets and needs; recommendations on today’s best navigation and communications electronics; tips for preserving and caring for your boat; ways to sail safer and with more confidence and more! Some of Practical Sailor’s content is free and available to all. Paid subscribers can access all of Practical Sailor’s articles, reviews and recommendations, including issue PDFs. To subscribe, click here.

If you are a paid subscriber and enjoyed access to all content our old site, you will need to reset your password on the new site. Sign in at the top of the page using your email address and click on reset password. If your email address is not found, click here to contact customer service.

The site has been reviewed and tested by our staff but there may still be some unexpected glitches hiding in the site. We ask for your patience as we correct these errors.

Thank you for supporting Practical Sailor!

Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and his girlfriend Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


  1. Ahoy! Please put the [ New Password Required ] message at the very top of the pages.
    Those of us with smaller screens have a difficult time understanding what the login issue is.
    (Nice looking site).


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