Zinio – online magazines

>>> Zinio – online magazines

Ran across the Zinio page today… haven’t heard of them before (should have). They have lots of magazines, books, etc. available for online reading. Its a pay site that you can subscribe to, but you can also examine single issues (for a fee or sometimes free) of their magazines at least will allow you to see how you like it.

Nice way to check out some magazines that you may wonder about, but don’t want to subscribe to without seeing "in person".

Or, if you are living aboard or otherwise are short on space, receiving and viewing magazines electronically could be a good deal, and I’m sure has to be better for the environment.

This link is to their boating and aviation selection, which looked pretty good. Might be worth checking out.

Washed out to sea?

>>> Washed out to sea?

Missed the deadline for entry, but this is an interesting thought exercise, and the results might be something to watch.

The Scenario: You’re an experienced and avid open-ocean kayaker, setting off early from your favorite coastal launch point for a restorative and invigorating day on the water. You’ve checked with the Weather Channel and the National Weather Service, and both have predicted sunny weather, slight clouds, and virtually no wind. So, after donning some sunblock and checking your gear and supplies, you’re off.

You wake up with limited supplies, having been washed out to sea. What do you do?

DIY Boat Owner

>>> DIY Boat Owner

This is a nifty looking "hands on" type boating magazine that has now been purchased by Mad Mariner. They are offering subscriptions at a lower rate than before, so might be a good time to check it out.

For months now, Mad Mariner readers have been telling us they want more to read on do-it-yourself projects. We heard you — and we are proud to announce the acquisition of DIY Boat Owner.

DIY is a quarterly print magazine that offers expert advice on maintenance, repairs and upgrades for just about every part of your boat, from engines and fiberglass to rigging, electronics and paint. Published since 1995, DIY employs some of the best marine writers in the industry, and it promotes the technical standards set by the American Boat and Yacht Council.

The magazine will strengthen our ability to deliver high-quality information to you, which can improve your boat, keep you safe and save you money. Along those lines, we can start with a break on DIY. To help Mad Mariner readers get acquainted, we have cut prices dramatically. A one-year subscription is now more than 30 percent lower than the cover price — less than it costs to buy lunch in most restaurants.

For full disclosure, I write some paid articles for Mad Marinerâ„¢.

Are Fuel Prices Changing Boating?

>>> Are Fuel Prices Changing Boating?

Mad Marinerâ„¢ has done a poll and article on how much fuel prices have changed people’s boating plans. A bunch.

Check the article for details and some links to a variety of builders who are beginning to build more economical boats.

A trial subscription to the site is available which gives you full access to try it out, or you can purchase a yearly subscription for a modest fee.

For full disclosure, I write some paid articles for Mad Marinerâ„¢.

The Coastal Passage

>>> The Coastal Passage

A nifty web site from "down under", The Coastal Passage is a nice combination of web page, build log and online magazine. News stories, information and all manner of links are available.

Of special interest to me is the build log of the editor. He’s building a composite catamaran. A different building style than what I’m doing, but very interesting.