I write the odd bit for Practical Boat Owner here in the UK – and I still get a buzz from seeing it sitting there on the magazine racks at thesupermarket or mainline station.
But I also write a column for an American publication called Small craft Advisor. It is a wonderful publication. Like a throwback to the past – in a good way. For starters they never put words on their front page image. It is always a great picture that has been thoughtfully cropped.
They give me a completely free hand with my subject. I offer them images but the quiet editor, a man called Josh, tells me that people want to read the magazine rather than flick through it. They use the same simple image on my column each time – “because people want to know where they are in a magazine” says Josh
The magazine pays $100 a page – which is less than I was earning for words three decades ago. The World has changed for sure.
But it is a great pleasure to write for them and they pay on time – so what more can I ask.
I have taken the liberty of posting a few scans from one of the editions. It will give you afeel for the magazine and the way it treats its contributors and images.
I have included four pages of an interview with Roger Taylor of Ming Ming fame. He is a sdort of peripatetic troglodyte who takes his junk rigged Corribbee a long way and the nturns around and comes back without ever touching the shore.
If anyone want thir words or images removed from here they will come down in a trice
but if you fancy a magazine subscription gift for Christmas…. well Small craft Advisor would make a refreshing change.