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Released into the wild the April issue of Cruising Helmsman will keep you occupied while you soak up those important rays of sunshine.

First up is the editor's look at his time visiting the largest boat show in the world: Boot Dusseldorf, just before the global doors slammed shut. Timing.

There were some interesting things to see at Boot and Phil Ross gives the lowdown.

On the practical side there are a couple of articles on keeping and repairing wind generators; plus a look at the latest engine emission laws coming into play overseas that may affect you.

John Tylor tells you (with his hand over his mouth) about the importance of selecting and maintaining your dinghy tender. Plus a sensible look at the rules regarding usage and why they matter.

Also keeping a safe social distance is Alfred Phillip's detailed look at his DIY solar hot water system for his yacht. This is not a plastic bag hanging in the sun, this is a serious installation, but one that anyone could do.

Washing our hands thoroughly we start our destination adventures in the Clarence River. This is an easy destination for NSW cruisers but a place that all those passing the east coast should make the effort to visit.

We also have a great story on sailing in (semi-) company further up the east coast. A great method if it is your first adventure out onto the open sea.

Plus the second part on Ross Field's desire to sail through the north west passage.

Finally a slightly humorous, but totally useful nevertheless, look at whether democracy on board a yacht on the high seas is a good idea or whether the skipper's preferred version of a so-called benign dictatorship is best.

Put on your face mask and gloves and hot foot it down to your newsagent now. Or, better yet, maintain that social isolation and subscribe so you never miss a beat. Click here

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