David Schmidt was appointed technical editor of the annual Sail Buyer's Guide. Schmidt takes over for Jay Paris.
He also will continue in his role as Sail's editor-at-large.
Based in Seattle, Schmidt served as senior editor of the magazine from 2006-2010. Before that, he was a longtime contributor to the magazine. He is a lifelong sailor with a deep passion for the technical aspects of sailboats.
He is also the owner of Alembic Media, a media company serving the marine and outdoor industries.
“David steps into the role of Sail Buyer's Guide technical editor as we continue to invest in the search, navigation and database elements of the guide's website,” publisher Josh Adams said in a statement. “His technical expertise will ensure that the data consumers search in the print and online Sail Buyer's Guide is accurate.”
Other changes to the guide include a website redesign that will debut in February with new features such as direct links between company sailboat pages and editorial sailboat reviews on sailmagazine.com; a monthly Sail Buyer's Guide e-newsletter; improved search and navigation features; and more prominent use of multimedia.