CATEGORIES

Dream job?

Let's face it, sailing's hard enough work without having to work while you're sailing

3 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
September 2022

First evidence of GRP boats' impact on aquatic organisms

Microscopic analysis of oysters, mussels and sediment from Chichester Harbour has uncovered a dizzying number of glass fibres linked back to boatyards and derelict vessels.

10+ mins read
Practical Boat Owner
September 2022

Tense shortcut

A stone-lined hole or a 60-mile hike around one of Britain's least hospitable headlands?

3 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
September 2022

12 of the world's most exciting shipwrecks

James Wood picks his favourite wrecks, from warships and ill-fated expeditions to Bronze Age cargo vessels and Spanish treasure troves

10 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
September 2022

We swapped sails for power

Peter Poland meets 10 seasoned sailors who bought motorboats to extend their time afloat after sailboats became too much like hard work

10+ mins read
Practical Boat Owner
September 2022

Winchelsea Lugger

With a nice, buoyant bow and cod shape they look the part and are superbly seaworthy, says prolific boat owner Clive Marsh

5 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
September 2022

Homeward bound

After a six-month restoration, PBO Project Boat Maximus sails to her new home... but not without a few hitches, reports Ali Wood

10+ mins read
Practical Boat Owner
September 2022

The long way home

Marsali Taylor encounters difficulties with unseasonable weather during a midsummer night sail from Brae to Aith in Shetland

6 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
September 2022

Bairns are back!

At last, after two years, we’ve been able to host junior sailing again – and demand is high

3 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2022

Aye, Aye brother Shackleton

Seasoned sailor Kia Koropp finally gets the feeling of being worth one’s salt after a two-month ocean passage from South Africa to the Azores

7 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2022

How to check your rigging

Maintenance of your rigging can save expensive failures and could ultimately be a lifesaver, advises Ben Meakins

4 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2022

Electric converts

Self-confessed fair weather sailors Jim and Libby Earle share their take on the TEMO 450 electric outboard, after six months of use

5 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2022

Just-for-fun delivery trip

PBO engine expert Stu Davies and his wife, Laura, take on the challenge of delivering a yacht from south-east Spain to Portugal

10+ mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2022

Record-breaking solar crossing

Guinness World Record holder Simon Milward explains how he built and motored his solar-powered boat across the English Channel

10+ mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2022

Polycraft Tuffy Tender

With the help of her local sailing clubs, Ali Wood tests this lightweight day boat with both electric and petrol outboard motor power

9 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2022

Secrets of Swallows and Amazons

Sophie Neville explains how her role as Titty in the Arthur Ransome classic forged a lifelong love for the iconic dinghy Swallow

9 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2022

BEST USED YACHTS PRICED £40,000-£50,000

Peter Poland shortlists the best in a growing stock of pre-loved sailing yachts in this popular price bracket, featuring varied design trends

10+ mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2022

Fête du Flobart

Prolific boat owner Clive Marsh sings the praises of Sussex beach boats and their French sisters, the Normandy Flobarts

4 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2022

Shakedown preparations

Shortly before the post-restoration voyage to Poole, Ali Wood gets to grips with the rewire, new electronics and passage planning

10+ mins read
Practical Boat Owner
August 2022

Overpowered on the Atlantic coast

Shannon Deconinck recalls a challenging sail around Cabo de São Vicente in southern Portugal, a headland renowned for its surf

4 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
August 2022

First world problems

Chris Pearsall, whose yacht sank during a single-handed voyage in the Med, reflects on the circumstances now facing his Ukrainian rescuer

2 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
August 2022

Upwardly mobile

Fancy a bigger boat? Get wealthier friends...

3 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
August 2022

A man in three boats

Gilbert Park has a white knuckle experience saving three boats from Storm Eunice

6 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
August 2022

Gulf Stream adventure

Roger Hughes sails his brigantine schooner Britannia along the largest of the world’s currents

10+ mins read
Practical Boat Owner
August 2022

A Falcon in Loch Ness

Prolific boat owner Clive Marsh charters a roomy 36ft Van de Stadt steel ketch for a pleasant cruise on Scotland’s Caledonian Canal

4 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
August 2022

Easy ways to sail better

Rupert Holmes shares some expert tips on how to make your boat easier to handle, sail faster and safer with better manners

10+ mins read
Practical Boat Owner
August 2022

A rediscovered boat for all reasons

Once used by the trappers, traders and hunters of the New World, the Adirondack Guide Boat is just as relevant today, says Roger Nadin

4 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
August 2022

Made in Germany

Peter Poland looks at ‘fantastisch’ 30-footers that have proved how a hobby can become a multi-million euro business

10+ mins read
Practical Boat Owner
August 2022

Why do we change our engine oil?

PBO's engine whisperer Stu Davies ponders the not-so-silly question

2 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
Summer 2022

Taking the lead: best 30ft French yachts

Few would dispute that the French production yacht builders have left British builders floundering in their wake, writes Peter Poland

10+ mins read
Practical Boat Owner
Summer 2022

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