CATEGORIES

Mast down

Rob Crabbe recalls the rig of a new yacht breaking on a delivery trip from Dartmouth to the Southampton Boat Show

6 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
February 2022

Sailing short-cut to spectacular views

Norman Inglis rediscovers a love for Scotland’s west coast, one of the best locations in the world to combine sailing with hill walking

7 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
February 2022

Fairey Swordsman 30

Peter Poland tests a crowd-pleasing jet boat with James Bond connections

9 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
February 2022

Little luggers

Compulsive boat owner Clive Marsh explains why little luggers make perfect trailer-sailers

6 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
February 2022

Do we still need pyrotechnic flares?

Gilbert Park discusses modern distress signalling options, safety regulations and what kit he takes on board for boating and kayaking

10+ mins read
Practical Boat Owner
February 2022

Red Original bags

Ali Wood puts Red Original’s waterproof bags to the test

2 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
February 2022

Birding from the helm

Why counting seabirds as a sailing hobby is an educational addiction

3 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
February 2022

Lockdown project is just the ticket

John Rogers is a big hit in his restored classic wooden launch

9 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
February 2022

Toplac single-pot paint

In 2017 Richard Hare painted his Golden Hind 31’s sheerstrake with a single pot paint. How did it perform?

3 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
February 2022

How To Build Yourself A Mini Tugboat For Fun

Determined to build a small, fun boat for his young grandchildren, Ian Royston made one in the style of a cheeky tugboat

5 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2021

How To Get Your Boat Organised

Are you always misplacing tools and spares? Roger Hughes has the answer

6 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2021

Should You Insure A Project Boat?

Insurance expert Steve Risk has some useful advice for boat owners

2 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2021

A winter project

Now’s a great time to start a refurbishment

3 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2021

It's good to talk

Wilf Lower makes a dodgy connection

3 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2021

Going loopy – making a continuous splice

Roger Hughes declutters the cockpit by splicing his furling lines end-to-end into a continuous loop

6 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2021

The HR evolution

Hallberg-Rassy’s reputation for building quality bluewater cruisers evolved from its early 31-38ft models. Peter Poland reports

10 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2021

Summer in the Med

Ned Coakley enjoys affogatos, smart marinas and stunning cliff-edge villages on a Mediterranean cruise from France to Italy and back

10 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2021

When Britannia waives the rules

Profiting from the world while losing its soul

3 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2021

‘I am very much alive!'

A wartime act of kindness is recalled by a survivor of St Helier Yacht Club’s ‘miracle of St Malo’ evacuation, writes Philip Jeune

6 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
October 2021

That sinking feeling...

Brian Johnson became quickly and intimately acquainted with his engine’s silencer when it threatened to sink his Westerly Pageant

6 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
November 2021

Why more cruisers should go wireless

Nick Charman makes the case for all cruising yachts to change tack

5 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
November 2021

Parker 660 Pilothouse

Peter Poland test drives the Parker 660 Pilothouse

7 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
November 2021

Sailing The Martello Coast of Corsica

Owen Moorhouse recalls wonderful cruising and friendships made in Corsica in the 1980s

7 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
November 2021

Sailing solo to the Isles of Scilly

In the summer of 2020 Katie McCabe (aged 13 at the time) sailed her newly restored classic yacht solo to the Isles of Scilly

10+ mins read
Practical Boat Owner
November 2021

North Sea dash

With Covid and Brexit bureaucracy melting away, Saskia Groen-in’t-Woud enjoyed her first North Sea crossing – despite rough return weather

5 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
November 2021

Cut and thrust of sailing

The best ways to call a halt to proceedings

3 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
November 2021

Cook's challenge

Scraping the food locker bare at the end of the season requires some culinary creativity

3 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
November 2021

Boater's biplane rescue at air show

A powerboater and her family sprang into action when a biplane crashed into Poole Harbour on the south coast, narrowly missing yachts, rocks and a chain ferry.

3 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
November 2021

Beachcombing

Searching out landing stages and boat noosts

3 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
November 2021

How To Replace Worn Rudder Bushes

Hedley Ritchie shows how he changed the wobbly bushes on his transom-hung rudder to improve his Westerly Konsort’s steering

3 mins read
Practical Boat Owner
September 2021

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