Ben Meakins

Ben Meakins

Ben Meakins is PBO’s deputy editor

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Norman Eastwood assembles a bucket pump to remove the final few bits of water from his boat’s bilges

David Berry describes the unexpected problems he faced after purchasing a Rocna anchor for his Moody Eclipse, Aderyn Glas

Secret 20

We took a trip to Brightlingsea to sail a Secret 20 while ours was in transit

Has Navtex been superseded by smartphones and the internet, or does it still have a role in modern sailing?

Has Navtex been superseded by smartphones and the internet, or does it still have a role in modern sailing?

Sailing in winter sounds like a cold and tricky business – but if you take some simple precautions there should be nothing stopping you - here's how

The Yanmar 1GM10 is a great little engine, which starts first time and runs reliably: but there are one or two design flaws. The worst is that the raw water…

After approximately 11,232NM at sea, our new project boat was craned off a container ship and transferred to a freight-forwarding warehouse in a rainy, grey Southampton Docks. Quite a change…

My ancestors were all sailors, and apparently my first words were ‘da-da’ and ‘boat’. I lived on the East Coast and as a boy sailed the Blackwater, the Crouch and…

David Harding and the crew of the Mystery 35 Agatha braved a wintry Force 6 to bring you their top tips for man-overboard rescue

7x50 compass binoculars on test

Alex Bell and a PBO test team focus their attention on 10 sets of 7x50 compass binoculars, checking them for efficiency, accuracy, clarity of image and ease of reading

Rescuing Essex Melody

John Rogers describes the heritage and restoration of Essex Melody, a classic, Maldon-built 23-footer which originally took to the water in 1959