Ben Meakins

Ben Meakins

Ben Meakins is PBO’s deputy editor

Before the stringers, deck beams and hull sides go on was a good opportunity to add hatches to our Secret 20 build. These will allow access to the bilges -and…

Once all the frames had been installed on the keel (see our last update), it was time to break out the laser level again and go around, truing up the…

Bilge cleaners on test

Ben Meakins gets down and dirty in the pursuance of the most effective way to clean oily, malodorous bilges

When I bought Crusader, my Aqua Star Ocean Ranger 33, the table arrangement in the wheelhouse/saloon left a bit to be desired. Although the table itself was a beautiful piece…

Cockpit table are great things on any boat but where to stow them when they’re not in use is always a headache. We saw the perfect arrangement for us on…

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Has Navtex been superseded by smartphones and the internet, or does it still have a role in modern sailing?

Has Navtex been superseded by smartphones and the internet, or does it still have a role in modern sailing?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