Letting PBO readers in on a Secret... deputy editor Ben Meakins reveals the next PBO Project Boat and welcomes you to the latest issue.
Colin Brown describes a series of checks you can carry out to assess the structural integrity of the bolts which attach the keel to your boat
We get scrubbing to find out what effect a variety of teak cleaners have on the woodwork of a Sigma 38 moored on the River Itchen
John Macdonald makes a low-wattage anchor light from odds and ends – plus an outlay of 99p
Ron Sykes adds numbers to help avoid confusion when identifying ships and marks
The illustration shows the only way I have been able to stop through-deck chainplates from leaking. The ‘bonnet’ is made of ¼in (6mm) canvas Bakelite, also known as Tufnol or…
David Taylor adapts an Ikea wine rack to build a serviceable bookcase
During his 15 years as a marine engineer with the breakdown service Sea Start, Nick Eales has seen it all. He talks to Jake Kavanagh and offers PBO readers tips…
Sooner or later most cruising skippers are likely to be faced with having to raft up in a harbour. But it needn’t be a stressful experience...
John Owen constructs a versatile and economical boat tent from a polytunnel
Stephen Wallace demonstrates how he went about removing, resealing and reinstalling the windows on his Sadler 32
Shipwright Robin Benjamin says modern, thin teak decks need lots of regular care, and so it’s vital to follow his advice on how to keep them looking good
14 traditional pilotage tips to help you obtain and maintain a fix of your position
The finishing touch to the interior of many boats is the vinyl-covered headlining panel, which can be detached to access under-deck fittings. Jake Kavanagh watches upholsterer Alan Dring make one…
It happens to us all eventually – things start to sag, and it’s particularly true of foam-backed vinyls. For boatbuilders, vinyl is comparatively cheap and easy to install, so it’s…
Peter Crick makes a gate in his pushpit - which then goes on to save a life!
Paul Newton mounts an anchor light and emergency VHF antenna on his pushpit
Rick Allender goes back to basics with a low-cost and simple way to shower on a small boat
If you need to plug a hole in your glassfibre boat, fear not – repairs are easy to make. Jake Kavanagh shows how it’s done and offers some useful tips
DIY engine cooling water alarm