Practical Boat Owner

Alex Bell and a PBO test team get stuck into a thorough trial of nine products to assess which adhesives and sealants bond best to aluminium, steel, acrylic and glassfibre

If space is tight or the weather looks unsettled, it’s worth having a few skills up your sleeve to make the most of a tricky anchorage. Here are 6 tips...

Ian Bray shows how he designed his replacement sprayhood to fold down and convert to a spray-dodging windscreen

The outboard on my Hunter Liberty is located in a well in the cockpit from where it is difficult to see the cooling water tell-tale. On my first trip this…

Mowgli - PBO Seadog of the month - Jan 07

Seadogs (and cats) sent in by PBO readers. Take a look at some of the cutest pets on board in our ever-growing gallery

cut sailing costs

With the turbulent forecasts for the UK and global economy, many of us have had to ask ourselves if we can really justify the outlay required to own a boat…

PBO’s unique annual guide features 259 coastal marinas around the British Isles with regional and national price rankings, plus information on the facilities available. Compiled by Laura Kitching

The dehumidifier test

Keeping dampness at bay from boat interiors is an ongoing battle: Alex Bell assesses nine dehumidifiers for efficiency, power consumption and portability


Six category winners were presented with their awards at METS after being chosen from a shortlist of 45 products, whittled down from 116 entries

Western Islands

David Rainsbury encounters otters, puffins, Fingal’s Cave and fell-walkers on a leisurely cruise among the glorious Western Isles


Carlton Douglas takes his 21ft Westerly Jouster for a fortnight’s cruise to Brittany and back, with stops in St Helier and Herm on the homeward leg