There’s more to using a simple hand wood plane than first meets the eye. It’s not just a case of screwing a knurled knob in or out to adjust the…

When Tim Powell bought a 30-year-old Gib’Sea 28 he knew that one of his first jobs would be getting the topsides looking like new again. If your gel coat is…

Maintenance of your rigging can save expensive failures and could be a lifesaver - here's how to check your boat's rigging

Much has recently been made in the papers about 3D printing, which can manufacture replacement bones, blood vessels, buildings and weapons, while NASA are even considering using it to construct…

Considering gas is the most dangerous substance likely to be on board, you’d be surprised how far down the list most people place the safety of their gas system. Many…

There’s a great way to own a new boat on a budget – build it yourself. We followed five builders and their projects

Premium bonding: some techniques for getting the most out of sealant without ending up covered in the sticky stuff!

Elmarleen

Eighteen months after winning the 2009 OSTAR in his Sigma 33C, Elmarleen, Will Sayer talks to Ben Meakins about his next challenge...

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…

Will Sayer_Ostar

Is racing across the Atlantic in a boat bought with a student loan really feasible? Here's the story of PBO reader Will Sayer's preparations to compete in the OSTAR in…

What's that boat?

PBO readers call for help to identify their newly-bought project boats...

Before GPS sets became so ubiquitous, swinging a compass was a yearly ritual for most boat owners, and the compass was the most important navigational tool onboard. After all, even…

 Two ways to calibrate your speed instruments ‘Set to GPS’ feature The simplest way to calibrate your speed instruments these days is to use the GPS speed over ground (SOG)…

It’s recommended that you take your lifejackets for a full service every year, but for many boat owners this job is near the bottom of the ‘to-do’ list and often…

Diesel engine service

The unique challenges of the marine environment mean regular engine servicing is essential for any boat owner. Winter is the ideal time to do this, making next spring’s launch much…