October 2014

On sale: Wed, 10 Sep 2014

Restoring a Contessa 32 plus we test electric and propane outboard engines in the latest issue of Practical Boat Owner

PBO October 2014 cover


Waiting for the tide
The editor's welcome to this month's PBO

Solo sailor's North Sea ordeal and rescue, update on Croatian boat fees situation, Southerly Yachts folds again... and more

Regional news Terminally ill woman completes fundraising voyage round UK, ship collides with wind turbine... and more

Readers' letters – your views

Dave Selby
Circumnavigating Canvey Island

Sam Llewellyn
Emerald Isle meanderings

Andrew Simpson
A bight on the backside

Ask the experts
Bonding metal skin fittings to external sacrificial anodes, assessing battery packs – and more reader queries answered


New boats at the show
Previewing the new boats appearing at Southampton Boat Show for the first time

16- to 19-footers from just £500!
Peter Poland's pick of pocket cruisers

Contessa 32 restoration
How an Arctic adventurer returned to her family roots

Saffier boats tested
PBO assesses the Sc 8M Cabin and Se 33


Electric v propane outboards
Can they provide a viable alternative to the petrol motor? PBO compares a selection

New gear
A first look at new products making their debut at the Southampton Boat Show

6 non-slip paints
Which works best to help maintain footing on a wet, pitching deck?


Help for a Kelt
PBO's Sail Clinic helps a Kelt 550 suffering from windward reluctance

Watch out for unlit buoys!
A reader recalls a hair-raising night passage off the Frisian Islands, running with the tide and trying not to crash into unlit buoys

How to plan an uneventful Biscay crossing
A well-prepared boat and crew, and a close weather watch, makes all the difference


Milford Haven
A useful guide into and around this expansive and scenic cruising ground

Amazing Albania
A stress-free cruise to Gjiri i Sarandës


Hybrid drives
Essential kit or eco-rubbish?


How to fit a furler
Updating our project boat for the 21st century

Coating and fairing with epoxy resin
Basic techniques explained, PLUS epoxy-coat a battery box

Tips for handling a heavy tender
Making life easier when moving rigid or semi-rigid tenders about on land

Make a cockpit 'booster' seat ...and an improvised anchor light, PLUS more projects and tips

Restore a teak deck
Step-by-step refurbishment advice

How to make a mitred through dovetail joint
Dovetail strength with mitred edges

Keep your dinghy safe
Tips from the PBO Sketchbook


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