August 2014

On sale: Wed, 16 Jul 2014

In the August 2014 issue of Practical Boat Owner...

PBO Cover August 2014

Project Boat afloat!: Hantu Biru is in the water for the first time in more than 20 years
PLUS: Fitting jib tracks, stanchions, spinnaker blocks and cleats

Cruising on a shoestring: Tips for going long-term cruising without spending a small fortune

PBO TESTED - WiFi boosters: 6 boosters for better WiFi from shore

Irish special: Circumnavigating the Emerald Isle
PLUS the Ireland summer visitor berth guide

Epoxy: what it is and how to use it: Understanding the basics of this versatile boatbuilding product

PBO TESTED - Ratchet blocks: What they’re for and which works best

Repairing a RIB seam: Teardropping, a preventative maintenance procedure, explained

Make an open dovetail joint: Useful for building lockers and cabinets, and securing deck beams

PBO TESTED - Elan 31 on test: A second-hand yacht that still cuts it with the best

How to keep things cool without a fridge: Tips from the PBO Sketchbook

Constructing a mast gantry: and building a cockpit table, PLUS more projects and tips from readers

Spoon-bladed oars: A step-by-step guide shows how you can make a pair of oars

Rob Humphreys – the man and his boats: Trapper, Southerly, Gib’Sea... Meet one of the UK’s most prolific designers

Sharing a boat: Easing the expense of boat ownership

Sheet-to-tiller self-steering: PBO tests the Steersman system

Dazed and confused: Medication causes a crew member on a reader’s yacht to behave erratically

Sailing in shallow waters: Techniques to avoid going aground – and how to cope if you do!


Waiting for the tide: PBO editor David Pugh welcomes you to the magazine - sign up for David's free monthly e-newsletter at:

Columnist Dave Selby: Becoming a milometer mariner – or not

Columnist Sam Llewellyn: Applying the Beaufort Scale of Literature

Monthly musings from Andrew Simpson: A downwind dilemma

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PBO products and services

News: Boat owners hit by large fees in Croatia, America’s Cup team base takes shape, RYA blasts MCZ report... and more

Regional news: Go-ahead for new lifeboat station, crew sought for circumnavigation... and more

Readers' letters: your views

Ask the experts: Water pump impeller replacement, fitting a kicker... and more reader queries answered

New gear: PBO takes a first look at the latest marine products

Bideford, Appledore and Instow: Old-world charm on the River Torridge

Loch Harport: Splendid scenery and a warm welcome

Diary dates, boat shows and events

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