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You may be a faithful reader of Practical Boat Owner magazine and buy regular issues at the shop or newsagent. Or you might read the articles on our website, but have you ever considered joining us as a subscriber?

Our summer subscription offer, available for the month of July, offers savings of up to 39% from the usual cover price.

It’s a great time to become a PBO subscriber as following the popularity of the last PBO Project Boat, restoring a Snapdragon 23 from a wreck to a quality cruiser, editor David Pugh and deputy editor Ben Meakins are about to embark on their next challenge – building a Secret 20 boat from a kit.

Secret 20

Secret 20

David said: ‘As journalists with a passion for sailing, building a boat is not something we have tried before and we’re expecting it to be a steep learning curve.

‘We were delighted by how much the restoration of Hantu Biru inspired and assisted our readers with their own project boats and we hope our new challenge will do the same.

‘The Secret 20 is a modern gaff-rigged cutter that is promised to have a surprising turn of speed. Her designer describes her as halfway between a Sydney Harbour skiff and an Essex smack.

‘At the moment we’re just facing a pile of wood, and you can join us at the start of this journey – we’ll be sharing all the new project boat trials and tribulations with practical, step-by-step articles.’

David added: ‘PBO is your first stop for practical advice, seamanship tips and authoritative tests.

‘But it doesn’t stop there – gripping cruising experiences and on-water tips from other readers will keep you reading right to the last page.

‘You’ll never put down a copy of PBO without having found out something new!’

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Here’s what’s in it for you:

  • You won’t miss a single issue of your favourite magazine: we send it to your home every four weeks – no effort required on your part.
  • As a subscriber you pay less than you would at the newsagent, with the lower price guaranteed for 12 months.
  • You get access to the iPad/iPhone editions thrown in at no extra cost.
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  • Finally, as part of our summer sale, we also throw in a £5 M&S gift card.

So why not sign up as a PBO subscriber and get all the practical advice, seamanship tips and authoritative tests – and much more! – straight to your door or device every month?

 

Hantu Biru

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