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Helicopter rescue: What to do, step-by-step

Rig tuning for cruisers: Top tips for safe and efficient sailing

View from the boatyard: Retrofitting a bow thruster

Using DSC radio: Does DSC have more uses than merely making a Mayday call?

Repairing a Morse control: A ‘sealed for life’ unit proves no barrier to home maintenance

Converting a ketch into a schooner: A change of rig for reader Roger Hughes’ Down East 45

Patagonian cruise of a lifetime: Sun and snow in South America

PBO Tested – Emergency VHF antennas: Which one delivers the strongest and clearest signal?

PBO Tested – Combination padlocks: Do the numbers add up to keep your boat secure?

The boat designs of Alan Buchanan: Aesthetically pleasing, perfectly balanced boats

PBO Project Boat 2 – Bottoms up: Adding bottom stringers, bevelled chine battens and forefoot cheek pieces to our Secret 20

Exploring Teignmouth: A charming Devon harbour with sheltered beaches

PBO Boat Tests – Seascape 24 & 27: Is a planing cruiser really practical?

Megaohm’s maiden voyage: A reader’s 400-mile delivery trip in a newly-bought Trapper 500

The Kiel Canal: Not just for transiting…

Finding patents: A valuable source of otherwise unavailable information

Troubleshooting a tiller pilot: PLUS more reader projects and tips

Build an Irish proa: A small, stable craft suitable for solo motor-cruising

Dealing with a riding turn: Tips from the PBO Sketchbook

Antifouling PPE

Applying antifouling safely

Ben Meakins discovers the importance of wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when antifouling a hull – and issues…


Waiting for the tide: The editor’s welcome to this month’s PBO – sign up for PBO’s free monthly e-newsletter at:

‘Mad about the Boat’ columnist Dave Selby: ‘The cup that cheers’

Columnist Sam Llewellyn: A good idea on paper

Monthly musings from Andrew Simpson: Something wicked this way comes

PBO products and services: Books and plans from the PBO shop

New regular chandlery offers

News: Restored project boat sinks within minutes of first launch… plus more

Regional news: Dry-blasting ban… and more

New regular chandlery offers

Readers’ letters: Your views

Ask the experts: The weighty topic of Hunter Delta lifting keels… and more

New gear: PBO looks at the latest marine products