Dismasted yacht under tow. Credit: RNLI/Ian Cannon

Ramsgate's all weather lifeboat was launched to assist a small yacht which had been dismasted after a collision with a container ship 24 miles east of the town.

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It’s vitally important to ensure that the tension of your boat’s rigging is within the correct limits: Alex Bell tests four rig tension gauges to assess their accuracy

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In PBO’s dehumidifiers group test, the Meaco DD8L Junior won the best buy award – and Meaco have now produced an additional model with improved features, writes Alex Bell.

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Using double-wall vacuum technology, the Chilly’s Bottle is a reusable bottle that is promised to keep your drink cold for up to 24 hours (or hot for 12 hours) whatever…

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In the December 2016 issue of Practical Boat Owner...

Sailing in winter sounds like a cold and tricky business – but if you take some simple precautions there should be nothing stopping you - here's how

Handheld VHF radios

A vital piece of kit in any boat cockpit, Alex Bell and a PBO test team check out popular handheld radios for effectiveness and ease of use