Towing astern

We examine the techniques of towing and setting up an astern tow at sea, trying out the textbook theories in practice

PBO December 2015 cover

In the December 2015 issue of Practical Boat Owner...

PBO cartoon mugs

Check out PBO's new cartoon sailing mug designs! Celebrating eight years of Claudia Myatt's cartoons in PBO...

Padlocks test

Ben Meakins utilises a saltwater spray tank, bolt croppers and a hacksaw to assess the effectiveness (or otherwise) of a selection of padlocks when it comes to preventing boat break-ins

Compact freshwater hose test

How portable, practical and useable are cassette-type hoses? Ben Meakins wrestles with the problem, tests six models and promises not to gush

Waterproof phone cases test

Greg Goulding assesses a range of waterproof phone cases to see how they cope with conditions at sea and during day-to-day life

Gin Gins Caramel

The Ginger People’s Gin Gins Caramel contain 30% ginger per sweet and are said to be great for combating motion sickness.

Just occasionally, the ‘perfect anchorage’ may turn out to be seriously uncomfortable. This is usually when the current or the wind makes the boat lie beam-on to the swell, and…

I recently carried out a repair to my boat using a 3D printed part in the process. There was a leak around my depth transducer housing, and I could either…