We delve into a plethora of sailing weather apps and websites in an attempt to discover which ones offer the most comprehensive detail and the best value

Sooner or later most cruising skippers are likely to be faced with having to raft up in a harbour. But it needn’t be a stressful experience...

A typical reefed sail plan on a cruising yacht – the leech pennant needs to be tighter and the headsail car is too far aft – but it’s better than many. Credit: SailingScenes.com

How do you ensure an efficient reef with a roller-reefing headsail and slab-reefing mainsail? David Harding explains

How to make sure your emergency tiller is up to the job should your wheel steering fail at sea

How would you cope if your boat lost its steering at sea? PBO tries a variety of jury steering fixes to see how well they help to regain control

Perceived wisdom is that if you fall overboard, staying tethered to the boat will keep you safe. But is that the case? PBO’s test team conduct some trials… with sobering…

Rupert Holmes describes the course of action he pursued – and the lessons learned – when storm conditions threatened to cause damage to his moored boat

how to tow alongside

Towing another boat in the confines of a harbour means that you'll need to set up a tow alongside. Here's how...

Towing astern

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

In many situations, leaving the mooring under power is the only sensible option. But if conditions allow, why not spare the engine and sail off instead? David Harding offers some…

(C) Ben MEakins

In Pete Goss’ classic account of his Vendée Globe campaign, Close to the Wind, he tells the tale of a boat show encounter with a member of the public who…

Telltales: how they work, how to use them to steer a close-hauled course and how to interpret their behaviour