Telltales: how they work, how to use them to steer a close-hauled course and how to interpret their behaviour
With modern designs in the classic style becoming ever more popular, David Harding offers some tips on getting the best from a gaffer
There’s no need to be in the dark if your preparation is thorough and easy to understand, says Dick Everitt
Dick Everitt helps illuminate our understanding of lighthouse characteristics on charts, their dipping distances and loom...
The ‘ping’ is king: You can navigate by ‘feel’ over the seabed in adverse conditions by using an echo sounder – here’s how to do it...
Lining up a pair of appropriate land features or navigation marks can help keep you safe, as Dick Everitt explains
In the first of his series on back-to-basics navigation Dick Everitt explains how to use a few simple lines to keep you safe
If space is tight or the weather looks unsettled, it’s worth having a few skills up your sleeve to make the most of a tricky anchorage. Here are 6 tips...
An aide-memoire to using a handbearing compass, transits and bearings for quick and easy coastal pilotage
Riding turns always occur at the worst possible moment - here's how to remove a riding turn and avoid them in the first place
How to scull over the stern: Learn to propel your dinghy using a traditional skill that's still relevant today
Despite the accuracy offered by digital charting, updating electronic charts is a complicated process. Here's how to keep your electronic charts up to date
Imagine that the lifeboat is on the way to take you in tow. Do you sit and wait, in the knowledge that the lifeboat’s crew will assess the situation and…
Catching supper with hook and line is a pastime most yachtsmen will attempt at some time or other, but why do some fishermen enjoy more luck with the rod than…
Whether you go to sea under power or sail, you'll almost certainly find yourself aground at some point in your on-water career. It’s one of the hazards of the sport…
Two-time solo Atlantic racer Basil Panakis shows PBO’s Ben Meakins how he prepared his 25ft yacht to face the Jester Challenge
New sails are a big investment – but are they worth it? The PBO team compared the old with the new on the project boat, Hantu Biru, as David Harding
In a bid to bring archaic navigation information into the 21st century, Bob Bradfield has been on a one-man crusade to update charts of Scottish anchorages
Ben Meakins finds out why – and how – PBO readers from around the UK go racing in their cruising yachts
David Harding sets up a direct comparison between Junk- and Bermudan-rigged Splinters to find out how they handle