Alison Wood

Features Editor

Boats leaving port for an Atlantic crossing

What is the best boat for crossing the Atlantic? Ali Wood asks the owners of two catamarans and two monohulls sailing the North Atlantic to the Caribbean

sailing safety gear - children wearing lifejackets

Ali Wood discusses the sailing safety gear she chose for their first family cruise on board their Maxi 84, and how it performed

The marine alternator had to be removed so the problem could be found

Ali Wood gets to grips with Maximus’s faulty electrical system after some unexpected failures made an appearance on passage

ePropulsion electric outboard

An electric outboard motor is a very different beast to a petrol one. It’s lighter, quieter and cleaner but does have some drawbacks, such as speed, range and cost. Testing…

an aerial view of yachts berthed at Chichester Marina

Tranquil Chichester Marina and the surrounding harbour is the perfect destination for sailors with time to explore this area of natural beauty, as Alison Wood reports

Choosing a marine toilet isn’t as straightforward as you think – and after looking at the options it may be that refurbishment rather than replacement could be the answer. With…

With an inter-cooled engine, the role of the seawater is to take away the heat from the freshwater. The seawater, or ‘raw water’, is a separate flow to the fresh…

Karen Parker had been sailing onboard their Oyster 56, Mistral of Portsmouth, with husband Chris and two crew, when their Code Zero headsail, designed for light winds, became jammed. With…


Finding decent Christmas gifts for boat owners on a budget is an unenviably tricky task, but luckily Practical Boat Owner is here to help! Below are our recommended Christmas gifts…