Ben Meakins

Colin Brown describes a series of checks you can carry out to assess the structural integrity of the bolts which attach the keel to your boat

We get scrubbing to find out what effect a variety of teak cleaners have on the woodwork of a Sigma 38 moored on the River Itchen

Ron Sykes adds numbers to help avoid confusion when identifying ships and marks

The illustration shows the only way I have been able to stop through-deck chainplates from leaking. The ‘bonnet’ is made of ¼in (6mm) canvas Bakelite, also known as Tufnol or…

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...

Stephen Wallace demonstrates how he went about removing, resealing and reinstalling the windows on his Sadler 32

Shipwright Robin Benjamin says modern, thin teak decks need lots of regular care, and so it’s vital to follow his advice on how to keep them looking good

The finishing touch to the interior of many boats is the vinyl-covered headlining panel, which can be detached to access under-deck fittings. Jake Kavanagh watches upholsterer Alan Dring make one…

replacing drooping headlinings

It happens to us all eventually – things start to sag, and it’s particularly true of foam-backed vinyls. For boatbuilders, vinyl is comparatively cheap and easy to install, so it’s…

Pushpit gate

Peter Crick makes a gate in his pushpit - which then goes on to save a life!

Rick Allender goes back to basics with a low-cost and simple way to shower on a small boat

If you need to plug a hole in your glassfibre boat, fear not – repairs are easy to make. Jake Kavanagh shows how it’s done and offers some useful tips