Laura Hodgetts

Cruising editor

Laura Hodgetts

Laura is cruising editor at Yachting Monthly and also writes the news pages for YM’s sister title Practical Boat Owner magazine.

Prior to joining the YM team in April 2020, Laura worked full time on PBO for more than seven years as news and website editor.

After graduating with a 1st in BA (Hons) Multi-Media Journalism at Bournemouth University, Laura worked for Digital Photographer magazine as a staff writer, before taking voluntary redundancy to go travelling.

Laura then joined the Dorset Echo as a news reporter, completing the NCTJ senior news reporter qualifications. Laura’s love of watersports saw her write the Echo’s Afloat page and become the Echo’s accredited reporter for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events, held in Weymouth and Portland.

Laura has passed the RYA day skipper, dinghy sailing level 2, powerboat level 2, windsurfing and kitesurfing beginner, and PADI advanced open water diving courses.

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PBO was saddened to hear that Robert Braithwaite, founder of Sunseeker International, passed away in the early hours of this morning at the age of 75.

PBO APRIL 19 COVER

Free plans for building your own Nigel Irens 14-footer, and more, in the latest issue of PBO

PBO March 19 cover

Sleep easy at anchor - a twin-hook anchoring technique to keep you safe in the roughest storm - in the latest issue of PBO

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Popular classics! 11 great yachts and what they cost today (part 1 post war and 1950s) in the latest issue of PBO

PBO JAN 19 cover

How DIY two-pack paint can make your boat shine and save £££s, a guide to used boat shows, and more!

Dec 2018 cover

Reviving a 40-year-old family Contessa, stolen ideas from the superyacht yards, plus how to descale loo pipes

PBO NOV 18 COVER

We show you how to tackle everyday electrics: basic wiring skills, multimeters and more

PBO SEPTEMBER 2018 COVER

Join the SAIL REVOLUTION: high tech cloth for everyday cruisers, point higher, cruise faster, save £££, plus Bluebird K3 restoration

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On test: new Crabber 24. See what happened when we put the Mk 5 version through the wringer, and more!

PBO Nov 2017 cover

In the November 2017 issue of Practical Boat Owner magazine...