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, 272, March 2022, cover

Battery buyers guide; Electric propulsion; 7 new generation anchors; Harmony 47 boat test; Round Anglesey in a dinghy and 22 pages of DIY...

Antifouling; budget, eco or longest lifespan?; PBO Project Boat dodgy wiring tackled; Katie McCabe shares her round-Britain adventures; Fairey Swordsman 30 and 20 pages of DIY...

PBO January 2022 cover

Polishing topsides; how does the Drascombe Drifter 22 compare to its predecessor?; Electrifying a classic motorboat; Christmas gifts; plus choosing nav gear and electronics for the PBO Project Boat and…

PBO December 2021 cover

Which kit boat? Build your own boat on a budget; a reader's voyage into the wilderness – 'Skye to Orkney with our dog'; Seacocks explained; plus antifoul and rust removal…

How to fix your engine at sea, a Westerly Centaur 50th anniversary special, and more, in the latest issue of PBO

Robert Braithwaite

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.


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


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