Conventional thinking strongly favours the fitting of intakes and outlets in boat hulls – but some think that theory is full of holes, muses Dave Selby.
Euan Crawford experienced mixed fortunes when he and his girlfriend sailed their uninsured, un-surveyed, 30-year-old Raven 26 from New Zealand to Fiji.
Charmian Entwistle recommends Castlebay, Barra as a charming stopping-off point when visiting the Outer Hebrides...
If you can navigate when you can’t see where you’re going, you’re a genius, says PBO columnist Dave Selby
Technological advances in onboard systems can inspire awe – or something else entirely, says PBO columnist Dave Selby
Your expert print-out-and-throw-away guide to free overwintering and hassle-free maintenance, from PBO columnist Dave Selby
It is claimed that the island of Bornholm has more sunny days than anywhere else in Denmark. In summer the sun does certainly seem to shine constantly, and a high…
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Membership of AAA Acme Select Sea Stuff – a snip at two grand. Sorry, make that three grand, says PBO columnist Dave Selby
Going aloft to the masthead can be tricky at the best of times on a calm day in a marina – and even more so at sea. In our November…
This just in: all the nice girls might not love a sailor after all
Steve Sleight was an author, broadcaster, sailor and boat builder with an infectious enthusiasm and a passion for the very latest “bleeding edge” technologies, writes Rupert Holmes.
storm force winds rattled through the islands during January causing damage to sea defences particularly along Guernsey’s North West coastline, writes John Frankland.
Brain power is still best for calculating weather, wind and tidal information, says Dick Everitt
PBO reader John Apps sails to St Helena, an island so full of superlatives he has to pinch himself to ensure he didn’t dream his visit
Tacking inside a ‘cone’ can help you to harness changes in wind direction, explains Dick Everitt.
As if loss of steering and starting to sink wasn’t bad enough, John Broadhead was forced to keep a cool head and think quickly when he became trapped in a…
"You haven't won the race, if in winning the race you have lost the respect of your competitors." Legendary sailor Paul Elvstrom has died at the age of 88.
I often sail single-handed and picking up mooring buoys can be awkward, so I’ve constructed a lasso line consisting of a 1m length of 6mm chain with 12mm line woven…
It’s vitally important to ensure that the tension of your boat’s rigging is within the correct limits: Alex Bell tests four rig tension gauges to assess their accuracy