We are building on the success of Practical Boat Owner magazine's Ask the Experts pages by bringing PBO Ask the Experts live to Beaulieu Boatjumble for the second year running!

We’re teaming up with Beaulieu Boatjumble to host a PBO Ask the Experts Live marquee area from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday, 24 April 2016 at the Hampshire country estate.

PBO Ask the Experts Live at Beaulieu Boatjumble

PBO Ask the Experts LIVE! Talks and demonstrations schedule

Join us for free practical presentations, demonstrations and the chance to quiz the experts about your boating questions.

PBO experts LIVE! coming soon

9.30am-10am: Liferaft demonstration

Andy Cook, general manager for Viking Life-Saving Equipment will be discussing the importance of getting your safety equipment serviced, complete with a demonstration liferaft inflation. He will also be on hand to assist and give advice on all aspects of marine safety and to answer servicing questions.

Viking liferaft

Andrew said: ‘Viking Life-Saving Equipment Ltd is very excited about being involved with the PBO Ask the Experts Live, where our trained staff will give a demonstration on how to deploy a raft and the critical points as to why a raft should be serviced regularly’

10.30am: Cooking on board

David Wells, a catering, events and hospitality management lecturer at South Devon College, will be demonstrating how tasty, inventive dishes such as smoked haddock cream kedgeree can be prepared on just one or two gas burners in limited galley space.

David Wells, South Devon College lecturer

David Wells, South Devon College lecturer

David, who has previous experience in catering on board ships and yachts, said: ‘We all love to eat, and many of us equate healthy eating with boring, tasteless, complicated meals. This doesn’t have to be that way; it is possible to eat full-flavoured, quick and easy foods you truly love whilst also improving your health and nutritional balance at sea.’

Andy Wright, centre manager at Noss Marine Academy and a South Devon College lecturer, will also be attending to share details about the college’s maritime opportunities.

11am-11.20am: How to prepare your boat for long-distance cruising

Practical ideas and top tips gleaned from 30 years of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers.

ARC provisioning guru Clare Pengelly

ARC guru Clare Pengelly

11.30am-11.50am: Tips/pitfalls for buying and selling boats

Paul Singer

Paul Singer

Paul Singer of Yachting Brokers, the secretary and treasurer of British Marine South West, will be sharing top tips and revealing the pitfalls of buying and selling boats, while his colleague Cory Cuff from Bartons Solicitors will be offering advice about some of the legal pitfalls.

12pm-12.45pm: Varnishing made easy

International Paint’s chemist Kate Moss will return to Experts LIVE! this time to share her expertise on how to prep and apply varnish on boats.

International Paint's Roger Bolton and Kate Moss at PBO Ask the Experts Live 2015

International Paint’s Roger Bolton and Kate Moss at PBO Ask the Experts Live 2015

Kate said: ‘International are very grateful to be invited back to the 2016 Ask the Experts Live tent at Beaulieu. Last year’s event was a great success, with hundreds of people coming to talk to us to get practical help on all aspects of painting their boat. The focus for the demonstration this year is varnishing and we will be covering various topics – from surface preparation and old varnish removal, to application and repair techniques, as well as maintenance during the season. We look forward to seeing you there!’

1pm-1.45pm: Effective epoxy


David Johnson from WEST SYSTEM Epoxy from Wessex Resins will demonstrate the safe and effective handling of WEST SYSTEM Epoxy products in the repair and fit out of wood and glass fibre on your boat.

2pm-2.45pm: Engine maintenance

Golden Arrow Marine presentation at PBO Ask the Experts Live

Golden Arrow Marine presentation at PBO Ask the Experts Live

Golden Arrow Marine’s Dave Hill will return to Experts LIVE! for a second year with a practical demonstration on how to keep diesel engines in tip-top shape.

3pm-3.20pm: Gas safety

Marine gas engineer Peter Draper (Nautigas)

Marine gas engineer Peter Draper (Nautigas)

Marine gas engineer Peter Draper of Nautigas will be sharing his 40 years (and counting) experience. Peter, who is City and Guilds qualified, first took a boat to sea aged 10. He is a sport diving boat skipper and an HSE3 commercial diver, and for over a decade has owned and restored a 1927 Dunkirk Little Ship, Caronia, based in Chichester Marina.

3.30pm-4pm: Essential sealant tips and tricks

DSC_0314cmykpboSika’s technical services expert Gareth Ross will return to Experts LIVE! to demonstrate how to use sealants for bonding and waterproofing on board.

Sika technical services expert Gareth Ross

Gareth said: ‘I am delighted to be representing Sika once again at ‘Ask the Experts Live’. Last year’s event was a huge success for us and we enjoyed a very positive response from those that attended and a huge amount of interest in our products and how to correctly apply them. We look forward to providing another informative demonstration showing participants how to use Sika Marine products correctly and with confidence.

4.10pm: Cooking on board

For his second easy but inventive boat meal recipe, David Wells from South Devon College will be making king prawn marinated with oranges, couscous salad, plus another surprise dish.

Ongoing throughout the day:

Lifejacket clinic

RNLI safety advisor Mike Hannam at PBO Ask the Experts Live

RNLI safety advisor Mike Hannam at PBO Ask the Experts Live 2015

RNLI community safety resources and development coordinator Mike Hannam will once again be hosting a free lifejacket clinic.

Mike said: ‘The RNLI Community Safety team will be participating in the PBO Ask the expert Live event at Beaulieu boat jumble. We will be on hand to offer expert, impartial and free advice to water users particularly in the choosing and maintenance of lifejackets.

‘Advice on carrying suitable means of calling for help and many other things to make our day on or near the water safer. We will as usual have our mobile display unit where you can visit and get advice before making your boat jumble purchases. This may save you money in making the wrong choice. Our target is to reduce preventable drowning by 50% by 2014.’

Electronics on board

Navigation apps
PBO tester Alan Watson will once again be manning a stand, this time to offer his encyclopædic expertise about radar and electronics on board.

Alan Watson

You can just turn up on the day!

PBO subscription offer

PBO May 16 cover square


Visit the PBO stand in the Experts LIVE! marquee to find out the latest subscription deals available for Practical Boat Owner magazine, Britain’s biggest-selling boating magazine.

Sign up for £18 (based on a six-monthly direct debit) and get a free Aquapac Dry Bag (while stocks last). You can also buy the latest issue for £1 and get a free sachet of Swarfega hand cleaner and a PBO keyring (while stocks last).

Beaulieu Boatjumble is taking place on Sunday, 24 April 2016

Quote PBOMAG16 for 15% off boatjumble tickets.

Find out more at www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/boatjumble