Expert advice from Practical Boat Owner, including boat maintenance, repairs and money saving tips.

A group of people mast raising on a yacht

If you’re thinking of hiring a boatyard crane to step your mast, why not consider this low-tech, low-cost alternative? Rupert Holmes shows how it’s done

A motorboat on a trailer

Having already built a dinghy and a dayboat, Ben Russell decided to design and construct an 18ft Selway Fisher Clyde motorboat