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

Photo: Enya being lifted out to inspect the swing keel Sailing is full of compromises and boats with swing keels are one of them. They will never be as fast or…

Fixing a tear A big tear in the body of the sail looks dramatic but is easy to fix. Don’t use sail repair tape –  PSA adhesive backed sailcloth is…

Halyards need taking out of the mast if you’re unstepping the mast or the line needs replacing. It is pretty straightforward, but there are a few steps to follow to…