Using a router

A power router can make light work of jobs that would otherwise take ages by hand. Julian Peckham has some tips for its use

project boat

John MacKenzie finds himself renovating a war veteran’s Leisure 17 that had resided among chest-high nettles in a field in rural Hampshire for 17 years

Canvas bucket article

Lin and Larry Pardey's step-by-step guide to producing a durable canvas bucket: from the January 1995 issue of Practical Boat Owner magazine.

Blunt tools a problem? Razor-sharp chisels and planes produce a much better job and are easier and safer to use. Julian Peckham shows how it’s done

There’s more to using a simple hand wood plane than first meets the eye. It’s not just a case of screwing a knurled knob in or out to adjust the…

When Tim Powell bought a 30-year-old Gib’Sea 28 he knew that one of his first jobs would be getting the topsides looking like new again. If your gel coat is…

Maintenance of your rigging can save expensive failures and could be a lifesaver - here's how to check your boat's rigging

Much has recently been made in the papers about 3D printing, which can manufacture replacement bones, blood vessels, buildings and weapons, while NASA are even considering using it to construct…

Considering gas is the most dangerous substance likely to be on board, you’d be surprised how far down the list most people place the safety of their gas system. Many…

There’s a great way to own a new boat on a budget – build it yourself. We followed five builders and their projects

Premium bonding: some techniques for getting the most out of sealant without ending up covered in the sticky stuff!

Elmarleen

Eighteen months after winning the 2009 OSTAR in his Sigma 33C, Elmarleen, Will Sayer talks to Ben Meakins about his next challenge...