There are basically four viable options for charging two battery banks on board: Battery switches, twin alternators, split charge diodes, and VSRs. Here's a brief guide to them...
Simple steps to make the winter laying-up process straightforward, painless and effective
A turbocharger on an engine is an effective way to get extra horsepower, improve fuel consumption and emissions. But when a turbo goes wrong it’s definitely time to call in…
Tim Marsden demonstrates how he fashioned a smart pair of cockpit locker lids for his bargain boat using glassfibre and iroko hardwood
After a long winter indoors many 2-stroke outboards are reluctant to start. A simple service should make yours more reliable. Here Steve Dawkins of Bursledon Outboards shows PBO’s Ben Meakins…
Want to add solar panels to your boat, or wonder how to make the most of those you already have? David Berry advises
Torie Morley and Toby Hamer realise a burning ambition to restore a Fireball dinghy– and reveal how Skunk earned her stripes
Ian Pirrie explains how to check the condition of the exhaust elbow on Yanmar GM engines
A power router can make light work of jobs that would otherwise take ages by hand. Julian Peckham has some tips for its use
Ben Meakins tries out some useful temporary sail repair methods that will tide you over until you can get to a sailmaker
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
Experts from International Paint show you how to roll on and tip off paint to get a mirror shine on your new paint job.
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…
We received a deluge of responses when we asked how you keep your log impellers fouling-free. Here are 9 of the best...
Maintenance of your rigging can save expensive failures and could be a lifesaver - here's how to check your boat's rigging
Some tips and tricks to get the best finish possible when varnishing your boat's woodwork
How to remove, inspect, replace if necessary, and refit a Yanmar 1GM10 cylinder head - step-by-step