Handheld VHF radios

A vital piece of kit in any boat cockpit, Alex Bell and a PBO test team check out popular handheld radios for effectiveness and ease of use

7x50 compass binoculars on test

Alex Bell and a PBO test team focus their attention on 10 sets of 7x50 compass binoculars, checking them for efficiency, accuracy, clarity of image and ease of reading

Diesel bug treatments tested

Diesel bug can clog filters and starve your boat engine of fuel just when you need it most. Can diesel bug treatments kill it off? We test 12 to find

PBO collision avoidance software gear test

Ben Meakins puts Raymarine’s new Lighthouse AIS update through its paces in Southampton Water

LED and laser flares claim to replace pyrotechnic flares on board: but how do they compare with a traditional flare and an LED torch?

forward looking sonar

How effective is forward-looking sonar at flagging up shoals and obstacles on the seabed? David Pugh compares the findings from five devices

We get scrubbing to find out what effect a variety of teak cleaners have on the woodwork of a Sigma 38 moored on the River Itchen

We test 7 storm jibs, including wrap around and sleeved sails, to find out the best options for your boat

When your boat’s being battered by a storm and you want to ride things out, a drogue will make things more comfortable. But which one should you buy? Ben Meakins…

Padlocks test

Ben Meakins utilises a saltwater spray tank, bolt croppers and a hacksaw to assess the effectiveness (or otherwise) of a selection of padlocks when it comes to preventing boat break-ins

Compact freshwater hose test

How portable, practical and useable are cassette-type hoses? Ben Meakins wrestles with the problem, tests six models and promises not to gush

Waterproof phone cases test

Greg Goulding assesses a range of waterproof phone cases to see how they cope with conditions at sea and during day-to-day life

PBO Tested-handheld searchlights

Alex Bell and a PBO test team compare a variety of handheld lamps, meanwhile assessing LEDs versus incandescent bulbs, with some illuminating results

Pontos winches

A range of four-speed winches from Pontos is claimed to offer more speed for race boats and more power for cruisers – but do they deliver? David Harding finds out

Being able to leave the helm for short periods of time is made much easier with something to hold the tiller for you. We compared three tiller locks for effectiveness,…