We are building on the success of Practical Boat Owner magazine's Ask the Experts pages by bringing PBO Ask the Experts Live to Beaulieu Boatjumble!

For this new attraction, we are teaming up with Beaulieu and the RYA Active Marina team to host a PBO Ask the Experts Live marquee area from 9.30am to 6pm on Sunday, 26 April 2015.

Join us for free practical presentations, demonstrations and the chance to quiz the experts about your boating questions.

We’ll also be showcasing the PBO Project Boat, Hantu Biru – a Snapdragon 23 that was bought as a wreck on eBay and restored over two-and-a-half years.

When we were at the Southampton Boat Show with the PBO Project Boat, one of the most frequently asked questions was ‘How did you achieve that amazing paintwork?’ At the next Beaulieu Boatjumble, we’ll show you!

The PBO Ask the Experts Live area will be held in an undercover marquee, with the potential to open up the sides if the weather is fine. It will be located in a prime spot, to the left of the visitor entrance.

We’ll soon be sharing a detailed itinerary and details of how to book a free place in advance at our dedicated web page: www.pbo.co.uk/expertslive

Confirmed topics and experts so far include:

  • Basic fibreglass skills
  • Using sealants
  • Painting your boat’s hull
  • Basic diesel engine maintenance
  • Polishing and restoring faded fibreglass
  • Lifejacket servicing
  • Surveys
  • Electronics and radar
  • Preparing your boat for long distance cruising
  • A liferaft demonstration
  • Using tablets for navigation
  • Knots and splices



Basic fibreglass skills
Wessex Resins will share their expertise with some hands-on demonstrations of using epoxy and fibreglass to refit and repair your boat.


Using sealants
Sika‘s technical services expert Gareth Ross will be giving a talk with demonstrations on how to use sealants for bonding and waterproofing on board


Painting your boat’s hull – how to get a perfect finish!

Painting the project boat inside and out

Learn how to paint your boat’s hull at the Ask the Experts Live event at Beaulieu BoatJumble

Experts from International Paint will show you how to roll-on and tip-off paint to get a mirror-shine on your new paint job!

Basic diesel engine maintenance

The RYA team will give their top tips to keep your diesel engine in tip-top order.

Polishing and restoring faded fibreglass

Silky Marine will share their expertise with hands-on demonstrations showing how to make your gelcoat shine again.

Lifejacket servicing

The RNLI will show how to service your inflatable lifejacket, as well as keeping it in good order and some safety tips.



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Independent surveyor Nick Vass will be talking about what to look for when looking at a potential purchase, identifying common problems that show their heads during surveys, with examples of fittings that have been condemned.

Electronics and radar
Independent expert Alan Watson will show you how to get the most out of your Radar and electronic instruments

Preparing your boat for long distance cruising

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World Cruising Club director Jeremy Wyatt will be offering top tips on how to get your cruiser ready for adventure.


A liferaft demonstration by Ocean Safety

Ocean Safety will be demonstrating how to fire a liferaft and giving you the chance to look inside and familiarise yourself with the raft and its safety equipment


Using tablets for navigation
Navigation apps

Visitmyharbour.com‘s Steve Bryant and the team’s harbour research man Don Thomson will give a talk about using tablets for navigation on boats, accompanied by plenty of demonstration equipment.

In addition,  Navionics will be sharing their expertise on electronic charts.

Knots and splices

Reef Knot

Reef Knot

A rigging expert will be on hand to give practical demonstrations on useful splices, and you can practice your knots, learn new ones and teach your kids on the RYA Active Marina team’s knot wall.

We will be announcing more demonstrations soon – watch this space!

Discount ticket code

Visit the Beaulieu Boatjumble website. Don’t forget to quote PBOMAG15 to get a 15% discount on advance boatjumble tickets valid from now until 19 April 2015.

Beaulieu Boatjumble is taking place on Sunday, 26 April 2015.

Beaulieu Boatjumble 2015

Beaulieu Boatjumble 2015 Map

A free Beaulieu Boatjumble 2015 map