Liveaboard boat owner Chris Tunstall of Portland Marina was picked at random to scoop all the top 10 items of PBO’s big Christmas giveaway.

The prize, which represented our pick of the best-on-test items of 2015, is worth more than £3,000. Thank to the generosity of the manufacturers it included two Pontos Compact winches, a weatherproof Diskus padlock courtesy of, a B&G Vulcan 7 plotter, a Mirka Deros 650CV ‘dust-free’ sander, a 1kg bag of Gin Gins Caramels, Meridian Zero 20m flat hose, Musto-Clark Orson Drift deck shoes, Draper Expert 5W CREE LED Waterproof Torch, TillerClutch and LifeProof Nuud waterproof phone case.

Newly-retired Chris, 59, who lives aboard his 985 Westerly Corsair, said: ‘I’m just really chuffed I won something. I was gobsmacked about the value. £3,000 is a lot of money. It’s great timing because I was just thinking I had to either get one of my winches replaced or swap the one that’s least used for the one that’s most used.

‘Aside from a £50 premium bond, that’s the first time I’ve ever won anything.’

Chris’s boat is currently in the boatyard where it is undergoing a refit. He added: ‘I’m hoping to relaunch in early summer. When I finish the refit and my partner retires we’re going to head off to the Med or the Caribbean and see where the boat takes us.’


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