Build a 14ft skiff
Free plans for building your own Nigel Irens 14-footer

Passage planning basics
In the age of GPS John Scott shares his simple and logical system for passage planning on paper

Used boat test: Scanmar 40
If you’re moving up from a classic design like the Contessa 32, this Swedish sporty forty is worth a look

Yacht design by decade
Rupert Holmes on the most influential boats of the 1970s, plus how the Fastnet disaster and IOR changed yacht design forever

Restoring a lugger
Peter Pan was a sorry sight before restoration work began

Lithium 12V battery test
PBO exclusive: a dozen 60-120Ah lithium batteries with integral charge monitoring compared

Post-war project boats
An 87-year-old recalls how Swallows and Amazons inspired three project boats and a life on the water

Charter holiday special
A 24-page destination planner: visit an exotic port, try sailing a different boat or just enjoy a luxury break

Golden Globe lessons
How self-steering, rig failure and barnacles decided this solo round the world race

Perilously off-track
David Sloan discovers that a simple navigational error turned his parents’ Channel hop into a near disaster

Foreshore foraging
How to find incredible edibles: samphire, sea beet and more!

Boarding ladder repair
How to fix a boarding ladder using recycled plastic ‘wood’

Practical Projects
PBO readers’ tips for galley rails and an impeller extractor

PBO Sketchbook
Fit a cockpit table for comfort. Dick Everitt’s illustrated guide

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