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Anchoring short-handed: How to safely drop and retrieve the hook with minimum crew

Seasickness: Why it happens and how to stop it

PBO Tested – MOB beacons: Personal AIS devices to save your life

Swift passage-making: Top tweaks for efficient sailing

Tips to manoeuvre in tight spaces: Close-quarters techniques picked up at the helm of a heavy-displacement ketch

Building a 4.5m dayboat from scratch: Constructing a Navigator from plans

Replacing bearings in a masthead unit: Changing the bearings in the wind speed spinner saves £100

New cockpit seats in synthetic teak: Replacing the tatty slatted seats in a Contessa 26

Reader tips for simple fishing at sea: Securing something to eat on board other than the time-honoured ‘stews’

Moulding a rigid sprayhood in GRP: Replacing a canvas sprayhood with a home-made GRP one

PBO Tested – Fast, French, fun, functional: The RM890: an easy-to-handle performance cruiser

Stranded 25 yards from shore: How a reader’s late-summer sail ended in a cold, wet and dangerous ordeal

Novice Day Skipper sets sail: PBO’s Laura Hodgetts charters a yacht around the Sporades and Gulf of Volos

Sailing with the under-fives: How to make sailing with young children as safe, simple and enjoyable as possible

Rebuilding a mast step: Refurbishing a compressed, water-damaged mast step

Wind turbine replacement: and manufacturing a new rudder, PLUS more reader projects and tips

Deal with cabin condensation: Hints and tips from the PBO Sketchbook


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‘Mad about the Boat’ columnist Dave Selby: Ohm improvements

Columnist Sam Llewellyn: Knowing when to give up

Monthly musings from Andrew Simpson: Keeping an aye on the job

PBO products and services: Books and plans from the PBO Shop

News: A dramatic Round the Island race, floating containers, countdown to Rio… and more

Regional news: Suspected people smugglers arrested, yacht mast hits power lines… and more

Readers’ letters: Your views

Ask the experts: Stripping a Colnebrook furling gear, and more reader queries answered

New gear: PBO looks at the latest marine products

LED and laser flares tested

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