Dec 2018 cover

Red carpet restoration
A 40-year-old Contessa 32, a former Joint Services vessel, is revived

Secrets of the superyachts
Stolen ideas from the superyacht yards to give you a little luxury

Round Britain in a Nelson
What could go wrong?

Forward-looking designs
Peter K Poland continues his profile of Bill Dixon’s best work, celebrating the Moody 45DS and AC41

Homecoming of a heroine
A restored Dunkirk Little Ship returns to the beach where she was built

Aft board restoration
Tackling a name plate’s heavy, solid mouldings can be messy

DIY electric outboard
A reader shows how he makes his own battery-powered outboard motor

Electrical wiring
There are various methods of connecting electrical wiring on board, but which is best?

Descaling toilet pipes
Loo pipe scale may be out of sight but ignore it at your peril!

Veneer made easy
Apply veneer to construction plywood – it’s cheaper than buying ready-faced ply

Practical projects
A PBO reader rigs his tiller to simultaneously steer the outboard. Here’s how…

One hull or two?
Can a monohull-loving sailor be swayed by catamaran comforts?

Learning from experience
Testing times for three friends during a sail on the River Blackwater

Hatch cover
How to make your own fixed companionway shelter

New gear
Battery boost start pack, underwater camera and sailing simulator tested

PBO Christmas gift guide
The eSail Sailing Simulator is among our picks for great-value presents

Fun on a Fairline
A new boater takes his family on their very first cruise around the IOW

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