May 2016 PBO cover

Modern navigation: How to get the best from digital and paper charts

PBO TESTED – Cordless drills: The boat owner’s friend: but which one should you buy?

Boats to take you anywhere: Early GRP designs that changed sailing forever

PBO TESTED – B&G Vulcan 5 chart plotter: An exclusive first test

How the Bermudan rig is changing: The most popular rig continues to evolve

The truth about metal fatigue: Troubleshooting and preventative checks

How to check your boat’s gas system: Ensuring that you’re safe and legal

More speed under sail: How to fit a folding prop

Take in Torquay: Sailing in the ‘English Riviera’

Hunter’s fleet: All about an historic boatyard and its classic hire fleet

PBO TESTED – Allures and Exploration: On the water in two aluminium hulled 45-footers

A fluke occurrence: A reader’s boat collides with a whale

Cape of Storms: 200 miles from Cape Town, a reader prays for a change in wind strength or direction

Beaulieu Boatjumble preview: Bargains galore, PLUS PBO’s Ask the Experts LIVE!

WIN a weekend at Beaulieu: Two Boatjumble tickets, a Michelin-starred meal and a stay in a luxury Beaulieu hotel

Block: tackled: Restoring an Austin Rover Maestro engine to use as a boat spare, part two

Make a new floor for your inflatable: Add strength and save weight

Repair weeping seacocks: AND make boat cushion covers, plus more reader projects and tips

Using fridges and ice boxes: Hints and tips from the PBO Sketchbook


Waiting for the tide: PBO deputy editor Ben Meakins welcomes you to the magazine – sign up for PBO’s free monthly e-newsletter at:

‘Mad about the Boat’ columnist Dave Selby: From tea towel to ensign, and vice versa

Columnist Sam Llewellyn: Extraordinary hardships of ordinary sailors

Monthly musings from Andrew Simpson: The spare necessities of life

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

News: Man overboard praises rescuers, mummified sailor found on drifting yacht… and more

Regional news: Multiple-rescue pair quit voyage, more berths for St Andrews Harbour… and more

Readers’ letters: Your views

Ask the experts: Whether or not to fit running backstays, plus more reader queries answered

New gear: PBO looks at the latest marine products