Practical Boat Owner magazine, May 2023 issue cover

Choosing an electric engine; Managing problems afloat – Jimmy Cornell; Jessica Watson interview; Handheld VHF radios on test; Sail better guide; How to recommission an engine; and 25 pages of DIY…

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Versatile craft

The adaptability of the Orkney Longliner and Sussex beach boat

Choosing a bluewater boat

We ask Atlantic cruisers what makes for the perfect long-distance yacht

Atlantic pioneer

The first woman to sail solo and non-stop from the UK to the USA

Managing problems afloat

Practical tips for stress-free sailing

PBO Project Boat: Summer on Maximus

Fixing a mast gate and a fuel tank diesel leak

How to recommission an engine

Finding out if an old engine is a viable proposition

Electric inboard

A project to convert a classic motorboat to battery power

Install a temperature alarm

Prevent costly engine damage

Boom preventer set-up

How to rig a boom preventer for safer downwind sailing

Outboard flushing

An easy way to flush an outboard with fresh water

Ways to get on board

Tips for getting on and off the boat safely via a bow ladder

Safety kit for family sailing

Lifejackets, flares and MOB alarms

Choosing an electric engine

Is converting your boat to electric power worth the investment?

Easy hoisting

Take the strain out of winch grinding

Handheld VHF radios tested

No skipper should be without a ‘mobile’ VHF, but which suits you?

Pregnant in a sinking dinghy

Misadventure off the Donegal coast

Panama and beyond

Transiting the Panama Canal

Jessica Watson

The sailor on the new Netflix film about her record circumnavigation