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Discover our new Secret: Introducing PBO’s new project boat – a Secret 20 kit

PBO Tested – Navtex: Obsolete or essential?

Hull polishing: Get a good shine, even on faded gelcoat

Repairing a broken mast: A reader fixes the damaged mast on his Hallberg-Rassy – the result of a collision

Building a boat PC: Tired of lugging a heavy laptop back and forth, a reader resolves to fit a PC system

DIY gas dos and don’ts: Fitting a gas system on your boat? Have your work checked by professionals

Choosing and fixing furlers: Which furler is best for your boat?

Cordless angle grinders: Could one of these help to save your yacht in the event of a dismasting?

The story of Challenge: The last steam tug on the Thames

Little known haunts on the Blackwater: Investigating quieter creeks and shoals

Chasing distant horizons: Part two of Peter K Poland’s look at long-distance production boat adventurers

Django 7.70: A trip to South Brittany to try out the twin-keel version of the 7.70

Ventus 70: A reader installs and assesses a Forgen Ventus 70 wind generator

Improve the rig on a motor-sailer: Making a motor-sailer more manageable by carrying out a few simple tweaks

The best day sailing ever: Sometimes everything simply falls into place on a passage, as a reader recalls

Sailing with cerebral palsy: A lifelong medical condition needn’t impede your single-handed sailing pleasure

Boat charter in Friesland: Taking a traditional flat-bottomed boat around the IJsselmeer and Waddenzee

Portree, the capital of Skye: The rich history of a port fit for kings

Construct a mast hoist: PLUS more reader projects and tips

Deal with halyards and cables: Hints and tips from the PBO Sketchbook


Waiting for the tide: The editor’s welcome to this month’s PBO – sign up for PBO’s free monthly e-newsletter at: http://emails.timeincuk.co.uk/YBW_webcross

‘Mad about the Boat’ columnist Dave Selby: DIY Doctor Dave

Columnist Sam Llewellyn: What is and isn’t OK to jettison over the side

Monthly musings from Andrew Simpson: Favouring the broad-brush approach

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

News: Lessons learned from devastating yacht fire, new marine heritage scheme… and more

Regional news: Navigational warning in Brightlingsea area, Peel Harbour dredging delay… and more

Readers’ letters: Your views

Ask the experts: Sheet slippage and hull flexing problems, and more reader queries answered

New gear: PBO looks at the latest marine products


10 Teak Cleaners tested

We get scrubbing to find out what effect a variety of teak cleaners have on the woodwork of a Sigma…