PBO August 2016 cover

In the August 2016 issue of Practical Boat Owner...

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

Sam Longley uses soil pipe to protect his boat's bow from marina pontoons

Hurricane-force storms during the winter of 2013/14 caused a lot of damage in the west of Ireland. Beaches were washed away, roads and bridges were destroyed and many piers, jetties…

Off-the-shelf anodised aluminium sections can provide a Meccano-type solution for many structural projects on a boat. I used some to make adjustable brackets for my solar panels. The pivoting bracket…

Here’s my solution for those who still own ancient but trusty Avon Redstart and Redcrest dinghies. I rigged this 20 years ago by fitting a pair of wheels to the…

I wanted to change my main halyard with the mast up. The halyard is inside the mast, exiting at the base and then enclosed under the hatch garage before leading…

PBO deputy editor Ben Meakins racing aboard his Impala Polly at Round the Island Race 2016

Organisers of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race said this year will go down in history as 'a windy edition of the event'.