Lifeboat towing yacht

Imagine that the lifeboat is on the way to take you in tow. Do you sit and wait, in the knowledge that the lifeboat’s crew will assess the situation and…

The tall ship Astrid wreck after sinking 26th July 2013. Photograph courtesy of Sub Sea Marine

A damning investigation into the grounding of the Tall Ship Astrid, which sank off west Cork, Ireland in 2013 has found a catalogue of failures and breaches of international regulations.

CGI image of proposed Salterns Marina Ltd development West Quay Road Poole

Salterns Marina Ltd is applying for planning permission to build a new mixed use development on the South Coast.

Catching supper with hook and line is a pastime most yachtsmen will attempt at some time or other, but why do some fishermen enjoy more luck with the rod than…

When I bought my new inflatable, I did some research into the different outboard motor locks available. My conclusion was that they were expensive, and many seemed likely to corrode…

The forward under-seat locker in the saloon of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 34.2 is of a fairly generous size, but its use is somewhat restricted due to the possibility of…

Rigging screw covers cost approximately £10 each, so for my Westerly Centaur I would have needed to spend around £60 to cover all six. Instead, I used a 2m length…

Jerry Armitage found a kitchen utensil rail from Ikea was ideal for keeping his boat's cockpit locker organised

Having upgraded from a Hurley 22 to a Westerly Griffon we now have a cockpit locker that can easily swallow whatever we throw into it. The problem is, everything seems…

A boat move in the marina required me to go astern the full length of a narrow fairway between two long pontoons and turn 90° to port at the very end.…

I needed a pair of oars for my 1954-vintage 12ft standing lug dinghy and managed to find a couple of old ones – although they were not a matching pair,…

We have a 25-year-old Westerly Konsort called Flycatcher, and last year I replaced the conventional 5W bulbs in the six berthlights with LED fittings, reducing the power consumption by about…

Adding a third battery

When I bought her new, my boat had just a single 75Ah domestic battery, best described as adequate if you remained frugal with the amps. But having sunk the children’s…

Baking bread on a boat

Baking bread on a boat need not create a floury mess and produce sinkfuls of washing-up. When victualling for your cruise, pack into a sealable two-litre oblong plastic container one…

Single-handed sailing requires forethought and a little extra preparation – no more so than when coming alongside. I had this idea a few years ago which cost virtually nothing and…

Ian Bray shows how he designed his replacement sprayhood to fold down and convert to a spray-dodging windscreen