September 2015 PBO cover


Wiring an engine from scratch – Fitting the ancillaries and installing PBO Project Boat Hantu Biru’s inboard BMW engine

New Volvo in a Moody – Replacing the engine in a Moody 31

PLUS how you can win the PBO Project Boat: Our beloved Snapdragon 23 is up for grabs

PBO Tested -Four-speed winches: Easier sheeting, no electricity

Tablet navigation: Electronics on a budget

Laurent Giles designs: ‘Skill, artistry and innovation’

Troubleshooting telltales: How to read the airflow over your sail

Making cold-moulded hulls: The beauty of wood, the strength of GRP

Converting a launch for easier access: A reader adapts a Rigid Raider to suit the requirements of his disabled daughter

Router masterclass: Tips for working wood

Mastering fore-and-aft mooring: A simple, easy-to-use system explained

BayCruiser 26: Trailability, performance and liveaboard comfort in a 26-footer

Practically a Day Skipper: PBO’s Laura Hodgetts undertakes the RYA Day Skipper Practical course

Tackling hull screw corrosion: Oak dowels to the rescue!

Beguiling Brixham: A charming port with plenty going for it

Land of the Shiants: A two-day visit to the Shiant Islands

Ascension Island: The startlingly beautiful ‘HMS Rock’

Southampton Boat Show preview: Highlights to look out for at the 2015 show

How to avoid being stuck in mud: Hints and tips from the PBO Sketchbook


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

‘Mad about the Boat’ columnist Dave Selby:  Nelson’s fifth columnist

Columnist Sam Llewellyn: Up before the beak – or the Twitterati

Monthly musings from Andrew Simpson: Have Atlantic crossings lost their magic?

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

News: New Channel Islands Rally launched, RYA SafeTrx update… and more

Regional news: £400m Southampton waterfront plans, Annan Harbour reopened… and more

Readers’ letters: your views

Ask the experts: Getting to the bottom of blistering topsides, plus more reader queries answered

New gear: PBO looks at the latest marine products