GPS is not infallible, so it makes sense to know the basics of shaping a rough ‘course to steer’ on a paper chart, says Dick Everitt.
'It’s easy for any sailor to remember how to draw tidal vectors with a handy little aide-mémoire!' Says Dick Everitt.
We delve into a plethora of sailing weather apps and websites in an attempt to discover which ones offer the most comprehensive detail and the best value
Sooner or later most cruising skippers are likely to be faced with having to raft up in a harbour. But it needn’t be a stressful experience...
14 traditional pilotage tips to help you obtain and maintain a fix of your position
Dick Everitt explains how sailors can apply knowledge of tidal streams to ensure that water flow is a help, not a hindrance
Dick Everitt assesses the differences between raster and vector charts when deciding on which chart plotter to buy
Up-to-date printed paper charts are a good bet for identifying your position – but they do have their limits, says Dick Everitt
How do you ensure an efficient reef with a roller-reefing headsail and slab-reefing mainsail? David Harding explains
Dick Everitt gives us a clear picture of the advantages to be gained from using radar to check our navigation
How to make sure your emergency tiller is up to the job should your wheel steering fail at sea
How would you cope if your boat lost its steering at sea? PBO tries a variety of jury steering fixes to see how well they help to regain control
Perceived wisdom is that if you fall overboard, staying tethered to the boat will keep you safe. But is that the case? PBO’s test team conduct some trials… with sobering…
Rupert Holmes describes the course of action he pursued – and the lessons learned – when storm conditions threatened to cause damage to his moored boat
Towing another boat in the confines of a harbour means that you'll need to set up a tow alongside. Here's how...
We examine the techniques of towing and setting up an astern tow at sea, trying out the textbook theories in practice
Fore-and-aft trot moorings are cheaper than marinas and have many advantages - but they can be tricky to pick up. Here's how...
If you want a spinnaker, but don’t have the necessary fittings or equipment on your boat, where do you start?
In many situations, leaving the mooring under power is the only sensible option. But if conditions allow, why not spare the engine and sail off instead? David Harding offers some…
In Pete Goss’ classic account of his Vendée Globe campaign, Close to the Wind, he tells the tale of a boat show encounter with a member of the public who…