How to make sure your emergency tiller is up to the job should your wheel steering fail at sea

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

how to tow alongside

Towing another boat in the confines of a harbour means that you'll need to set up a tow alongside. Here's how...

Towing astern

We examine the techniques of towing and setting up an astern tow at sea, trying out the textbook theories in practice

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…

(C) Ben MEakins

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…

Telltales: how they work, how to use them to steer a close-hauled course and how to interpret their behaviour

Cornish Shrimpers in Poole Week. Credit: David Harding/SailingScenes

With modern designs in the classic style becoming ever more popular, David Harding offers some tips on getting the best from a gaffer

If space is tight or the weather looks unsettled, it’s worth having a few skills up your sleeve to make the most of a tricky anchorage. Here are 6 tips...

An aide-memoire to using a handbearing compass, transits and bearings for quick and easy coastal pilotage