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…

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

(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

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

How to scull over the stern: Learn to propel your dinghy using a traditional skill that's still relevant today

Despite the accuracy offered by digital charting, updating electronic charts is a complicated process. Here's how to keep your electronic charts up to date