A Elizabethan 31 sailing yacht sailing under a dark sky

Her reputation as an able passage-maker makes the Elizabethan 31 highly sought after by cruising folk, but she’s also a spirited performer, says David Harding

A boat sailing in Poole Harbour

Why has the Maxi 84 proved so popular since her launch 45 years ago? David Harding sailed Maximus, the ‘work in progress’ refurbished PBO Project Boat, to find out

A friend and I once decided that instead of sailing, an August hike might do us good. So we took the coastal path from Branscombe to Bigbury. On the leg…

Boat testing is fun. But testing in the Ionian under an October sun is even better. Quite a few years ago I was invited to join a flotilla as part…

The Nicholson 32 was one of the first production-built GRP yachts of its size. It quickly gained a reputation for being an ultimate go-anywhere cruiser that was also fitted out…

Thirty years ago a small boat might have been anything less than around 24ft. However, that number has since leapt upwards, with many large manufacturers paying scant attention in the…


A performance weekender built in Britain has been missing for a long time – which is why it’s good to meet the BTC-22, says David Harding


Free plans for building your own Nigel Irens 14-footer, and more, in the latest issue of PBO

PBO March 19 cover

Sleep easy at anchor - a twin-hook anchoring technique to keep you safe in the roughest storm - in the latest issue of PBO


Popular classics! 11 great yachts and what they cost today (part 1 post war and 1950s) in the latest issue of PBO


Join the SAIL REVOLUTION: high tech cloth for everyday cruisers, point higher, cruise faster, save £££, plus Bluebird K3 restoration


On test: new Crabber 24. See what happened when we put the Mk 5 version through the wringer, and more!

PBO Nov 2017 cover

In the November 2017 issue of Practical Boat Owner magazine...