An RM890 yacht being sailed at sea

If you want an easy-to-handle performance cruiser that stands out from the crowd, have a look at the RM890, suggests David Harding

A proa design boat moored

Roger Nadin on traditional proa design that’s enjoying a kit-boat revival

The Tideway 10 leaving no wake on a cold morning in February

The trailerable Tideway 10 has the benefits of her sister vessel, the Tideway 12, but is lighter and easier to launch and recover by hand

The bow of a liferaft painted in blue, white and red

The basic shape of a traditional lifeboat is a long shallow keel, double ended and beamy – ideal for conversion into a cruising boat

A boat covered in green mould

How do you distinguish a real bargain boat from one that’s not worth restoring, even if it’s free? Rupert Holmes has some sage advice