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Practical tip of the month
The dos and don’ts of gas pipe compression fittings. PLUS: Win a Dremel Driver powertool worth more than £55!

4-stroke maintenance
Expert advice from Honda on maintaining and servicing your 4-stroke outboard motor

Comfy bunks
PBO sketchbook ideas to make your bunks and berths more comfortable and user-friendly

Practical projects
Fitting new inspection hatches, an easier way to sand off old antifouling, plus much more

Flexiteek cockpit table
Step-by-step guide to making a cockpit table using Flexiteek teak alternative

Steaming timbers
How to bend oak timbers using steam



Legend 27 Edge on test
How does Legend’s new power-sailer compare with the competition?

New boats
A multi-purpose dinghy, a Danish performance cruiser, and a fun French weekender

ThaiCats on test
This pair of power-catamarans from Thailand offer something a little different

12 classic beauties
Twelve beautiful and competitive yachts from the drawing board of the legendary Kim Holman

Building a boat in Georgia
With not much money and few resources, a group of friends build a boat against all odds

From wreck to OSTAR racer
How a PBO reader turned his student loan into a single-handed racer for the OSTAR



Great British sailing holidays
No need to travel abroad to charter a yacht – there’s plenty to enjoy right here in Britain

Thwarted by dire straits
A run-in with ancient Greek monsters causes problems in the Strait of Messina

Better boat handling
Advice for springing safely on to a pontoon when strong wind is pushing you off

French canals to the Med
Part one of our three-part guide for sailing to the Med via the French canals, with tips on useful vocabulary, essential gear, and where to lower the mast

Cruising notes
Trail-sailing groups, new restrictions for anchoring in Italy, plus pilot book reviews



5 liferafts tested
You hope never to use it, but the right liferaft for your needs could save you and your crew’s lives. Read PBO’s verdict on the five tested

Mini gear-tests
A look at some of the latest equipment for navigation and communication at sea


Waiting for the tide
News and views from the editor

News and regional news
The latest news from home and abroad

Readers’ letters
Are British marinas fairly priced? Plus CO2 cylinders on lifejackets and a minke whale

Bargains of the month
Special offers from our chandlery pages

Dave Selby
A trophy at last! But what’s it for exactly?

Andrew Simpson
Some sail stupidly; others have class

Sam Llewellyn
Sometimes it pays to say the Minimum!

Ask the experts
Loosening a jammed forestay, antifouling on propellers, charging a bow-thruster battery, and why won’t my GPS pick up a signal?
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Bosun’s bag
Maritime mischief observed by readers