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Challenge To Meet Every British Harbour Master Continues
A retired businessman is halfway through an odyssey to circumnavigate Britain and meet every Harbour Master along the way. In 2020, Mark Ashley-Miller sailed his 34ft Nauticat 331 Good Dog from Oban to Skye via Mull; the length of the Outer Hebrides
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Choosing Antifouling
Choosing the right antifouling is one of the most crucial sailing decisions you’ll make all year. New sails, carefully tensioned rigging and vigilant balance and trim are worthless if beneath your boat resides a malevolent hybrid between a coral reef
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When Night Nav Goes Wrong…
“You’ve got to be joking!” muttered Susie from deep under the duvet, ‘This is meant to be a holiday!’ She had a point. Four in the morning is not the sort of time you expect to be getting up in the middle of a holiday, and I have to say that I wasn’t
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Call For Post-Brexit Reconsideration
Ongoing lack of clarity from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) threatens a disastrous ripple effect across the pleasure boating sector and the marine industry, warns the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and British Marine. Since well before the Withdrawal
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Mastering The Rigging
Late last summer we bought an Eagle 525, a lovely pocket sailing cruiser, for our retirement. It was our first foray into keelboat ownership. We’re by no means inexperienced, having sailed on and off for over 50 years, but most of our sailing has bee
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Manchester Boatbuilding Company
My best friend, Will Heslop, and I were both students attending good universities, both lining ourselves up for internships in our last summer before adulthood. But when the pandemic led to the cancellation of Will’s internship and ended my search fo
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New Gear
Like it or not, marine electronics manufacturers are increasingly talking of moving towards the level of seamless integration and apparent simplicity that we are accustomed to in our cars. One company that’s arguably ahead of the game in this respect
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Diary Dates
Events may be subject to COVID-19 restrictions. Check with organisers ■ RYA Cruising Conference, 21 March, Expert advice and updates on EU travelling. £10 for non-members, ■ Thames Valley Boat Show, 9-11 April, Penton Hook Marina, Surre
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West Country To The Scillies
Like many people, we have found the winter COVID restrictions particularly trying, and are pinning our hopes on a safe summer to come. The memory of the weeks we did manage to spend on the water last year has certainly lifted our spirits. There was a
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Timeless Classics
with the editor To receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, go to our website: Boating is a good example of a timeless pursuit. It will take up every spare moment, for one thing, and before you know it, you’ve spent most of your l
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The Best Way To Protect A Boat’s Bow
Got a question? Email Here’s just a selection of the latest questions from PBO readers. Email or write to the address on page 5 and our experts will answer your queries Q I attach a photo of damage done recently to the prow on my Om
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New Award Launched
PBO’s sister title Yachting Monthly has launched the Brian Black Memorial Award for marine environmental journalism. The award is in memory of filmmaker, lifelong sailor and YM contributor Brian Black and his wife, Lesley, who was a sailor and author
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or write to us at the address on page 5. Photos are appreciated, letters may be edited. I read with interest the recent article by Peter Poland about modern gaffers and the advantages of the gaff rig design were well described. However, I was disappo
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Virtual Sailability conference
More than 200 delegates came together to discuss regrouping, restarting and rebuilding at the first virtual Sailability national conference. Global ambassador for disability sport, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, inspired all those in attendance with h
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Albin Vega
Price: £4,000-£8,000 In the 1960s there were many designs that attempted to capitalise on the success of the Folkboat, while offering more space and the economies of building in fibreglass. The 27ft Albin Vega was the most commercially successful of
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Future PLC Pinehurst 2, Pinehurst Road, Farnborough, Hants, GU14 7BF Editorial Tel: 0330 390 6467 Email Editor Rob Melotti Features Editor Alison Wood News Editor Laura Hodgetts
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‘We’ll Learn And Come Back Stronger’
Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team has been knocked out of the Prada Cup final by their Italian rivals in light-wind conditions. Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli won the Series 7-1 over Ainslie’s INEOS Team UK. At the time of going to press, the Italian te
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Which Antifouling Suits Your Boat?
Most cruising yachts will at most scrub off once per season, and many go from launch to haul-out without mid-season attention. To cope with this, manufacturers recommend using eroding antifouling paints, which will continually refresh the surface and
Practical Boat Owner2 min cititeTechnology & Engineering
Convert AA Batteries To Fit Size D
Size D batteries are used in most lifebuoy lights and in some bigger torches. However AA is the size you’re most likely to find ‘lying around’ in an emergency. What many people don’t realise is that an AA is the same length as a size D, so it will wo
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South Coast And Channel Islands
Send us your local news stories. Email PBO news editor Laura Hodgetts at, tel: 0330 390 6467, or write to the address on page 5 Redevelopment of Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour is to be completed in time for the marina’s 50th anniversa
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Cornish Shrimper celebration
Following on from the Crabber 24 MkI, the Shrimper 19 put designer Roger Dongray and builder Cornish Crabbers even more firmly on the map. It remains the company’s most popular boat. This year the owners association, possibly one of the largest anywh
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Najad 380
Price: £160,000-£190,000 The sea keeping qualities of this Judel/Vrolijk design from 2007 have been proven beyond doubt by Jean Socrates, whose Naiad 380 Nereida has now completed three circumnavigations via the Great Capes. The last one, completed w
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The first phases of the Thomas Telford Corpach Marina – a community enterprise run through the Caol Regeneration Company – are on track to open this summer. When fully complete the marina will provide a Scottish west coast sanctuary for visitors to t
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Hallberg-Rassy Rasmus 35
Price: £25,000-£33,000 When the first two all-mahogany boats were built in the mid 1960s, no one would have predicted this sturdy long keel 35-footer would became the blueprint for success of what would become one of Europe’s best known boatbuilders.
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Malo 36
Price: £90,000-£120,000 This two cabin aft cockpit design, built from 1996 to 2006, blends good sea keeping abilities with a high degree of comfort. It also packs in a lot of accommodation for a 36-footer of this era. There’s top quality woodwork thr
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A Fresh Start
Sam Llewellyn writes nautical thrillers and edits The Marine Quarterly. He is currently patching up a 30ft ketch It has been a weird old winter, but spring may be less weird, and we may even be allowed to go to sea again. Where, though, is the questi
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Sweden Yachts 340
Price: £35,000-£55,000 This well-known yard grew out of the project to build Sweden’s Pelle Petterson-designed challenger for the 1977 America’s Cup and quickly gained a reputation for its high quality performance cruisers. However it’s Peter Norlin
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How To Check Your Rigging
There are plenty of ways that a mast or its rigging can fail, but there are often key telltale signs that a problem is about to develop. Fatigue is one of the biggest factors when it comes to the issues that lead to problems and lack of articulation
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Cruising Achievements Celebrated
Despite the pandemic, the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Awards subcommittee found many cruising achievements to recognise in 2020. The OCC Barton Cup, which salutes an exceptional voyage, goes to Bert ter Hart whose non-stop, unsponsored, solo circumnavi
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