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16/jul./2021

Do you have trouble maintaining focus toward the end of a tough race or during the last race of a multi-race day? You’re not alone, especially if you’re older. For this post we collected the available wisdom on how to…

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15/jul./2021

Years ago I owned an O’Day 25 on which my family and I explored the coast of British Columbia. Our travels took us from the far reaches of the Salish Sea all the way up to Desolation Sound and beyond, including the remote inlets of the west coast of Vancouver Island. Often, when the rest […]

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15/jul./2021

One of the most painful things I’ve ever done aboard a boat occurred while sailing Shoal Survivor, my PDQ 32 catamaran, off the coast of Virginia with my wife and 15-year-old daughter. Permanent berths were available for the three of us, but when it was hot–and it definitely was on this trip–I’d often sleep on […]

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15/jul./2021

Can electric inboard engines fully replace marine diesels for cruising boats? It's complicated, as Jake Kavanagh reports

The Swedish designed Candela can reach a top speed of 30 knots thanks to its Torqeedo motor and retractable foils

Just a few years ago there were perhaps half-a-dozen manufacturers making electric outboards. Now there are nearly 40. We covered that market in detail last month; here we look at the latest tech for inboard electric solutions – and the remaining unsolved issues – for a hybrid or ‘electric-only’...

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13/jul./2021

Isles of Scilly boat owners asked to 'gently deflect' Wally the Walrus with oars and erect temporary barriers

Boat owners have been asked to block access to their boats. Photo: Tom Owen

Boat owners in St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly have been asked to block bathing platforms and gently deflect Wally the Walrus with an oar if he attempts to board their boats.

The gregarious walrus, who’s come from Svalbard in Norway, has been seeking the company of humans and climbing aboard dinghies and yachts.

Walrus regular passenger on...
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13/jul./2021

The UK coast has one of the richest breeding grounds in Europe, and there’s no better place to spot birds than from the cockpit of your boat, says Genevieve Leaper

Guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes at sea off breeding colony, Fowlsheugh RSPB reserve, Aberdeenshire. All photos: Genevieve Leaper

Sailors have been watching seabirds for thousands of years. Early navigators in the Pacific used their knowledge of how far different birds ranged from land to judge when they were approaching an island. The White tern was known as the ‘...

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09/jul./2021

The official updates to the 2021 PBO Small Craft Almanac published by Adlard Coles

The official updates for the PBO Small Craft Almanac 2021 can be downloaded from the Adlard Coles website – updates for your almanac section. 

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09/jul./2021

Recently, I talked to a sailing instructor who got the opportunity to crew for a top-notch sailor in a national championship regatta. I asked him what he learned. He told me that when the boat was about to sail into…

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09/jul./2021

After a succession of GRP and ferrocement boats, Max Liberson finally fell in love with a wooden 1930s gaff cutter, as told to Ali Wood.

I don’t own Wendy May, she owns me. I’m just the custodian. She was built for an army officer in 1936 by Williams & Parkinson in North Wales. Their brief was to ‘build a boat that can sail around Brittany and dry out on legs’.

She has a frame or rib every 6in and is fantastically strong – so she easily meets that brief.

It’s the most magical thing you can do, sailing an old...

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07/jul./2021

Is this boat seaworthy? Ali Wood gets an insider's view of what the marine surveyor is looking for in a pre-purchase boat survey

Thinking of having a boat survey? If so, take a look at this video of marine surveyor Ben Sutcliffe-Davies as he performs a pre-purchase survey on Maximus, a Maxi 84.

The 43-year-old Swedish-built 28ft cruiser is PBO’s latest Project Boat, donated to us by reader...

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