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How to make a heavy duty boathook

HOW TO MAKE A HEAVY DUTY BOATHOOK

Tony Riches assembled a bespoke heavy duty boathook from an ash bargepole and a hook commissioned from a local blacksmith As the owner...

Make your own drawstring kit bag without metal eyelets - US Army style

MAKE YOUR OWN DRAWSTRING KIT BAG WITHOUT METAL EYELETS - US ARMY STYLE

David Parker makes a traditional drawstring kit bag with a twist after finding an old US Army kitbag at a garden sale OLYMPUS DIGITAL...

 
 
 
Twin galley sink won't drain - what do I do?

TWIN GALLEY SINK WON'T DRAIN - WHAT DO I DO?

Simon James improves the dodgy drainage from his twin galley sink set-up and David Mead devises a plywood spanner to reach into the...

How to make your own cockpit awning as a DIY practical project

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN COCKPIT AWNING AS A DIY PRACTICAL PROJECT

Ann Berry shows how she designed a bigger boom tent shade for her cruising yacht at a total cost of £140 We needed more shade on Aderyn...

 
 
 
How to make your own sprayhood or bimini as a DIY project

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SPRAYHOOD OR BIMINI AS A DIY PROJECT

Ann Berry describes how an industrial sewing machine could save you thousands of pounds if your canvaswork is worn out and you want...

DIY on video - one proud Contest 43 owner shares his onboard improvements

DIY ON VIDEO - ONE PROUD CONTEST 43 OWNER SHARES HIS ONBOARD IMPROVEMENTS

PBO reader Nitzan Sneh shows PBO around his Contest 43 on video - and find out how to share your own DIY on video content with us as...

 
 
 
How to buy PBO Digital for your computer, phone, tablet or eReader

HOW TO BUY PBO DIGITAL FOR YOUR COMPUTER, PHONE, TABLET OR EREADER

If you want to read PBO in digital format here's how you do it. PBO Digital is the best way to get the full magazine experience if...

How to make a customised plywood-epoxy box - no screws or nails

HOW TO MAKE A CUSTOMISED PLYWOOD-EPOXY BOX - NO SCREWS OR NAILS

David Parker makes quick work of these lightweight and strong wooden boxes using fast curing epoxy to house fragile items on board...

 
 
 
Seized outboard engine - how to bring a Mariner 2hp back to life

SEIZED OUTBOARD ENGINE - HOW TO BRING A MARINER 2HP BACK TO LIFE

Ben Meakins revives a seized outboard engine - a trusty 2hp Mariner motor that can benefit from spare parts badged as a Yamaha 2hp...

Make your own impeller extractor - two DIY ideas that save money

MAKE YOUR OWN IMPELLER EXTRACTOR - TWO DIY IDEAS THAT SAVE MONEY

Two completely different approaches to making your own seawater impeller extractor - which one grabs you the most? Which DIY raw water...

 
 
 
How to restore a manual windlass as a DIY practical project

HOW TO RESTORE A MANUAL WINDLASS AS A DIY PRACTICAL PROJECT

James Brooking bought a second-hand Lofrans Royal windlass but it was completely seized - so he brought it back to life I don't object...

How to splice your own V-Bridle with Jimmy Green Marine *promotional post*

HOW TO SPLICE YOUR OWN V-BRIDLE WITH JIMMY GREEN MARINE *PROMOTIONAL POST*

Mooring with a V-bridle has many benefits, says James Green of Jimmy Green Marine How to make a mooring bridle with Jimmy Green Marine...

 
 
 
Battery maintenance for boat owners: How to look after your boat batteries

BATTERY MAINTENANCE FOR BOAT OWNERS: HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR BOAT BATTERIES

Rupert Holmes on the importance of battery maintenance for boat owners: why you should look after your boat batteries and what you...

Electric deck gear: buyer's guide to powered winches, handles and furlers

ELECTRIC DECK GEAR: BUYER'S GUIDE TO POWERED WINCHES, HANDLES AND FURLERS

From the cockpit to the pulpit, there are devices on the market that can help take the strain out of sailing. Duncan Kent reports Maybe...

 
 
 
How to increase stowage aboard your boat

HOW TO INCREASE STOWAGE ABOARD YOUR BOAT

Rupert Holmes shares some top tips on how to maximise the useful space and increase stowage on board any boat Few boats are well organised...

Which battery is best for my boat? How to increase battery capacity on board

WHICH BATTERY IS BEST FOR MY BOAT? HOW TO INCREASE BATTERY CAPACITY ON BOARD

Duncan Kent describes the various types of lead-acid battery technologies vs Lithium and explains how to add an extra battery to your...

 
 
 
Lithium batteries for boats reviewed - 12 of the best lithium boat batteries tested

LITHIUM BATTERIES FOR BOATS REVIEWED - 12 OF THE BEST LITHIUM BOAT BATTERIES TESTED

Emrhys Barrell tests a dozen 12V lithium batteries with integral charge monitoring and the results are surprising Lithium batteries...

Yacht design in the 2010s - radical ideas and a new golden age?

YACHT DESIGN IN THE 2010S - RADICAL IDEAS AND A NEW GOLDEN AGE?

Boat ownership is changing and designs are taking a radical new direction. Is now the golden age of yachting? asks Rupert Holmes A...

 
 
 
The 21st century yacht designs that have already become classics - part 1

THE 21ST CENTURY YACHT DESIGNS THAT HAVE ALREADY BECOME CLASSICS - PART 1

Rupert Holmes looks at the most influential and trend-setting boats from the first decade of the 21st Century Beneteau First 27.7 is...

Popular yacht designs of the 1990s

POPULAR YACHT DESIGNS OF THE 1990S

Rupert Holmes reviews the popular trends in yacht design and boatbuilding in the 1990s, highlighting some of the stand-out models A...

 
 
 



First patients admitted to pop-up coronavirus hospital NHS Nightingale

First patients admitted to pop-up coronavirus hospital NHS Nightingale

The hospital has now admitted its first coronavirus patients The first patients have been admitted to temporary hospital NHS Nightingale. A spokesperson said: ‘Our first... Read more ...

Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey will donate $1bn of his personal...

Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey will donate $1bn of his personal wealth to coronavirus relief

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who is worth $3.3billion, will donate $1billion to coronavirus relief, the largest contribution from a single individual. Read more ...

Chelsea hero and league record scorer admitted to hospital

Chelsea hero and league record scorer admitted to hospital

Chelsea favourite Jimmy Greaves has been admitted to hospital, it was announced last night. The former Blues, England, Tottenham and West Ham striker had a severe stroke some... Read more ...

Coronavirus: Canadian Grand Prix becomes ninth F1 race to be called off this...

Coronavirus: Canadian Grand Prix becomes ninth F1 race to be called off this year

The Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal has joined a growing list of Formula One races postponed due to the new coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, with the 2020 season yet to get on... Read more ...

Donald Trump sends 200 ventilators to the UK after London called to say it...

Donald Trump sends 200 ventilators to the UK after London called to say it 'needed them desperately'

Speaking at his daily White House briefing, President Trump said: 'The UK called today and they wanted to know would it be possible to get 200 and we're going to work it out... Read more ...

Tottenham confirm club legend Jimmy Greaves taken to hospital for treatment

Tottenham confirm club legend Jimmy Greaves taken to hospital for treatment

Tottenham released a statement late on Tuesday night in which they confirmed that club legend Jimmy Greaves has been taken to hospital for treatment Read more ...

Jack Whitehall 'in lockdown with stunning model and Leonardo DiCaprio's...

Jack Whitehall 'in lockdown with stunning model and Leonardo DiCaprio's former flame Roxy Horner'

Jack Whitehall has found new love with stunning model and Leonardo DiCaprio's former flame, Roxy Horner, it has been claimed. Read more ...

Chris Hemsworth stars in Netflix's gritty new action film Extraction

Chris Hemsworth stars in Netflix's gritty new action film Extraction

Chris Hemsworth stars as mercenary anti-hero Tyler Rake in Netflix's new heart-stopping blockbuster Extraction. Read more ...

No sign of Britain's coronavirus lockdown being eased as outbreak continues

No sign of Britain's coronavirus lockdown being eased as outbreak continues

Prime Minister Boris Johnson initially said lockdown would be reviewed after the Easter weekend, but foreign secretary Dominic Raab has insisted it is too early to discuss an... Read more ...

Stacey Solomon dresses up in a DIY wolf costume in hilarious TikTok video

Stacey Solomon dresses up in a DIY wolf costume in hilarious TikTok video

The Loose Women panellist, 30, shared a hilarious video to TikTok on Tuesday, where she and her family danced around to B*Witched's classic 90s tune C'est La Vie. Read more ...