Practical Boat Owner

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  1. Trevor Martin shares his simple solution to to keep his anchor secure when not in use

    A secure anchor on a boat
    The anchor safely secured with a padlock. Credit: Trevor Martin
    Trevor Martin shares his simple solution to to keep his anchor secure when not in use
  2. The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report concluded that a discarded trawl net "was the root cause" of the loss of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42i, Inish Ceinn

    A yacht on the rocks with a discarded green trawl net wrapped around the propeller
    The 2008 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42i, Inish Ceinn had just been refitted before the voyage. Credit: MCIB
    The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report concluded that a discarded trawl net "was the root cause" of the loss of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42i, Inish Ceinn
  3. Hamish Southby-Tailyour explains the modifications he’s made to make his Torqeedo 603 electric outboard work better for him

    Cordage used to make a handle for a tiller of a Torqeedo 603
    Hamish Southby-Tailyour made several modifications to his Torqeedo 603. 12mm cordage was used to fashion a handle for the tiller. Credit: Hamish Southby-Tailyour
    Hamish Southby-Tailyour explains the modifications he’s made to make his Torqeedo 603 electric outboard work better for him
  4. Jenny Decker has Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease that affects her motor and sensory skills but she is determined to sail solo around the world via the Panama Canal to raise awareness of the rare neurological condition

    Jenny Decker on her boat holding a flying fish
    Jenny Decker left Hawai'i in June 2023 and hopes to sail into the Atlantic Ocean by October 2025. Credit: Jenny Decker
    Jenny Dekker has Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease that affects her motor and sensory skills but she is determined to sail solo around the world via the Panama Canal to raise awareness of the rare neurological condition
  5. From horsepower to shaft length and tilt-angle to 2- or 4-stroke, Ali Wood highlights the different features you should consider when buying a new or used outboard

    A woman driving an outboard motor
    PBO’s Ali Wood on safety boat duty – a short shaft engine is required in the shallow waters of Christchurch Harbour
    From horsepower to shaft length and tilt-angle to 2- or 4-stroke, Ali Wood highlights the different features you should consider when buying a new or used outboard motor
  6. The French inland waterways are an attractive route to the Med. Duncan Kent shares his pick of sub-40ft sail and power boats

    A white motorboat on a river
    The Broom Ocean 29 is easy to manoeuvre on narrow waterways due to its large rudder. Credit: Norfolk Yacht Agency
    The French inland waterways are an attractive route to the Med. Duncan Kent shares his pick of sub-40ft sail and power boats
  7. A yachtsman has died following a man overboard incident just outside Port of Dover.

    Port of Dover aerial view. Credit:
    Kent Police assisted HM Coastguard and Port of Dover Police on 1 April following a report of a person overboard from a yacht in the English Channel, just outside Port of Dover. Photo credit: Chris Mansfield/Getty Images
    Mick Savage had been sailing his 1980s Westerly Konsort, Konsorted, when he was reported overboard from his yacht on 1 April, just outside Port of Dover.
  8. The Swedish-flagged Arcona 460, IdaLina sank in the Pacific Ocean after the rudder stock failed, punching a hole in the yacht's hull

    An Arcona 460 yacht sailing
    The Arcona 460 was designed to be both fast and easy to manage. Credit: Graham Snook/Yachting Monthly
    The Swedish-flagged Arcona 460, IdaLina sank in the Pacific Ocean after the rudder stock failed, punching a hole in the yacht's hull
  9. Clive shares his love of the South Coast variety Avon Scow: 11ft lug-sailed boats with a heavy galvanised steel centreplate

    Scow boat being sailed with a blue sail
    Yarmouth Sailing Club scows are the largest class sailing and racing at YSC. Credit: Will Perrett/Alamy
    Clive shares his love of the South Coast variety Avon Scow: 11ft lug-sailed boats with a heavy galvanised steel centreplate
  10. For the second time, the crew of Pen Duick VI, led by Marie Tabarly, has taken line honours in the Ocean Globe Race. But will it be enough to win overall?

    The crew of Pen Duick VI celebrating
    The crew of Pen Duick VI finished Leg 4 in 45D 7H 51M. Credit:: Tim Bishop/PPL
    For the second time, the crew of Pen Duick VI, led by Marie Tabarly, has taken line honours in the Ocean Globe Race. But will it be enough to win overall?