December 2021 – Practical Boat Owner

Which boat as a kit? Build your own boat on a budget; a reader’s journey into the wilderness – ‘from Skye to Orkney with our dog’; Seacocks explained; plus anti-fouling and rust removal from the PBO Project Boat and 18 DIY pages…

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In the desert

“Skye to Orkney Islands with our dog”

Which boat as a kit?

Build your own boat on a budget

Used boat test: Viking Seamaster 27

Get behind the wheel of this British-built river cruiser

Seacocks explained

Is yours up to the task? Maintenance; Installation; Metal vs composite

“We chased a drifting yacht with our tender”

It was touch and go if Tony Preedy could reach his ship

PBO project boat: preparation of the hull and keel

Real-life gas detector, UV t-shirt, water bottle and rechargeable LED work light

8 lighthouses in 18 hours

Owen Moorhouse sails south of Newcastle, NSW


The rise of boat shows, yacht clubs and stays afloat

Cruise the Welsh valleys

Explore the fascinating Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Replacing the air valves

How to rejuvenate an aging Avon Redcrest dinghy by installing new inflation valves

Threading the halyards

Using magnets to thread a halyard inside an aluminum mast

Diesel polishing

A DIY way to clean up fuel that hasn’t been used in a tank for a bit too long

Learn to sail on vacation

Misadventure with a mirror dinghy in the Isles of Scilly

Winter in Sicily

Cheap wintering and great places to explore around Syracuse

Tied up tight

Stay on board during a gale while the yacht is in a cradle on the hard

Yard Safety Sketchbook Tips

Simple steps to avoid injury when working on the boat

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