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PBO Secret 20 Project Boat update: Spars, partitions and trims

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The Secret 20 PBO project kit boat enters the final stages before the cosmetics are applied, as Jake Kavanagh reports Much of the work during...

Restore and revive faded gelcoat: Three different methods to try

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How dull is your gelcoat? Drew Maglio has 3 ways to revive faded gelcoat and improve the appearance of your boat Cleaner wax works well...

Smallest yacht wins top trophy at Round the Island Race

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With nearly 1,000 boats retired as the wind died, the Gold Roman Bowl went to an 18ft bilge-keeler An 18ft yacht with a three-man crew...

Project Boat update: Secret 20 completes deck fit-out stage

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PBO’s wooden kit project boat undergoes her deck fit-out with the charity Oarsome Chance. Jake Kavanagh reports The Secret 20 is a beautifully designed classic...

How to choose the right propeller for your boat

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For optimum performance and fuel efficiency under engine, it’s important to have the right propeller on your boat. Tony Davies reports Understanding propeller design can...

How to service a windscreen washer pump

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For a boat with a wheelhouse, a screen washer is a small but important accessory. David Parker shows how to fit a new pump Spares...

PBO project boat – the Secret 20 kit – is back...

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PBO’s project boat, a Secret 20 called Harvey, is back in build and destined to be launched at the end of summer. See below...

Off track and into trouble off Portland Bill

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David Sloan discovers the simple navigational error that turned his parents’ Channel hop into a near disaster In June 1962 I very nearly lost both...

The Outer Hebrides welcome

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Charmian Entwistle tests new facilities at Tarbert, Harris and Scalpay Over the last decade or so, the facilities available to visiting (and resident) yachts in...

How to replace hydraulic steering hoses and refill the system with...

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Gilbert Park shows how he replaced his boat’s hydraulic hoses following a steering failure, plus a quick guide on How to Inspect a Hydraulic...

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