‘January is the worst month of the year for boat insurance claims,’ says Simon Tonks of marine insurer Navigators & General. ‘Over the last five years, claims in January are…

Life in a liferaft, during a F6 in the Bay of Biscay

Ever wondered what life in a liferaft is really like in rough weather? Yachting Monthly's Chris Beeson packed his sick bag and went to the Bay of Biscay to find…

Skipper’s tips: moon tides

Skipper’s tips: moon tides. Yachtmaster examiner Tom Cunliffe with practical advice for all sailors

What a pong! Funny smells on board your boat can be dangerous. Two seasons ago I thought my holding tank was leaking. Up forward, where it lives, a distinct pong…

Back to front is right for ventilation Ventilation is critical to the life expectancy of a wooden boat, particularly when left on a mooring. No GRP yacht ever sank through…

This photo is a rather exaggerated case of wind-against-tide. The water’s easy to read because you’d expect things to be rough and they were. In lesser situations you can still…

The ideal sea berth is a single settee-style affair wide enough to turn over in. If you’re anything like me and find the deep and dreamless hard to come by…