A raft of boats against a hammerhead pontoon

Your boat is trapped in the middle of a raft and there are no crew on board. What do you do? James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship

Would you offer a tow to another yacht in calm conditions?

In calm conditions, would you offer a tow to a broken down yacht? James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship

A yacht anchored in a bay by a headland

You have a tired crew and you plan to anchor for the night. Will the headland provide enough shelter? James Stevens answers your Questions of Seamanship

With a tidal stream of 4 knots, would you set off on port or starboard tack from the Needles to Cherbourg? Credit: Graham Snook/Yachting Monthly

There is a strong tidal stream. Would you set off on a port or starboard tack? James Stevens answers your questions of seamanship