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As the season for sailing club meetings looms, it's time to look back at last year's mistakes, and look forward to next year's adventures, says Jonty Pearce

Check that the float switch of your automatic bilge pump is working properly

Santa has been and gone, but Jonty Pearce still hasn't found a solution that will keep his bilges nice and dry

Innovation

It's time to move to a new berth for the winter, but it's not all plain sailing for Jonty Pearce

Yachtmaster lessons learned

As we witness the closest approach of the moon to earth in decades, Jonty Pearce wonders whether it could explain some strange behaviour...

Innovation

Acquiring an orchard has kept Jonty Pearce on land with seemingly endless jobs, but is it so different from winter maintenance? he asks

Innovation

Jonty Pearce and his pontoon mates are made homeless for the winter when a howling gale necessitates some marina repairs