How to tie a soft shackle

Soft shackles can be used almost anywhere you currently use a conventional shackle. Look on any boat and you will usually find areas where a metal shackle has worn away…

Diesel

As emission regulations tighten up and diesel gets more biocontent, Nigel Calder warns of potentially dire consequences for new yacht engines

Liferaft

Do manufacturers abide by the self-regulating ISO 9650 liferaft standard? Does the standard go far enough? Chris Beeson tests six liferafts to find out

Antifoul

Some countries are threatening to ban the use of copper in antifouling by 2020 – but will other products take up the challenge? Duncan Kent reports

Maintenance

Got that nagging feeling there's some maintenance you’ve forgotten to do before putting her to bed for the winter? Duncan Kent helps to jog your memory

Anchor lights

Still relying on an old hurricane lamp at anchor? Duncan Kent tests the latest electric anchor lights

These tiny LED lights are self-adhesive patches which can be attached to any lifejacket – where the bladder is separate from the case. When the LEDs lights illuminate, the whole…