Expert boat advice

Whether you’re looking for the best antifoul for your boat or want to find out about the rules and regulations for cruising, our expert boat advice section has got you covered. Browse by section below:

+ Boat maintenance

+ Boat ownership

+ Cruising

+ ICOM marine radio guide

+ Boat insurance guide



Anchoring can be daunting, but once achieved can make for some of the most relaxing trips on board. Read our simple guide to anchoring for some useful tips

Liferaft from HMS Penguin

Boat safety checks

Kitting your boat out with the full safety rig isn't cheap, but for the peace of mind that you and your family are safe at sea, it’s worth every penny…

Crossing the Channel

Tips for crossing the English Channel

Is there any better feeling than crossing the English Channel in your own boat? Read our guide to crossing the Channel in your own boat below

Rules and regulations

Rules and regulations for cruising abroad

You’re ready to slip the lines, the engine’s ticking, lifejackets are on, and breakables are stowed, but are you really prepared for cruising abroad?

Winston Churchill bends to stroke Blackie, ship's cat on HMS Prince of Wales, 1941

Pets on board

Who wouldn’t want their furry friend on their nautical travels? Make sure you comply with the regulations when taking pets on board before you leave


Petrol vs diesel engines

Faced with petrol or diesel, be realistic. Diesel engines have a reputation for greater reliability and safety, and at present for far cheaper fuel costs


Finding the right engine for you

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the various kinds of engine installation and which is best suited to your boating needs?

Tips for starting the boating season

The sun is breaking through the clouds and winter has finally released its grip meaning there’s no better time to start preparing for the new boating season

boat safety

Putting boat safety first

We outline the kit you should carry and the safety measures you should take to ensure you can cruise without concern

Learn to sail on a budget

It doesn’t have to cost the earth to learn to sail – we’ve worked out three plans for different budgets

Motor boats

Motor boats for beginners

Looking to get into motor boats? Discover the options available that’ll see you out on the water in no time


Getting into sailing

Getting into sailing is not only great fun, but this exciting hobby also acts as good exercise, depending on what boat you’re in

Marine fuel saving tips

Marine fuel saving tips

We all know that marine fuel doesn't come cheap so we've got eight tips that will help you to save money

Engine checks

Essential engine checks

Discover the engine checks you need to in order to keep her ticking over nicely

sail care

Sail care made easy

A suit of sails doesn’t come cheap these days so we’ve outlined a number of sail care tips to help prolong their life


Antifouling your boat

Get your boat into shape ahead of the new season with our guide to antifouling