April 2020 – Practical Boat Owner


Pick up a copy of the April issue of PBO (on sale 20 Feb) and see for yourself why everyone is raving about the Coast 250 from Swallow Boats – a power-sailer extraordinaire – the boat that sails like a dream but has a 70hp tucked under the cockpit to get the hull planing along at 15 knots! Plus, we talk to multihull designer James Wharram about his 62-footer Spirit of Gaia and loads of DIY projects: up-close with the rivet gun, how to install solar panels and how to repair a wind turbine and two types of windlass.

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Used boat review: wheelhouse cruisers

Staying warm and dry in a wheelhouse cruiser can still mean plenty of sailing fun

“Picture this: we were beating to windward with a chill Force 4-5 right on the nose as the tide whipped up a nasty chop, chucking dollops of Solent straight into the cockpit. Few others had chosen to sail that day, but we were taking part in a group test of 32-footers. No-one was having much fun – apart from us.

“The test teams were supposed to transfer from one yacht to another, to make comparisons. But ours showed no desire to jump ship, lurking below when the transfer boat approached. The reason was simple. All the other boats had wet and windy open cockpits, but we were in a Hunter Horizon 32 wheelhouse cruiser. So we could choose between getting wet and…

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