Practical Boat Owner Magazine 9+

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    • 4.5 • 217 Ratings
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Practical Boat Owner is the UK’s best selling sailing magazine. Established over 40 years ago and published 13 times a year its mission is to inform readers on how best to maintain and use their boat.
Packed with practical know how from buying a boat to modifying, repairing, restoring or kitting out with the latest electronic equipment, PBO has it covered. There is also a comprehensive listing section featuring the latest pre owned boats and equipment for sale as well as other marine services.

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4.5 out of 5
217 Ratings

217 Ratings

Jezza3 ,

Great magazine

I like the magazine which tries to cater to all types of sailor. It is suitable to others perhaps more 'practical', as the name of the magazine suggests, than me. Even so, it doesn't patronise like other sailing mags that I subscribe to. The app for the IPad is invaluable to me, as I can pick up past issues without storing paper magazines. This has proven very useful in the past where I needed a reminder of something I had read. I can't find the problems others seem to have had, although 'forcing' a review is counterproductive and only gives the mag itself a bad review instead of the problem itself. Overall though, I am a happy IPad subscriber to the PBO.

sobercounsel1 ,

Still waiting for old issues!

I have used this app for years because it allows me to keep digital versions of the mags. The latest update has ruined this. All my purchased issues prior to 2020 are lost. The publishers, who updated the app, say speak to Apple. Apple say they can’t troubleshoot a third party app, which seems reasonable. This is very poor customer service from the publishers. Update (Feb 2022) - in Oct 2021 a message on the app said the older issues would be uploaded by the middle of Dec 2021. Still waiting. UPDATE Mar 2022 this message has now disappeared. Until this is done I can’t even have a chance of getting my older issues back. Every time I ask for help, I get much the same “restore purchases” spiel, which is useless. Poor, poor, poor.

diversdream8989 ,


Very useful and much needed publication for keeping up to date and in the know as a boat owner.

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