Practical Boat Owner
EditorKaty Stickland
Circulation29,078 (ABC Jan - Dec 2013)[1]
Print and digital editions.
PublisherFuture plc
CountryUnited Kingdom

Practical Boat Owner is a British magazine about boats.[2] It is published by Future plc. It is a magazine that includes boat maintenance and repairing from baking bread on your boat to replacing your sprayhood windows. Also includes the latest news of sailing and motor boats from around the world.


Practical Boat Owner was started in 1967.[3] The founding editor was Denny Desoutter.[2] In 2002, it was announced that Sarah Norbury would become editor.[4][5] She was later replaced by David Pugh.[6]

From 2018, the magazine was edited by Robert Melotti, and then Alison Wood. The current editor is Katy Stickland,[7] who prior to the appointment was the deputy editor of Yachting Monthly magazine.


The magazine also produced a small crafts almanac[8] as well as a glossary of nautical terms,[9] both published by Bloomsbury.


  1. ^ "ABC Certificates and Reports: Practical Boat Owner". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Denny Desoutter". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  3. ^ "About Practical Boat Owner". Practical Boat Owner. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Norbury appointed to Practical Boat Owner". International Boat Industry. 10 September 2002. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Gelder promoted to editor". Press Gazette. 22 January 2003. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Final countdown to Scotland's largest boat show". Anchorline. 9 October 2003. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014. PBO Editor David Pugh...
  7. ^ "About Practical Boat Owner: Editorial team, contact details and history".
  8. ^ Buttress, Rob; Towler, Perrin (2013). Reeds PBO small craft almanac 2014. Thomas Reed Bloomsbury. London. ISBN 9781408193303.
  9. ^ Desoutter, Denny (2013). The Adlard Coles book of boatwords. Bloomsbury Publishing. London. p. Preface. ISBN 9781472901521.