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 covers boat maintenance and repairs, sailing activities and news about sailing and motor boats.


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. London: Thomas Reed Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781408193303.
  9. ^ Desoutter, Denny (2013). The Adlard Coles book of boatwords. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. p. Preface. ISBN 9781472901521.