Wait­ing for the tide

The ed­i­tor’s wel­come

Practical Boat Owner - - Contents - David Pugh

Truth, we’re told, is stranger than fic­tion. Cer­tainly, if I’d been asked a year ago to pre­dict what would hap­pen over the fol­low­ing 12 months I doubt I would have writ­ten any­thing quite as dra­matic as the re­al­ity, both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally.

One of the big­gest changes on a per­sonal level has been the trans­for­ma­tion of the PBO team from a group of peo­ple ei­ther with kids long flown the nest, or mar­ried with no chil­dren. Ben Meakins broke the mould with the ap­pear­ance of his daugh­ter Ivy in De­cem­ber 2016, and a few months later in July my wife Camilla and I wel­comed our new ar­rival, Clarissa. Like all new dads I’m be­sot­ted. She’s al­ready been on the boat, aged just four weeks, and in­stantly fell asleep, as you can see in the photo be­low. I’ll take that as a good sign.

Our news ed­i­tor, Laura, isn’t far be­hind ei­ther. She started her ma­ter­nity leave in early Septem­ber and by the time this mag­a­zine reaches you should have a baby girl of her own. She’ll be re­turn­ing in a year’s time as Features and News Ed­i­tor for the ma­rine group. All of us at PBO wish her all the very best for the fu­ture.

It’s all change on the pro­fes­sional front too. We said good­bye to Kev and Marco last month, and this month it’s the turn of Ben, Roz and my­self. Ben is leav­ing to take up a new role with elec­tron­ics com­pany Nav­ico, while Roz and I are look­ing for a fresh start else­where.

I think I can speak for all of us when I say that our years at PBO have been im­mensely re­ward­ing and en­joy­able. Ben and I are practical boat own­ers our­selves, and have been priv­i­leged to be able to write about our hobby, a major high­light of course be­ing our work on the project boats, first Hantu Biru and later our Se­cret 20.

Roz has been the first point of con­tact for read­ers call­ing the of­fice for 12 years, and in that time has had many in­ter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tions, rang­ing from fas­ci­nat­ing to down­right bizarre. That’s no sur­prise: PBO read­ers are an in­ter­est­ing and of­ten ec­cen­tric bunch, and we’ve thor­oughly en­joyed meet­ing you at shows around the coun­try. Our Ask the Ex­perts events at Beaulieu and Scot­land’s Boat Show have been real high­lights.

Some of you may al­ready know the new Ed­i­tor, Theo Stocker. Un­til re­cently he was News and Features Ed­i­tor for Yacht­ing Monthly, and he’ll now be edit­ing both ti­tles. He’s an ex­cel­lent jour­nal­ist and sailor with sev­eral ocean pas­sages and a spell in the Royal Navy to his credit, and is a com­pe­tent pair of hands to en­sure PBO’s fu­ture.

So, for one last time, I wish you fair winds and many years of en­joy­able, re­ward­ing and practical boat own­ing.

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