Published Articles

Marine Technical

The Great Butane Fiasco 2023

PBO and Compass Magazine.
2024

The Calorgas 4.5 debacle PBO Trevor Martin outdooracrtivitytraining@gmail.com Incensed by the Calor Gas debacle, I invested hours and many phone calls to solve my problem. This was finally achieved by my purchasing a Flogas 4.5 cylinder just before all providers...

Anchor a-where?

April
2024

Draft - being published in Feb 2024 edition of PBO Two little mistakes... Having gifted my old Moody 36 with a new, not so sparkly, Rocna anchor last year, (I couldn’t afford the shinny stainless one), it occurred to me that it was still a sizeable investment....

ESCAPE BY YOUR SHELF

PBO 691
2023

ESCAPE BY YOUR SHELF - text only version (please see photo of the printed article for pictures) I believe that all of us, including the yacht designers, consider that a hatch is not just for ventilation, but also a means of escape both in emergency and as a...

Behaviour 1 – Comms

Pending
2021

Trevor Martin is a forensic psychologist, teacher and solution focused therapist who has also sailed and worked in the marine industry throughout his life.  He is a regular contributor to the yachting press.  Here he tackles the elephant on the water, or more...

Behaviour 2 – The Psychotic Paradox

Pending
2021

Trevor Martin is a forensic psychologist, teacher and solution focused therapist who has also sailed throughout his life. In this article he considers the almost unpublishable sailing paradox that blights very few boats, but is endemic in our modern sailing culture....

Sympathy for Stuart

PBO 649
2020

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That Lightbulb Moment

PBO 643
2019

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Raymarine wheel pilot

PBO 620
2017

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Nav Light Contacts

PBO 616
2017

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Fitting Solar Panels

PBO 593
2015

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Steer by your shelf

PBO 576
2014

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Other

Kayak and gear buyers guide

Text only version - email me if you want me to send the full version with pics (So much better!) Thoughts on questions often asked - Kayaks, gear and choices Advice, guidance and myth busting Trevor Martin Inland, Sea and Open Canoe coach...

What is an intervention worker?

Ontrack Online
2014

Whilst working at On Track Intervention Service at Dartington/ in 2018, I was asked to write an article for their inhouse online magazine. I started with:  What is OTIS?  How does it work? What is it for?  The Intervention service was an embryonic department that had...

Poems

SOMEWHERE, YESTERDAY

Somewhere. yesterday when the whole World was crying And dry people drowned there was a place dying Where the King Of Love was crowned. A coronet that laced his grin as the King Of Love, dazed Laughed his way within eyes glistened Bright and glazed Bottled up and...

EYES FROM A TRAIN 1

Reflections of the interior skidding across the frieze brickwork and grass And hedges and fences and no dickerty dack, just dm-dm, dm-dm, occasionally. Cinema dead and modern white concrete block Station, slow down, stop. open door, cold rushes of air, and Men you...

EYES FROM A TRAIN 2

Out of the window two lines on my left Now three, now four An old rail tanker, all on its own it’s dirty and grim and happy So why does that deserve so much early morning aloneness Areas of cracked up concrete It is the people who intrude on everyone who are intruded...

EYES FROM A TRAIN 4

A thousand eyes from the train turn in revolve in their sockets And see where they’ve been A thousand eyes from a train turn in and drop from their cavities To the floor, where they role about and fall through the gap at the base of the door A thousand eyes line the...

WHAT HAVE WE DONE?

I escaped the raging party headed for the local coppice Bluebell Wood, so large and alone before now I stand in the densest foliage Now I stand in the heart of a dying wood I see a horizon of rooftops a horizon so near Poor wood, I had loved it so memories that were...

EMPTY TEABAG

Empty teabag, served your time 4.30, ended in an old brown teapot Scolded and very wet nearly drowned you know, what a shame Left in a dustbin by the gate not a very nice place to recuperate.

A NEW DEVELOPMENT

And me, where will I end my time? being sprinkled with lime Maybe I fell on my face then covered up, so I don’t leave a trace Leaving no memory or neat clergy mound where relatives can go, and I can be found Instead, a cavity in the foundations of a new concrete block...

SURE

I live a play a play on life I am the audience and critics knife I am actor I am show And yet there is more and of more I am not sure Yet I feel I know. There is life there are thoughts There is illusion and expectation And all their negative counterparts. There is I...

SIR JOHN

Age of hour glass trickle through The lifetime hole as we all do. Fill your glass and down your sorrows Drink for mirth and strain tomorrow. Kick the dog and watch him reel Slap the waitress then try to feel. Role the chairs stoke the fire Drink some more bring out...

NO ANSWER

The story of a time when reality became truth and truth the illusion of life….. Hunched up on the paving stone I threw away thew want to live For, as I had reached the golden ‘phone the slush-strewn road had turned to cliff. For someone had pushed me there that person...

SILLY OR SENSE?

I think in my left ear there is a pain to bare But my right ear is lonely with nothing to hear There is a thorn in my eye a stain on my nose A place that is pussy it’s between my toes. The sun has burnt a hole in my head It’s not a cavity just easily lead. (I did say...

WE ARE NOT AS BLIND AS YOU THINK

Nursery-rhyme-time Jack and Jill Cowboys and Indians when the day’s fine. When the day’s overcast heavy with rain The children stay indoors and drink orange and lime. The children are innocent unfortunate too For when they read this poem when they have grown, I...

THE MORNING STILL

The morning sprang, as from a trap the cool hammer of the early summer dawn Collides wsith my sleep adorned face The cock crows in the distant farmlands and the cleansed air, as from a mountain stream Penetrates my unfitting wear. The still of morn, silent yet strong...

WHO SAYS?

My brain says Goodbye Why? My heart is dry. My soul says Hello Glow I told you so.

THE EMERGENCY SCRIPT

Birds that carry angel-dust and adorn your tear-sorn face Will return with happiness and from their hearts they’ll lace Your heart with a tiny stitch to hold your love back in. A stitch that will strengthen you until you are ready to begin again. Tears drop quietly...

Under Construction

Gold anchors tarnished?
Reinstalling Lavac Mk5 pumps : PBO  due: Aug 2024