Sam Fortescue

Sam Fortescue

Sam Fortescue is a wide-ranging marine writer whose byline appears on everything from fiction to gear tests; boat tests to regatta reports.

Assignments run from 14ft dinghies to 350ft superyachts, but he is most at home on his reliable Sadler 34.

She has carried him and his family to the Caribbean and back, around the Baltic and soon to the Norwegian fjords.

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Boat cameras

The latest boat camera tech uses machine learning to help protect, manoeuvre and navigate our vessels. Sam Fortescue investigates

There are plenty of sailing apps to choose from, covering charting, cruising guides and charters. Credit: Cruising Association

With the high cost of marine electronics, phone apps offer a plethora of affordable navigation data at your fingertips, says Sam Fortescue

Batteries are in many ways anathema to sailors. They are heavy, finicky things, whose performance wanes with time, requiring an elaborate system to keep them in good shape. They are…

The Aegina-Pure water purifier is designed by PRP Optoelectronics in Swindon and uses UVC light generated by low-energy LEDs to neutralise the water coming from your tanks. What is more,…

Usually worn by rescue services and other professionals, the Crewsaver Atacama Sport+ drysuit is built of a three-layer, waterproof and breathable fabric. It is designed to protect you from exposure…

The Alpenglow rechargeable lantern uses Biolite’s high efficiency ChromaReal LED technology. With a high colour rendering index (CRI) value of 90 or more, ChromaReal emits the full spectrum of light.…

Eagle Yachts designed its own stainless steel control panel with slick LED-lit buttons that are just 25mm in diameter. Credit: Eagle Yachts

Electric sail handling systems are not just for maxi yachts. Sam Fortescue looks at how push button sailing is filtering down to the cruising boat market

Converting to push-button powered electric winches is easier than you might think

Electric winches are becoming cheaper and simpler to fit, making effortless sailing an affordable option, says Sam Fortescue