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…

Clean Sailors will also be working with sailmakers to learn more about the material used in sailmaking, to see if it could be used outside of the sailing industry. Credit: Paul Wyeth

97% of sails end up in landfill. Now a new sail recycling scheme has been launched to repurpose old sails, bags and sheets

Fridges can use a fair bit of power – some more than others. The most energy efficient 12Vdc fridges are the compressor-driven, top-loading type, with thick insulation and good lid…

Good quality, deep-cycle house batteries are not only a sound investment, but also an important safety factor when cruising. There’s a great deal of misleading nonsense spoken and written about…

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