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…

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

Best Marine diesel engines are essential for any boat

Modern marine diesel engines may look very similar to the large, noisy, oily chunks of iron of yesteryear, but a lot has changed under the bonnet, says Sam Fortescue