Duncan Kent

Duncan Kent

Duncan Kent is a well-known and widely respected yachting journalist who has been writing for a wide selection of UK and international sailing magazines over the past 30 years.

During his career as an accomplished sailor, author and photographer, Duncan has been Editor of Sailing Today magazine, Sail Editor for Boat International and Technical Editor for Yachting Monthly.

In addition, he has researched and written a wealth of technical reports and boat reviews for Yachting World, Sail Magazine, Practical Boat Owner and a wide range of other publications and websites.

Duncan is also one of the most experienced boat testers in the UK, having sailed literally hundreds of new and used yachts over four decades of sailing, during which time he has amassed a wealth of practical and technical knowledge on yachts of all types and sizes, from 14ft to 250ft in length.

He has owned a wide range of cruising yachts over the years and has cruised extensively with his family, as well as successfully completing an Atlantic circuit.

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A group of people sitting on the cockpit of their boat eating food from their boat fridge

A fridge is considered essential for a cruising yacht these days, but what is the most efficient system to install? Duncan Kent investigates the options

On a hot day, cooking outside is much better idea than adding further heat below by using the galley cooker. Many a rail-mounted boat bbq exist from the simple square…

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…

Sailors should be aiming for zero emissions and zero waste, according to the RYA. Credit: Paul Wyeth

The RYA published its Carbon Pathway to Zero document in July 2021, outlining its vision for zero-carbon boating by 2050. How can we alleviate our own emissions and waste?

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…

Like fixed marine VHF radios, many a modern handheld VHF radio now offers DSC features including as the Distress Alert ‘red button’ and direct MMSI calling. Some even have built-in…