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Paperback • • £ Day Skipper for Sail and power. 3rd Edition alison Noice. Hardback • • £ CoUrSE BooKS. We are making Mariner's Weather Handbook, Surviving the Storm, Practical Seamanship and Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia available for free as PDF files. Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle. In this book you will be taught the simple basics about the world of sailing, the skills and knowledge you should know.
If this intimidating vision has kept you from beginning to sail, this part is for you.
We formally introduce you to a sailboat and then show you where you can take sailing lessons — from regular people and with regular people. We also dispel those blue-blazer myths and answer that incredibly important question that mankind ponders every morning — what to wear?
Finally in this part, we look at what you need to know before you leave the dock. We are tied to the ocean.
And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back from whence we came. Kennedy W ater covers nearly three-quarters of the planet. Over the course of human history, the oceans as well as lakes and rivers have served as pathways upon which trade and civilization have developed. Getting away from shore, you feel a link to those ancient mariners who set off for undiscovered lands.
Why are humans drawn to the sea? President John F. Kennedy had a poetic answer. Generations before you have felt the call of the wind and waves, beckoning to accept their offer of unknown possibilities — adventure and serenity.
And this chapter shows you that getting out on the water is easier than you think. Sailing is harnessing the power of Mother Nature, and sailors need a healthy respect for her power.
So in this section, we cover some important weather and safety considerations you need to know before you start sailing. Also in this section, we encourage you to begin your sailing career by taking lessons from a qualified instructor — we both did — so you can focus on learning the basic moves while the instructor makes sure the conditions are suitable for learning.
Taking lessons You can find sailboats near almost every body of water. Most boats longer than 15 feet 5 meters are meant to be sailed with more than one person, and the average foot 9-meter sailboat is best sailed with at least four crew members. So go down to the local marina, check out the bulletin board, and ask around.
The offers you get to go sailing may pleasantly surprise you. Although having friends to take you sailing can make practicing and progressing easy, we strongly recommend taking lessons from a sailing school with certified instructors before you head out on your own.
In Chapter 2, we help you find the right sailing course for any experience level. Location, location, location You can probably guess that the weather and water conditions in a given area affect the sailing possibilities, and that most sailors put away their sailing clothes in wintertime in the snowy latitudes whilst Southern Californians can sail year round.
Assuming that you plan to go sailing on regular, salt or fresh, nonfrozen water, then your main concerns are twofold: the water conditions waves, currents, depth, and water temperature and the wind conditions wind strength and changeability.
Some areas have very consistent conditions during a particular season, and others are more variable. In some places, a typically windy spot and a calm location may be less than a mile apart due to some geographic feature. We encourage new sailors to start out, if possible, in steady light-to-medium winds and protected calm waters — and a sailing school knows where and when to find those conditions in your area.
But as you gain experience, you can enjoy sailing in more challenging conditions — such as windy Chicago or San Francisco in midsummer, cruising in foggy Maine, or blasting down the Molokai Channel in Hawaii. Look around for a nearby flag and use its direction as a clue.
In Chapter 5, we show you how to develop your feel for sensing the wind direction and staying aware of any shifts without having the local weatherman on your speed dial. When the wind direction changes or you change course, you need to change your sail trim, or the angle of your sails to the wind, as you see in Chapter 5. No matter how constant the weather seems on shore, the wind is frequently shifting both speed and direction.
Staying aware of these changes is important for your safety and comfort while sailing. Listen to the local marine forecast before a day of sailing to help you avoid getting caught in unpleasant and potentially dangerous conditions on the water — such as thunderstorms or thick fog.
You can also check out Chapter 8, which discusses important weather-related information you need to know before heading out.
Chapter 7 covers other essential safety information, such as safely recovering a person who falls overboard and getting a capsized dinghy upright and sailing again. Looking at a Sailboat Sailboats come in all sizes, shapes, and types.
All sailing craft, big or small, have at least one and sometimes more of the following components, which we outline in the following sections: a hull, an underwater fin for steering control and stability, a mast to hold up the sail or sails, a sail, and plenty of rope.
What floats your boat? Density is expressed as mass per unit volume. The density of freshwater is Saltwater is denser at 64 pounds per cubic foot, so a given object can float better or higher in saltwater than in freshwater. The weight of a boat is also called its displacement, because the boat displaces or pushes aside a volume of water equal to its weight. An object with a very light displacement, such as a surfboard, lies on top of the water like a leaf.
A boat with a heavy displacement sits lower in the water, displacing more water to stay afloat. You can build boats of nonbuoyant denser-than-water materials, such as steel or concrete, as long as you design them with enough volume so that their total density is less than the density of the water.
As proof of that principle, consider that an empty aluminum soda can floats, but the same can sinks if you flatten it and decrease its volume.
Chapter 1: Ready, Set, Go: Time to Start Sailing All sailboats have a hull The hull is ideally the floating body of a boat, and it can be made of a wide variety of materials, including wood, fiberglass, metal, plastic — even cement.
The hull can be as small as a surfboard or more than feet 30 meters long. You can get a good idea about how fast a boat is by how it looks. Sailboats fall into three basic types based on their hull shape, as Figure illustrates. Figure Three types of sailboats: sailboard, multihull, and monohull.
They come in many different sizes and shapes, depending on their intended use and the skill level of the rider.
Sailboarding is a great way to enjoy the sport with equipment that you can throw on the roof of your car. For fun, recreational sailing as opposed to racing , we love sailboarding more than any other aspect of our sport.
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This book should be read by anyone with interest in lines of any type. Jeff Toghill Complete Sailing Manual I have to admit that I can't recall the details on this book, and as of this writing I'm far away from the boat library and can't refresh my impressions. I'll do that when I'm back aboard. David Seidman The Complete Sailor: Learning the Art of Sailing I downloadd this book off site and was a bit disappointed with the contents. This is not because the book is badly written or incomplete, but it fits into the 'beginner' category and I would d rank it high in that category.
It covers all of the major aspects of sailing but due to the breadth of material the details and depth of explanation is limited. A great starting book for sailors, but nothing to keep onboard. Tom Cunliffe The Complete Yachtmaster: It is an excellent reference book for all topics and well-written and easy to understand. This is one book that I frequently refer to and should be aboard any boat. John Mellor Cruising - A Skipper's Guide A thin and concise paperback written for the skipper of a boat with small crew.
While not covering subjects in great detail, the author does touch upon the significant factors and does a good job of explaining expectations. Not necessarily a reference work, it is worthwhile reading nonetheless. John Rousmaniere, editor Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics of Offshore Yachts A wonderfully instructive book with articles written by experts on what to look for and look out for in yachts intended to go offshore. Don Seddon Diesel Troubleshooter 2 nd Edition This is a valuable addition to the ship library as it goes into nitty-gritty detail on the diesel engine without requiring that one is a dyed-in-the-wool gearhead.
Norman L. Skene Elements of Yachts Design This is one of the classic books of Yachts design was originally published in ; while the book is a new issue with an introduction, the text is the original.
Materials and processes for yacht making have changed so much since the book was written that much of the technical information is no longer applicable. Nonetheless the elements of style and use of mathematics for designing many of the parts of boats remain valid today.
I enjoyed reading it but found that the information contained in Principles of Yacht Design was much more useful and interesting. Adrian Morgan editor Essential Sailing Destinations: The world's most spectacular cruising areas A colorful volume ideal for reading at home during cold and rainy winter nights. Chris Santella Fifty Places to SAIL before you die A fun book to read while planning on where to cruise, detailing a number of out-of-the-way destinations which one is unlikely to visit but can always dream about.
It covers just about everything in sufficient scope and detail to remain a valuable addition to any shipboard library. Hal Roth Handling Storms at Sea the 5 secrets of heavy weather sailing An excellent book describing the progression of steps one can take as the weather at sea gets progressively worse.
Full of more reference material than opinions it makes fine reading and is very thought-provoking and a book that I would recommend others to read. This paperback volume is a great reference work when it comes to thinking about heavy weather sailing and setting the boat up.
Tom has many years experience in sailing and this is reflected in the no-nonsense writing in this book, but many of the approaches detailed are limited to the more classic yacht heavier with full keel than what I am sailing and thus cannot be used. But apart from those aspects I can recommend this book as a concise and succinct one on storms afloat. Peter Bruce Adlard Coles' Heavy Weather Sailing 6 th edition Adlard Coles OBE, died wrote 3 editions of this classic tome and there is not a doubt in my mind that the 6 th edition will not be the last.
While this book might be somewhat overkill for the dinghy boater, I feel that no sailor should venture far from the docks without having read this book; it is the best book that I've seen on this subject bar none. Advice and Ideas for Voyaging Under Sail Another worthwhile book where I tended to form different conclusions than the author but only when it comes to matters of taste and preference - his experience is vast and the facts are well presented and overall this is a book which can be re-read several times and where one gleans a bit more knowledge on each pass.
Colin Jarman Knots in Use I have a lot trouble learning and remembering knots, so I have several books on the subject and take a bit from each. This is a small book but with excellent illustrations. Egmont M. His videos are excellent and easy to follow. Charles J. Doane The modern Cruising Sailboat This big hardcover written in is a comprehensive guide to modern cruising sailboats, both monohulls and catamarans. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and pretty much devoured in just a couple of sessions; with the exception of the gallery of 40 recommended boats which, as the author predicted might happen, I didn't agree with.
This is a book that I can recommend anyone either thinking of cruising or planning on downloading a boat either for the first time or upgrading to a new one.
Steve Sleight The New Complete Sailing Manual This is an excellent reference book which, while accessible to novices, covers sailing everything from dinghies to ocean cruisers. This is one of the books that I'll grab out of the shelf first when I have to look something up.
I even bought the German translation and enjoyed reading through that, at least until I realized that I had a duplicate book. Tom Cunliffe Ocean Sailing This small paperback is written expressly for those intending on sailing out of sight of land. The majority of the book is filled with information on navigation using classical means on ocean passages, but also touches upon weather and passage planning. I don't quite feel ready to correctly learn how to use my sextant, but when I do I know that I'll be delving into this book again.
John Roberts Optimize your Cruising Sailboat This paperback book was a bit of a disappointment as it covered, on the whole, mainly cosmetic modifications that can be made to production boats and didn't yield much material for thought. The only thing that I thought about after going through the book was putting in an overhead cabinet in the galley in the space over the sink - which, if I end up making such a cabinet will have made the book worthwhile.
Dear ed. The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea The only book in my library which I haven't yet cracked open, but it was on board when I got the boat and enjoys the reputation of being a fine reference book.
Eliasson Principles of Yacht Design 3 rd edition This is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, my yacht hardware reference tome of choice.