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  • The Complete Ocean Skipper
  • The Crew's Pocketbook
  • Reeds Ocean Handbook
  • Reeds Skipper's Handbook
  • Emergency Practical Companion
  • Heavy Weather Sailing, 7th Edition
  • Boat Handling Under Sail & Power
  • Racing Crew
  • Seamanship Secrets
  • Crash Test Boat
  • GMDSS. A Users Guide
  • Safe Skipper
  • Survival at Sea
  • The Sea Survival Manual
  • How to Cope with Storms
  • Heavy Weather Tactics (Using Sea Anchors and Drogues)
  • Heavy Weather Powerboating

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    By Tom Cunliffe. Published 2016. Hardback, 0.93kg, 175mm x 253mm, 272 pages, colour photographs and illustration.

    The definitive handbook on offshore sailing and ocean passages. Using the theory behind the RYA Ocean Yachtmaster syllabus as a starting point, Tom Cunliffe's unique guide is an essential reference for everyone wanting to sail further afield, covering not only what they need to know but what they need to do, and how to do it.

    Following on from his bestselling The Complete Day Skipper and The Complete Yachtmaster, yachting legend Tom Cunliffe turns his attentions to the third strand of the RYA syllabus. With the same hugely popular, highly practical approach, The Complete Ocean Skipper covers everything a yachtsman needs to know when planning an offshore cruise or ocean passage.

    All aspects of planning and preparing for - as well as setting out on - a long-distance cruise are featured:

  • Preparation: types of suitable boat, choice of rig, engine power, safety equipment, communication systems, crew preparation
  • On passage: ocean weather systems, forecasting, deck routines, watchkeeping, self-steering, emergencies, heavy weather techniques
  • Ocean navigation: electronic as well as celestial.

    A unique and definitive handbook, The Complete Ocean Skipper goes beyond the theory of the RYA syllabus to ensure that readers are equipped with the knowledge of both what to do and how to go about it, in whatever circumstances. With clear, helpful colour photographs and diagrams throughout, this is the essential book for anyone planning for or dreaming about sailing further afield.

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    By Tim Davison. Published 2011. Paperback, 0.15kg, 100mm x 210mm, 112 pages, colour photographs and illustration.
    The Crew's Pocketbook is the ideal companion for anyone new to sailing, or those looking to remind themselves of the essential skills.
    Written in a friendly and approachable way, it assumes no nautical knowledge and uses diagrams and photographs to demystify the art of sailing.
    There's guidance on everything you need to know to ensure you'll be a valuable addition to the crew. Discover essential safety advice and plenty of handy tips - you'll even learn how to use a marine toilet!
    For the more experienced, this is a practical aide-memoire with guidance on knots, manoeuvres and sail trim. There are also tips and techniques to help you gain introductory sailing qualifications.
    The Crew's Pocketbook gives you the basic knowledge to start sailing, be safe, have fun... and be asked back for more.

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    By Bill Johnson. Paperback, 0.16kg, 100mm x 160mm, 176 pages, colour photographs and illustration. Published 2015
    The ideal primer, aide-memoire or revision aid for anyone contemplating an offshore passage or ocean crossing, as well as those studying for the RYA Ocean Yachtmaster qualification.

    Reeds Ocean Handbook follows on from Reeds Skipper's Handbook for skippers or crew planning to venture further afield. Complimenting the RYA Ocean Yachtmaster course, this handy pocketbook provides an aide-memoire for all the essential navigation, weather and route planning theory as well as practical guidance and advice on long-distance radio communications, ocean passage-making and risk/emergency preparations.

    Colour coded sections, for user-friendly accessibility, cover: - World climate and route planning (including world wind systems, ocean currents, tropical revolving storms) - Navigation (charts, great circle vs Mercator routes, time zones, satellite navigation systems, advice on on-passage navigation routines) - Astro navigation (basic theory refresher, practical astro navigation, plus using and adjusting the sextant) - Passage making (route planning, preparing the yacht, power needs, supplies of water, food, gas and diesel, watch-keeping routines, crew care) - Communications (features and advantages of VHF, MF, SSB and satellite phones, weather fax, email and access to the internet) - Risks and emergencies (preparing for them, equipment checklist, grab bags, emergency scenario procedures)

    Internationally relevant and with colour diagrams throughout, this handy pocket-sized handbook is an ideal revision aid on shore and the perfect quick reference guide on the boat.

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    By Malcolm Pearson. Paperback, 0.23kg, 100mm x 160mm, 204 pages, colour photographs and illustration.
    This book has been a bestseller since first publication, and it is easy to see why. Bursting with useful information, all packed into a handy pocket size, this is an aide-memoire of everything a boater needs to know when going to sea.
  • Concise
  • Easy to find what you need
  • Answers all the navigational questions likely to arise during a coastal passage
  • Ideal for RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster courses
  • The original and the best!

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    By Jon Winge. Softcover, Spiral-bound flip chart, 80mm x 223mm, 23 pages, full colour drawings.
    In this guide, you'll find practical information for handling emergencies:
  • Fire
  • Man overboard
  • First aid
  • Engine trouble
  • Aground
  • Dismasting
  • Leaks
  • Emergency steering
  • Towing
  • Handling the waves
  • Without instruments
  • Leaving the boat
  • Distress signals

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    HEAVY WEATHER SAILING, Seventh Edition. .
    By Peter Bruce. 1.08kgs, Hardback, 178mm x 253mm, 309 pages, full colour photographs, drawings and diagrams. Published 2016.
    Heavy Weather Sailing 7th ed. For 50 years, this has been the classic standard work on seamanship under gale conditions. The book features contributions from renowned sailors such as Ewan Southby-Tailyour, Alex Whitworth, Larry and Lin Pardey, and Peter Cook.

    This new edition has been edited by racing yachtsman Peter Bruce. The ‘Expert Advice’ section has been updated to reflect current tactics, strategies and best practices. The technique of ‘Taking Refuge’ has been reviewed, and the chapters on preparation for rough weather, and the effect of rough weather on yacht design have been thoroughly updated to reflect lessons from recent incidents such as the loss of the ‘Cheeki Rafiki’ in May 2014.

    The new foreword was authored by Robin Knox-Johnston.

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    By Bill Anderson & Tom Cunliffe. Paperback, 171mm x 240mm, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    This book will help you handle your yacht smoothly, safely and without fuss. It explains the principles needed to master each situation, letting you work with your yacht rather than against her. Discover:
  • How to assess your boat's individual characteristics
  • How to read the wind and stream
  • How to cope when the engine fails - and enjoy manoeuvring under sail
  • How to recognise the impossible manoeuvre - and avoid attempting it
  • How to cope with tricky situations without a family row

    Bill Anderson and Tom Cunliffe are both yacht owners of long standing. Over many years of sailing they have made most boat handling mistakes, and now pass on their knowledge of how to avoid them.

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    By Malcolm McKeag & Bill Edgerton. Paperback, 171 x 240mm, 95 pages, monochrome photographs.
    A racing yacht can be a very public place to make a mistake. Especially if that mistake costs a place, or causes a sail to fall in the water or something to break. Add a bit of a breeze and your error could be expensive or, worse, dangerous.
    Help is at hand. This book explains, using words and photo sequences, exactly how to perform all the crewing jobs - safely, smartly and fast.
    Newcomers to yacht racing - be they cruising sailors or dinghy crews - will find the book especially useful. In fact this book will give everyone the confidence to join a new crew, perform well - and be asked back!
    Since it first appeared as Yacht Crewing, Malcolm McKeag's book has been regarded as the essential handbook for yacht racing crew. Working closely with National Keelboat Coach Bill Edgerton, he has ensured that this second edition incorporates the very latest fast techniques.

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    By John Jamieson. Papercover, 137 x 216mm, 326 pages, monochrome drawings and illustrations.
    In the night, wind, rain, fog, big seas, strong currents, or congested waters, when there's no time for textbook seamanship solutions, what you need are shortcuts and techniques that work quickly and reliably every time.
    Distilled from the vast accumulated lore of seamanship and navigation, here are the absolute essentials - 185 techniques that work without fail in the pilothouse or the exposed cockpit or flying bridge of a shorthanded sail- or powerboat. John Jamieson shows you how to:
  • Set up a clipboard chart table for cockpit use
  • Avoid hazards with danger bearings or a GPS grid highway
  • Estimate current speeds with the 50-90-100 rule
  • track other boats in poor visibility using radar plots and bearing drift
  • Sail home without a rudder or get your twin-screw boat home on one working engine
  • Dock or anchor under any conditions
  • And much, much more
    Even in this age of electronic navigation you need to know how to eyeball your boat through any situation. Each of the techniques in this cut-to-the-chase book has shown itself to be absolutely repeatable. It will work this time, the next time, and the time after that, in conditions fair or foul.

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    By Edited by Paul Gelder (from articles taken from Yachting Monthly magazine) Paperback, 190mmx 245mm, 0.50 kg. 176 pages, Published 2013. Colour Photographs.

    From the people behind the UK's leading sailing magazine for cruisers comes Crash Test Boat, a dramatic documentation of controlled sailing disasters which has the potential to save the lives of each and every seaman who buys it.

    Crash Test Boat is unique in its field, with no other book on the market aimed at explicitly revealing at first hand what happens when a boat encounters a major disaster. On the spot reporting with action photographs show what happens when typical family boats fall victim to eight different types of sailing disaster. How quickly does a cabin fill with water when the hull is holed? How do you control a gas leak or fire on board? What should you do first when dealing with a dismasting or a capsize through 360 degrees?

    By providing yachtsmen with vivid accounts of such extreme events, this book equips the reader with vital knowledge and information, on what to do if disaster strikes and, ultimately, gives everyone on board a greater chance of survival.

    Each chapter opener is accompanied by a scannable QR code that takes the reader directly to the live-action YouTube footage of the relevant crash test, with informative and engaging commentary throughout from the Crash Test Team.

    A fascinating, enlightening and instructive read.

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    GMDSS. A Users Guide.
    By Denise Brehaut. 6th Edition 2017. Softback, 235mmx 155mm, 0.28 kg. 128 pages, Colour Photographs.

    The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) - the maritime equivalent to the emergency services number - provides a fast and efficient way of calling for assistance at sea, whatever the size of craft or its location.

    This book explains the operation of the system as a whole and clearly outlines the procedures required to get help quickly, as well as covering the syllabi of the General Operator's Certificate (GOC), the Long Range Certificate (LRC) and the Restricted Operator's Certificate (ROC). Concise descriptions of channel usage, call signs, types of transmission and equipment allow novices as well as long-time users to thoroughly understand this life-saving communications system.

    The 6th edition of GMDSS incorporates all the changes to the regulations that came into force in 2009 as well as the 2016 system updates.

    An invaluable reference for exam candidates and equipment users alike for almost 20 years - it is the GMDSS bible. The clear and lucid text is supported with illustrations, handy Q&A sections and a quick-reference revision guide for GOC and LRC students. Since it was first published, this book has helped explain the system for anyone using GMDSS and has been excellent pre-course reading for students.

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    By Simon Jollands & Rupert Holmes. Published 2015. Papercover, 170mmx 248mm, 0.49 kg. 192 pages, Colour Photographs and illustrations. Line drawings.

    Whether out for an afternoon's sail or embarking on a long offshore passage, there is always an element of chance and uncertainty about being at sea. To be responsible for the wellbeing of both crew and vessel, a good skipper needs to know their limitations and ensure they are operating well within the margins of safety. Safe Skipper is a practical and thought provoking guide for yacht skippers of all levels of experience, full of invaluable advice and tips on how to reduce to the minimum the risks of mishaps and equipment failure at sea. There's a wide range of information on seamanship, preparation, seaworthiness, gear, boat handling, leadership, teamwork, watch keeping, communications, navigation, weather and emergency procedures, all delivered in a highly practical, lively, non-preachy fashion. Included throughout are useful checklists, box-outs and case studies of accidents and their causes, with survivors' testimonials and explanations of how disasters were avoided, or could have been, all of which provides valuable lessons for everyone who goes to sea.

    Table of contents is as follows:

  • Chapter 1 Preparation
  • Chapter 2 Boat Handling
  • Chapter 3 Communications
  • Chapter 4 Equipment and maintenance
  • Chapter 5 Emergencies

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    By Australian Maritime Safety Authority. 6th Edition 2011. Papercover, 175mmx 250mm, 0.51 kg. 140 pages, Colour Photographs and illustrations. Line drawings..

    Long recognised as an indispensable information source for all mariners, 'Survival at Sea' is a comprehensive guide on all distress situations and emergencies at sea. Written in simple and practical language, the manual describes how to equip your craft with survival gear, properly stowed and organised, and what to do when abandoning a ship. It explains the basics of existing in a survival craft-water and food, equipment, morale, lookouts and navigation; how to care for survivors in need of medical attention; and how to attract the attention of searchers. Other chapters cover survival on land and rescue by vessel or aircraft.

    Whether you are sailing on a large international trading ship or a small recreational craft, this manual is vital to you and the other members of the crew. It should be studied and kept on hand for reference at all times.

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    By Frances & Michael Howorth. Papercover, 156x 233mm, 232 pages, monochrome drawings.
    This is the definitive reference for anyone venturing out of sight of land in any size vessel. Written for professional and leisure skippers and crew on craft from 10 to 100 metres, it gives advice on voyage preparation, recommended equipment to carry and what to do if things go wrong at sea. Fully compliant with IMO and MCA regulations, and covering the Personal Survival Course syllbus now required by all paid crew, the book is completely international in its appeal.
  • Forewords by MCA and Tony Bulimore
  • Sea Safety checks recommended by MCA and RNLI
  • Passage preparations
  • Recommended safety and survival equipment to carry
  • The liferaft and its contents
  • Grab bags and advice on their contents
  • Medical equipment and obtaining advice
  • Safe practices at sea
  • Coping with emergencies aboard the craft (fire, flooding, grounding, collision, heavy weather, man overboard, medical)
  • Abandoning ship
  • Survival in a liferaft (initial actions and long-term survival)
  • Safety lessons learned from disasters This is the first modern book of its kind to tackle this subject and is the must-have safety at sea manual. Don't go to sea without reading it first!

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    HOW TO COPE WITH STORMS. 2nd edition.
    By D von Haeften. Paperback, 138mmx 216mm, 170 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings, published 2011.
    Being caught out in a gale is every sailor's nightmare. Doubts and fears are hard to banish as the boat is battered by the wind and waves.
  • Will the helmsman cope with the huge waves piling up behind?
  • Can the rigging take the strain?
  • Is there still plenty of searoom to leeward?
  • Should you weather the storm or run for shelter?
    This book explains how bad weather develops, how to avoid it, and how to survive if that weather can't be avoided. From watching for signs of oncoming danger to coping with emergencies on board, this book is packed with practical advice to help the seafarer cope.

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    HEAVY WEATHER TACTICS (Using Sea Anchors and Drogues).
    By Earl Hinz. Paperback, 150mm x 230mm, 185 pages, black and white photos and diagrams.
    Anyone sailing a yacht or motor vessel out of the sight of land needs to be prepared for the worst that the weather can throw at them. Just as self-steering systems and autopilots have given the offshore seaman another pair of hands to steer the boat, so sea anchors and drogues have provided another means of handling threatening seas. Heavy Weather Tactics provides the reader with in-depth advice and analysis about
  • How deep water and coastal waves behave
  • How to deploy a sea anchor or drogue, and how it works
  • Different designs and their merits
  • What size of drag device is needed for a yacht, multihull, motorboat, fishing boat or working craft
  • Sea anchors for life rafts
  • How to make a makeshift sea anchor from whatever is at hand.

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    By Hugo Montgomery-Swan. Hardback, 0.94kg, 172mm x 252mm, 256 pages, colour photos.
    The A-list line-up of international contributors in this book share an unrivalled collection of first-hand experiences. There is no single way to deal with extreme conditions and there is no substitute for real experience, but with the aid of this unique compilation of practical know-how, powerboaters will have the best tools to hand to confront the worst the elements can throw at them.
  • Working in heavy weather - and saving lives
  • Black holes, rogue seas and freak waves
  • Meteorology of heavy weather
  • Powerboat design and construction
  • Ergonomics and the effects on the human body
  • Surf helming tactics
  • Endurance challenges and record breaking
  • Surviving storms offshore
  • Advanced helming techniques

    NZ$60.00 + Delivery

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