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  • Knox-Johnston on Seamanship & Seafaring
  • The Complete Ocean Skipper
  • The Crew's Pocketbook
  • Reeds Ocean Handbook
  • Reeds Skipper's Handbook
  • Yachting Monthly 200 Skipper's Tips
  • The Skipper's Pocketbook
  • Emergency Practical Companion
  • Captain's Quick Guide. Heavy Weather Sailing.
  • Heavy Weather Sailing, 7th Edition
  • Seamanship Secrets
  • Crash Test Boat
  • Safe Skipper
  • RYA Safety Boat Handbook
  • RYA Sea Survival Handbook
  • The Sea Survival Manual
  • Safer offshore
  • Life Saving Signals Card SOLAS"

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    By Robin Knox-Johnston. Published 2018. Hardback, 0.49kg, 160mm x 235mm, 220 Pages.
    Lessons & experiences from the 50 years since the start of his record breaking voyage.

    On 14th June 1968 Robin Knox-Johnston set sail from Falmouth to take part in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race – the first, non-stop, single-handed sailing race around the world. He was an unknown 29-year old Merchant Navy Officer. Ten and a half months later he sailed back into Falmouth, the only finisher in the race and the first man to complete a non-stop solo circumnavigation.

    Since then he has had an illustrious sailing career, with 3 further circumnavigations, including the fastest circumnavigation and last racing solo round the world in 2007, aged 68. Few people have sailed as many miles as Robin.

    Benefit from Robin’s wealth of experience as he shares his thoughts on seamanship and seafaring in this new book, selected from his most provoking, insightful and perceptive writing from the pages of Yachting World magazine.
    The first half of the book concentrates on seamanship and looks at the skills and gear required. The second half allows Robin to reminisce on memorable boats, races and places he has experienced in his last 50 years of seafaring.

    The book starts with an original piece by Robin reflecting on the last 50 years

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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. Published 2020
    This 7th edition has been thoroughly revised, with updated text and illustrations throughout.
    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
  • Quick and easy Reference Guide
  • Answers all the navigational questions likely to arise during a coastal passage
  • Ideal for RYA courses
  • The original and the best!

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    By Tom Cunliffe. Paperback, 0.15kg, 100mm x 210mm, 104 pages, colour photos. Published 2011.
    Dip into any of the 200 tips in this handy book to make yourself a better yachtsman.
    Discover practical skills that you won't find anywhere else. Each tip is illustrated and there's something for everyone from complete beginner to ocean navigator. It's a treasure trove of nautical know-how, including:
  • Seamanship
  • Navigation
  • Safety
  • Boat Handling
  • Ropes and knots
  • Life on board These are the very best of the Skipper's Tips from the pages of Yachting Monthly magazine. Each tip is a pearl of wisdom from Britain's foremost yachting writer, Tom Cunliffe.

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    By Basil Mosenthal. Paperback, 100mm x 210mm, 100 pages, full colour drawings.
    This book is a pocket database. It contains everything the busy skipper finds hard to remember.
  • Navigation
  • Rule of the Road
  • Lights and shapes
  • Engine troubleshooting
  • Seamanship
  • Safety
  • Weather
    There should be a copy on every chart table.

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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

    NZ$22.00 + Delivery

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    By John Rousmaniere. Waterproof fold-out Laminated sheet. 430mm x 470mm
    Sixteen panels of concise information folded into the size of a business envelope. Covers clouds and winds, understanding fronts and storms, making your own forecasts, and interpreting official forecasts.

  • Preparation
  • Sail
  • Storm tactics
  • Crew
  • Strategy

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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 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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    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 Laurence West and Grahame Forshaw. Paperback, 0.18kg, 147mm x 210m, 64 pages, includes a DVD, full colour illustrations. Published in 2007.
    The RYA Safety Boat Handbook aims to provide up to date advice to anyone providing Safety Boat back up and was written to accompany the RYA Safety Boat Course. It outlines all the practical techniques, expert advice and tips needed by Safety Boat crew. The format makes it quick and easy to use and the DVD ensures that every aspect of good Safety Boat management is covered.
    Some of the content includes:
  • Safety Boat checklist
  • Recovering people from the water
  • The crew and equipment
  • First aid
  • plus many other aspects

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    By Keith Colwell. 2nd Edition. Published Paperback, 0.60kg, 170mm x 245m, 192 pages, full colour illustrations.
    This new Edition of the RYA Sea Survival Handbook is the official text for the RYA basic Sea Survival Course and the RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course. Updated with new information and guidance on how to respond to emergencies at sea and is invaluable for anyone who takes a boat offshore.
    It will teach you all you need to know about preparing to go to sea, emergency procedures, safety equipment, life-saving signals, handling heavy weather and choosing the most suitable life jacket or buoyancy aid.
    Providing the most up to date information on all the above items, this book is written by Keith Colwell, (RNLI Divisional sea safety officer) and is impeccably illustrated by Steve Lucas.
    This comprehensive and well illustrated guide takes you step by step through all aspects of sea safety, from kitting your boat out, right through to correct procedures for abandoning ship.
    The text is enlivened by a number of fascinating real life examples of boaters dealing with emergency situations.

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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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    SAFER OFFSHORE. Crisis management and emergency repairs at sea.
    By Ed Mapes. Paperback, 0.49kg, 152mm x 229mm, 292 pages, black & white illustrations. Published in 2012.
    No skipper should ever take a vessel or crew onto the open ocean without the means to cope with the unthinkable. Disasters occur because of a cascade of untoward events; the best seaman are able to interrupt this sequence and circumvent tragic outcomes. Safer Offshore catalogs solutions to real life situations and provides the reader with information seldom discussed by other authors: how to manage emergency situations and crises on the open ocean where no help is available.
    Learn about emergency communications, how to deal with flooding or fire, how to repair a faulty engine, how to cope with medical emergencies, helicopter evacuations, abandon ship techniques, surviving in the life raft, and much more. This book provides crucial information that can help make an ocean sailor truly Safer offshore.

    NZ$55.00 + delivery.

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    Double-Sided Waterproof card. 180mm x 210mm

    Illustrated clear instructions on useful life saving signals.

    NZ$25.00 + Delivery

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