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COMPLETE OCEAN SKIPPER
By Tom Cunliffe. Hardback, 0.96kg, 175mm x 257mm, 272 pages, full colour illustrations. Published 2022.
This is the definitive handbook on offshore sailing and ocean passages. A veteran offshore yachtsman as well as an RYA examiner, Tom Cunliffe translates his experience into highly practical and invaluable hands-on advice for offshore sailors
Fully updated in line with the latest developments, this second edition includes revised and expanded sections on multihulls, autopilots, radar, anchoring and software
Subjects covered include:
Hulls for ocean sailing
sailing rigs for deep water
Engine Operation and maintenance
Domestic systems and accommodation
Ocean navigation tools and essential celestial navigation
Great circle sailing and passage execution
heavy weather survival in open water
Coping with emergencies
Life on bord (crew, health at sea, provisioning and having a good time)
Computers, the internet and radio communication.
NZ$70.00 + Delivery
RYA TRAINING ALMANAC SOUTHERN.
By RYA. Paperback, 0.43kg, 210mm x 297mm, 97 pages, full colour illustrations.
Updated RYA Training Almanac, containing practice navigation tables.
Please note that this product is for training purposes only, and is not to be used for navigation.
NZ$35.00 + Delivery
RYA TRAINING CHART (#6) SOUTHERN.
By RYA. Chart, 0.07, 210mm x 297mm, full colour illustrations.
RYA practice chart - Southern Hemisphere (Ficticous Coastlines) to be used with RYA course material. (RYA Training Almanac Southern.)
Training Purposes only chart and not to be used for navigational Purposes.
NZ$20.00 + Delivery
RYA DAY SKIPPER SHOREBASED NOTES.
By RYA. Paperback, 0.27kg, 148mm x 210mm, 125 pages, full colour illustrations, Published 2014.
The new edition of the RYA day Skipper Shorebased Notes is the essential reference book for anyone who has taken, or is considering taking, the RYA's Day Skipper theory course. Covering the essentials of safety, navigation and seamanship for sail and motor cruising, it comprehensively tackles the syllabus and includes the latest developments in elcetronic navigation techniques.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery
RYA DAY SKIPPER PRACTICAL COURSE NOTES.
By RYA. Paperback, 0.18kg, 145mm x 210mm, 80 pages, full colour illustrations. Published in 2005 reprinted 2011.
The RYA Day Skipper Practical Course Notes has been compiled to complement the RYA Day Skipper Practical Course and draws on the cumulative experience of hundreds of experienced sailing instructors. The techniques shown or described are tried and tested and are suitable for most types of cruising yacht.
This book gives guidance on how to take charge of a yacht for a short passage. Includes planning, crew briefing, safety, boat handling, navigation, etc.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery
PASS YOUR DAY SKIPPER. 7th (2023) Edition
By David Fairhall and Peter Rodgers. Paperback, 0.25kg, 148mm x 210mm, 114 pages, colour and black & white maps and illustrations. 7th edition. Published 2023.
Since the first edition was published, Pass your Day Skipper has helped thousands of students through their shore-based Day Skipper course.
Concise and comprehensive, this ‘crammer’ covers all the essentials of the RYA syllabus, arranged in bite-sized chunks for easy revision.
Now in its seventh edition, this book has been fully updated and expanded to provide essential support for aspiring Day Skippers, and includes new developments in electronic navigation, safety and weather forecasting
Throughout, the theory is set in a practical seagoing perspective, and helpful tips on exam tactics are also provided. And to relieve the tension of all that swotting, each section is enlivened with some of Mike Peyton's best loved cartoons.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery
RYA DAY SKIPPER HANDBOOK SAIL.
By Sara Hopkinson. Paperback, 0.6kg, 170mm x 240mm, 188 pages, full colour illustrations.
This is the official RYA book for anyone taking or considering taking the RYA Day Skipper Sail sailing course. The author, Sara Hopkinson, is an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner and runs her own RYA recognised training centre.
With informative text, clear illustrations and expert instruction, the RYA Day Skipper Handbook Sail covers the theoretical and practical aspects of the RYA Day Skipper Sail Syllabus. The book introduces you to pilotage, navigation, boatwork and boathandling, and gives you all you need to know to take a small boat on a coastal passage safely.
NZ$60.00 + delivery.
THE COMPLETE DAY SKIPPER
By Tom Cunliffe, Hardback, 180mm x 252 mm, 0.76 kg. 196 pages, full colour drawings. Published 2020 (6th Edition)
A totally practical hands-on manual that covers the RYA Day Skipper syllabus in a way that reflects a skipper's growing experience at sea,
beginning with yacht handling under power, moving on to boat husbandry and sailing skills, and from there to the realistic use of modern
electronic navigation systems. Eminently readable and very down to earth, this fully revised sixth edition has become required reading for
all skippers in their early years as well as more experienced sailors who choose not to venture far afield.
NZ$55.00 + delivery.
DAY SKIPPER FOR SAIL & POWER, 4th Edition. 2023 The Essential Manual for the RYA Day Skipper Theory and Practical Certificate.
By Alison Noice & Roger Seymour. Hardback, .85Kg, 195mm x 255mm, 196 pages, full colour photos .
Day Skipper for Sail and Power is a major reference book for anyone following the RYA Day Skipper course. Brought thoroughly up-to-date with new developments and covering all the theory and practical aspects of the RYA Day Skipper Certificate with full colour photography, helpful diagrams and worked examples, it is also a clear and comprehensive manual for anyone intending to make coastal passages in a small boat, covering:
Preventing collisions at sea
Navigation and chart work
Tides and tidal streams
Engine operation and maintenance
The most up-to-date VHF radio procedures
With its refreshingly practical approach and by the same author as the highly successful Yachtmaster for Sail and Power, no one intending to follow an RYA Day Skipper course whether for sail or power can afford to be without this lively, helpful guide to complement the course and assist with exam preparation.
NZ$50.00 + delivery.
DAY SKIPPER EXERCISES FOR SAIL & POWER.
By Alison Noice & Roger Seymour. Paperback, 0.46kg, 170mm x 245mm, 128 pages, full colour illustrations, 2nd Edition. Published 2020.
A companion to Day Skipper for Sail and Power, this practical coursebook contains question papers on chartwork, tides, pilotage and passage planning, all with fully explained answers and new general knowledge questions on seamanship, anchorwork, ropework and rules of the road.
It provides extra practice for students, helping them to absorb the theory in the main book. It contains practice test papers with fully explained answers, on all parts of the Day Skipper course, whether sail or power. It covers:
Pilotage and passage planning
Rules of the road
A free practice chart is included, as well as extracts from tide tables, tidal curves, almanacs and pilotage notes so that students can complete the questions without the need for any other material.
NZ$45.00 + Delivery
THE COMPLETE YACHTMASTER 10th edition
By Tom Cunliffe. Hardback, 0.95 kg kg, 175mm x 252mm, 312 pages, colour photographs drawings and diagrams. Published 2022
This latest edition keeps pace with the latest digital developments in navigation and handling systems and includes information on apps, tablets and phone charts,
as well as providing a comprehensive guide to electronic plotters and integrated systems.
There is material on cross-tide sailing with GPS and passage planning with chart plotters.
A bestseller since its first publication this book has established itself as the standard reference for Yachtmaster students as well as for skippers of all levels of experience.
It brings together the essentials of modern cruising in one volume.
Subjects include an analysis of what makes a good skipper, the theory and practice of sailing, seamanship, navigation including chart plotters and PCs, meteorology, heavy weather, yacht stability and coping with emergencies.
NZ$55.00 + Delivery
YACHTMASTER FOR SAIL & POWER, 5th Edition.
By Alison Noice & Roger Seymour. hardback, 0.89kg, 175mm x 250mm, 241 pages, full colour drawings and Photographs. Published 2020
Yachtmaster for Sail and Power is a major reference book that has proved invaluable for the many sailors.
This highly respected and refreshingly practical study guide covers the whole syllabus in detail, all illustrated with colour photographs, charts and worked examples throughout.
Chartwork - with useful worked examples
Electronic navigation - how to use the latest technology for safe navigation: radar, electronic chart plotting and GPS
Pilotage - buoyage fully explained and illustrated
Communications - the latest information on maritime communications including GMDSS
Weather - the elements of meteorology, weather sources and forecasts
Safety and survival - new SOLAS regulations
Stability and buoyancy - principles simply explained
Including the latest updates, new artwork and a modern, user-friendly design, this fifth edition compliments the syllabus and assists with exam preparation.
It's an essential companion for anyone enrolling on the RYA Yachtmaster course, whether for sail or power.
NZ$55.00 + delivery.
YACHTMASTER EXERCISES FOR SAIL & POWER, 4th Edition.
By Alison Noice. Paperback, 0.42kg, 171mm x 245mm, 112 pages, full colour drawings. 2018
This companion volume to Yachtmaster for Sail and Power provides further navigational practice for anyone studying the RYA Yachtmaster syllabus.
Packed with practice questions and test papers, and comes with a free practice chart which, together with extracts from tide tables, almanacs and pilotage notes, enables students to work on real sailing scenarios and plot their own courses without the need for any other material.
This new edition has been revised throughout with new practice questions and examples as well as new photography and diagrams.
An invaluable textbook and exam revision guide for anyone studying for the RYA exams or simply brushing up on their navigation skills.
NZ$55.00 + delivery.
PASS YOUR YACHTMASTER. 6th Ed
By David Fairhill, Mike Peyton & Peter Rodgers. Paperback, 0.26kg, 150mm x 210mm, 122 pages, black and white and full colour illustrations, Published 2021.
The aim of this book, now revised and expanded for the 6th edition, is to help students through their shore-based Yachtmaster course. This thorough but refreshingly succint 'crammer' covers all the essentials of the RYA syllabus, arranged and highlighted for easy revision.
Throughout, the theory is set in a practical seagoing context. Tips on exam tactics are provided, and each section is enlivened by some of Mike Peyton's best-loved cartoons.
The latetst edition of this guide continues to provide essential support for aspiring Yachtmasters.
NZ$35.00 + Delivery
RYA YACHTMASTER HANDBOOK
By James Stevens. Hardback, 0.6kg, 198mm x267mm, 108 pages, full colour photographs and illustrations, Published 2013.
The RYA Yachtmaster Handbook is the first official and definitive guide for anyone preparing for the world-renowned RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Coastal examinations.
It will not only appeal to both leisure sailors and motor cruisers; there is a section covering commercial endorsement requirements for those who wish to use their qualification professionally.
It describes what you can expect on the day of the examination, the thinking behind the test and what the examiner is looking for.
With the aid of some stunning illustrations, it is designed to make you focus on areas where skills can sometimes be lacking, with the aim of setting you up for life beyond the exam as a competent and confident skipper.
Although the chapters include subjects that are covered in earlier books, this assumes knowledge at (or close to) RYA Yachtmaster level and highlights what a candidate needs to be thinking about:
What is an RYA Yachtmaster?
Where do I go from Here?
Tidal Streams and Heights
Passage Planning & Passage Making
Seamanship and Stability
The author James Stevens can take much of the credit for the success and international acceptance of the RYA Yachtmaster scheme, and is now the chair of the RYA Yachtmaster Qualification Panel.
NZ$75.00 + Delivery
RYA YACHTMASTER SHOREBASED NOTES.
By RYA. Paperback, 0.28kg, 148mm x 210mm, 144 pages, full colour illustrations. Published 2016
The RYA Yachtmaster® qualification is the pinnacle of yacht training.
Anyone seeking to gain a RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence requires a broad theoretical knowledge base and a high level of practical skill.
This new edition of the RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Notes includes enhanced sections on weather, navigation, pilotage, voyage planning, and special situations when afloat. These sit alongside informative and highly illustrated notes on all aspects of the syllabus, ensuring that this title provides valuable information for anyone looking to become an RYA Yachtmaster, and for those who have already passed the exam.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery.
RYA YACHTMASTER SCHEME - SYLLABUS & LOGBOOK.
By RYA. Paperback, 0.26kg, 148mm x 210mm, 127 pages. Full colour illustrations. 2015
This new book provides detailed information about the structure and content of the practical and shorebased courses for both sail and motor cruising with the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme.
The RYA’s renowned practical training is complemented by a structured shorebased learning process on the theory of navigation, safety, seamanship and by specialist one-day courses on skills such as first aid and sea survival.
Informs you of what to expect when taking any RYA sail or motor cruising course and also provides pages for you to log your progress and keep your certificates.
This book effectively combines, updates and replaces RYA Sail Cruising & Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook (G15) and RYA Motor Cruising & Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook (G18). It also introduces new courses and clarifies pre-exam requirements for all RYA Yachtmaster exams.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery.
RYA YACHTMASTER SCHEME . INSTRUCTORS HANDBOOK.
By Paperback, 0.18kg, 148mm x 210mm, 79 pages, full colour illustrations.2015
This book is aimed at those running shore-based, sail and motor-cruising courses within the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme. Principals and instructors alike will benefit from the guidance and information on recognition, communication, coaching/instructing techniques, and course planning. while those new to the scheme can find out how to qualify as Instructors for practical and shore-based courses.
NZ$35.00 + Delivery.
SEAMANSHIP EDUCATION. Page two.
DAY SKIPPER AND YACHTMASTER.