Further Offshore: A Practical Guide for Sailors

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Further Offshore describes all steps involved in becoming an accomplished offshore passage maker. Initial boat selection, voyage planning, outfitting, routing, weather, medical concerns, vessel inspection for seaworthiness, anchoring techniques, meal planning, provisioning and more; this just describes the preparation before departure for sea. The book then discusses the nuts and bolts of conducting an offshore passage, with shipkeeping, watchkeeping, monitoring and maintenance, preparing for heavy weather, ...
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Overview

Further Offshore describes all steps involved in becoming an accomplished offshore passage maker. Initial boat selection, voyage planning, outfitting, routing, weather, medical concerns, vessel inspection for seaworthiness, anchoring techniques, meal planning, provisioning and more; this just describes the preparation before departure for sea. The book then discusses the nuts and bolts of conducting an offshore passage, with shipkeeping, watchkeeping, monitoring and maintenance, preparing for heavy weather, emergency protocols, and storm management tactics. Concluding with making landfall, this book is a concise yet comprehensive guide for anyone who contemplates offshore sailing.

About the Author:
Captain Ed Mapes is a licensed US Coast Guard Master, and teaches sailing at the American Sailing Association. He contributes articles to numerous sailing magazines and is the author of Ready to Sail

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Editorial Reviews

Royal Navy Sailing Association
...there is much in here to interest the inexperienced potential skipper/owner of a planned ocean or long distance passage. (Mapes) covers everything from choice of vessel, fitting out, voyage planning, victualling, boat handling, crew selection, health, etc. There is a particularly large section on weather and forecasting... I would strongly recommend it for anyone planning a long voyage for the first time as skipper or crew as one very experienced skipper's way of doing things.
The Bookwatch
Any library strong in nautical how-to information or offshore sailing needs Ed Mapes' Further Offshore, directed to sailors who already have the basics down and who want to go further than day sailors usually achieve, to bluewater heights. The author is a USCG certified Master Mariner, sailing instructor and delivery skipper and has years of sailing behind him. Highly recommended as a definitive guide to everything from boat insurance and weather to watchkeeping and safety.
Latitudes & Attitudes
This book describes all the steps involved in becoming an accomplished offshore passagemaker. This includes the selection of the right boat, planning a voyage, outfitting and routing, as well as weather, medical concerns, etc. You will learn how to inspect a boat for seaworthiness as well as the best anchoring techniques. For the newcomer to sailing who is planning to go voyaging, this is a must-have book. The author is a licensed Coast Guard Master.
Royal Naval Sailing Association
...there is much in here to interest the inexperienced potential skipper/owner of a planned ocean or long distance passage. (Mapes) covers everything from choice of vessel, fitting out, voyage planning, victualling, boat handling, crew selection, health, etc. There is a particularly large section on weather and forecasting... I would strongly recommend it for anyone planning a long voyage for the first time as skipper or crew as one very experienced skipper's way of doing things.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574092530
  • Publisher: Sheridan House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


The Big Picture
The Voyage Project     3
Passagemaking With Shorthanded Crew     12
Voyaging and Cruising With Children     17
The Boat and Fitting Out
The Proper Ocean Sailing Vessel     23
Offshore Essentials: Gear and Instrumentation     33
Safety Equipment and Safety Measures     47
Sails and Sail Repair     63
Communications     73
Self-Steering Systems     78
Alternative Energy     86
Radar     89
Planning for the Voyage
Health and the Offshore Sailor     97
Health Insurance     108
Boat Insurance     113
Mariner's Weather     116
Voyage Routing     153
Preparing the Crew     157
Meal Planning and Provisioning     162
Final Vessel Preparations for Sea     167
Boat Handling and Shipkeeping
Maneuvering Under Power     175
Anchors and Anchoring Techniques     184
Going Aloft in the Bosun's Chair     195
Safety Tactics, Protocols, and Procedures     197
Monitoring and Maintenance at Sea     219
Shipkeeping at Sea     226
Boarding by the Coast Guard     231
Under Way
Departure at Last     237
Watchkeeping     240
Logkeeping     246
Making Landfall     250
Appendices
Checklist for Personal Gear and Clothing     255
Preparations for Offshore Sailing (toolkit/spares)     257
Inspection Checklists     260
Crewmember Responsibilities and Duties     269
Float Plan     271
Power of Attorney     272
COLREGS     276
Medical Problems and Emergencies Offshore     297
Tables
Fahrenheit-Celsius     332
Beaufort Scale     333
Dew Point Conversion     335
Schematic View of voyager     337
Recommended Reading     339
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