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DocksideWhile Dietrich von Haefton's book deal with storm tactics, half of the book is devoted to the causes and effects of weather and how they affect boats. The book makes it clear that coping with storms requires the mariner to know what kind of storm is confronting him and he will be better prepared by knowing how the storm will evolve. The book deals exclusively with sail boats, but this should not diminish its value to power boaters because the common denominator is weather and sea conditions and their effect on the boat and crew. An important chapter, too often over looked in other articles and books about storms, is von Haeften's chapter on Gales in Harbour. For sheer opportunities for collision, damage and injury, nothing can surpass violent weather in a harbor crowded with unprepared and uncrewed boats.
How to Cope with Storms is a concise, readable package of information as appropriate for refreshing your knowledge of storms as for a first exploration of the subject. It is both practical and simple.