Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors [NOOK Book]


The most comprehensive and helpful guide ever written for selecting and equipping a cruising sailboat

Whether you’re a coastal or offshore cruiser, you’ll find your most pressing concerns treated with the know-how that makes for skillful, confident cruising in Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook. The author -- one of the most respected marine how-to authors on either side of the Atlantic, and author of the universally admired Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, -- walks ...

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The most comprehensive and helpful guide ever written for selecting and equipping a cruising sailboat

Whether you’re a coastal or offshore cruiser, you’ll find your most pressing concerns treated with the know-how that makes for skillful, confident cruising in Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook. The author -- one of the most respected marine how-to authors on either side of the Atlantic, and author of the universally admired Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, -- walks you through all key technical and practical aspects of modern cruising systems and equipment, providing you with a summary of the skills necessary for safe, enjoyable sailing.

The first half of the book includes an easy-to-use tabular method for evaluating a boat's suitability for cruising; ideas for workable deck and interior lay-outs and organization; how to choose and configure suitable boat systems for cruising; and how to install gear for trouble free operation.

The book's second half teaches you boat handling skills; core navigational expertise; anchoring techniques; weather understanding; heavy weather expertise; and specific skills for long-term and long-distance cruising.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071797351
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 909,875
  • File size: 50 MB
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Meet the Author

Nigel Calder has decades of sailing and cruising behind him. He is widely acknowledged as the world's foremost writer on boat systems maintenance, and writes regularly for SAIL, Cruising World, Ocean Navigator, Professional Boatbuilder, and Yachting Monthly, among other magazines. He is the author of six books, including Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, Marine Diesel Engines, Refrigeration for Pleasureboats, The Cruising Guide to the Northwest Caribbean, and Cuba: A Cruising Guide.
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Table of Contents

Front Matter Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Part One: The Boat Chapter 1. A Boat for Cruising Basic Design Parameters Length-Beam Ratio; Keel Types; Displacement Calculations; Ballast Ratio; Displacement-Length Ratio; Overhangs; Waterplanes and Immersion; Comfort Factor; Sail Area-Displacement Ratio; Stability Curves and Ratio; Capsize Screening Value and STIX Number; Maintaining Control; Speed-Length Ratio; Buttocks, Diagonals, and Aft Sections; Speed versus Comfort Getting Down to Details Construction Materials; Cored Hulls and Decks; Hull-to-Deck Joints; Structural Reinforcements; Keels; Rudders and Skegs; Skegs and Propellers; Bilge Water and Tankage Conclusion Chapter 2. On Deck Rigs and Rigging Rig Options; Masts, Spreaders, and Shroud Angles; Holding Up the Mast; Roller-Reefing Foresails; Mainsail; Odds and Ends Cockpits and Deck Layout Center or Aft Cockpit; Basic Parameters and the Comfort Factor; Steering; Dodgers and Biminis; Cockpit Flooding; Deck Design and Layout; Stowage Dealing with Ground Tackle Bow Platform; Deck Layout; Anchor Wells; Chain Locker; Windlasses Addendum: Carbon Fiber Masts Lightning and Other Survival Issues Chapter 3. Cruising Accommodations: Fusing Functionality at Sea with Comfort on the Hook General Considerations Minimizing Motion; Keeping Things in Place; Insulation; Ventilation; Air Conditioning and Heating Specific Spaces Navigation Station; Wet Locker; Galley; Saloon; Forecabins, Quarter Berths, and Aft Cabins; Head Compartment Conclusion Addendum: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Carbon Monoxide Alarms Chapter 4. Electrical Systems A Balanced System Keeping the Load Down; The Supply Side; Supplementary Sources of Power; Defining the Limits; Miscellaneous DC Systems Issues DC to AC Inverters Sizing an Inverter; DC and AC Installations Over-Current Protection and High-Current Circuits What Size Fuse or Circuit Breaker?; High-Current Circuits; Check Your Own Boat Low-Energy Refrigeration Efficiency; Versatility; Insulate, Insulate, Insulate; Enhancing Performance; Effective Refrigeration Low-Energy Lighting Fluorescent Lights; LED Lighting; Halogen Lights AC Systems Safety; Corrosion; Miscellaneous AC Systems Comments Bonding, Zinc Anodes, and Lightning Protection Stray-Current Corrosion and Bonding; Lightning Protection Conclusion Chapter 5. The Rest of the Systems The Engine and Propeller How Big an Engine?; Propeller Sizing; Propeller Matters; Peripheral Systems; Living with an Engine Fuel and Water Tanks Metal Tanks; Plastic Tanks; Freshwater Systems; Watermakers Bilge Pumps Flooding Rates and Pumping Capacities; Improving Performance: Hoses and Check Valves; Improving Performance: Electrical Considerations; Float Switches; Keeping Dry Below Decks Through-Hulls, Seacocks, and Hoses Quality Through-Hulls and Seacocks; Hoses Propane Installations The Problem of Refills When Cruising Making Equipment Choices What Spares to Carry? Chapter 6. Acquisition Strategies Defining Priorities What Size Boat?; To Build or Not to Build; Commissioning Costs Used-Boat Market Refurbishing an Older Sailboat; Old Racing Boats; A Survey; Go Sailing as Soon as Possible! Cruising-Boat Questionnaire and Checklist of Desirable Features Part Two: Cruising Skills Chapter 7. Boat Handling under Power and Sail Maneuvering under Power Close Quarters Maneuvering under Power; Docking (Mooring) Lines; Docking Situations; The Mediterranean Moor; Getting in and out of Slips; Picking up and Leaving a Mooring Sailing Skills A Little Theory (of Sorts!); Going to Windward; Using Telltales; Adjusting Draft; Tacking; Reaching; Running before the Wind; Double Headsails; Spinnakers; Cruising Spinnakers; Weather Helm and Lee Helm; Motor Sailing Tuning a Rig Preparatory Measurements; Static Tuning; Dynamic Tuning at Sea Chapter 8. Piloting, Navigation, and the Rules of the Road Paper Charts Chart Construction; Chart Terminology and Symbols; Chart Corrections; Other Nautical Publications Buoyage Systems and Lighthouses Lateral and Cardinal Marks; Lighthouses; Picking out Navigation Marks Compasses and Plotting Compass Basics; Compass Installation and Adjustment; Transferring Bearings to and from a Chart; Plotting Positions Basic Piloting Dead Reckoning; Estimated Positions, and Set and Drift; Fixes; Plotting Conventions; Tides, Tidal Currents, and Currents; Keeping a Logbook; Expanding the Piloting Repertoire; Complex Situations, Fog, and Coral Electronic Navigation Chart and GPS Datums; Electronic Charting; Radar Navigation Rules of the Road Basic Rules; Sound (and Light) Signals; Navigation Lights In Perspective Addendum: One Person's Ellipsoid Is Another Person's Shipwreck Newton versus the Cassini Family; From Sphere to Ellipsoid; From Ellipsoid to Geoid; A New Age; Nautical Peculiarities; Avoiding Reefs Chapter 9. Anchoring, Running Aground, and Kedging Off Ground Tackle Calculating the Load; Matching the Components; Chain Rodes; Rope Rodes; How Much Rode?; Anchor Choices Anchoring Anchoring Routine; Setting and Retrieving an Anchor under Sail; Setting More than One Anchor; Retrieving (Weighing) an Anchor Running Aground and Kedging Off Running Aground under Sail; Running Aground on a Rising Tide; Running Aground on a Falling Tide; Running Aground in Tideless Waters; Towing and Salvage Chapter 10. The Ditty Bag Modern Ropes A Look at Construction; Caring for Ropes Marlinespike Seamanship Knots; Eye Splices; Seizings and Whippings; Ratlines Sails Materials and Construction; Maintenance and Repairs Dinghies Hard versus Inflatable; Inflatable Options; Getting a Dinghy on and off a Boat; Miscellaneous Dinghy Thoughts Foul-Weather Gear Features; Layering and the Extremities Safety-Related Equipment Life Jackets and Harnesses; Crew Overboard Maneuvers; Fire Extinguishers Chapter 11. Weather Predictions and Heavy-Weather Sailing Basic Theory Adding Wind and Putting a Spin on These Processes; Pressure Changes, Isobars, and Wind Direction; Relative Humidity, Air Masses, Stability, and Instability; Frontal Systems; The Jet Stream and the 500-Millibar Chart; The Big Picture Coastal Cruising: Putting Theory to Use Onshore and Offshore Winds; Thunderstorms; Fog Offshore Cruising: Putting Theory to Use Things to Monitor; Signs of Change; Ocean Currents Extreme Weather Situations Hurricanes and Typhoons; Rapidly Intensifying Lows (Meteorological Bombs); Microbursts Heavy-Weather Sailing Being Prepared; Heaving-To; Lying Ahull; Running Off; Sea Anchors; Dealing with Flooding; Abandoning Ship Conclusion Chapter 12. Extended Cruising and Staying in Touch Logistical Considerations Provisioning; Ensuring Safe Water; Environmental Issues; Finding Crew; Financial Matters and Insurance; Bureaucracy; Children Onboard Staying Healthy Seasickness; Good Health in Tropical Climates; Diarrhea; Childhood Infections and Infestations; Avoiding Mosquito-Borne and Other Transmittable Diseases; Cuts, Scratches, Insect Bites, and Marine Hazards Staying in Touch Big Ship Developments; VHF Radio; Marine SSB and Ham SSB Radio; Inmarsat; Satellite and Cell (Mobile) Phones; E-Mail; Making Decisions; Snail Mail Postscript Bibliography Metric Conversions and Trademarks Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2006

    Thick and a bit gassy

    It's a big expensive book like the rest. I'd recommend it for cookie cutter big buck cruising. If you're a bit more fringe finanically, it's only going to frustrate you. Geared for the charter boat world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    Outstanding summary for beginners and experienced cruisers

    My wife and I realized a dream as we purchased our Valiant 40 in Dec. of 2000. Since that time I have read as many books as possible on all the various subjects needed to become a proficient cruiser. We have taken the courses prescribed and sailed as often as possible to upgrade our skills..we were really novices. I was driving my wife crazy as I bought book after book to find 'the answer' to all cruising situations. If I were to take one book on our boat while cruising...this is it! Excellent job!! Covers it all!!

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