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Overview

"Sailors' Secrets is a distillation of boating wisdom unmatched by any other. . . . If I were just starting to collect nautical books, I'd think seriously about getting this one first. I found something new and interesting on every page."--Living Aboard

"A delightful, dual-purpose kind of book. You can sit down and read through it for pleasure [and] it makes a fine reference."--Mariner's Log (Houston)

"This treasure chest of useful advice is offered in bite-size tidbits that will keep the reader coming back for more."--The Log (San Diego)

Sailors' Secrets contains over 1,000 tips, suggestions, evaluations, and nuggets of hard-won advice from more than 300 seasoned veterans.

Instructive, humorous, biting, and challenging, Sailors' Secrets can be opened anywhere and enjoyed. Its wide-ranging chapters cover routine maintenance, understanding weather, safety at sea, storm strategies, piloting, engine troubleshooting, gear and outfitting, and simple solutions to complex problems.

Michael Badham and Robby Robinson have created the nautical equivalent of an experts' forum. Don Casey, Dennis Conner, Bob Rice, Dave Gerr, Hank Hinckley, Bill Biwenga, Sheila McCurdy, Katy Burke, Meade Gougeon, Buddy Melges, Walter Greene, Steve Callahan, and a host of others share the insights they've developed over millions of sea miles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071348690
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/30/1999
  • Edition description: PAPERBACK
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,369,852
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Badham is a former British Royal Navy submarine commander and Caribbean charterboat owner and skipper. In 1960, with his wife and children, he set sail for Australia but, like Columbus, fetched up on America, where he has dallied ever since.

Robby Robinson has been on the water for 50 years. He has sailed with and raced against many of the experts in this book. A former editor of SAIL magazine, he has cruised worldwide and lived aboard his sailboat with his wife and two children.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Keep It Simple, Sweetheart

Chapter 2. Know Your Stuff

Know the Ropes

Handle Your Boat

Know the Rules

Know What to Say; Know What to Do

Chapter 3. Treat Your Boat Right

Bottom Paints and Varnishwork

Coating and Cleaning

Natural Elements

Natural Enemies

Natural Wonders

Tips, Tricks, and Tools

Noble Names

Chapter 4. Stay in Power

Sails

Engines

Electrics

Chapter 5. Enjoy Life Afloat

Sailors' Survey: Heat

Sailors' Survey: Guns?

Sailors' Survey: Insurance

Chapter 6. Study the Weather

Chapter 7. Handle Heavy Weather

Handle It

Heavy-Weather Tactics

Design for Heavy Weather

Reckon with the Rogues

Heed the Lore

Sailors' Survey: Storm Navigation

Sailors' Survey: What's Behind the Storm?

Morale Makes the Difference

Chapter 8. Know Where You Are

Chapter 9. Save Yourself

Sailors' Survey: Fishing

Sailors' Survey: Hypothermia

Chapter 10. Be Safe

Be Prepared

Safety Gear

Experience

Learn Well

Orders

By the Book

Man Overboard

Practice

About Our Contributors

Bibliography

Index

Permissions

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