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"Secrets' is the modern Bowditch, written so clearly that navigation and seamanship will be comprehensible to anyone . . ."

Dave and Jaja Martin,

circumnavigators and authors of Into the Light: A Family's Epic Journey

"It's a great book. The prose is simple and clear . . ."

—John Vigor, author of The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat

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Seamanship Secrets: 185 Tips & Techniques for Better Navigation, Cruise Planning, and Boat Handling Under Power or Sail

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"Secrets' is the modern Bowditch, written so clearly that navigation and seamanship will be comprehensible to anyone . . ."

Dave and Jaja Martin,

circumnavigators and authors of Into the Light: A Family's Epic Journey

"It's a great book. The prose is simple and clear . . ."

—John Vigor, author of The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat

"The nautical tips and techniques presented are encyclopedic, yet the clear explanations demystify the topics . . ."

Don Launer, contributing editor for Good Old Boat magazine

"It is a fine piece of work and should be read by anyone contemplating coastal cruising or blue water voyages. It definitely deserves a place in the offshore yacht's library . . ."
—Ted Brewer, yacht designer, author, and offshore racing and cruising sailor

Be a Better Skipper

In the night, wind, rain, fog, big seas, strong currents, or congested waters, when there’s no time for textbook seamanship solutions, what you need are shortcuts and techniques that work quickly and reliably every time.

Distilled from the vast accumulated lore of seamanship and navigation, here are the absolute essentials—185 techniques that work without fail in the pilothouse or the exposed cockpit or flying bridge of a shorthanded sail- or powerboat. John Jamieson shows you how to:

  • Set up a clipboard chart table for cockpit use
  • Avoid hazards with danger bearings or a GPS grid highway
  • Estimate current speeds with the 50-90-100 rule
  • Track other boats in poor visibility using radar plots and bearing drift
  • Sail home without a rudder or get your twin-screw boat home on one working engine
  • Dock or anchor under any conditions
  • And much, much more

Even in this age of electronic navigation you need to know how to eyeball your boat through any situation. Each of the techniques in this cut-to-the-chase book has shown itself to be absolutely repeatable. It will work this time, the next time,

and the time a er that, in conditions fair or foul.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071605786
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/22/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 289,418
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Jamieson served 23 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as a navigator, instructor, search-and-rescue coxswain, and ship’s conning officer. He has taught seamanship and navigation for the coast gaurd and navy and helped coordinate search-and-rescue missions from the California-Oregon border to the Yucatan Peninsula, out to 1,000 miles offshore. A nationally certified sailing instructor, he has sailed singlehanded for 13 years and has delivered sailing vessels along the U.S. East Coast. He holds master and mate licenses for power and sail and directed the seamanship and chart navigation department of the internationally renowned Charles F. Chapman School of Seamanship in Stuart, Florida. Visit his website at

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Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Chart and Publication SecretsA Navigator’s Most Trusted CompanionChart Tints and ColoringFlat Beach, High Cliffs, or Soaring Peaks? How to Interpret Water Depths and Seabed CharacteristicsHeight Measurements for Safe PassageSymbols That Shout “Danger!” and “Beware!”Solve the Mystery of Aid-to-Navigation SymbolsRanges Lead You to SafetyThe Five Secrets for Visualizing Any Aid to NavigationChart Notes: Nuggets of Hidden GoldAre Your Charts Up-to-Date? Free Code-Breaker for 36,000 Mariners' FriendsFree Cruising Guides to Take You Anywhere 2. Chart Plotting and Preparation Skipper’s Navigation Tools Quick-and-Easy Review of Latitude and LongitudeHow to Choose the Chart Scale You NeedBox-Plot Your PositionHow to Convert Minutes, Seconds or Degrees to MilesTrue versus Magnetic Directions and Two Ways to Find VariationCheck Your Steering Compass in Three Easy StepsBulletproof Your Charts for Longer LifePaper Chartlets for Cockpit EaseComplete 90% of Your Navigation by AnnotationSave Time with Custom Distance Scales Invaluable Copilot: The Navigator’s Log 3. Easy Calculations and AdjustmentsLightning Fast Arrival Time EstimatesHow to Make a Speed Graph in Three Easy StepsNavigation Solutions in Less than Five SecondsHarness the Power of the 3-Minute RuleHow to Select and Calibrate a New CompassHow to Choose and Adjust Marine BinocularsHow to Adjust a Sextant in Three StepsHow to Adjust Your Radar for the Best Picture 4. Piloting Tips and TechniquesDR Plotting and the Boat-Trackline ConnectionHow to Become Piloting Sequence SavvyHow to Determine When You Will Make LandfallSecrets of the Most Accurate LOP on EarthA Simple Solution to Running-Fix ConfusionLongshore Piloting When Landfall Iis in DoubtHow to Avoid Hazards with Danger BearingsHow to Clear Hazards without Plotting on a ChartDepth Contour SecretsMagic Boat Markers for Distance OffMake a GPS Grid Highway to Avoid DangersHow to Plot a GPS Position in Lless than 5 Seconds Sail a Tacking Cone to a Windward DestinationICW Secrets: Channel Jogs and Marker Silhouettes 5. Tides, Currents, and LeewayHow to Predict Tides Anywhere in the WorldThe Secret to Understanding Tidal CurrentsTap the Magic of the 50-90-100 Rule Slack Intervals: Nature's Gift to MarinersHow to Measure the Effect of Current in Three Easy StepsHow to Cross the Gulf Stream or Any Other Ocean CurrentHow to Correct for Leeway Wind Drift 6. Bridges, Night Passages, and Other Tricky Navigation SituationsCracking the Mystery of Bridge LightingUse the Secret of “Triple Timing” to Verify a Lighted ATONHow to Use S.T.O.P. for Easy OrientationRange Sector Strategy SecretsRed Sectors Give Instant Danger Bearings 7. Avoiding Collision by Eye or RadarBearing Drift: A First Sign that Danger ExistsUse Sectoring to Track a Crossing or Overtaking Vessel Caught in a Ship’s Blind SpotHow to Identify Motionless Contacts on Your RadarAvoiding Collisions the E.A.S.A. WayHow to Cross behind a Stern-Towing TugIdentify Vessels Towing Barges Alongside or Pushing Them AheadQuick Guide for Sailboat-to-Sailboat SituationsHow to Become Sound Signal SavvyHow to Use the Three Factors of the LookoutRadar Scope Plotting 8. Diesel Engine Maintenance and Powerboat SeamanshipA Simple User’s Guide to Inboard Diesel Engine MaintenanceHow to Manually Shut Down a Diesel EngineHow to Stop a Runaway EngineFighting Engineroom Fires by Remote ControlStay Safe When Hooking Up Shore PowerWake Control and Emergency Wake BreakingDecisions to Make Before Running an InletHow to Make a Fuel Consumption Graph 9. Sailboat Seamanship The Sailing Skipper’s Eight-Component Inspection Clearing Up the Mystery of Apparent WindHow to Determine Wind Forces How to Shape the Mainsail, a Sailboat’s Main Propulsion UnitHow to Shape Headsails for Power or SpeedThree Easy Steps for Heavy Weather ControlHow to Remove a Jammed Sheet from a WinchHow to Sail Home if the Steering FailsHow to Prevent an Accidental JibeHow to Short Tack in a Narrow Channel 10.Docking SeamanshipSingle-Screw Boat-Handling SecretsTwin-Screw Boat-Handling SecretsDocking and Undocking with One Spring Line Working into a Slip under Main or HeadsailHow to Parallel Park between Two BoatsHow to Warp a Boat around a Pier or PilingHow to Dock a Twin-Screw Boat with One Working Engine 11.Anchoring and Marlinspike SeamanshipHow to Choose the Right Anchors for Your BoatChoose the Proper Anchor Rode for SafetyHorizontal Loading: The Secret to Drag PreventionThe Five-Factor Guide to a Secure AnchorageHow to Increase an Anchor’s Holding PowerHow to Rig a Two-Anchor Mooring SystemSecrets to Anchoring under PowerAnchoring under Mainsail or HeadsailHow to Use Casting Kedges for UngroundingHow to Make a Snubber Bridle for an All-Chain RodeThe Five Kings of Marlinspike Seamanship 12. Weather and Water WisdomA Mariner’s Most Essential Weather PredictorUsing a Weather Pattern LogWeather Information Resources for MarinersHow to Predict Wind Shifts in Low-Pressure SystemsMeeting a Line SquallLightning Timing and Protective StrategiesHow to Predict Wave Heights for CruisingSwell SecretsHow to Use Terrain Effect in Cruise Planning 13. Preventing and Handling EmergenciesFuel-Fire Prevention TechniquesGalley Stove Safety Secrets Overboard Recovery and Reality ChecksUse N.O.W. and Keep Crewmembers Alive and WellHandle Flooding Emergencies with M.A.T.E.How to Use Your Engine as a Dewatering PumpOther Strategies for Staying Afloat when DamagedSigns of Hypothermia and Cold-Water ShockSkipper’s Immersion Survival and Treatments Guide Appendix I. Useful Tables Appendix II. Additional Concepts and Formulas Bibliography Index

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