The Complete Yachtmaster: Sailing, Seamanship and Navigation for the Modern Yacht Skipper

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When it was first published The Complete Yachtmaster proved immediately popular with a wide range of readers, from skippers and crew to Yachtmaster students, bringing together as it does all the essentials of modern cruising within one volume. Although the boat-handling and seamanship sections of this book have required only minor alterations, other areas of the book have evolved to keep in line with the revolution in navigation. Tom Cunliffe is not only an examiner of RYA Yachtmaster Instructors; he is very much...
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The Complete Yachtmaster: Sailing, Seamanship and Navigation for the Modern Yacht Skipper

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Overview

When it was first published The Complete Yachtmaster proved immediately popular with a wide range of readers, from skippers and crew to Yachtmaster students, bringing together as it does all the essentials of modern cruising within one volume. Although the boat-handling and seamanship sections of this book have required only minor alterations, other areas of the book have evolved to keep in line with the revolution in navigation. Tom Cunliffe is not only an examiner of RYA Yachtmaster Instructors; he is very much an active sailor who runs up a heavy annual mileage in his own cruising yacht. This combination has enabled him to communicate the ever-advancing potential of electronic navigation techniques better than most. In this fourth edition of what has become a standard work, he shows the modern skipper how to use today's exciting equipment to refine a philosophy of navigation which has not changed since the beginning of seafaring. Throughout the book Tom Cunliffe never lets the reader forget that no single skill can be divorced from the wide range of knowledge that makes up the armoury of the complete Yachtmaster. The latest edition of The Complete Yachtmaster is required reading for anyone skippering a yacht. For examination candidates, whether on board or in the classroom, it guides the reader as authoritatively and reassuringly through the syllabus as a sea pilot bringing a ship to harbour.
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"Required reading for skippers whether on board or in the classroom." —Yachting Life
 
"Brings together all the essentials of modern cruising in one volume, and ensures that this time-tested book will continue to be the foundation for navigators, skippers and anyone undertaking coastal and offshore passages." —All at Sea
 

"The absolute bible for anyone intending to go to sea in boats." —stainesnews.co.uk"No other book explains every facet of sailing as comprehensively . . . any boat would be better equipped with this book aboard." —Yachting Monthly

"Contains everything you need to know about the theory and practice of sailing." —Surrey Herald

"Excellent, a must for the library and winter reading." —Compass Magazine 
 
"Contains everything you need to know about the theory and practice of sailing." —Surrey Herald "An ideal gift to give to the aspiring sailor to ensure the challenges ahead are properly understood." —Nautical Magazine "These are new editions of well-established books essentially addressing the RYA Yachtmaster offshore qualification. Both books are beautifully produced with excellent diagrams and illustrations in full colour and seem to me to cover the syllabus comprehensively and well." —The Little Ship  
 
"As in most Adlard Coles publications it also almost goes without saying that the presentation—text, graphics, pictures—is superb." —Sailing For Southern Africa  
 
"A gem, distilled from decades of experience." —Yachting Monthly  
 
"Cunliffe's competence and authority radiate from the pages . . . thoroughly recommended." —Little Ship Club  
 
"There are all too few authors who not only know their subject but can write well about it. Tom Cunliffe is one." —Cruising
 
"In this fully revised eighth edition, international expert and author, Tom Cunliffe, brings together all the essentials of modern cruising in one volume." —Yachting Times Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408129845
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/15/2012
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Cunliffe has been sailing for most of his life and has worked in all branches of the profession, both racing and cruising. He is an RYA Yachtmaster Examiner (Offshore and Ocean) and writes regularly for Yachting Monthly and Yachting World. He has sailed from the Caribbean to Russia and from Brazil to the Arctic.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Skipper 3
2 The Theory of Sailing 6
Sails
3 Efficient Sailing 12
Shaping the headsail
Shaping the mainsail
Sail combinations
Hull balance
Shortening sail
4 Basic Seamanship under Sail 21
Tacking
Gybing
Poling out a genoa
Painless sail reduction
Heaving to
Reefing
Headsail changes
5 Boat Handling under Sail 32
No brakes
Wind awareness
Tide awareness
Sailing slowly
Mooring under sail
Leaving a mooring
Anchoring
Berthing
6 Boat Handling under Power 39
Pivoting
Blowing off
Rudder effect
Propeller effects
Moving ahead
The set piece short turn
Motoring astern
Berthing
Coming alongside
Leaving an alongside berth
7 Ropes and Ropework 52
Types of rope
Wire halyards
Knots, splices and whippings
Eyes and ends
Rope handling
Tying up
Coming alongside
Towing
8 Anchoring 64
Holding ground
Types of anchor
Types of cable
Weighting the cable
Selecting an anchorage
Laying an anchor
Weighing anchor
Fouled anchors
Anchoring stern- or bow-to
Kedging off
Storm anchoring
9 Yacht Engines 75
Basic maintenance
Trouble shooting
Fuel problems
10 Sailing in Heavy Weather 81
Preparing the boat
Sails
Steering in waves
Survival tactics
11 Navigation--an Introduction 88
12 Charts, Publications and Chart Table Tools 91
Latitude, longitude and the globe
Chart projections
Direction
Scale and passage requirements
Chart symbols
Other information on the chart
Chart datums
Yachting charts
Electronic charts
Chart corrections
The Nautical Almanac
Pilot books and sailing directions
Chart table tools
13 Aids to Navigation 101
Lighthouses
Offshore marks
Inshore marks
14 Tidal Heights 107
Tide tables
Secondary ports
Tidal definitions
Intermediate tidal heights
Non-astronomical factors in tide movements
The essence of a tidal height question
Tidal height computers
Using tidal height calculations safely
15 Tidal Streams 119
Tidal gates
Deep and shoal water
Tide-induced sea states
Information on tidal streams
16 Traditional Navigational Inputs 123
The compass
Variation
Deviation
Heeling error
Local magnetic anomalies
Compass dip
The log
Depth
17 The Estimated Position 131
Leeway
The tide vector
The echo sounder
Plotting
The log book
18 Classical Position Fixing 136
The eyeball fix and the position line
Sources of position line
Preplotting and use of ship's heading
The running fix
Evaluation of fixes
19 GPS and Radar 146
Global Positioning
System (GPS)
Chart datums
Additional functions of electronic navigators
Electronic chart plotters
Marine computers
Radar
20 Course Shaping 158
Course to steer at the turn of the tide
The longer passage
Leeway
21 Navigational Strategy 164
Wind, tide, light and darkness
Wind shifts
Beating in water free of currents
The favoured tack
Unpredicted wind shifts
Anticipated wind shifts
Beating in a cross-current
Beating in a cross-tide
Tacking downwind
VMG
22 Passage Planning 171
Charts and overall distances
Pilot books
Alternative destinations
Waypoints
Waypoint lists
Sailplans (routes)
Weather
Tidal streams
Off-lying dangers
Tidal heights
Daylight
Fuel
Courses to steer
Tactics and strategy
Pilotage plan
23 Pilotage 177
Safe track
Instant position lines
Forward planning
24 Passage Navigation 184
Inshore passages
Offshore passages
25 Domestics of a Passage 191
Food
Sleep
Warmth
Space
Seasickness
26 Fog 195
Maintain your plot
Fog seamanship
Fog tactics
27 Tactics and Navigation in Heavy Weather 200
Navigation in poor conditions
28 Damage Control 204
Tool kits and spare parts
Fire prevention and fighting
Jury rigs
Ropes around the propeller
Steering failure
Dismasting
29 Emergencies 212
Lifeboat rescue
Helicopter rescue
First on the scene
Taking to the liferaft
Pyrotechnics
30 Man Overboard 220
The reach-turn-reach
Crash stop
Bringing the casualty aboard
Search and rescue
31 Weather 226
The frontal depression
Mutually exclusive air masses
Air circulation
Depression formation
Depression tracks
Frontal anatomy
Occlusions
Secondary depressions
Locating a low pressure centre
Wind strengths in depressions
Cyclonic winds
Depressions in the southern hemisphere
High pressure
The squeeze
Fog
Sea breezes
Appendix Stability in Sailing Yachts 234
Index 237
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