The Art of Seamanship: Evolving Skills, Exploring Oceans, and Handling Wind, Waves, and Weather

The Art of Seamanship: Evolving Skills, Exploring Oceans, and Handling Wind, Waves, and Weather

by Ralph Naranjo


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071493420
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 09/12/2014
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 987,955
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

RALPH NARANJO has been an authoritative voice in the marine community for more than 30 years. He continues his sailor advocacy as technical editor to Practical
and is a regular contributor to Cruising World magazine. During his 10 years at the U.S. Naval Academy he helped guide safety and seamanship training and played a key role in the development of the navy's new 44-foot sail-training sloops. His sailing background includes a five-year family voyage around the world, which was documented in his book Wind Shadow West. He and his wife, Lenore, have made two other lengthy cruises aboard their 41-foot Ericson sloop, Wind Shadow. During the past 15 years, he has moderated US Sailing Safety at Sea seminars across the country, and he is now an adjunct lecturer at the Annapolis School of Seamanship, where he is helping to develop a new line of courses tailored to cruising sailors.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: The Art and Science of Seamanship
The Safety Triangle
Seamanship by the Boat
The Safety Triangle in the Era of Offshore Rallies
What Is Seamanship, by Sheila McCurdy

Chapter 2: Planning Is Seamanship
Are You Prepared
Preparing the Boat
Preparing the Crew
Preparing the Itinerary
Avoiding Harm's Way
Preparing the Boat
Preparing the Crew
Turning a Plan into a Good Plan
Bermuda and Hawaii
Sample Itinerary for a One-Year East Coast Adventure

Chapter 3: Evolving as Skipper or Crew
Attributes of a Good Crewmember
Attributes of a Good Skipper
What Cruisers Can Learn from Racers
Training Opportunities
Evolving as Crew, by Lenore Naranjo
Hands-on Training Opportunities

Chapter 4: Boat Handling
Contingency Thinking
Boat-Handling Factors and Techniques
Performance Tweaks
The Boat-Handling Routine
Special Maneuvering Situations

Chapter 5: Lines, Line Handling, and Rigging
Line Selection
Line Handling
Running Rigging Leads and Hardware
Putting away the Lines
Knots to Know

Chapter 6: Anchors and Anchoring
Not-So-Serene Irene
Ground Tackle Sizing
Anchor Types
Anchor Performance in Tests versus the Real World
Anchor Rodes and Connecting Hardware
Ground-Tackle Connections
Ground-Tackle Handling Gear
Anchoring Tactics

Chapter 7: Sails and Sail Handling
Sailing Science
Masthead versus Fractional Rigs
Sail Technology
Shaping Sails Underway
Managing the Mainsail
Managing Headsails
Sail Repair
Material Choices

Chapter 8: Navigation
A Navigator's Day's Work at Sea
A Day’s Work Now
Piloting with Paper Charts and Ship's Compass
Navigation Publications
Electronic Navigation
Celestial Navigation
A Final Plea to Avoid Blind Faith in Electronic Fixes

Chapter 9: Sharing Crowded Waters
The Navigation Rules: An Overview
A Tour of the Rules
Making Landfall

Chapter 10: Reading the Sea and Sky
Living-Room Learning
The Flying Colours Incident
Surface Weather Systems
500-Millibar Charts
Tropical Weather Patterns
Weather Predictions
Professional Weather Services
Climate and Weather Cycles
Oceanographic Impacts on Wind and Sea
Unlocking the Mystery of the 500 Mb Chart, by Lee Chesneau

Chapter 11: Handling Heavy Weather
The Heavy-Weather Threshold
Coastal Waters and Seeking Shelter
Preparing for Heavy Weather at Sea
Storm Canvas
Storm Tactics

Chapter 12: The Boats We Sail
So What Kind of Boat Do You Want
Capable Cruisers of 40 to 44 Feet
Inspecting a Boat

Chapter 13: Staying Safe
Preparing Your Boat for Sea
Safety Gear
Emergency Gear
Crew-Overboard Recovery
Fire Afloat
Bottom Line
PFDs and Life Jackets, by Captain Kip Louttit, USCG Retired and Auxiliary
The Wingnuts Tragedy Revisited
Responding to a Steering Failure, by Chuck Hawley

Chapter 14: Communications
Ocean Zones and Communications Equipment
Wi-Fi Afloat
Rescue 21
Automatic Identification System (AIS)
Radio Talk
Making Choices


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