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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical (27 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713688866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713688863
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a comprehensive guide to sailing (or motor boating) round Britain . --Sailing Today- Highly Recommended Title

'Clear writing, stunning imagery and useful graphics make for a manual at once informative and entertaining. The book is an invaluable guide to anyone thinking of cruising the UK' --Yachting Monthly

'Sam Steele's book is fully researched and well written with great pictures and illustrations making this the perfect planning guide.' --The Little Ship (Winter 2009)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Holt on 17 Dec 2008
Format: Paperback
I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this book for some time. Sadly it was published too late for my own voyage around GB, but I was keen to get my copy anyway to not only see how it should be done, but to see where I might have learned a few tips.

My initial thoughts are how extremely comprehensive this book is, this is a full-on reference book, fully researched and well written with great pictures and illustrations. But I would go further and say that the vast majority of the practical advice and detail in this book is applicable to anyone making a passage in and around UK waters, not just those who want to do the whole 360 degree thing. Do I wish I'd had a copy before I set off on my voyage? You bet I do. And the main reason why? Well, most importantly, it's knowing that whatever you are planning or whatever you do, it's reassuring to know that someone has done it before you and it is far better to learn from others, than to completely re-invent the wheel. Well done, a full 5 stars, an absolute must for every chart table.

Chaper headings include: Is this the voyage for me?, Planning route, Finances, Preparations, Stores/Equipment/Kit, Provisioning, Mooring/Anchoring, Weather, Staying in Touch, Navigation, Life on Board, Safety, Hazards and Engine maintenance.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary Trim on 31 Dec 2008
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Sam Steele has written a very useful book. Sailing round the Coast of Britain is quite a challenge. She has done it by dint of hard work and preparation. To her own first hand experience she has added a survey of the experience of over 60 other circumnavigators. The result is a very useful resource. The title is accurate. Sam is aiming to give guidance to anyone aspiring to the same venture while she recognises that there are several practical variations.
All cruising skippers will find useful advice for coastal voyaging - not just those people who want to shape and realise a `Round Britain dream'. I have to come clean here. I am one of those. Having sailed round the coast once under the tutelage of a professional skipper we do not rule out doing it again now David and I have our own boat. And Sam's book will help us if we do. We recommend it to anyone who wants a practical insight into how to circumnavigate the UK. Sam `does' detail where it really helps, eg anchoring - essential for this venture, or how to do an electrical audit, as well as: charts, leaving your home empty, and a whole gamut of other topics. Buy it. It will save its cost many times over if you take your courage in your hands and follow in her wake.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Grout on 10 Dec 2008
Format: Paperback
UK and Ireland Circumnavigator's Guide
I'm looking to do this trip in the not too distant future.
What I needed was a concise book that was interesting and easy to read yet gave me sufficient factual content to feel that I will be well prepared.
Thankfully it doesn't just give me a list of Waypoints used, but does give an insight to navigating the trickier bits, Orkney's being a case in point.
Although Sam didn't go round the west of Ireland I felt there was sufficient information to stand me in good stead for my voyage.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone, not just for a round Britain trip, but anywhere, as there are so many valid aspects for any voyage.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Telford on 3 Jan 2009
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I saw it mentioned by Simon Keeling on his website,and hoped that it would help me with my idea, more mumble than plan, that I might take the Idle Duck 'around' when she was back in the water.

It appeared under the tree from my son and the truth is that I was very boring for the rest of Christmas, as I did not put it down. Of course my son has been angling for a real expedition ever since the Duck came home.

It is truly a book to read, and also a book to reference; the comforting statistics that others use their engines as much as I do, and planned to, even whilst fitting a feathering prop to improve the sailing potential of an old fashioned bawley type; No pretence to puritanism here...

Just enough detail of the bits needing more research but more importantly, what I should be looking for and where to start. Just look at the Contents, starting with 'Is this the voyage for me?, Planning, Finances, Mooring and Anchoring, Weather, Staying in Touch, a modern approach rather than disappearing for six months, Navigation of course, but different aspects,and Hazards in Coastal Waters. All supported by the statistics of others who had done it in different ways.

So all the salient bits are covered, without competing with specialised publications. This is not a travelogue, but an extensive introduction to how to set about it.
There are things that you wish were more detailed, but that is the point, it clearly was never intended to be totally comprehensive, just enough to get you excited.

But what exactly does the map on page 8 illustrate...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Keeling on 30 Nov 2008
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This book oozes quality. From the moment you pick it up and read the first page you know that you have treated yourself to a real winner.

There are plenty of colour pictures and the hints and tips contained within will prove invaulable to any sailor. I learnt so much about preparing and fulfilling a UK circumnavigation from this book that it would have taken many tens of other books to get the same information.

What's more, even if a UK trip is not on your 'to do' list, there are many anecdotes in the book which make it an enjoyable and readable by everyone from the non-sailors to the round-the-world yottie.

This is a 'must'UK and Ireland Circumnavigator's Guide for all sailor's and those for whom 'Dogger, Fisher and Fastnet' hold a fascination.
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