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Manoeuvring: At Close Quarters Under Power

Manoeuvring: At Close Quarters Under Power [Kindle Edition]

Bill Johnson
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This 'how to tackle any situation' guide, printed on heavyweight paper, covers everything from moorings to rafts, piles, trots, pontoons and marina berths, explaining each manoeuvre with simple text and a clear diagram Practical Boat Owner 20111201 This is the book every sailor need to read before taking up a marina berth Yachting Monthly 20120606 This is the book every sailor need to read before taking up a marina berth Yachting Monthly 20120606 makes for an excellent tutorial, and the sort of guide that might be very handy to have on board! Sailing

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This is a unique, practical, hands-on guide to boat manoeuvring.

Manoeuvring a yacht under engine at close quarters in a marine of close
to other (expensive!) boats can be a daunting prospect for the
inexperienced skipper - but it has to be done in order to take your
boat off a pontoon to go sailing, and to berth her after a day on the
water. Throw in fast flowing tides, and wind which might blow from the
bow or beam or stern, and the exercise becomes even more of a lottery -
even for the experienced boat handler.

Here at last is a well organised visual guide to coping in every
possible combination of wind and tide. Laid out in a very clear
fashion, with one manoeuvre per page and in a handy wiro format, this
is the ideal teach yourself guide, and the perfect on-board aide
memoire. It will be a godsend to every nervous helmsman, and a good
talking point for crew!

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2733 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408132117
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles; 1 edition (5 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DVMD6X2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was brought up in the Scottish Borders and the Isle of Skye, became an engineer and worked for 20 years mainly in software.

I was also a keen SCUBA diver, and that was my main occupation most weekends.

Then I took a year off work to go long distance sailing (with a SCUBA compressor strapped to the coach roof of the yacht), and that year out of the office literally changed my life. It was impossible to take corporate life seriously any more!

I moved to Devon and started a sailing school called Aztec Sailing. (There's more of this on the Aztec Sailing website if you're interested.) My own sailing background is a little unorthodox and largely self taught - I love the sea, and enjoy teaching and explaining things in, hopefully, a fresh way.

That's what the books do. My 3 sons keep me pretty tied to home these days, and writing is a great occupation to fit in with that. My aim with each book - and the Aztec Sailing website - is to explain things as simply and clearly as possible.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book 7 July 2012
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This book should be compulsory on the inventory of every yacht. This little bible of close quarter manoeuvring is well presented, laid out, and illustrated - it's handy A5 size also makes it ideal for packing in your hand baggage and won't clutter up the cockpit. The opening section provides a clear and simple guide to all the forces that act on a yacht, explaining why boats behave as they do; I would recommend this as essential reading for anyone about to undertake a yachting course from day-skipper up. Speaking as a yacht-master who currently charters maybe 2-3 weeks a year, this manual is a real confidence-booster when bringing in an unfamiliar yacht in tricky conditions. Whilst you can obviously put a price on scraping your bower anchor down the topsides of your neighbour, what value can you put on the satisfaction of berthing your yacht first time in front of a baying crowd of onlookers? Priceless!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's essential! 1 Sep 2012
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This book was recommended to me by a friend - AFTER I scraped a boat on a pontoon during my first charter. Wish I had read this months or years ago! Everything in the review by JBK I agree with. No one should put to sea without it and it should be compulsory for all new skippers. I've read it through and through - my confidence has increased a lot and the anxiety about bringing the boat into a marina has abated hugely. Buy it - you won't regret it!
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I really love it when an author tackles a subject as a text book without a lot of confusing waffle and excess words. This manual takes each situation and set of variables and then explains what to look for, what to do, and has clear and expert diagrams. Applause!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book 29 Jan 2014
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Having just bought into my first yacht I was extremely nervous about manoeuvring in a marina or in an anchorage. Reading this book has given me loads of confidence and I can't wait to put it into practice. I will keep it handy ( on my tablet) on the boat for reference
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the new sailor 24 Jan 2014
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Ive read this book through, and found it very clear. The docking examples are laid out in a way that enables you to quickly refer to it on deck while having your attention on what you are doing. Looking forward to using it next season. Only gets 4 starts as I knew most of the content before, and I had hoped for more advanced stuff.
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