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Malcolm Pearson
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15 Jun 2007
The Reed's Skipper's Handbook, now in its 5th edition, has been a bestseller since first publication. A handy pocket size, it is an aide-memoire of everything a boater would need to know at sea. Packed with a wide range of information in a concise form it is frequently recommended by Yachtmaster Instructors as a quick reference guide and as a revision aid for anyone taking their Day Skipper and Yachtmaster certificates. The 5th edition has been updated and reorganised to make it even easier for the reader to navigate right to the information they want. There is an expanded section on navigating with electronics and new sections on electronic chart plotters, radar and AIS, and an expanded secion on boathandling and seamanship. Reeds Skipper's Handbook is a must for anyone going to sea in any size of boat - be they novice or old hand. 'A terrific little volume' Motorboat & Yachting 'A brilliant guide for beginners and an excellent refresher for more advanced skippers...a top rate book' Waterstones 'Everything you would need to know when going to sea in a yacht or small boat...a humdinger of a little book' Nautical Magazine


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical; 5th Ed edition (15 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713683384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713683387
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 9.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A handy pocket size, it is an aide-memoire of everything a boater would need to know at sea.' -- Yachting Life (July 2007)

'A handy pocket size, it is an aide-memoire of everything a boater would need to know at sea.'
-- Yachting Life (July 2007)

'If you were only allowed one book on board, and it had to fit in your pocket, then this would have to be it.' -- Sailing Today (December 2007)

'This well-known pocket book reappears..in its fifth edition- testament to its continuing popularity since it was first published in 1993..A great aide memoire.'
-- Classic Boat

About the Author

Malcolm Pearson has been a Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster instructor for more than 20 years, and the author of Reed's Skipper's Handbook since its first UK edition in 1993.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem 21 Sep 2007
By liz
Format:Paperback
This amazing little book has seen me through Day Skipper, Yachtmaster, Tall Ships Races, night sailing, keelboat racing and cruising all over Europe. It taught me and I have used it to teach others. I have never gone sailing without it, even though I can now practically visualise every page!

This is at least partly because it is so small and handy - why wouldn't you take it with you when it is compact enough to fit in your oilskins pocket? It is also a truly unique and invaluable synthesis of the most essential and useful information on sailing, navigation tides and weather.

For those who are confident they know it all, this is still a great book to have on board as it's pictures and user-friendly style make it great for teaching novices. All this for less than the price of a plate of chips in the yacht club!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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The Reeds Skippers handbook is packed with all the useful information required by all Skippers from day skipper up to yachtmaster. If you are studying for the RYA shore based courses or practical courses this is a reference book that should be kept close at hand. All subjects are coverd from IRCPS, Chartwork, Tides to Weather in an easy to understand manner. 10 out of 10 for Malcolm Pearson.
Brian Sadler Yachtmaster Shore Based Instructor
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
As a young sailor this book has be awfully helpful, I recently gained my day skipper (RYA) and this was an excellent accompaniment to the course, it is well written with very clear and well explain diagrams which are sometimes lacking from the other books I have seen. It is set out in a logical order, but you can still flick to the section you need and understand it with out having to read previous chapters. This means that it is not only a brillant guide for begins, it is also an excellent refresher for more advances skippers who may be a bit rusty after the winter break. This is a top rate book that I would recommend to anyone going aboard, from novice to expert well worth a look.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little ref. book 18 July 2009
Format:Paperback
Reeds Skipper's Handbook:

This is a great little reference book for any sailor. It condenses what you need to know into a handy reference page. It WILL NOT teach you from first principles (you need to learn this stuff properly first#, it WILL jog your memory for the nuance of something previously learned though. #e.g. if your rusty after the winter)

Its small size means it really is a handbook, it will fit in a jeans pocket comfortably. I keep mine with my chart folios/plotter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one - buy this one! 14 Sep 2011
By Janet
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Reeds Skippers Handbook has recently been voted Club Yachting's sail book of the year and its not difficult to see why.
Its a great little book and edition 4 helped me pass my yachtmaster offshore! The latest edition has only improved on a great pocket sized book. If you have not bought it do so today.
If you already have this then buy the new Reeds VHF handbook!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but perfectly formed 28 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
THis book really does peform in every way. Ultra compact but contains everything you need to know for everyday sailing. No need to buy anything else.Fits in your inside pocket so it can always be with you. As essential as your mobile phone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little reference book 24 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
I had previously borrowed this book from the library so I knew it was good. This 5th edition is a nice compact volume and, if like me you are still studying for RYA qualifications, you will find it very useful for quick reference whilst studying or out sailing.

Contents include Buoys, Marks and Light characteristics and Rules of the Road including lights and daymarks on vessels. The pages of each section are colour coded so it is easy to find the section you require quickly and repeatedly.

A good investment at a good price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Print errors 8 May 2013
By Ajb
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This refers to the 2012 print run. There are many print errors and facts missing completely. Apparently the 2011 version is fine and complete so I am trying to return this for a replacement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Good Superb Item. I am happy. Thank you
Published 6 days ago by Rafal Pielka
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very useful book to have onboard
Published 6 days ago by Michael Angell
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Helped my revision and it looks like a good book for the onboard library.
Published 6 days ago by Mr. R. J. Fennell
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and useful reference book for skippers and crew
This was a gift for someone who sails and it was well received. Would therefore recommend it to experienced and inexperienced sailors.
Published 26 days ago by Jean F
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Small book with all the info a skipper needs. Absolutely great book and I am very happy with this great book.
Published 1 month ago by Pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent pocket-sized compendium of info
I did the RYA Day Skipper Theory course a few months back and there's a lot to remember. This book is a handy portable reference to much of the DS content and more besides. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rhu Narrows
5.0 out of 5 stars part of your boat kit
Compact book with clear, concise and practical information. Clearly laid out and very relevant for the busy skipper and his crew.
Published 1 month ago by Andratx Peter
1.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
As a seaman of long back it was excellent in summing many aspects for anyone as a guidance for a beginner or as a reminder for others
Published 1 month ago by Arnot Manson
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent quick reference guide
well written and clear and a handy pocket size - I particularly like the way the author has explained the collision at sea avoidance regs - keeps this skipper confident he is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by billitto
5.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Publication.
Well written in an easy to read style yet comprehensive in its scope and very informative an essential source of useful information.
Published 2 months ago by Adrian Violett
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