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Reed's Skippers Handbook [Paperback]

Malcolm Pearson
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1 Aug 1995
The Reed's Skipper's Handbook, now in its 6th 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 6th edition has been expanded with helpful new material on boat handling, tides, ropework and general seamanship. '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 Reeds Skipper's Handbook is a must for anyone going to sea in any size of boat - be they novice or old hand. Many thousands of skippers and crew have found it invaluable as a memory jogger and fresher whether at sea or on land.
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Product details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Reed Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 090128159X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0901281593
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 9.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,756,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A terrific little volume Motorboat & Yachting A brilliant guide for beginners and an excellent refresher for more advanced skippers... a top rate book Nautical Magazine --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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Malcolm Pearson has a lifelong love of boats and the sea, and has been 'messing about' in boats - sail and power, large and small - for over sixty years, around the coasts of the UK, Northern Europe and America. He has also made several yacht delivery trips to the Mediterranean, some through the European Inland Waterways and others the long way round via the Bay of Biscay. Malcolm was also a Yachtmaster Instructor for over 20 years. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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40 of 40 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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29 of 30 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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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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 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best pocket reference book available 6 July 2009
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I have been using this book personally for several years and as an instructor recommend it to all my students. It covers the whole of the RYA Yachtmaster syllabus in good detail with clear explanations and excellent graphics. Definitely a must have for anyone doing their Yachtmaster theory or practical.

I've lost count of the number of copies that have been 'borrowed' from me...luckily it's not outrageously priced and updated on a fairly regular basis.
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