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Shorthanded Sailing: Singlehanded or Short of Crew [Paperback]

Alastair Buchan
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8 Sep 2006
This book will teach you everything you need to know about handling a boat alone or shorthanded, from choosing a suitable craft to passage planning, manoeuvring, sleep management and watchkeeping. Full of photographs and diagrams, this practical book will teach you how to operate in coastal, offshore and ocean waters.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Fernhurst Books Ltd.; 1 edition (8 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904475213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904475217
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 16.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...covers the basics from coming alongside...casting off, to sail handling routines and...tricky situations - like going aloft - with diagrams." -- Yacht and Yachting, October 2006

"this is the book for everyone who puts to sea in a small boat. -- Boat Mart, May 2007

About the Author

Alastair Buchan began sailing on the Clyde in the 1950s. In a Hurley 20 (20ft!) he has sailed singlehanded round Britain, and crossed the Atlantic twice. In a Dockrell 27 (27ft) he made a singlehanded Atlantic circuit, from Britain to the USA via Venezuela and Cuba - and back home.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable advice 13 Aug 2009
By Dorothy
This book has chapters on the boat (covering different types of boat, size of boat,rig, safety , stowage, self steering), the skipper (skills practical and theorectical , Casting off, Sail Handling, Heavy Weather, Berthing, Passage Planning, Sleep Mgt and Watch Keeping. It is full of valuable information and all of it is relevant to anyone who ventures out in a yacht. Sadly the title may put off many who would find the book very useful. Why did I not give it 5 stars you may ask? I felt the berthing and casting off chapters left out many techniques that couples ( ie crew and skipper) use - which you never learn on sailing courses. All the berthing techniques were just the standard ones that you use when you have lots of crew and are taught on sailing courses. It just felt like a big hole. But other than that it is a good practical reference book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 29 July 2009
By Francis
Very complete treatise on shorthanded manoeuvers for the average sailor (and low powered motor boat owner too). Lots of interesting tips and tricks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking and empowering 10 April 2014
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A clear and concise look at the issues arising when the skipper is the only one aboard or sailing with inexperienced or untrained crew. As a boat owner preparing to take members of the family sailing, this book makes it abundantly clear that even if the skipper is the best sailor in the world, things can quickly get difficult if the situation is underestimated. My crew and I will be safer for reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 10 Feb 2014
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This book has a lot of the usual 'stuff' but some aspects, particularly on fatigue, were of real interest and worth thinking about in relation to single handed sailing. Worth buying for the little 'gems' here and there as well.
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