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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles; 8th edition edition (17 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472907957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472907950
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Required reading for skippers whether on board or in the classroom. - Yachting Life

Brings together all the essentials of modern cruising in one volume, and ensures that this time-tested book will continue to be the foundation for navigators, skippers and anyone undertaking coastal and offshore passages. - All at Sea

The absolute bible for anyone intending to go to sea in boats. --stainesnews.co.uk

No other book explains every facet of sailing as comprehensively...any boat would be better equipped with this book aboard. - Yachting Monthly

Excellent, a must for the library and winter reading. - Compass Magazine

Contains everything you need to know about the theory and practice of sailing --Surrey Herald

An ideal gift to give to the aspiring sailor to ensure the challenges ahead are properly understood. - Nautical Magazine

These are new editions of well-established books essentially addressing the RYA Yachtmaster offshore qualification. Both books are beautifully produced with excellent diagrams and illustrations in full colour and seem to me to cover the syllabus comprehensively and well. - The Little Ship

As in most Adlard Coles publications it also almost goes without saying that the presentation - text, graphics, pictures - is superb. --Sailing For Southern Africa

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"If you're seeking to gain your (yachtmaster) qualification, read this book: it'll make you a far better skipper, while also helping you to pass the exam" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ohio on 19 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
The RYA YM scheme offers a quite unique and experience-based way to acquire internationally recognised sailing certificates. I myself have purchased and thoroughly studied this book as I - having a German sailing background - wanted to familiarise myself with the British syllabus and exam requirements.

The book is very well written, concise and comprises all important aspects of the RYA syllabus. However, further additional reading on some more specific topics such as meteorology, the IRPCS or terrestrial navigation is certainly advisable, but couldn't be expected to be covered by a book like this anyway.

I have found a few comments of other reviewers complaining about the author's writing style, saying it was self-indulged, old-fashioned and incomprehensible. Perhaps the reviewers made particularly bad experiences with Tom Cunliffe as a YM examiner, tend to polemic comments in general or lack some experience.

Given the fact that I as a non-native speaker had no problem at all to understand this book (and I certainly have when it comes to historic logbooks and letters) I find it hard to believe that there should be anything old-fashioned among this book. The entire concept of the book has been rather further developed and adapted over the years in quite a few new editions, making this book an inexpensive and up-to-date compendium.
The odd salt-dog-talk is certainly sometimes unfamiliar, but not inappropriate or cryptic, quite likeable and rather entertaining. Whoever has seen Tom Cunliffe on TV knows that this is rather his personal style and should not be interpreted as self-obsessedness.
The drawings and pictures are very didactical and useful and straightforward to understand and work with. The book leaves little to be desired for.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. S. Berry on 30 Oct. 2009
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When I bought this book I was somewhat put off by some adverse reviews I had seen, saying that the book was difficult to read, and that unnecessarily technical terms had been used.

I TOTALLY disagree.

I found this to be a valuable read, and I actually read it from cover to cover - I have never read a "reference" book like that before! It is not perfect, but it is a reference book I would highly recommend that any skipper has on board alongside the charts and aid memoir's.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jim on 20 Feb. 2012
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I am already YM qualified, but haven't been sailing for a few years and purchased this book as a refresher. I found it to be an excellent read, with plenty of detail presented in an absorbing and memorable way.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Hillyer on 25 Jun. 2008
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Tom Cunliffe has a certain writing style that some have not taken to but I have to disagree. From a sailing novice to a now yachtmaster I have learned much from his books and frequently commend it to other keen-to-learn sailors.

I find his style of writing, with personal anecdotes both interesting and, crucially, memorable. Learning can be rather "dry" but when subjects are brought to light and illustrated with personal examples then I, for one, find that my learning is more effective.

I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone wishing to improve their sailing and skippering abilities.
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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jun. 1999
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Don't wait until you want to be a Yachtmaster, buy this book when you plan your first trip on a yacht. This is a thoroughly effective and straightforward textbook, easily read and understood by anyone who wants to become competent in a yacht. Cunliffe is one of those rare experts who can explain his subject to complete beginners without confusing or baffling them. The book starts by explaining the basic principles of sailing before leading the reader gently into greater depth (pun intended), covering all of the aspects of yachtsmanship required by the RYA. It provides a steady progressive learning experience for the yacht sailor, as well as a handy reference for those who haven't been sailing for a while. It's tailored specifically to the RYA syllabus, which doesn't include every aspect of yacht sailing, so neither does the book. In this respect it's less comprehensive than, say, Jim Morant's "The Boating Bible". It's also a lot lighter! I know from personal experience however that this is almost the only textbook you need to get through the RYA Yachtmaster exam. Along with five years and 2,500 miles of sailing, that is! What Tom Cunliffe does teach so effectively is how a yachtmaster should think. The book itself won't make you a complete yachtmaster, but it's probably the best guide out there if you want to become one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jimh on 11 Jan. 2011
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This is a book which repays reading again and again - and it's a pleasure to do so. Tom Cunliffe has a practical, chatty style which makes his topics come alive - it's almost like sailing with him must be. He tells you not just the dry facts, but shows you how they relate to real sailing. His chapters on passage planning are full of good tips and advice - what he would really do rather than what the manual says. Up to date, too - covers the way in which advanced electronics should be used to best effect, and when it is essential to use the good old ways instead. I feel better prepared to skipper successfully and enjoyed being treated as a fellow sailor rather than as a pupil. As others have said, the book is aimed at people who have already got the basic sailing skills - I think it wouldn't be so useful to a beginner. For someone like me looking to progress beyond day skipper it's absolutely excellent - the best I have found.
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