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The Shell Channel Pilot: The South Coast of England and the North Coast of France
The Shell Channel Pilot: The South Coast of England and the North Coast of France
by Tom Cunliffe
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A usefull guide, 18 July 2009
The Shell Channel Pilot: The South Coast of England and the North Coast of France

I bought this book to prepare for a trip to northern France.

I covers all the key areas I had thought of visiting, allowing me to narrow down the list of destinations. Once the short list was drawn up, the Shell Channel Pilot was again useful in that it gives some photos of approaches, phone numbers and radio channels for the marinas, suggestions for safe anchorages while waiting for tidal gates to open etc.

This is a much better book than Yachting Monthly's Channel Havens book.

Recommend: YES


"Yachting Monthly's" Channel Havens: The Secret Inlets and Secluded Anchorages of the Channel (Yachting Monthly's S.) (Yachting Monthly's Series)
"Yachting Monthly's" Channel Havens: The Secret Inlets and Secluded Anchorages of the Channel (Yachting Monthly's S.) (Yachting Monthly's Series)
by Ken Endean
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking a little detail, 18 July 2009
"Yachting Monthly's" Channel Havens: The Secret Inlets and Secluded Anchorages of the Channel (Yachting Monthly's S.)

I bought this book to plan a trip to northern France this summer. I have to say I was a little disappointed. The book is relatively small for the area covered, covering some 350 miles of cost (straight line) in just 165 pages.

Perhaps it is my miss understanding but I would have thought a book that purports to offer "Secret inlets and secluded anchorages" would have some detail about the Iles Chausey (a small island south of Jersey). In Channel Havens, Ilse Chausey are used as a chapter heading but no further info is given. Instead we are given over a page on Priory Bay near Ryde on the Isle of Wight - a bland tree lined sandy beach that almost dries a low water but is according to the book, "Arguably the best in the Solent area". I've been there, it isn't.

This book may be of interest to the odd types you meet in any marina, the ones with the 28 foot boat, laden with all the trappings of a blue water cruiser crossed with a live-a-board. The ones who will sail the 28 foot boat across the channel but don't want to pay mooring fees when they get there. (you know the ones!).

My book will be back for resale.
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The Yachtsman's Tidal Atlas: Central Channel and the Solent (Yachtsman's Tidal Atlas)
The Yachtsman's Tidal Atlas: Central Channel and the Solent (Yachtsman's Tidal Atlas)
by Michael Reeve-Fowkes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy tidal info for the mid channel., 18 July 2009
The Yachtsman's Tidal Atlas: Central Channel and the Solent (Yachsmans Tidal Atlas)

This book is a very useful tidal atlas. It shows the central channel from -6 Hrs HW to +6 Hrs HW as you would expect, giving direction and magnitude. The actual magnitude (based on HW height) can then be read off a very easy to use chart (none of that plotting rates on graphs here). There is also a sub section on each page giving a local tidal map of the Isle of Wight/Solent for each time.

The book is based on high water Cherbourg. Cherbourg runs its tides in the time zone - 0100 format, which is handy since in the summer (the time most British boats will be going to France) time zone -0100 is the same as BST (British Summer Time); meaning no messing around with time changes half way over the crossing!

This book as been reprinted numerous times, I can see why - It's very good.


Pass Your Day Skipper
Pass Your Day Skipper
by David Fairhall
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful prep book., 18 July 2009
This review is from: Pass Your Day Skipper (Paperback)
Pass Your Day Skipper

I bought Pass your day skipper to brush up before an ICC exam. (I have been sailing for 10 years but never got round to the exams) I found it useful to revise some of the things I hadn't used too much in day to day sailing. This book is a quick read, broken down into sensible 1 -3 page topics. This means you can read/revise a section in a few minutes without having to interrupt your studies mid section.

I would say it does require some basic knowledge of sailing/chart work etc but then if you're doing your day skipper, one would assume you have done your comp. Crew or have done some sailing already!


Reeds Skipper's Handbook:
Reeds Skipper's Handbook:
by Malcolm Pearson
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little ref. book, 18 July 2009
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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