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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works fine, right size., 17 Jun. 2011
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I am using it with a BMW 320d with no iDrive, and it works fine. I can control the iPod from the car stereo, browsing play lists. The cable is short so cable + iPod can remain in the armrest. I find it a rip off that, after spending 300 EUR for a USB interface in the car, one also has to buy a specific cable to connect the iPod to it; at least this cable is cheaper than the "original" BWM, and can be easily obtained from Amazon.
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Topsail and Battleaxe: A Voyage in the Wake of the Vikings
Topsail and Battleaxe: A Voyage in the Wake of the Vikings
by Tom Cunliffe
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 6 Sept. 2010
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Tom Cunliffe interleaves the account of his sailing with a small crew from Norway to Canada on board a pilot cutter with tales of the Vikings who have taken that route on their vessels a thousand years before. The technicalities of sailing might annoy those who don't sail, but the Viking tales are entertaining, as well as tales of Tom and his crew meeting the west coast Norwegian. Respect that the sailor must have for the sea pervades the writing. It is a pity the first hard cover edition is out of print, because it is quite a beautiful book.


Rough Weather Seamanship for Sail and Power: Design, Gear, and Tactics for Coastal and Offshore Waters
Rough Weather Seamanship for Sail and Power: Design, Gear, and Tactics for Coastal and Offshore Waters
by Roger Marshall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £5.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive, 6 Sept. 2010
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I have found the book to be a very through reading on the subject. It covers the basics of weather, storms and waves, how to go about stormproofing a boat, preparing for the storm in a harbor or to face it at sea, different tactics to survive it, crew management, emergency repairs and asking for help. If I can make a critique to the book, is that with 300 pages it takes some commitment to read it all, but one doesn't necessarily have to go from cover to cover. If you are looking for a slimmer reference, then I would advise Heavy Weather Cruising by Cunliffe. For something comprehensive and detailed, this is the book. Also a nice binding in hard cover.


Logbook for Cruising Under Sail
Logbook for Cruising Under Sail
by John Mellor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way a log book should be, 4 Sept. 2010
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The log book is approximately A4 size and with a hard cover. There are 25 entries per every double page, with approx. 40 double pages. It gives suggestions on two different ways to maintain a log, and a recommended list of abbreviations and symbols. It doesn't waste space with the boilerplate stuff about flags, rules of the road, fog signals, IALA, etc., which I like to keep in my skipper folder (or my memory), and don't need to be duplicated in the log. Columns for each entry are, from left to right: Time, Course Ordered, Log reading, Course Steered, Dist Run, Leeway, Wind, Sea, Weather, Visibility, Baro, Position, Source of fix, Next wp, Remarks, with all but the Remarks on the left page, and Remarks on the right page. It has additional entries per page such as Date, From and To, Engine hours, space for some Narrative, etc.. Because the Remarks column is as wide as an A4 page, it allows you to partition it further, adding other columns to log additional information. Overall a neat layout and a robust binding.


Foundation Licence Now
Foundation Licence Now
by Alan Betts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says on the tin, 6 May 2010
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This review is from: Foundation Licence Now (Paperback)
The booklet is thin and pretty "high-level", very easy to follow also for the non-initiated to electronics or physics. It is not meant as a comprehensive introduction to the subject, but to prepare the reader for the Foundation exam, and it does exactly that. I would recommend it for that purpose with no hesitation.


Xylo Charger Pack: Mains Adaptor / In Car Charger / Micro USB Data Sync Cable for the BlackBerry Curve 8900 Javelin & 8520 Gemini.
Xylo Charger Pack: Mains Adaptor / In Car Charger / Micro USB Data Sync Cable for the BlackBerry Curve 8900 Javelin & 8520 Gemini.
Offered by Xylo Uk
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Works fine with iPod and other USB devices, 6 May 2010
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I have purchased the item to charge an iPod Nano, and it works reliably, both the wall plug and the cigar lighter plug. They also charge other USB stuff I have, e.g. a Garmin GPS unit and a Plantronics headset. Right price and does the job. It is also as compact as it could be (considering it has a UK plug, which I believe is the bulkiest AC plug on the planet).


Garmin nuvi Carry Case for 2xx / 3xx Series - non-widescreen
Garmin nuvi Carry Case for 2xx / 3xx Series - non-widescreen
Offered by NANOBITS LIMITED (PROMPTLY DESPATCHED WITHIN ONE WORKING DAY)
Price: £2.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, not too well, 6 May 2010
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The case leaves the switch exposed, therefore it is easy to switch on the unit unintentionally while in a pocket and deplete the battery charge. Also, the item I received was in something like an anti-static envelope, which didn't look like genuine Garmin stuff at all. The item stinks like paint thinner, and also the GARMIN logo impressed on it doesn't look quite right. This said, the case at least protects the screen; better than nothing.


Uniross 1 Hour Charger + 4 x AA 2700mAh Performance Batteries
Uniross 1 Hour Charger + 4 x AA 2700mAh Performance Batteries

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Could not charge batteries of any other brand, 2 Nov. 2009
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The unit would charge Uniross batteries, but not AA batteries of two other brands I have. It shows a red light which accordingly to instructions means the batteries are faulty. I dn't elieve it: the same batteries charge normally in chargers of a different brand, and work OK in their respective appliances; moreover, they endured no more than a few tens of charge cycles so far, should be far from the end of their life.
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Square-Rigged Ships: An Introduction
Square-Rigged Ships: An Introduction
by Alan Villiers
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A short and evocative manual, 21 April 2009
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A book in prose but full of poetry, the writer is indeed talented. Alan Villiers evokes the life and trade of those who sailed the windjammers, an adventurous and precarious life indeed. As he warns himself, sailing a square-rigged cannot be learned by books, which are more useful to those looking to perfection what already learned by doing, and to those who must pass formal exams. If you plan to join the trainees of one of the fully rigged ships still operational, this book will give you some preliminary notion, assuming you already have at least a little background to build upon (that is, you sail already, and know what tack and running mean). Or could be a good, if short, reading during the cruise. If you haven't yet considered being in the crew of a fully rigged ship, the book may well inspire you; next thing could be to go to the Sail Training International web site, and look for a crew to join. It surely won't be as dangerous and grueling and committed as for those that Alan writes about, but likely will be as moving and exciting as his words make you expect. (Note: I have no affiliation whatsoever with STI).


Light in the Landscape
Light in the Landscape
by Peter Watson
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Educational and inspiring; could have been printed better, 7 July 2007
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This review is from: Light in the Landscape (Paperback)
The Author addresses multiple purposes with the book, to "portray the unique beauty of Britain", to inspire and motivate people to get out and take pictures of the landscape, and also to give practical advice. The book is very successful in all of these, thanks to a combination of pictures and text. Peter Watson shows how one can make the best even of the inclement weather of Britain, and how that actually provides opportunities for dramatic pictures. For the combination of inspiring pictures and useful advice, I would equate it to Joe Cornish "First Light".

All this said, I am rating the book with 4 stars, instead of 5, because found quality of reproductions needs improvement: the print pattern is clearly distinguishable at normal reading and viewing distance, and in many pictures is obtrusive, bringing about artifacts (like halos around contrasty edges) and interfering with fine details. The same applies to the hard-cover edition. From a book which is about photography, I expect finer quality of reproductions. However, I must admit that the book is comparatively inexpensive. I would gladly spend twice as much for impeccable reproductions instead. I also share the grievance of another reviewer, of the double-spread picture (which I always dislike anyway) made worse by having most of the picture on one page, and the remaining slice on the opposite page.

Make no mistake, I found the book very successful in its purposes, and recommend it with no hesitation to those with an interest in taking landscape photographs. I am just very particular about the quality of reproductions in photography books.


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