9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2012
This book should be compulsory on the inventory of every yacht. This little bible of close quarter manoeuvring is well presented, laid out, and illustrated - it's handy A5 size also makes it ideal for packing in your hand baggage and won't clutter up the cockpit. The opening section provides a clear and simple guide to all the forces that act on a yacht, explaining why boats behave as they do; I would recommend this as essential reading for anyone about to undertake a yachting course from day-skipper up. Speaking as a yacht-master who currently charters maybe 2-3 weeks a year, this manual is a real confidence-booster when bringing in an unfamiliar yacht in tricky conditions. Whilst you can obviously put a price on scraping your bower anchor down the topsides of your neighbour, what value can you put on the satisfaction of berthing your yacht first time in front of a baying crowd of onlookers? Priceless!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2012
This book was recommended to me by a friend - AFTER I scraped a boat on a pontoon during my first charter. Wish I had read this months or years ago! Everything in the review by JBK I agree with. No one should put to sea without it and it should be compulsory for all new skippers. I've read it through and through - my confidence has increased a lot and the anxiety about bringing the boat into a marina has abated hugely. Buy it - you won't regret it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2015
Manoevring yachts can seem really complicated and unpredictable, more like witchcraft; but Bill Johnson's straight forward expanations of different close handling scenarios are based on basic physics and common sense. I was lucky enough to do my RYA Day Skipper with the author so appreciate his ability to explain practical techniques in a clear, understandable manner.
on 24 January 2014
Ive read this book through, and found it very clear. The docking examples are laid out in a way that enables you to quickly refer to it on deck while having your attention on what you are doing. Looking forward to using it next season. Only gets 4 starts as I knew most of the content before, and I had hoped for more advanced stuff.
on 2 January 2014
Can be tricky boat handling in tight spaces in marinas, especially if the tide and wind are acting upon your boat. This book explains with clear concise diagrams to walk through the correct procedures, and methods of escape if the manoeuvre goes pear shaped. Talks about prop wash, tight turns using forward and reverse engine without making too much way in a tight marina channel. I must on board all small boats.