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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and sensible sailing advice
This is a well written and practical work offering sensible and (possibly more importantly) readable guidance for all types of sailing craft and scenarios.
Learning from others experiences and disasters has a vivid and memorable imprint- this learning may avoid some personal scar tissue and damaged topsides in the future.. an excellent book.
Published on 14 Oct 2010 by robinf

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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read, but too much emphasis on US and dinghy Sailing
The author takes you through the fundamental and advanced steps of sailing theory in an amusing and comprehensive manner, however this book is for the US market and has little European, large craft, or deep sea content.
Published 19 months ago by John Barry O'Dell


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4.0 out of 5 stars Complex subject well explained, 16 Dec 2011
I was given this book recently and am just about to buy a copy for a friend (nuff said?). Having recently gained my Yachtmaster qualification, I've been hungry for good reading material and this is a book that will be a reference for some while - perhaps a very long time.
I like:
The layout of the principles makes it very digestible.
For non-scientists the explanations show how a multitude of factors affect how a boat moves, e.g. the mechanics of how sails generate power is fairly simply explained and understandable.
It should encourage the reader to delve further into each aspect of sailing.

I don't really like that much:
It's written for American readers, so there aren't many useful examples of sailing in British waters and the vocabulary will cause some minor confusion.

Most sailing books don't address such a wide brief, or if they do, they tend to be 500 pages of turgid gloop. Breaking sailing down into 22 keys aspects is a brave attempt, and a successful one in my view, at simplyfying a highly complex subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and sensible sailing advice, 14 Oct 2010
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This review is from: The Blue Book of Sailing: The 22 Keys to Sailing Mastery (Kindle Edition)
This is a well written and practical work offering sensible and (possibly more importantly) readable guidance for all types of sailing craft and scenarios.
Learning from others experiences and disasters has a vivid and memorable imprint- this learning may avoid some personal scar tissue and damaged topsides in the future.. an excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It, 30 Mar 2013
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An excellent guide to sailing. It is not the only book you will need, you will needs others to provide different perspectives, but a good read and well worth the money Simple structure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read, but too much emphasis on US and dinghy Sailing, 5 Feb 2013
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This review is from: The Blue Book of Sailing: The 22 Keys to Sailing Mastery (Kindle Edition)
The author takes you through the fundamental and advanced steps of sailing theory in an amusing and comprehensive manner, however this book is for the US market and has little European, large craft, or deep sea content.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for the money, buy it!, 30 Nov 2010
It's a straight book. The author knows his things. He is very good in explaining the theoretical issues in a simple, clear and often with 'tongue in cheek'.
I have just written a review of another book, that I read just before this one, "Understanding Boat Design" by Ted Brewer. That book I don't recommend, I gave it 2 stars,
perhaps that was to much, but OTH he knows what he writes about, but he can't transfer it.
Adam Cort can do that in an excellent way. It's nearly the first time I read about this subject, so relaxed and sometimes with a smile, the construction of yachts and how and why they behave like they do.
Important is that it's a new book, printed 2009, this subject tends to be cemented back in the old age in nearly every book I have read before. This has a lot of new angles.
This is a book I will re-read, and that's the best I can say about a book. It would have got 5 stars, if it had been abit more attractive in layout, OTH it's very good to still produce such a good book with so simple illustrations. It could also have a technical appendix, an ABC and more general literature references:
Buy it, you will have it in the boat.
I will :-)
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