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A book to read and a resource to refer to, all in one.,
This review is from: UK and Ireland Circumnavigator's Guide (Paperback)I saw it mentioned by Simon Keeling on his website,and hoped that it would help me with my idea, more mumble than plan, that I might take the Idle Duck 'around' when she was back in the water.
It appeared under the tree from my son and the truth is that I was very boring for the rest of Christmas, as I did not put it down. Of course my son has been angling for a real expedition ever since the Duck came home.
It is truly a book to read, and also a book to reference; the comforting statistics that others use their engines as much as I do, and planned to, even whilst fitting a feathering prop to improve the sailing potential of an old fashioned bawley type; No pretence to puritanism here...
Just enough detail of the bits needing more research but more importantly, what I should be looking for and where to start. Just look at the Contents, starting with 'Is this the voyage for me?, Planning, Finances, Mooring and Anchoring, Weather, Staying in Touch, a modern approach rather than disappearing for six months, Navigation of course, but different aspects,and Hazards in Coastal Waters. All supported by the statistics of others who had done it in different ways.
So all the salient bits are covered, without competing with specialised publications. This is not a travelogue, but an extensive introduction to how to set about it.
There are things that you wish were more detailed, but that is the point, it clearly was never intended to be totally comprehensive, just enough to get you excited.
But what exactly does the map on page 8 illustrate...