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Written by a Seaman for Seamen,
This review is from: Learn the Nautical Rules of the Road: An Expert Guide to the COLREGs for All Yachtsmen and Mariners (Lifeboats) (Paperback)
All those who go to sea should seriously consider purchasing this book especially if you at the outset of learning `The International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea' (IRPCS) or, if by reading this, you think it is time to brush up your knowledge. It is an extremely well written book and surpasses all other books on the market that tackle this important subject. Those who have spent hours turning the pages of programmed Rule of the Road Seaman's Guides will appreciate the layout and clear illustrations plus photographs that compliment the text. Paul was the Commodore of the Royal Naval Sailing Association (RNSA) until recently and is now a RNSA Life Vice Commodore. The foreword is by a RNSA Life Rear Commodore, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who makes a statement that the book is written in a sensible style that you would expect from a seaman for seaman. This is where this book stands out as Paul is a practitioner who has commanded both ships and submarines and is a keen yachtsman and owner of an Island Packet. Using his deep knowledge he has approached the Rules by explaining why they are written as they are; so the learning process (which includes the November 2003 changes to the Collision Regulations at Sea) makes sense. All skipper's, no matter what type or size of vessel, will know that their `seaman's eye' includes an ingrained knowledge of these rules. If called to the deck or bridge a Captain must have the ability to assess a situation and react intuitively to veer away from danger. Paul also acknowledges that human nature makes it easy not to find time to study the IRPCS. So he invites the reader to read a small number of the actual rules before setting out on a chapter and at the end there is a self test where you can track back into the chapter or refer to the IRPCS which are written in full in Chapter 12. As education, not legislation, is the ethos for sea goers apart from professional mariners taking formal exams, you owe it to yourself and others who go to sea with you to fully understand the Rules. By doing so you acquire confidence in yourself and as you will have gathered I most thoroughly recommended this book. For every one sold the RNLI will gain 50p so you will also be donating to a good cause.