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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical; 3rd Revised edition edition (15 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140812291X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408122914
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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'A quick reference guide for all who work or play outdoors whether dinghy, coastal or offshore sailors, fishermen, motorboaters, farmers, golfers, walkers or pilots.'
--All at Sea (January 2010)

'This book remains the guide for those who need to know how to tell what will happen from what they can see and feel.'
--Canoeist (January 2010)

'...fits perfectly in your pocket...Alan Watts was a meteorologist and his experiences and expertise have gone into this wonderful book.'
--Nautical Magazine, May 2010

'There's a reason why this book is still doing the rounds - it's excellent...this fine book should be an essential item on the navstation bookcase.'
--Yachting World, 1st April 2011

"There is no doubt that the series of paperbacks about the weather by Alan Watts, primarily for users of inland waters, which he started in 1967, have been extremely popular as witnessed by the fact that virtually all of them have gone into several editions over that period."
--The International Journal of Meteorology (April 2011)

About the Author

Alan Watts, one-time professional meteorologist, has spent considerable time studying wind changes and short-term alterations in the weather. This, combined with his enthusiasm for sailing which began with the sea scouts, led to his first book.

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I really can't make up my mind about this book. I love weather books and sailing, but whether this book is a must for either reader I'm not sure.

I think the Instant Weather Forecasting is a better book for the majority of readers, but both could be immensely improved if the photos of cloud formations always told you 1) where are you looking (north, east, south, west). 2) the direction(s) the clouds are moving 3) the time of day and location. Without that they are just good cloud photos and it takes an effort or guess work to get an idea of the dynamics and changes.

I think that in practice, especially if you don't have the time or patience to digest the data, you will rely on instinct, experience and a feel for wind, location, boat handling, etc. There's more value in gaining experience of your areas wind patterns, asking the locals and above all, being observant and vigilant.

Glad I bought it, but it could be improved.
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proper job
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5.0 out of 5 stars a sailors tool 12 Sept. 2015
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This is one of the best weather books ever written. If you don't have a copy and you are a sailor, buy one. I have had my first copy 25 years, just bought a new copy for my new boat.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Print too small 27 Feb. 2010
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The book was somewhat informative however,I found the print in this book to be too small .
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2.0 out of 5 stars for ocean coastal racers primarily 27 Jun. 2006
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This book, written in tiny typeset with light grey ink (ie talk about eye strain) largely discussed coastal wind patterns and how they might effect a sailing race. As an inland sailor, I found the information nearly worthless.
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