Their comparison of the gear considered necessary by many yachting experts and the gear carried by several cost-conscious cruisers will help you guage wheter you are buying the true necessities or overloading your boat with high-tech items that can break down and steal your sense of confidence offshore.
The chapters on getting the most from your cruising funds, the attributes of successful long-term voyagers, how to upgrade your boat with your own hands, plus answers to the then questions most frequently asked by potential cruisers will help you prepare to explore under sail. as Lin and Larry explain, "The decisions you make now will determine if yu'll come back from your cruise feeling more empowered or more enslaved by today's consumer society."
Ideal for the beginner, Competent Crew also includes a comprehensive glossary, clear explanatory diagrams and photos in full colour, the syllabus of the RYA Competent Crew course and self-testing questions and answers. It will prove invaluable for novice sailors and those embarking on this first level RYA course.
This new edition benefits from a lively new design and revised text. Fresh diagrams and photographs have updated the look, and the text has been completely revised, in line with RYA course guidelines.
'This is just what the crew member needs to digest before he sets foot on board' Yachting Monthly
'Very definitely an invaluable textbook for anyone starting off' Sailing
Throughout, the theory is set in a practical seagoing perspective. Tips on exam tactics are provided, and to relieve the tension of all that swotting, each section is enlivened with some of Mike Peyton's best loved cartoons.
This book has proved a real help to aspiring Yachtmasters.'A wealth of information, simply laid out' Cruising
Author J. Howard Williams experienced a variety of jobs in his lifetime, from a CPA to a marina manager to a boat salesman. But through it all, his heart has belonged to sailing.
Journey with Williams through a lifetime of sailing adventures in Love at First Sight. On his sailboats Sooner, Sooner II, Rebel, Rebel II, and Blue Lady, he sailed well over 100,000 good and bad miles. On the water of Galveston Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, the Bahamas and the Atlantic coast from 1950 to 1990, Williams experienced and now shares a lifetime of joy for and fascination with the world of sailing.
Cruising (with) Class began as a series of lectures at the Sarasota (Florida) Sailing Squadron with the intention of teaching basic skills to beginning cruisers. Comfort on the water is not a matter of soft cushions. It comes from confidence in the ability to voyage safely.
Reading the weather, planting the anchor, calculating the tides, navigating a coast, avoiding fatigue, choosing equipment, coping with storms, reacting to disasters, these are the arts of a cruiser.
Although the book calls on the author's 25 years of cruising small sailboats, it is not a travelogue. Instead, it is a precise iteration of lessons learned the hard way, and presented in sailor-to-sailor fashion so others can avoid disaster and find comfort bred in confidence on the water.
His prediction that carbon based fuels will eventually draw the same degree of social scorn that smoking now receives, creates an automatic need for ingenuity in the harnessing of sail and solar power as better alternatives for water based recreation. To encourage readers along that path, Hoyt presents a philosophy and a variety of new design solutions to stimulate more creative design development. He makes his case in a simple, readable style that will interest all those who love the sea.