Today far more sailors than ever before have reached a superior level of competitive ability, and the few individuals who remain at the head of the competitive classes year and after year must constantly improve their skills. This book will help the sailor analyze for himself the determinants of tactical success.
One of the foremost theoreticians of the art of yacht racing, Stuart H. Walker is also an outstanding practicing racer. For eight years Dr. Walker kept a complete record of the factors that determined the outcome of every race in which he competed. The recommendations he offers in Advanced Racing Tactics are based upon the analysis of these races--the mistakes and the successes. He sets forth basic principles of starting, beating, reaching, and mark rounding that should be practiced every time, and he underlines what mattered, what consistently provided an advantage.
The advanced racing skipper, Dr. Walker writes, must look around, examine his own mistakes and successes, record them, review them, remember them. When he recognizes from this own experience the validity of the principles presented here, they will become useful to him. When he has incorporated them into his regular racing patterns, he will have made a five- or ten-year leap forward.
Since the publication of the widely hailed first edition in 1983, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship has set the standard by which other books on sailing are measured. Used throughout America as a textbook in sailing schools and Power Squadrons, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship thoroughly and clearly covers the fundamental and advanced skills of modern sailing. This edition of Annapolis is a major overhaul. Over half the book has been revised; old topics and features have been updated, and many new ones have been introduced. The design has been modernized, and many color illustrations have been added.
As big and detailed as Annapolis is, the wealth of technical information (including dozens of step-by-step instructions) is presented here in a way that is uniquely readable; it's both useful and easy to use. This is because John Rousmaniere and artist Mark Smith bring to Annapolis decades of experience both as sailors and as professional communicators.
Annapolis emphasizes the standard skills and proven methods that eliminate error and confusion, ensure security in emergencies, and allow every sailor more time for enjoyment on the water. Much has changed on the water since 1983 when this book was originally published. Black buoys are now green, the Global Positioning Satellite navigation system (GPS) is almost universally used, new types of anchors and sails have appeared, safety skills and gear are vastly improved, many more women are commanding boats, and catamarans and trimarans are common where only monohulls used to sail.
But for all these modern developments, the basic skills and spirit of sailing have not changed at all. Sail trimming, keeping up steerageway, maintaining the dead reckoning plot, heaving-to -- these fundamentals are as important now as ever and receive much attention here. Among the innovations in this edition are:
* Basic skills in early chapters: Fundamental sailing and boat-handling skills and gear, which are introduced in chapters 1, 2, and 3.
* "Hands On" segments: Three dozen special sections, each devoted to a particular seamanship problem and an expert solution.
* More how-to tips: Additional rules of thumb that guide a crew quickly and successfully through seamanship problems.
* New coverage of multihulls: Advice on evaluating, anchoring, and handling catamarans and trimarans under sail (including in storms).
* More on emergencies: New material on emergencies, safety, and heavy-weather sailing, including a section on preparing a docked boat for a hurricane.
* Equipment updates: Expanded coverage of the use and care of modern gear and hardware, including radar, GPS, rescue devices, and asymmetrical spinnakers.
* Terminology: Full definition and illustration of major terms when they're first introduced, with alternative language provided in parentheses.
* Gender: The use of feminine personal pronouns, which reflect the fact that more women are captaining and sailing boats than ever before.
From navigation and seamanship to boat and gear maintenance, from pleasure cruising to heavy-weather sailing, here is the definitive, state-of-the-art guide that provides systematic step-by-step techniques to see you through every situation on deck and in the cockpit.
Learn the Ins and Outs of Building Lapstrake, Carvel, Stitch-and-Glue, Strip-Planked, and Other Wooden Boats
Whether you are contemplating your first-ever boatbuilding project or trying to decide what design you'd like to build next, Greg R ssel can help. Here's just a glimpse of what's inside this complete overview of wooden boatbuilding:
- How rowing, sailing, paddling, and powerboat designs perform, and how they compare in cost, time, and necessary skills for building
- How wooden boats are built, including the pros and cons of carvel, lapstrake, dory lap, stitch and glue, strip plank, and other methods
- How to choose the best boat and building method for your next project
- How to loft a hull, steam bend frames, scarf a joint, cut a rabbet, laminate stems, and spile planks
- How to take the lines off an old classic whose plans have been lost
- How to make oars, spars, coamings, knees, gaff jaws, cleats, and more
Greg R ssel writes with warmth, wit, and an engaging style. The Boatbuilder's Apprentice is a must guide for anyone planning or even dreaming about building a wooden boat.
"Greg R ssel is a Renaissance man. While there are many talented boatbuilders in the world, only a handful are also good teachers. Even fewer can write or illustrate effectively. Yet this author is highly skilled in each of these areas. . . . The Boatbuilder's Apprentice is a successful blend of technique and wisdom, and is, I believe, destined to become a classic."-Karen Wales, WoodenBoat Review
Expert guidance for the hands-on sailor--whether you're varnishing a handrail or replacing bulkheads
With contributions from leading how-to experts, this wide-ranging collection of projects from BoatWorks magazine ranges from structural, mechanical, and electrical projects to plumbing and cosmetic repairs and improvements. Much of this full-color guide's information cannot be found in any other book. Nigel Calder, Don Casey, Mark Corke, Peter Nielsen, Charles Doane, Paul Esterle, Charles Mason, Aussie Bray, and other sailboat experts show you with step-by-step photography how to:
- Buy and survey an older sailboat
- Replace bulkheads
- Fix below-the-waterline holes
- Repair gelcoat, portlights, or rotten cores
- Paint, varnish, spray polyurethane, mark a waterline, or rebed deck hardware
- Choose a mainsail system, install a headsail furler or an inner forestay, assemble rigging terminals, or build a spinnaker or even a new aluminum mast
- Pamper an Atomic 4 gas engine, replace a Cutless bearing, maintain your diesel, and know when it's time to repower
- Install a new fuel or water tank, upgrade to wheel steering, replace a propeller or deck hardware, or install seacocks
- Troubleshoot electrical problems, install cockpit speakers, or rewire your boat
- Replace lifelines, install a forehatch, secure your cabin sole, and much, much more
The modern cruising catamaran has arrived
The arguments are over and the verdict is in--cruising catamarans comprise a rapidly growing percentage of the cruising fleet worldwide. Their advantages of space, stability, speed, and handling under power are truly compelling, and modern cats are every bit as reliable as monohulls. This long overdue, in-depth guide will help you choose and cruise the right catamaran for your needs.
"An authoritative guide for novices and experienced sailors; the best book written on the subjects since the early 1990s."--"Trimaran" Jim Brown, renowned multihull designer
"In Catamarans, Gregor Tarjan shares his enthusiasm for yachts with two hulls, based on years of sailing all types. An excellent introduction."--Dick Newick, legendary catamaran and trimaran designer
"If you are contemplating spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a cruising catamaran, the small price of this book is probably the best investment you could possibly start with."--from the Foreword by Charles K. Chiodi, publisher of Multihulls Magazine
- Knots and Lines
- Sailboat Anatomy
- Steering & Sailing
- Lakes, Harbors, and Bays
- A Look at the Weather
- Charts & Navigation
- Anchoring, Mooring, & Berthing
- Sailing Gear
- Boat Maintenance
- Daily Rhythms
- Seamanship Basics
- Rules of the Road
The Complete Guide to Sailing & Seamanship is enhanced with 100 original hand-drawn images by world-renowned marine illustrator Sam Manning.
Covers every navigable body of water along the coast as far inland as it is safe to navigate. Includes historical summaries, coastal folklore listings of coastal marinas and their services and tips on shoreside attractions.