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Handbook of Offshore Cruising


Year: 2000
Language: english
Author: Howard J.
Genre: Handbook
Publisher: Sheridan House
Edition: 2nd
ISBN: 978-1-57409-093-2
Format: PDF
Quality: Scanned pages
Pages count: 501
Description: Turn your dreams of sailing to distant shores into reality. With the detailed, firsthand information in this encyclopedic volume, you'll find all you need to know about selecting, fitting out, maintaining and handling a bluewater cruising boat.
In the few years since publication of the first edition, the Handbook of Offshore Cruising has become recognized as the standard reference work for bluewater sailors. It is especially useful for those planning extended offshore cruising in mid-size sailing vessels. For easy reference, this handbook is divided into four parts: The Boat, the Systems and Equipment, the Voyage and In Port.
Part 1, The Boat, consists of eleven chapters, ranging from building or buying a boat and choosing the rig to construction materials and deck, cockpit and cabin layout.
Part 2, Systems and Equipment, covers the engine, electrical systems and the latest electronics, plumbing, self-steering systems as well as cruising sails and magnetic steering compasses.
Parts 3 and 4 include everything about the voyage and what to do in port. Heavy weather at sea and in port are also given careful attention. The author has practical advice on trip planning, provisioning, maintenance and repairs; the important topic of anchors and anchoring is given a thorough treatment. The psychological aspects of cruising, the need to maintain good health, the need for security, and how to get along in other cultures are topics also covered.
Handbook of Offshore Cruising contains forty chapters including all relevant topics for extensive offshore cruising. Fifteen comprehensive appendices complete this important manual. The 75 drawings by Tadami Takahashi provide clear guidance by illustrating technical points; some have an unusual beauty of their own.
This is the book every cruiser needs, now fully updated and with a new section of spectacular photos by Onne van der Wal — don't leave port without it!
Additional info: About the Author
Jim Howard has cruised the great oceans of the world for over 30 years, often singlehanded. Charles J. Doane has had articles published in SAIL, Cruising World and other sailing magazines.

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