Knots in Use - Knots, Bends, Hitches, Whippings and Splices

   This book has become a best-seller among all knotting books of today. Though it is quite compact, the content is covering literally all most practical and useful marine knots together with the whippings, hitches, bends and splices used frequently by all seamen. It is showing the readers not only how to tie a particular knot or hitch but also how to use it in the most effective way. One of the features of this forth release of the title is that it includes the QR codes linking it to the explanatory videos. The straightforward text prepared by Colin Jarman and excellent color images make this publication very reader-friendly and actually ideal for the crew members and students. It is definitely the must-have book for any person going to the sea. The recent decades have shown the significant developments in the materials and construction techniques and they still continue to develop very rapidly being driven by the very high performance needs of the maritime and offshore industry. The book starts with the chapter dedicated to the materials, including newly introduced ones, and their mechanical properties. The main body of the document is arranged in three big parts addressing the knots, hitches and bends, then whippings and, finally, splicing. They are preceded with some general introductory information about the ropes and explanation of the relevant terminology. Needless to say that the instructions provided in the pages of this popular title will be of great interest to the working seafarers as well as to the seafarers of the future who are only making their first steps in the field.

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Atlantic Britain

   A fascinating story of the author's adventure in a boat all around the western coasts of the British Isles. This adventure started when he decided to leave his life in a cozy home in Sussex and go for the sea adventure. He has a 42-foot wooden ketch, the Auk, and was accompanied by a friend of him who knew a bit about sailing. Adam Nicolson - the author of this interesting title - sailed off Cornwall to Scilly and then t western coast of Ireland prior to heading to the Orkney Islands and finally Faroe Islands. Note, however, that the present volume shall not be treated as just a travel journal. The author has written about his yearnings for the sea and open spaces. There is an excellent and interesting dialogue running all through the content of this book with the author being between the various attractions of home/not home together with the certainties of what one knows and seductions of he or she does not. The publication is filled with the rich experience of the author presented in a very poetic and reflective manner. This is a story telling readers about the marvels of the Atlantic coast and depicting the portrait of a man who has determined to check what it is all for, being somewhere in the middle of his life. Exceptionally well written book which is quite personal but still panoramic. Highly recommended to all sea lovers.

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American Nautical Art and Antiques

   This rare publication by Jacqueline Kranz contains more than three hundred of illustrations and provides readers with the very useful and, at the same time, entertaining surveys of the nautical antiques and antiques - we would definitely treat this book as a genuine treasure-house for both beginners and experienced collectors, in fact any people accumulating these objects for years. The author has succeeded in literally infecting readers with her enthusiasm for collecting the art- and antique- objects relating to the nautical world, through the researched interesting facts and a real wealth of appropriate photos and drawings, supplemented with the lively personal anecdotes. The book not only provides the valuable information on all most desirable collectibles plus their relative values, but also gives the advice about numerous unusual objects that would otherwise go unrecognized by the novices. The topics covered by this publication cover a very broad range of categories, starting from the expected ones, such as figureheads and paintings, half-models, lanterns, wheels, anchors and various navigational tools, to the unexpected categories, for example toys and games, porcelain, glass, sheet music and so many others. The book contains specific tips on finding and properly identifying the articles, plus many yarns about the collectibles associated with the Great Lakes, Mississippi and other inland waterways...

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wingnut's complete surfing
   I love surfing! That seems like an obvious statement to start with, but it's not just the act of surfing that I love - it's absolutely everything involved with being a surfer. From my first wave, I was hooked. But surfing now is so much more than just riding waves. I love to watch everyone surf, watch little kids play on foamies in the whitewater, watch moms and dads take lessons with their children. I see they are always better than their parents, and I love that the parents are not only at peace with that pud proud of it. I love to watch the ocean transform as a storm rolls into the coast, how it morphs into a wild maelstrom of wind, waves, and foam.

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Build Your Own Shipping Container Home - The Beginner's Guide

   While I've attempted to give you a good overview of how you might build a shipping container home, there are so many individual preferences, needs, and approaches, it is impossible and impractical to cover them all. That said, this guide along with the accompanying resources section is a living beast. The resources section in particular will be constantly updated with new information and additional resources. And the best bit? It's all based on what you want! Shoot me an email if you have any ideas or questions about shipping container homes and I'll do my best to answer your question and include any additional information in the resources section. We're a community of shipping container home enthusiasts. We can learn from each other, share what we know and help to change the landscape of domestic building with this nontraditional technique. So don't be shy! Let me know what you want to see in future editions of this guide, and what you would find helpful in the resources section. Here are some of my ideas, let me know what piques your interest: Sample Plans and Example Documentation, In-depth Interviews with Shipping Container Home Owners, Typical Details, Product Recommendations.

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Sail for a Living - Find a Job, Start a Business, Change Your Life

   This popular book written by Sue Pelling will tell readers how to turn their passion for sailing into a completely new lifestyle. They will discover the realities of so many marine careers available in the industry today. The book will provide the necessary information for the beginners and, more important, give them the inspiration to change the job and, who knows, the whole life. Here is the brief contents of the publication - Intro - Working in the yacht charter industry - Setting up your own charter business - Superyachts - Teaching and coaching - Professional racing - Expedition yacht work - Sailing support jobs - Media - Yacht delivery. The text of the book is very easy-to-read and includes a number of case studies for better understanding.

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Sailing a Serious Ocean - Sailboats, Storms, Stories, and Lessons Learned From 30 Years at Sea

   If "Sailing a Serious Ocean" is your first meeting with John Kretschmer and his work, it’s probably John’s own fault. He’s a modest, self-deprecating man. He doesn’t advertise himself or his business or tout his eminently toutable nautical accomplishments. So I’ll take up some of that slack. Kretschmer is an original. Who else has for decades and without serious incident captained a one-man charter operation specializing in long-distance, open-ocean sailing? Who else would have thought to sail from New York to San Francisco with a windward slog around Cape Horn aboard a Contessa 32, perhaps the smallest boat ever to do so? As a charter operator and delivery skipper, Kretschmer has made some twenty Atlantic crossings, many long Pacific passages, and multiple transits of the Med. He annually puts more nautical miles on his beloved Kaufman 47 Quetzal than statute miles on his car; he quit counting those nautical miles at 300,000. He’s a brilliant seaman who’s handled most every condition that serious oceans mete out to sailboats, but that alone is not what makes him an original. It’s that in combination with this: the man can write. Which brings us to Sailing a Serious Ocean. Kretschmer is a skillful storyteller, and with those 300,000 miles of experience to draw on, he doesn’t need to make anything up. Some of his stories are downright frightening, like that terrible trip through Hurricane Mitch, and some are hilarious, like the time shortly after 9/11 when his brand-new life raft suddenly inflated at the check-in desk at Heathrow, prompting nervous security guards to level machine guns at his head (“Don’t shoot him!” cried the desk clerk). In addition to being well told, the sea stories share another characteristic. They’re charmingly modest and self-deprecating—as I said, like John; the joke’s usually on John...

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The Whale - In Search of the Giants of the Sea

   Perhaps it is because I was nearly born underwater. A day or so before my mother was due to give birth to me, she and my father visited Portsmouths naval dockyard, where they were taken on a tour of a submarine. As she climbed down into its interior, my mother began to feel labour pains. For a moment, it seemed as though I was about to appear below the waterline; but it was back in our Victorian semi-detached house in Southampton, with its servants bell-pulls still in place and its dark teak staircase turning on itself, that I was born. I have always been afraid of deep water. Even bathtime had its terrors for me (although I was by no means a timid child) when I thought of the stories my mother told of her own childhood, and how my grandfather had painted a whale on the outside of their enamel bathtub. It was an image bound up in other childish fears and fascinations, ready to emerge out of the depths like the giant squid in the film of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, with its bug-eyed Nautilus, Kirk Douglass tousled blond locks and stripy T-shirt, and its futuristic divers walking the ocean floor as they might stroll along the beach. I thought, too, of my favourite seaside toy“a grey plastic diver which dangled in the water by a thin red tube through which you blew to make it bob to the surface, trailing little silver bubbles“but which also reminded me of those nineteenth-century explorers enclosed in faceless helmets and rubberized overalls, their feet anchored by lead boots. And in my childrens encyclopedia, I read about the pressurized bathysphere, an iron lung-like cell in which men descended to the Marianas Trench, where translucent angler fish lured their prey with luminous growths suspended in front of their gaping, devilish jaws. I was so scared of these monsters that I couldnt even touch the pages on which the pictures were printed, and had to turn them by their corners...

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