17.09.2017

This is a good textbook of sailing compiled by the recognized YCC expert. The content of the course opens with the introduction explaining the fundamental sailing principles including description of the elementary maneuvers and some of the nautical terminology commonly used in sailing.

The second chapter coming under Safety in Navigation title contains the basic safety rules and also touches the possible accidents, while the third chapter is solely devoted to the maneuvers - the readers will have all basic information on them and this will be just enough for a good start.

The next chapter covers such important aspects of naval architecture as sail stability and trim. The remaining parts of the course are dealing with the techniques and effects of the trim, making the basic knots, some basic information on dinghy boats etc. There is a concise yet comprehensive sailing dictionary included.

There is also a very interesting closing chapter giving ten so-called golden rules to be followed by all YCC dinghy sailors. taking into account that the information presented in the pages of this course is basic and presented in a very easy-to-understand way, we would highly recommend this course to all newcomers to the world of sailing.

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11.09.2017

This is just the official booklet of the Fifteenth Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium. The document was released back in 2001 with the intention of the compilers to combine the materials presented in the course of the Symposium by Stephan Harries, Karsten Hochkirch and Claus Abt from Berlin Technical University.

Today, the geometric modeling applied to the yacht design is commonly related to hydrodynamic performance of the hull shape of the yacht taken together with the appendages. The traditional shape design is quite expensive and time consuming, and in this paper a complementing approach to the design will be discussed.

It is called hydrodynamic modeling as it combines the geometric modeling with hydrodynamic analysis in the design process... This document will be of interest to the people engaged in the design of the yachts and wishing to be updated with all happenings in the field. Very small but concise and informative publication.

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10.09.2017

According to the numerous book reviews received from the readers, this volume shall be treated as the essential source of information for people willing to develop better offshore sailing knowledge and skills. The content has been revised and updated several times in order to cover more topics in a better way.

It is a real must-read one for those who are planning the extended sailing; however, since the information is presented in a very understandable way, the book will be appreciated by anyone with the interest in sailing. The book presents an excellent and perfectly compiled collection of the real-life stories about people encountering severe weather at sea. A great reference tool providing readers with lots of useful information.

In fact, this is a textbook on heavy weather sailing therefore any person planning blue water sailing shall definitely get a look in it and familiarize himself or herself with the content. There are many stories with the real life experiences supplemented with the detailed professional analysis of each event. We would absolutely recommend everyone to spend some time going through the pages of this book as it is contains something one can hardly find in any other publication.

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24.08.2017

Corinthian Yachtsman, or Hints on Yachting, the classic, old and quite rare book, a real windfall for everyone who are interested in both yachting and boating. The topics covered are: Yachting as a national sport; Progress on naval architecture; Buying and building; Concluding a purchase; Yachts' boats; Navigation; Preparing to start; Handling yachts; Extended cruises; Racing. Digitized by Google.

As you can see, the release date of this publication was more than a century ago. However, the hints and practical tips collected by the author for inclusion in this classic volume remain actual and useful even today as they are based on the mechanics, physics of sailing as well as on the deep understanding of the logic and philosophy of boating and yachting that remained and will remain unchanged for centuries...

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24.08.2017

The element of Design has always been deservedly considered to be one of the most important factors in all good work, and in fact nothing is more essential in all Construction than that there shall first be Design, which simply means that every necessary detail shall be reviewed, put on paper, and approved before the materials necessary for the contemplated work are touched.

Design is especially necessary even in the most elementary forms of Naval architecture, as when the lines of a boat are laid down on paper, not only is the form of the intended craft more clearly seen, but an opportunity is commonly afforded for the correction and alteration of any details which are shown by the drawings to be detrimental to the success of the boat designed.

The present publication is a true classic that is why we would recommend it to be possessed in the library of every yacht designer, yacht constructor and yachter. The text part of this rare and still popular volume by Fred Cozzens is supplemented with more than a hundred illustrations making it much easier to catch the idea. The whole history of yacht building and yachting have been covered in the book, starting from the very early days of the NY Yacht Club.

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13.08.2017

This is another very rare publication. Just imagine, it was published nearly century-and-half ago, in 1884. This is what we call a truly classic book. Of course, some things have significantly changed since the time of the first release of this manual; however, you must agree that the fundamental laws of physics and hydrodynamics governing the behavior of the yacht remain unchanged.

The manual opens with a chapter describing the process of selecting a yacht giving some valuable instructions and practical tips to the future yacht owner. The next chapter addresses the examination of the yacht - you will know how to check your yacht and the areas where you should be concentrated on during the examination. The following two chapters are dealing with the yacht construction and equipment, while the others are dedicated to the seamanship, management of the yacht and racing.

Finally, the remainder of the manual is covering various types of yachts, for example centre-board, Brighton beach, Pollywog etc. Small racing yachts have also been paid particular attention in this volume; same approach was applied to the steam, ice yachting and canoeing - there are separate chapters for each of them. At the end, there is a dictionary of general yachting-related information for ready use.

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13.08.2017

Nick doesn't like fore and aft mooring buoys. He finds them difficult to pick up and, once secured, they seem to put veiy heavy loads on the mooring lines, particularly with the tidal stream from astern and a crosswind. Having read in the sailing directions that the only mooring option in Chausey Sound was between fore and aft buoys, he was thinking about giving up the plan for an overnight visit to the islands southeast of Jersey.

His crew had heard that this was a magical place though, and persuaded him that, as it was neap tides and no more than a Force 4-5 forecast, it would be a shame to pass them by. As it turned out, there was plenty of room on the moorings and, with the help of smart work from the crew, Nick picked up a suitable pair of buoys without a problem. The wind had been light when they arrived and dropped to nothing overnight so his worry about strain on the deck cleats and mooring lines was ill-founded.

The following day he planned to leave through the shallow northern end of the Sound, which meant waiting until mid-afternoon for sufficient rise of tide and a favourable stream. By lunch the wind had built to the promised Force 4-5 from the northeast, right abeam, and the heavy warp risers from the buoys were leading to windward at quite a shallow angle...

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19.03.2014

RYA Sea Survival Handbook   Generally, boating is considered to be one of the safest leisure sporting activities. But, in any sport that pushes us to the edge of our abilities, there will always be a chance of injury or even an accident. We have to be properly prepared in order to be able to cope with such emergencies and get our chances of survival increased. The present handbook is essential for everyone taking the one-day Basic Sea Survival Courses by RYA or the two-day Offshore Safety Course by RYA/ISAF. Actually, it will be very valuable for anyone who intends to take his boat offshore. In this publications the following issues have been addressed: preparing for and handling heavy weather, buoyancy and lifejackets aids, Man overboard prevention, liferafts, raising the alarms, fire control, when to abandon the ship, first aid, survival in cold water, lifesaving signals, rescue etc.

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