Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors

Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors

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By (author) Nigel Calder

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  • Publisher: TAB Books Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 608 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 285mm x 27mm | 1,460g
  • Publication date: 28 May 2001
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0071350993
  • ISBN 13: 9780071350990
  • Sales rank: 344,474

Product description

Here, from the author of "Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual", is a comprehensive and helpful guide to selecting and equipping a cruising sailboat and learning skills to successfully cruise in it. The first half of the book includes an easy-to-use tabular method for evaluating a boat's suitability for cruising; ideas for workable deck and interior layouts and organization; how to choose and configure suitable boat systems for cruising; and how to install gear for trouble-free operation. The book's second half teaches boat handling skills; core navigational expertise; anchoring techniques; weather understanding; heavy weather expertise; and specific skills for long-term and long-distance cruising. This book is, in short, a primer covering the technical and practical side of modern cruising boats, and the skills necessary to safely and enjoyably sail them. As such, it will prove useful to prospective coastal and offshore boat buyers; all those contemplating cruising, whether it be coastal or world-girdling. There are many ideas in this book, refined through years of cruising experience, that should help to improve boats, maximize satisfaction and minimize disappointment. There are also plenty of nuggets of information for the most experienced cruisers. This cruising handbook could only have been written by an author with long cruising experience, a faculty for reducing complexities to simple explanations, and an undying curiosity about what makes things work. This is the book the cruising community has long been waiting for.

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Nigel Calder is the author of Marine Diesel Engines (1987, 1991) and Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual (1989, 1995), the success of which has made him the most sought-after marine how-to writer in the U.S. and U.K. He has published more than 800 magazine articles in SAIL, Cruising World, Ocean Navigator, Yachting World, etc., and lectures on cruising to sell-out crowds. He is also the author of The Cruising Guide to the Northwest Caribbean (IM, 1991) and Cuba: A Cruising Guide (Imray, 1996). He will be testing his newest ideas with his family during a six-month cruise to the Caribbean and South America this winter.

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"The indispensable crew. No boat should sail without Calder aboard."--Paul Gelder, "Yachting Monthly" This handbook shows you not only how to select and equip a boat for coastal and offshore cruising, but also how to sail and navigate it. Covering all this in one volume is a monumental task, one not attempted since the pioneers of blue-water voyaging wrote the first generation of cruising bibles decades ago. Since that simpler, more spartan era, the typical cruising sailboat has become faster and more comfortable, but also more complex. Even as they've made distant horizons more reachable, the marvels of modern technology have paradoxically raised the ante on the entry-level skills required for cruising. Small wonder then that books about boat handling and seamanship have little to say about the special demands of cruising, while books about cruising presuppose a mastery of the fundamentals of seamanship and navigation. "Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook"presupposes nothing. It sifts through, organizes, and makes sense of the hundred disciplines of the cruising avocation. It will help you through your first coastal hop or your umpteenth offshore passage. Here you will find Comprehensive coverage of cruising sailboat design The elements of a comfortable interior and a workable deck presented in depth The background you need to decide which of today's technological advancements may detract from rather than add to your cruising enjoyment Thorough coverage of cruising skills, from boat handling to transoceanic voyaging Fresh wrinkles for even the most experienced sailors Compiling in one volume all the knowledge needed for successful cruising under sail, "Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook" provides an inestimable service for sailors. There is nothing else like it. "If you were shipwrecked on a desert island and could choose only one book to help get you off, this is the book."--Patience Wales, Editor, "SAIL"