Reed's Skipper's Handbook: For Sail and Power

Reed's Skipper's Handbook: For Sail and Power

Paperback Reed's Skipper's Handbook

By (author) Malcolm Pearson

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  • Publisher: International Marine Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 102mm x 158mm x 13mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Rockport, ME
  • ISBN 10: 0071456279
  • ISBN 13: 9780071456272
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, col. maps
  • Sales rank: 557,803

Product description

The Ultimate Memory Aid for Onboard Use "Reed's Skipper's Handbook," the worldwide bestselling piloting and seamanship pocket guide, is now adapted for North American waters and buoyage systems. Concise Color-coded page margins for quick reference Ideal for quick reference at the helm and for browsing at home to refresh and extend your seamanship knowledge Packed with a huge amount of useful information Answers all the navigation quandaries mariners are likely to encounter underway. "A brilliant guide for beginners and an excellent refresher for more advanced skippers. . . . A top-rate book."--"Waterstones" "A terrific little volume."--"Motorboat & Yachting"

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Malcolm Pearson has been a Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster instructor for more than 20 years, and the author of Reed's Skipper's Handbook since its first UK edition in 1993.

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The Ultimate Memory Aid for Onboard Use "Reed's Skipper's Handbook," the worldwide bestselling piloting and seamanship pocket guide, is now adapted for North American waters and buoyage systems. Concise Color-coded page margins for quick reference Ideal for quick reference at the helm and for browsing at home to refresh and extend your seamanship knowledge Packed with a huge amount of useful information Answers all the navigation quandaries mariners are likely to encounter underway. "A brilliant guide for beginners and an excellent refresher for more advanced skippers. . . . A top-rate book."--"Waterstones" "A terrific little volume."--"Motorboat & Yachting" Malcolm Pearson has been a Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster instructor for more than 20 years, and the author of "Reed's Skipper's Handbook" since its first edition in 1993.

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgements Position and distance Latitude and longitude Measuring distance Plotting position Chart symbols Chart correction Direction and compass Variation Deviation Checking the compass Compass conversion Leeway Cause of leeway Allowing for leeway Tides and tidal streams Tides Tidal streams Tidal definitions Effect of tidal streams Tidal stream information Tidal streams - interpolation Coastal tidal streams Course to steer Course to steer - short period; longer passages Sailing to windward ETA Position EP -- Estimated position DR -- EP Fixing position Taking fixes Using transits/ranges Running fixes Special case for a running fix Position by line of soundings Electronic navigation GPS -- waypoint navigation Tidal curves Standard ports Secondary ports Rule of Twelfths Anomalies -- South coast Finding depths Reduction to soundings Finding depth to anchor Anchoring -- depth by echo sounder Depth and clearance below the keel Distance off MHWS (MHW) Distance off Rising or dipping lights The sextant Index error Distance off Vertical sextant angle Clearance under bridges Clearance Charted clearance Rules of the Road Steering and sailing rules Lights and daymarks Sound signals Buoyage Buoys and marks Light characteristics SOLAS SOLAS regulations Passage planning Safety and Distress Distress flares GMDSS/EPIRB VHF distress signals -- Mayday/PanPan SOLAS life saving signals Personal safety Helicopter rescue Man overboard MOB -- sailing boat without engine MOB -- sailing boat using engine MOB -- motor cruisers Communications Phonetic alphabet/Morse code Flags Weather Weather patterns Wind belts Anticyclones and depressions Fronts Depressions Weather maps Local winds Katabatic winds/fog Beaufort scale Shipping forecasts Other weather forecasts Anchoring and docking Anchors Anchoring Docking alongside Knots, bends and hitches Knots Knots and hitches Hitches Bends Inland waterways Licences/Equipment Buoyage and traffic lights Rules of the Road Locks Signals and signs North American Waterways The Intracoastal Waterway Log check Measured distance Checking speed and distance Facts and figures ETA/Tidal stream Distance off/Conversions/Sun movement Distance off Range of lights Index International Port Traffic Signals