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Seamanship Secrets

185 Tips & Techniques for Better Navigation, Cruise Planning, and Boat Handling Under Power or Sail

Seamanship Secrets    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-07-160578-6
Pages 326
Language English only
Price $23.95
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Written by John Jamieson.
Published by International Marine, 2009.


In the night, wind, rain, fog, big seas, strong currents, or congested waters, when there's no time for textbook seamanship solutions, what you need are shortcuts and techniques that work quickly and reliably every time.

Distilled from the vast accumulated lore of seamanship and navigation, Seamanship Secrets provides the absolute essentials - 185 techniques that work without fail in the pilothouse or the exposed cockpit or flying bridge of a shorthanded sail or powerboat.

Seamanship Secrets shows you how to:
  • Set up a clipboard chart table for cockpit use
  • Avoid hazards with danger bearings or a GPS grid highway
  • Estimate current speeds with the 50-90-100 rule
  • Track other boats in poor visibility using radar plots and bearing drift
  • Sail home without a rudder or get your twin-screw boat home on one working engine
  • Dock or anchor under any conditions
  • And much, much more
Even in this age of electronic navigation you need to know how to eyeball your boat through any situation. Each of the techniques in this cut-to-the-chase book has shown itself to be absolutely repeatable. It will work this time, the next time, and the time after that, in conditions fair or foul.

About the author: John Jamieson spent 23 years in the Coast Guard as an enlisted navigator, instructor, search and rescue coxswain, and ship's conning officer. He has taught seamanship and navigation for the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy and has trained hundreds of students in these arts both ashore and afloat. As Senior Assistant Controller at the Rescue Coordination Center in Long Beach California, he coordinated air-and-sea search-and-rescue missions from the border of California and Oregon to the Yucatan Peninsula, out to 1,000 nautical miles offshore. Jamieson holds master and mate licenses for both power and sail and is a nationally certified sailing instructor. He recently directed the seamanship and chart navigation department at the internationally renowned Charles F. Chapman School of Seamanship in Stuart, Florida. He has sailed single-handed for 13 years and has delivered sailing vessels along the U.S. East Coast. This is his first book.

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