Illustrated Seamanship

Ropes & Ropework, Boat Handling & Anchoring

Ivar Dedekam

A beautifully, uniquely illustrated nautical guide covering the key techniques for rope handling, manoeuvring and anchoring..
Date Published :
May 2017
Publisher :
Fernhurst Books
Series :
Illustrated Nautical Manuals
Illustration :
466 Illustrations, color
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781909911567
Pages : 84
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Today, yachts are often equipped with electrical windlasses, autopilot, bow thrusters, etc. This equipment has also become much more reliable, making it possible to make long offshore passages without much knowledge of seamanship. However, as the coastguards in many countries can confirm, more and more yachts require assistance, even when they should be able to reach harbour on their own. In this book you will be shown the traditional techniques you should be familiar with – regarding rope handling, manoeuvring and anchoring – in order to make long or short passages safely. Each element is clearly explained alongside detailed illustrations, combining to make a straightforward and easy-to-follow guide. Although yacht gear is becoming more and more reliable, you can be almost sure that, sooner or later, it will fail or you will be out of electrical power to use it. Learning the traditional techniques may not only be necessary but is also both interesting and fun. Instead of waking up the entire harbour in the early hours with the noise of your bow thruster, you may, alternatively, use a spring line to get safely moored to or leave the pontoon quietly.

About The Author

Ivar Dedekam, of Dedekam Design, specialises in uniquely illustrated nautical manuals which are easy to understand and remember. Ivar has been sailing for over 30 years and has logged more than 50,000 nautical miles, including three Atlantic crossings. His book Illustrated Sail & Rig Tuning is an international success and has been published in 19 languages.




ROPEWORK: The basics, Clove hitch, Bowline, Sheet bend, Reef knot, Stopper knots, Rolling hitch, Coiling ropes, Cleats, Whipping, Splicing, Lashings, Winch handling, Making fast on a bollard, Swigging (sweating), Various useful knots, Special knots / hitches

BOAT HANDLING: The basics, The propeller, The rudder, Wind impact on the hull, The boat’s turning circle, Getting to know your boat, Turning in confined spaces, Engine handling, Leaving / entering a berth, Coming alongside, Making fast, Using a bow spring, Using a stern spring, Mooring techniques, Tides, Currents, Using slip lines

ANCHORING: The basics, The anchor rode, Ground tackle, Foredeck arrangements, Anchoring techniques, Anchor buoy / signals, Anchoring under sail, Using snubbers, Using anchor chums, Weighing anchor, Using two bow anchors, A special anchor setup, Using a dinghy, The Scandinavian moor, Anchoring examples, Miscellany, Summary.


"If you're new to sailing, this book will teach you almost everything you'll ever need to know about ropework, boathandling and anchoring. Even if you've been sailing for years, there are still a few boathandling manoeuvres and anchoring techniques that you probably won't have tried."

- Yachting Monthly

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