Short-handed Sailing

Sailing solo or short-handed

Alastair Buchan

This book shows you everything you need to know about handling a boat alone or short-handed, from choosing a suitable craft to passage planning, manoeuvring, sleep management and watch keeping. Full of photographs and diagrams, this practical book will demonstrate how to operate in coastal, offshore and ocean waters.
Date Published :
February 2019
Publisher :
Fernhurst Books
Language:
English
Series :
Skipper's Library
Illustration :
62 Halftones, color; 145 Diagrams
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781912177226
Pages : 168
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.75 inches
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$24.95

Overview
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While relatively few cruise single-handed, many sail short-handed. It may be a couple sailing together or a skipper with a novice crew – he may have lots of people onboard but, in terms of the sailing, he is probably short-handed. They soon discover that there is so much more to short-handed sailing than a lack of crew. It demands a different approach, a new mindset. The skipper has a much greater workload but there are also fewer people, sometimes no-one at all, to consult during the decision-making process. Under these circumstances fatigue can be as dangerous as heavy weather: it creeps up on you, often unnoticed, destroying your morale and ability to make rational decisions. And when short-handed, the crew’s limited physical resources must be watched over and zealously guarded. In this heavily illustrated book Alastair Buchan passes on the lessons of his hard-won experience gained short- and single-handed sailing in coastal, offshore and ocean waters. It will show you everything you need to know about handling a boat alone or short-handed, from choosing a suitable craft to passage planning, manoeuvring, sleep management and watch keeping.

About The Author
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Alastair Buchan began sailing on the Clyde. In a Hurley 20 he sailed single-handed round Britain, and made his first single-handed Atlantic circuit. He made his second in a Dockrell 27 (27 ft this time) sailing from Britain to the Caribbean and on to the USA via Venezuela and Cuba before sailing home.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Introduction

The Boat

The Skipper

Evolutions – Introduction

Evolutions – Casting Off

Evolutions – Sail Handling

Evolutions – Heavy Weather

Evolutions – Berthing

Passage Planning

Sleep Management

Watch-keeping

Summary

REVIEWS
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“Short-handed Sailing shows readers everything they need to know about
handling a boat alone or shorthanded, from choosing a suitable craft to passage planning, maneuvering, sleep management and watch keeping. Highly illustrated, it provides readers with the tools to cope, in a way that is easy to understand.”

- SirReadaLot.org

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