The Manual manages to juggle between the fine line of comedic and factual texts. It provides useful and no doubt life saving information that would help you survive in the the wild until the rescue crew arrived. It provides a useful array of different skills for all sorts off situations in numerous different climates ranging from the swamps to the highest mountains and everything in between.
This is a good guide, but (with a more insistent editor, perhaps) it could easily have been quite a bit better. It has much sound, practical advice and is written in a down-to-earth, conversational style by an author who has sailed the oceans of the world and has a wealth of experience to share, having anchored a multitude of times – generally, one suspects, in a secluded bay: where is the guidance on anchoring in a river or strong tide? It is copiously illustrated with photos and diagrams; consequently, in what is a short book (100 pages), there is only a modest amount of text.
This book carries the Yachting Monthly brand and at least some of the material has appeared in the magazine in recent years; here, it has been logically arranged for easy reference in a very useful anthology of sailing lore. As usual, Tom Cunliffe’s relaxed writing style and Yachting Monthly’s attractive presentation make for easy learning. The articles are divided into six major sections covering seamanship, boat handling, sail trim, skippering, emergencies and navigation, with most of the last-mentioned being devoted to the use of radar.