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Just back for our last trip on Bangoes based in Gocek I found it easy to get drawn into this latest edition.

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The fifties and sixties were exciting times in yachting and Eileen Ramsay was in the forefront capturing that scene. She established herself as one of the most respected photographers of her day.

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This book is written, as the title suggests, with the dual purpose of regaling the reader with an account of Rod and Lu Heikell's most recent circumnavigation, while giving copious advice and information on eating out, provisioning and catering on board along their 30,000 mile plus route. 

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Reeds editorial team,  Rob Buttress and Perrin Towlin, this year gives us improved layout for easier reference with over 45,000 changes and 700 chartlets, tide tables and streams, 7,500 waypoints, plus a free Reeds Marina Guide using uni

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This book is vital for yachtsmen making North Sea Passages from British ports between Dover and Great Yarmouth.

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The title " Replacing your Boat's Electrical System" is rather daunting if like me you would never dream of undertaking such a project  and if something electrical does go wrong a call to the local marina electrician has been the only so

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This is a great book, although it did not immediately give me what I thought it would. Living in central London, I opened the covers hoping to find unknown wilderness right in SW1.

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This is a fascinating piece of history – at least to me, as two members of my family fought in the Far East. So I learnt much that they were never able to talk about.

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If you have a motor cruiser 45/60 ft LOA capable of 35 knots then this is the book for you. If not then this is still a comprehensible and valuable guide. It is easy to read and full of information up to Day Skipper level .

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This is an excellent, very detailed guide to all aspects of rigging, mast stepping, rig trim and maintenance.

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The author has charted her own, her husband's and their yacht 'Voyager's journey across the Atlantic.

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This is a fascinating book in four different parts.

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The author has recorded the loves of her grandfather's life. These were his wife and the sea. He had grown up beside tidal Thames and he wanted to go to sea, but he was apprenticed elsewhere.

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As the title says, the book covers medium distance sailing and uses as an example crossing the Channel. It does not matter whether you are heading for Calais or Cherbourg, you need to gather the same information.

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This  is a light hearted look at the occasionally fraught  relationship between skippers and crew seen from both points of view.

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Tragic? Sad? Inspiring? All these questions come to mind reading this book.

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This book guides the boat owner in how to operate and maintain an outboard - the emphasis is on medium to large size outboards.

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Mike Peyton is well known to many of us for his books of yachting cartoons and for his Yachting Monthly Confessional column.  He has produced many cartoon books and this book encapsulates his wonderful sense of humour with this hilarious

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This is a bright cheerful paperback and the story of a young couple's dream to sail the world.

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This is another very instructive book from Wiley Nautical.  It provides guidance, advice and easy to follow step-by-step instructions on how to handle asymmetric sails.

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Brilliant clear diagrams, excellent photographs and straight forward descriptions of key issues make this an enjoyable, engrossing and very useful book.

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This a clearly set out aide memoire to emergency first aid.

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Whilst a First Edition by Imray this well illustrated soft cover pilot guide is an updated version of the original ‘Cruise the Black Sea’ guide by Doreen and Archie Annan.

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When considering buying either of these excellent books, both written by the doyen of Mediterranean sailing, Rod Heikell, it is important to understand both what they are not – they are not Pilots, or Cruising Companions with detailed sa

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This latest publication from Jimmy Cornell, the long distance cruising expert, is designed to be used with his World Cruising Routes.

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Having recently read the author's daughter's book 'Child of the Sea' I was pleased to be reading Gwenda's adult view of all the fascinating islands and peoples the family had met in their three years sailing the Pacific Ocean.

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Doina is the daughter of author of Jimmy Cornell and grew up while sailing on her fami

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This excellent little book is a handy guide to serious round-the cans racing.

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The author is a journalist, a sailor and canoeist who decided to sail, row and motor a small boat around London via the tidal Thames, her forgotten waterways and the canal network linking them all together.

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This is a good guide, but (with a more insistent editor, perhaps) it could easily have been quite a bit better.

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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.

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This an extremely attractive and well set out reference book.
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Capt Basil Hall RN, appears to have been the Zelig of his generation. He seems to have been everywhere, done everything and knew everyone of scientific and literary importance in the early 19th Century.  

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One is always suspicious of any book which claims to be the “ultimate” of its kind but this glossy tome does a reasonable job of introducing the subject.

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The Story of a Victorian Bargeman published by Chaffcutter Books

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“Wide-ranging” would be more accurate than “comprehensive”.

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As a fan of Arthur Ransome's 'Swallows and Amazons' series of children's books, I seized the opportunity to review the author's first book on sailing which at the time of original publication was his most successful book.

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This is the revised edition of the second part of the pilot book covering the regions most frequented by yachtsman sailing in Southeast Asian waters.

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This book is the sequel to 'Rats, Rust and Two Old Ladies' written by the author who is a skipper employed by a Dutch company. Four years after returning home, he was asked to command a tugboat from Avonmouth to West Africa.

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This book is not just the story of how 'Blue Pearl', a 36 ft Oyster was built and sailed to the Mediterranean by a retired couple, but also a memorial to the author's wife, Joan.

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This book would be good for somebody getting their first cruising boat.
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In his introduction, the author reminds us that if things go wrong as we approach a berth in a harbour or in a marina we have to think fast and the book offers practical advice on avoiding difficulties and how to approach with confidence

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There were not many words among the more than 1500 that I did not know.
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For summer afternoons on the water or autumn cruises to the Channel Islands and all variations in between this almanac is a must. Buy your copy at the January boat show and use regularly.
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Mike Westin, with fellow enthusiasts, started a new boat magazine in Sweden where this book was originally published as articles describing a range of practical refurbishing projects.

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This pilot book is the first edition to be entitled Atlantic France (North Biscay to the Spanish Border).

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This is an almost pocket sized book of cartoons making fun of some of the mishaps of sailing - or at least those caused by not complying with the collision regulations. The line drawings are mostly of dinghies but the problems and mistakes remain the same.
The author is an American, resident in New York, so I am sure you can all guess what the cartoon covering Bearing off contains! If you struggle to remember all the Col Regs this book would provide an amusing way of revising and remembering them.

DW

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Most sailors know of the terrible 1979 Fastnet Race and its horrific storm and the loss of 15 lives.  This account is the un-put-downable gripping story of physical and emotional survival of crew member Nick Ward when abandoned on board by escaping crew, with a possible mystery still hanging over the truth. I found it doubly interesting since I’d heard Charles Whittam’s talk on taking part in the Fastnet this year and how, now, crews have to have completed qualifying races and yachts’ equipment is heavily specified and a digital tracker is placed on board that one can access on line during the race, as I’m sure many know. 

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I think this is a great book for anyone who would like to understand more about their engine, how to keep it going, and to have some chance of restarting it, if its breaks down at some inconvenient moment.
Every aspect of the engine is covered simply and clearly, from engine selection, removal, preparation, mounting and re-installation, including the fuel, cooling and electrical systems.  The text is backed up by numerous photographs clearly identifying the various parts and functions of the system.

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Graham Hutt undertook a major revision of Islas Baleares in 2005 and in this ninth edition he has ensured it is fully up to date. I say this with some confidence, as I first used the fifth edition of this comprehensive pilot in 1995 and have since found it invaluable sailing to all five of the main Balearic Islands (Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca, Cabrera and Minorca).

Islas Baleares is a publication of the RCC Pilotage Foundation. The objective of this charity is ‘to advance the education of the public in the science and practice of navigation’ - an objective that is being ‘achieved through the writing and updating of pilot books covering many parts of the world.’

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