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Reeds Ocean Handbook

by Bill Johnson

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This is the first addition to a new tag here on LT: "books I would want on a deserted island". Better yet if I marooned myself there perhaps I should have read this book first.

So you think you want to be a blue water sailor (making long ocean passages)? Here is everything you need to know in sparse British prose filing 176pp of a tiny book. In nine sections the author covers everything you need to be prepared and stay alive: World climate, Route planning, Ocean navigation, Astro navigation, Yacht prep, Heavy weather, Communication, Passage making, and Risks.

I worked on a passage making yacht for over a year and he really does cover it all. To be realistic most experienced costal sailors should treat this book as an outline of all the knowledge they need to acquire to be successful. This not just recommended but required reading for all who are considering a long passage. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 147291306X, Paperback)

In the bestselling style of the Reeds Handbook series, Reeds Ocean Handbook builds on Reeds Skipper's Handbook with advice for skippers or crew planning to venture further afield. Complimenting the RYA Ocean Yachtmaster course, this handy pocketbook provides all the essential navigation, weather, and route planning theory, as well as practical guidance and advice on long-distance radio communications, ocean passage-making, and risk/emergency preparations.

Color coded sections, for user-friendly accessibility, cover:
- World climate and route planning (including world wind systems, ocean currents, tropical revolving storms)
- Navigation (charts, great circle vs. Mercator routes, time zones, satellite navigation systems, advice on on-passage navigation routines)
- Astro navigation (basic theory refresher, practical astro navigation, plus using and adjusting the sextant)
- Passage making (route planning, preparing the yacht, power needs, supplies of water, food, gas, and diesel, watch-keeping routines, crew care)
- Communications (features and advantages of VHF, MF, SSB, and satellite phones, weather fax, email, and access to the internet)
- Risks and emergencies (preparing for them, equipment checklist, grab bags, emergency procedures)

Internationally relevant with color diagrams throughout, this handy pocket-sized handbook is an ideal revision aid on shore and the perfect quick reference guide on the boat.

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 15 Jun 2016 01:51:04 -0400)

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