The Crew's Pocketbook

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If you are a new crew a yacht can seem a daunting place.

There are ropes everywhere, the loo has a mind of its own and the ceiling tilts to where the walls should be.

Meanwhile, you are probably feeling a bit queasy and are worrying about the latest strong wind warning… Don’t worry! Everyone feels like this at first.

The Crew’s Pocketbook will give you the basic knowledge to work the boat, be safe, have fun… and be asked back for more.

If you are a skipper you will realise that as soon as people step on board, they are effectively crewing.

They will immediately be drawn into casting off, tying knots, hoisting sails, winching and even steering.

It’s impossible to go over everything in your briefing, and any knowledge they can gain beforehand is a blessing.

This book was devised to be given to new crew to read before they arrive at the dock. PB 112p

Author: Davidson

Going aboard a sailing yacht for the first time is an exciting experience, but it can be a bit daunting. It introduces you to many unknowns: terra firma is left behind, the boat is propelled by something you can’t see (the wind), there are ropes everywhere and a whole new vocabulary opens up!

Your skipper will brief you on the key things you need to know, but this book is a great opportunity to learn a bit beforehand which will give you the basic knowledge to work the boat, be safe, have fun… and be asked back for more!

Written in a friendly and approachable way, it assumes no nautical knowledge and uses diagrams and photographs to demystify the art of sailing. Devised to be read by new crew before they arrive at the boat, it is also great to keep on board as a quick and easy reference guide.

Ideal for skippers to give to anyone joining them on board for the first time. As soon as a person steps aboard they are crewing: drawn into casting off, hoisting sails, winching and even steering. It’s impossible to cover everything in your briefing, so any knowledge they can gain beforehand is a blessing and will make your yacht a happier, safer place for everyone.

Author : Time Davison

Paperback: 80 pages


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