Dag Pike's Cruising Under Power: The Practicalities of Cruising

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Bloomsbury Academic, Mar 1, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 192 pages
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The aim of this book is to enable novices to
cruise safely and enjoyably. It will cover the preparations needed before
undertaking a cruise, operating the boat under different and sometimes
challenging conditions, advise how to cope when things go wrong, how to conform to the
rules and regulations, and how to navigate in all conditions. It presents the advice and
information in just the same way that the cruiser will encounter the situations on passage - from setting off
to arriving at their destination.

Topics include: Preparing to cruise (weather forecasts, route planning, checklists); Leaving harbour (harbour entrances, setting courses and speeds,
crew briefing, food and drink); Assessing
weather and sea conditions (fine tuning your plans); Watch
keeping under way (visual and electronic navigation, coping with alarms); Entering
harbour (planning ahead, radio channels, finding an anchorage, speeds); Cruising
at night and in fog (lights, radar, shipping lanes, stopping distance); Adventurous
cruising (navigating inshore, beach landing, hidden dangers); Fuel
management and economy (economical speeds, boat trim, reserves); Comfort
on board (cooking and sleeping at sea, security); When
things go wrong (potential problems, safety equipment, coping with fire,
leaks, grounding, engine problems, calling for help); Rules
and regulations (collision regulations, traffic lanes, going foreign,
qualifications).

Aimed at owners of powerboats and motor cruisers between 25
and 65ft, the book is entirely practical, with checklists, sidebars, box-outs, many diagrams and is illustrated with superb action photos.

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About the author (2012)

Dag Pike began his career as a merchant captain, went on to test RNLI
lifeboats, and took up fast boat navigation, winning a string of
trophies for powerboat races around the world, including navigating
Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Challenger
on the record-breaking fastest Atlantic crossing by powerboat. He is
now a navigation and powerboat journalist in demand all round the world.

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