The Complete Ocean Skipper: Deep-water Voyaging, Navigation by Tom Cunliffe

By Tom Cunliffe

Building off of his bestselling Complete Day Skipper and Complete Yachtmaster, yachting legend Tom Cunliffe turns his recognition to the 3rd strand of the RYA syllabus. With an analogous highly renowned, hugely useful method, Complete Ocean Skipper covers every little thing a yachtsman must understand whilst making plans an offshore cruise or ocean passage.

All facets of making plans and getting ready for--as good as commencing on--a long-distance cruise are featured:

education: sorts of compatible boat, collection of rig, engine energy, security gear, verbal exchange platforms, staff preparation
On passage: ocean climate platforms, forecasting, deck workouts, watchkeeping, self-steering, emergencies, heavy climate techniques
Ocean navigation: digital in addition to celestial

a different and definitive instruction manual, Complete Ocean Skipper is going past the idea of the RYA syllabus to make sure that readers are built with the information of either what to do and the way to do it. A veteran offshore yachtsman in addition to an RYA examiner, Tom Cunliffe brings his event to undergo and packs this must-have consultant with priceless hands-on suggestion for offshore and coastal sailors alike.

With transparent, worthwhile colour photos and diagrams all through, this can be the fundamental ebook for an individual making plans for or dreaming approximately crusing farther afield.

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Fractional rig Bermudan rig is the direct descendant of gaff. When it first appeared, it brought with it the big mainsail and small headsails of its parent. In time, the default two headsails of the gaff cutter gave way to the single headsail of the Bermudan sloop. The hounds of the mast had moved up somewhat, but the forestay remained well below the masthead, creating a handy rig with the drawback of needing some sort of support for the forestay. This was generally supplied by small ‘jumper struts’ and jumper wires aloft, which pushed the mast back in way of the forestay, augmented by running backstays to supply the real grunt.

It goes without saying that if anything fouls up at the masthead, sorting out a swivel inside the spar is likely to be a lot harder than dealing with a halyard that has jumped a fixed sheave. Despite all the negative factors, the sheer saving of manpower has found these systems an appropriate place among very large yachts. Smaller yachts whose crews do not wish to go on deck to handle sails might be well advised to consider a good in-boom system instead. In-boom systems In-boom reefing has all the advantages of in-mast and with a good system none of the disadvantages, but it must be quality gear.

This abomination has no place in a deep-water yacht. It is prone to failure, it is inefficient, shaking out reefs can involve a trip to the boom end and it fills the cockpit with unwanted rope. Given no single-line nonsense, the downside of the arrangement is that the battens can easily become snagged by the lazy jacks if the boat is not head to wind for sail hoisting. Vigilance and teamwork between helm and halyard are important, but the inconvenience is worth the trouble. Unmodified, production examples will probably have the reef tacks secured on ram’s horn fittings at the gooseneck.

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