The Complete Yachtmaster has been a bestseller since first publication and has established itself as the standard reference for Yachtmaster students as well as skippers of all levels of experience.
In this fully revised and up-to-date 9th edition, Tom Cunliffe brings together all the essentials of modern cruising in one volume. He presents an analysis of a good skipper, the theory and practice of sailing and sail trim, the art of seamanship, accurate navigation including chart plotters and PCs, understanding meteorology, heavy weather preparation, understanding yacht stability and coping with emergencies.
The Complete Yachtmaster builds knowledge as it builds sailing confidence, guiding examination candidates as authoritatively and reassuringly through the RYA syllabus as a sea pilot bringing a ship safely to harbour. Required reading for all skippers and budding skippers, both on board or in the classroom.
`A gem, distilled from decades of experience' Yachting Monthly
`Cunliffe's competence and authority radiate from the pages... thoroughly recommended' Little Ship Club
'There are all too few authors who not only know their subject but can write well about it. Tom Cunliffe is one' Cruising
Tom Cunliffe has been sailing for most of his life and has worked in all branches of the profession, both racing and cruising. He is an RYA Yachtmaster Examiner (Offshore and Ocean) and writes regularly for Yachting Monthly and Yachting World. He has sailed from the Caribbean to Russia and from Brazil to the Arctic.
Introduction 1. The skipper 2. The theory of sailing 3. Efficient sailing 4. Basic seamanship under sail 5. Boat handling under sail 6. Boat handling under power 7. Ropes and ropework 8. Anchoring 9. Yacht engines 10. Sailing in heavy weather 11. Navigation - an introduction 12. Charts, publications and chart table tools 13. Aids to navigation 14. Tidal heights 15. Tidal streams 16. Traditional navigational inputs 17. The estimated position 18. Classical position fixing 19. Satellites and radar 20. Course shaping 21. Navigational strategy 22. Passage planning 23. Pilotage 24. Passage navigation 25. Domestics of a passage 26. Fog 27. Collision avoidance in poor visibility 28. Tactics and navigation in heavy weather 29. Damage control 30. Emergencies 31. Man overboard 32. Weather Appendix: stability in sailing yachts Index