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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. I have used the correct terms throughout, e.g. halyard. Each term is printed in bold the first time it appears, and is defined in the Jargon-buster on pages 109 -112.
With this book in your pocket I hope you will have as many happy hours afloat as I have.
If you have done a bit of crewing this book will serve as a useful aide memoire to the basics, and should teach you a few new skills. If you have mastered everything here you will be a welcome addition to any crew, and will be feted by skippers to help sail their beautiful yachts to wonderful destinations!
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. If you are lucky they might even practise their knots by the fire and try coiling and throwing a rope in their garden! On passage they can refer to it again, consolidating the teaching you will inevitably be doing under way.
This book is dedicated to all the people I've been lucky enough to sail with over the years.
Part 1: First steps
What to bring
Parts of a yacht
Getting on and off
The skipper's briefing
Part 2: Under power
Rules of the Road
Part 3: Under sail
How does a boat sail?
Rules of the Road under sail
Trimming the sails
Part 4: Mayday and man overboard (MOB)
Man Overboard (MOB)
Part 5: Navigation
How a chart works
Keeping a log
Recognising lights, shapes and sound signals