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  • Offshore Sailing

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    $27.95 U.S. - Offshore Sailing

    Wouldn’t it be nice to have an engineer and yacht builder with more than 100,000 offshore sailing miles around for your next voyage? Someone who’s encountered just about everything that can go wrong with every aspect of a boat? Someone who tells you what works and what doesn’t.

    Introducing Bill Seifert. While you may not be lucky enough to sail with him, you can learn from his experience by reading his indispensable guide, Offshore Sailing, 200 Essential Passagemaking Tips.

    In Offshore Sailing, you’ll learn how to diagnose and repair problems, while you’re at sea. You’ll get money- and time-saving tips to prevent disasters and major complications. You’ll know the questions to ask and also have a few of the answers, ahead of time.

    -Batteries charging too slowly or not at all? Tip 111 tells you how to locate and stop hidden power drains.

    -Want to make your companionway dropboards lockable from inside and outside? See tip 71.

    -Thinking about adding more speakers to the cockpit? Read tip 7, first.

    -Heading out on a 7-day passage and unsure what belongs (and doesn’t belong) in your sea bag? Review tip 175.

    Annoyed when your water tastes foul? Better read tips 147 and 148.

    Filled with practical advice, your copy of Offshore Sailing will more than pay for itself in questions answered and repair costs and time saved. Assisting Seifert edit the book is former Practical Sailor editor, Dan Spurr. So you know the advice is useful and the applications, real-world.

    Every sailor should own a copy of Offshore Sailing. And every sailboat should have a copy of Offshore Sailing aboard. Get your copy today!

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    Become an Expert Judge of Used Sailboats

    Step by step, the author of the bestselling This Old Boat shows you how to evaluate the condition of an older fiberglass sailboat-the one you own or the one you'd like to purchase. Don Casey's expert advice helps you:

    -Assess the condition of a used sailboat in 30 minutes
    -Prioritize maintenance and repair tasks for a boat you already own
    -Catch potential problems early
    -Know where to look and what to look for (and how to interpret what you see)

    A professional survey is recommended before purchasing a boat-and usually required for financing-but with Inspecting the Aging Sailboat, you can consider and reject any number of boats before settling on "the one." This book will streamline your used-boat shopping while saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in professional survey fees.

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  • The Art of Seamanship

    The Art of Seamanship

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  • The Art of Seamanship

    Evolving Skills, Exploring Oceans, and Handling Wind, Waves, and Weather

    $50.00 U.S. - The Art of Seamanship

    The ultimate manual for any recreational sailor looking for self-sufficiency and for the skills to face any challenge

    Practical Sailor's Technical Editor, Ralph Naranjo's The Art of Seamanship is the comprehensive reference that goes well beyond Chapman's Piloting and The Annapolis Book of Seamanship. Instead of covering boilerplate topics like equipment, nautical jargon, trailering, flag etiquette, and more, this book allows sailors to push their nautical envelopes with the knowledge that they'll be able to respond to anything that comes their way. Readers will delve into topics such as knowing what a sailboat can or can't handle; assessing their limits and those of their crew and how to grow as a skipper; blending modern weather forecasting procedures and weather routing with passage plans; integrating electronics with navigation; line handling when docking in a blow; staying put in hurricane; and more.

    -Sea-tested wisdom going well beyond other seamanship texts
    -Improves the skills of coastal sailors and weekend cruisers
    -Great for reading and self-study, and also to carry aboard as the ultimate insurance against the unforeseen
    -Real-life scenarios shows readers how to respond to extreme challenges at sea
    -495 pages with dozens of illustrations, tables, photographs, and an index

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  • The Annapolis Book of Seamanship

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  • The Annapolis Book of Seamanship

    $49.99 U.S. - The Annapolis Book of Seamanship

    If you love the wind in your sails, this book belongs in your hands!

    Add to your sailing skills, safety, and know-how with the new 4th edition of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship!

    You don’t have to be told about the lure of wind, water, and boats.  For those who love it, sailing is a passion.  It draws us back.  It demands much and rewards just as fully.   And when it comes to sailing, we know the importance of being as prepared as possible.  That is seamanship. 

    “ The most complete and best reference book on the sport that has ever been available.”
     – American Sailing Association

    The Annapolis Book of Seamanship includes...

    Chapter 1: The Boat
    Chapter 2: Getting Under Way
    Chapter 3: Sail Trim
    Chapter 4: Weather
    Chapter 5: Sail-Handling Gear and Knots
    Chapter 6: The Sailor’s Health
    Chapter 7: Safety
    Chapter 8: Rules of the Road
    Chapter 9: Navigation Aids
    Chapter 10: The Magnetic  Compass
    Chapter 11: Plotting and Position Finding
    Chapter 12: Special Piloting Techniques
    Chapter 13: Electronics
    Chapter 14: Anchoring
    Chapter 15: Heavy Weather
    Chapter 16: Emergencies
    Chapter 17: Equipment and Maintenance
    Chapter 18: Traditions and Courtesies

    This new edition of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship stresses the skills and attitudes that define the “craft” of sailing.   You’ll look at boats from foredeck to backstay...rigs from catboat to cutter.   You’ll get valuable “Hands On” checklists for boat-buying, COB rescue methods, trimming the spinnaker, reading the wind, and more.

    The book looks closely at the elements of piloting, navigation, and electronics.  You’ll refresh your familiarity with the rules of the road, with charts, and with plotting.  You’ll practice dead reckoning, running fixes, and the rule of 60.  You’ll get tips for cheating the tide, forecasting fronts, and predicting fog.

    And of course, the book examines the arts of traditional seamanship including anchoring, heavy weather, and emergencies. You’ll get guidance on choosing rode and selecting an anchorage. You review techniques for reefing, for using a sea anchor, and for coping with a steering failure or dismasting.

    Plus, this book will help keep your boat shipshape with maintenance and tuning hints, as well as a look at flag etiquette, environmental practices, and more.

    For all the sailing you look forward to, order your copy of this new edition of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship today.

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    Knowing which to use and how to tie them can be a matter of life and death. Isn’t it worth spending some time now learning to tie them correctly, quickly and confidently?

    Introducing The Essential Knot Book for Boats, the straight-forward guide to tying the knots you need on your boat. The Essential Knot Book covers all the bends, hitches, whippings and splices used every day by anyone going to sea. It shows, at a glance, both how to tie the knot, bend or hitch and how to use it most effectively aboard.

    Supplemented with large illustrations and high-quality photographs, each description and set of instructions will guide you through the practice you need ashore so you’re ready and confident at sea.

    Invest some time now with The Essential Knot Book for Boats.

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  • Sailing a Serious Ocean

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  • Sailing a Serious Ocean

    Sailboats, Storms, Stories and Lessons Learned from 30 Years at Sea

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    "I know you'll want to read more after you finish Sailing a Serious Ocean. And be warned, you'll very likely want to sail with John, perhaps across an ocean." -- DALLAS MURPHY, AUTHOR OF ROUNDING THE HORN

    After sailing 300,000 miles and weathering dozens of storms in all the world's oceans, John Kretschmer has plenty of stories and advice to share. John's offshore training passages sell out a year in advance and his entertaining presentations are popular at boat shows and yacht clubs all over the English speaking world. John's talent for storytelling enchants his audience as it soaks up the lessons he learned during his oftenchallenging voyages. Now you can take a seat next to John--at a lesser cost--and get the knowledge you need to fulfill your own dream of blue-water adventure.

    In Sailing a Serious Ocean, John tells you what to expect when sailing the oceans and shows how to sail safely across them. His tales of storm encounters and other examples of extreme seamanship will help you prepare for your journey and give you confidence to handle any situation—even heavy weather. Through his personal stories, John will guide you through the whole process of choosing the right boat, outfitting with the right gear, planning your route, navigating the ocean, and understanding the nuances of life at sea.

    Our oceans are beautiful yet unpredictable—water that is at one moment a natural mirror for the glowing sun can turn into a foamy, raging wall of fury. John knows our oceans, and he is one of the best teachers of taming and enjoying them. Before you set off across the big blue, turn to John for his inspirational stories and hard-learned advice and discover the serious sailor in you.

     

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  • Seamanship Secrets

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    "Secrets' is the modern Bowditch, written so clearly that navigation and seamanship will be comprehensible to anyone..."
    --Dave and Jaja Martin, circumnavigators and authors of Into the Light: A Family's Epic Journey

    "It's a great book. The prose is simple and clear . . ."
    --John Vigor, author of The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat

    "It is a fine piece of work and should be read by anyone contemplating coastal cruising or blue water voyages. It definitely deserves a place in the offshore yacht's library . . ."
    --Ted Brewer, yacht designer, author, and offshore racing and cruising sailor

    Be a Better Skipper

    In the night, wind, rain, fog, big seas, strong currents, or congested waters, when there’s no time for textbook seamanship solutions, what you need are shortcuts and techniques that work quickly and reliably every time.

    Distilled from the vast accumulated lore of seamanship and navigation, here are the absolute essentials--185 techniques that work without fail in the pilothouse or the exposed cockpit or flying bridge of a shorthanded sail- or powerboat. John Jamieson shows you how to:

    • Set up a clipboard chart table for cockpit use
    • Avoid hazards with danger bearings or a GPS grid highway
    • Estimate current speeds with the 50-90-100 rule
    • Track other boats in poor visibility using radar plots and bearing drift
    • Sail home without a rudder or get your twin-screw boat home on one working engine
    • Dock or anchor under any conditions
    • And much, much more

    Even in this age of electronic navigation you need to know how to eyeball your boat through any situation. Each of the techniques in this cut-to-the-chase book has shown itself to be absolutely repeatable. It will work this time, the next time, and the time a er that, in conditions fair or foul.

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  • A Sail of Two Idiots

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    A “Sail of Two Idiots”is the fascinating, informative, and hilarious true story about a couple of novice sailors who sold their home, bought a boat, grabbed their cat and a few belongings - and set sail!

    If you’ve ever considered, or even fantasized, about raising your sails and not looking back, you won’t be able to put this book down! 

    Order your copy with this special offer from Practical Sailor today!

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  • This Old Boat, 2nd Edition

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    $49.95 U.S. - This Old Boat, 2nd Edition

    Since it first appeared in 1991, Don Casey’s This Old Boat has helped tens of thousands of sailors refurbish older fiberglass boats and has become a revered classic among boat rehabbers.This second edition is revised from first page to last with new information on electrical systems, diesel engines, refrigeration, resins, plumbing and more. Plus, more than 600 newly created illustrations enhance the book’s beauty as well as its utility.

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  • Boat Maintenance

    The Essential Guide to Cleaning, Painting, and Cosmetics

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    From marine expert and engineer William Burr, this is the most sensible guide to boat maintenance products that we've found.

    Inside you'll find:

    - Quick answers to typical boat problems
    - Expert advice on over 150 brand-name products
    - Money saving tips on when (and when NOT) to use generics
    - Concise Reference Guides highlighting the best product for the job
    - Weekly, Monthly, and Seasonal maintenance schedules

    Whether it's your boat's wood or fiberglass, metal or plastic, rubber or fabric, with Boat Maintenance you'll save time and money and keep your boat in peak-condition, year after year.

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  • Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch

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  • Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch

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    Was the Titanic doomed because of its name? Can you really "swallow the anchor"?

    Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch is a collection of unusual, nautical-based phrases and trivia tidbits for Jack Tars* and landlubbers** alike. Author and mariner Frank Lanier began to compile these entries while serving in the Coast Guard; they were included in the Plan of the Day published aboard the various ships Lanier was stationed on starting in the 1980s. He explains these colorful terms and entertaining phrases in plain language and presents their origins—many of which will surprise you! Inside you will find words and phrases . . .

    FROM THE FAMILIAR . . .

    Over a Barrel--Sailors were sometimes tied over a barrel while being flogged. Rummage--A ship's cargo or the packing of it in the vessel's hold, the yardsale-type association of the term arising from the fact damaged cargo was often sold at a "rummage sale," a clearing out sale of unclaimed goods at the dock. Rubbernecker--A sailor who stood by and looked on as his shipmates worked. Square Meal--A solid, hearty meal, said to be derived from the square, wooden platters hot meals were served upon aboard ship in good weather. To "Fudge It"--A sailor's term for a lie, nonsense; exaggeration that can be traced to one Captain Fudge, a seventeenth-century sailor whose propensity for telling outrageous whoppers prompted his crew to meet any tale of dubious origin with a cry of "You Fudge It!"

    . . TO THE BIZARRE . . .

    Dog’s Vomit--A moist hash of hardtack biscuits and meat cooked together. Kissed by Mother Carey--Those whose destiny seemed forever tied to the sea. Suck the Monkey--The clandestine siphoning of spirits from one of the ship's casks via a straw or other such tube. Swallow the Anchor--An old salt who retired ashore, forever giving up his life at sea.

    With the intriguing Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch, you'll soon be able to talk like a sailor worth his salt!

    *Sailors
    **Unexperienced sailors

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  • The Weekend Navigator, 2nd Edition

    The Weekend Navigator, 2nd Edition

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    Simple Boat Navigation with GPS and Electronics

    Modern, affordable instruments and technologies like GPS, chartplotters, radar, laptops and handhelds now let us quickly and simply plot a course with precision, staying safe on the intended route and return home safely from the journey.

    But to truly benefit from these tools, you need a fundamental understanding of navigation principles and concepts. GPS makes the lessons easier, allowing you to learn as you sail. And a newly updated book from Bob Sweet, guides any sailor to even greater navigational knowledge.

    Practical Sailor is now pleased to offer the Second Edition of The Weekend Navigator to its readers.

    From prevoyage planning to navigating underway to being able to double-check your location, The Weekend Navigator teaches you how to integrate the constantly changing technologies of today with the unwavering core navigational foundations of the past.

    Featured in The Weekend Navigator are concepts and lessons like:

    -The best ways to use cell phones, tablets and navigation apps
    - Easy options for plotting your course. And monitoring your progress
    -Adjusting your course after inevitable shifts in wind and tide
    -Smart ways to confirm your location
    -How to switch to chart-and-compass should your electronics fail

    With over 400 full-color illustrations, case studies and stories of e-navigation gone wrong, you're sure to benefit from this lesson-filled guide. You'll also get purchase advice, installation techniques, step-by-step use instructions and more.

    If you're out on the water, you certainly have today's electronics aboard. Now, take the time to master modern boat navigation with this easy-to-read guide, The Weekend Navigator. In as little as a weekend, you'll be a better boater!

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  • How to Read a Nautical Chart

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    Sailing novice or expert, keeping your navigation skills honed is vital to your sailing pleasure and safety. Modern electronics provide easy and quick access to more data but to get the most out of the information you need to understand the underlying foundation of the charts. And the hundreds of symbols found on each.

    Nigel Calder’s How to Read a Nautical Chart is your indispensable handbook to understanding and using electronic and paper charts. From easy-to-read discussions and background on how charts are created to a detailed reference guide on the vast array of symbols found on charts, old and new.

    Included in How to Read a Nautical Chart are:

    -Explanations on why GPS readings can be inaccurate.

    -Reviews of how waters are surveyed and how old data still impacts modern charts.

    -The impact of new items appearing on charts such as tides and currents, aerial and sea-level photographs, user-generated information and more.

    -A complete and detailed reference guide to all of the symbols you’ll encounter on any chart - Dots, dashes. Italics, parentheses. Vertical type. Colors. They’re all explained.

    For anyone looking for a thorough understanding of the power (and limits) of today’s navigation paper and electronic charts, How to Read a Nautical Chart is essential reading. Calder’s perspective and wisdom will give you a deep insight into chartmaking and navigation. With this knowledge, you’re guaranteed to be a better and safer sailor.

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  • Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook

    Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook

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  • Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook

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    Whether you take to the sea under power or sail, bounce around the bay in your runabout, or cross oceans in your cruiser, you’ll find everything you need to maintain, repair, and upgrade your boat’s DC and AC electrical systems with this comprehensive and fully illustrated guide. Tackle onboard electrical projects and learn how to: * Meet ABYC standards for both DC and AC wiring * Install solar- and wind-power systems * Add electrical components * Prevent corrosion of your electrical system . . . and more

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  • World Cruising Routes

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    Since its publication in 1987, World Cruising Routes has become one of the best-selling nautical publications in the world. World Cruising Routes, and its companion volumes World Cruising Destinations, World Voyage Planner and Cornell’s Ocean Atlas, are to be found on board every long distance cruising yacht, and provide ocean navigators all the information they need, from the planning stages of a voyage to its successful completion.

    Since 1987, offshore navigation has undergone a number of major changes, and this new edition has been thoroughly revised to meet the requirements and expectations of the current generation of offshore sailors. The revisions were dictated primarily by the information contained in the latest pilot charts, which required a rethinking of some old established route planning tactics, many of which are no longer valid. Another important change made in this edition is the addition of detailed waypoints on some well-travelled routes, as well as the inclusion of alternative routes leading to popular cruising destinations. Compared to previous editions, where the waypoints were listed mainly for planning purposes, in this new edition every waypoint along each route is listed, enabling the navigator to plot a course for any passage from start to finish. One new feature added to this edition is that of windgrams depicting a summary of wind conditions for the month when passages are undertaken along some of the most commonly sailed routes.
    In direct response to current navigational methods, most routes have been redesigned to provide essential passage planning details. New routes have been added to areas rarely explored until recently by cruising yachts, from Greenland and Micronesia to China and the Northwest Passage.

    Described as the bible of cruising sailors, World Cruising Routes is the definitive reference book for long-distance navigators. This totally revised and updated edition has drawn on the latest weather information available to provide the most comprehensive aid to planning a safe voyage to any part of the world. With over 1000 sailing routes in all the oceans of the world, from the tropics to the high latitudes of the Arctic and Antarctic, it contains essential information on winds, currents, regional and seasonal weather as well as optimum times for individual passages.
    Geared specifically to the needs of offshore navigators, this comprehensive guide contains all the necessary information for planning a passage in any of the world’s oceans. This seventh edition assesses the consequences of climate change on sailing routes and provides over 6,000 waypoints to assist skippers in planning individual passages. Much of the information contained in the following pages was gathered during the author’s three circumnavigations. It is the perfect one-stop reference for planning a voyage anywhere in the world.

    This is a companion volume to both World Voyage Planner, which offers invaluable planning strategies and advice on long-distance voyaging, as well as World Cruising Destinations, which gives practical information on all the maritime nations of the world with details of their main cruising attractions, climate, formalities, marinas, repair facilities, charter operators, cruising guides and websites.

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    • Anchor Shackles
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    Anchor Shackles: The $15 Insurance Policy

    Tap Water that’s Better than Bottled

    AGM Batteries Test Update

    Do-It-Yourself: Onboard Security

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  • July 2015 Digital Back Issue

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    • Vestas Wind
    • Reading the Weather
    • Water Testing Tools

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    Operator Error Strands Vestas Wind

    Reading the Weather

    Water Testing Tools

    Share Economy Goes Boating

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  • June 2015 Digital Back Issue

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    • Staying Upright
    • Exterior Wood Finishes
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  • June 2015 Digital Back Issue

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    Dissecting the Art of Staying Upright

    Exterior Wood Finishes

    Water Tank Filters

    New Reads for a Salty Summer

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  • May 2015 Digital Back Issue

    May 2015 Digital Back Issue

    • Fighting Sulfation in AGMs
    • Pacific Seacraft 31
    • Rigging Failure

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    Fighting Sulfation in AGMs

    Pacific Seacraft 31

    Rigging Failure

    Digital Media Cards

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    April 2015 Digital Back Issue

    • Bottom Paint Checkup 2015
    • Manson vs. CQR Sea Trials
    • DIY Water Filter

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  • April 2015 Digital Back Issue

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    Bottom Paint Checkup 2015

    Feature-loaded VHFs with GPS

    Manson vs. CQR Sea Trials

    A DIY Water Filter

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  • Survival Electronics

    Survival Electronics

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    $9.95 U.S. - Survival Electronics

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    Lifelines, jacklines, tethers, nonskid decks, and good man-overboard procedures - these are a given for every good sailor, but that hasn’t stopped an alarming number of fatal man-overboard occurrences.  Now, with Practical Sailor’s Survival Electronics, you’ll discover how to fully protect yourself and your crew.

    With the wide array of man-overboard devices now available (beacons, alarms, trackers, etc.) it’s no wonder there’s confusion.  Practical Sailor will help you cut through the clutter and tell you:

    • Which OB alarm had an MOB mark with a quarter-mile discrepancy!
    • Why a Sat Phone can be an excellent backup to an EPIRB
    • Which beacon is capable of being detected from a full-mile away
    • It’s not only which OB alarm but how it’s worn

     

    Maritime safety should always have the highest priority, and with the vast majority of alerts being false alarms (96%!) a solid working knowledge of how the IMO’s worldwide rescue network works is essential.

    So keep yourself and your crew as safe as possible, order your copy of this vital publication today!

    SPECIAL OFFER! BUY 4 SURVIVAL AT SEA PUBLICATIONS FOR THE PRICE OF 3! YOU GET ONE FREE! CLICK HERE!

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    When you abandon ship lives are at stake, so choosing the right life raft is literally a life and death decision. With Practical Sailor's Survival at Sea – Life Rafts, you will be better equipped to make the right choice.

    With this new publication you’ll learn:

    • Which feature an ex-naval officer ranked as a raft’s most important
    • Which standards the major players are scrambling to meet
    • Which brand is the ONLY raft allowed for extreme ISAF Category 0 races
    • Which raft does not have reflective tape on the bottom
    • Which zippers failed to operate properly

    Also included is a 6-Man Life Raft Value Guide, which rated everything from weight to launch to floor, for 8 of the most popular life rafts sold today. The life raft evaluation conducted by Practical Sailor mirrored those done by the U.S. Coast Guard, and the results were telling.

    So prepare yourself, and your crew, as best as possible for this emergency situation. Order your copy of this essential publication today.

    SPECIAL OFFER! BUY 4 SURVIVAL AT SEA PUBLICATIONS FOR THE PRICE OF 3! YOU GET ONE FREE! CLICK HERE!

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    As a sailor you know that being prepared for an emergency is vital. Your life raft comes with supplies, but are these sufficient? With Practical Sailor’s Ditch Bags and Emergency Gear, you’ll learn what your life raft might be lacking, and what you’ll need for a separate abandon-ship bag.

    With this essential publication you’ll discover:

    • How to determine the correct supply of drinking water
    • Which is the only raft-kit to contain smoke canisters
    • What vital piece of equipment all standardized packs failed to include
    • Why an EPIRB is worth its weight in gold
    • Which important items are most often overlooked (e.g., copy of your passport)

    Also included is a special section on staying hydrated at sea. Sure, you have plenty of water and energy drinks on board, but there’s something even more effective (and it grows on trees!)

    So order your copy of this important publication today, and ensure that you are fully equipped for even the most serious emergencies.

    SPECIAL OFFER! BUY 4 SURVIVAL AT SEA PUBLICATIONS FOR THE PRICE OF 3! YOU GET ONE FREE! CLICK HERE!

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    An accident can happen anywhere, but when it happens on your boat your access to medical treatment often is not close by. With Practical Sailor’s Onboard First Aid, you’ll learn which items you need to keep onboard for both minor and major injuries.

    In this new publication, concise evaluations were conducted for both near-shore and off-shore kits, and the results were surprising.  Many kits were missing essential elements (one day kit lacked basic aspirin!) and some were stocked with more than many sailors would need (one includes a full oxygen kit – but at a cost of almost $5,000!)

    From contents to construction to price, all types are examined, and you’re sure to find the one kit that best suits your voyaging needs (and you’ll also learn about the one first aid item that is an absolute must!)

    So order your copy of this essential publication today, and make sure you’re prepared for boating medical emergencies.

    SPECIAL OFFER! BUY 4 SURVIVAL AT SEA PUBLICATIONS FOR THE PRICE OF 3! YOU GET ONE FREE! CLICK HERE!

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    Owning a boat and being on the water can be one of life’s most relaxing and rewarding experiences. But are you prepared for possible nautical emergencies? In this ground-breaking 4-part series from Practical Sailor you’ll learn what you need to have on board to remain safe.

    Choosing The Right Life Raft - Learn which life rafts were the safest and easiest to operate (is automatic deployment really safer?). Includes a special Life Raft Value Guide.

    Ditch Bags and Emergency Gear -Make sure you have all the supplies necessary for emergency survival (yes - you do need a compass, and only one Kit supplied one!). A comprehensive guide to what you’ll need, and what is available, if you must abandon ship.

    Onboard First Aid - A complete guide to the basic, and not-so-basic medical supplies you need to have onboard. Reviews near-shore and off-shore kits (is yours water-tight?) and what you’ll need to supplement them.

    Survival Electronics -Discover why these devices are a must have for any sailor. Evaluates the usability and functionality of thewide-range of man-overboard devices now on the market. It’s imperative you have the right device onboard.

    Choosing the proper emergency items can be a life and death decision. Eliminate the guesswork and order this downloadable landmark series today!

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    KEEP HER CLEAN!

    Mildew removers, bilge cleaners, metal polishers - the sheer number of supplies you need to keep your boat clean seems endless. But now, thanks to Practical Sailor’s Essential Marine Cleaners, you can keep your bronze burnished and your teak tip-top without spending a fortune on unnecessary cleaning products.

    With this concise publication you’ll discover:

    -Which bargain cleaner rated EXCELLENT on fiberglass, rubber, vinyl, and formica

    -Why a 2-part teak cleaner should be used only when absolutely necessary

    -What metal polisher works fast and easy on bronze and stainless

    -How the right bilge absorber can be the most important gear on your boat

    So don’t let grime and grunge, blood and beer, or coffee and ketchup keep your boat from sparkling. Learn how to keep her clean inside and out, by getting this special publication today!

    SPECIAL OFFER! BUY 3 MARINE CLEANER PUBLICATIONS FOR THE PRICE OF 2! YOU GET ONE FREE! CLICK HERE!

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    IS YOUR HULL HEALTHY?

    Protecting your boats exterior is an absolute necessity, but it can be a time-consuming and muscle-straining job. But with Practical Sailors Gelcoat Maintenance you’ll save time, energy, and money by using the right products the right way.

    In this detailed new publication every type of cleaner, wax, polisher, and restorer is tested (some for results up to 3 years!) and reviewed – the Practical Sailor way!

    DID YOU KNOW?

    - Wax offers little UV protection (regardless of these manufacturers claim!)

    - There’s a good reason you should NOT use an acrylic coating on a new boat

    - To scrub-away a waterline stain, find a cleaner with a low PH

    - The best product to remove salt deposits is right in your kitchen cabinet

    Plus, you’ll get a step-by-step regimen in topside maintenance that will keep your boat clean and shining, all for less than $50 a year in materials!

    So keep your gelcoat in great shape, and stop wasting money on products that don’t do as advertised. Get this time (and money) saving publication today!

    SPECIAL OFFER! BUY 3 MARINE CLEANER PUBLICATIONS FOR THE PRICE OF 2! YOU GET ONE FREE! CLICK HERE!

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    WHY YOU NEED TO SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF!

    Your gelcoat is cleaned and waxed. Those nasty stains have been removed from your deck. And your bronze shines like new. Your boat is spotless – or is it?

    How are your fenders looking? Is your vinyl beat-up? Are your ropes and rigging in good condition (and are they safe)? These items are often overlooked but go a long way in keeping your boat clean and protected. And with Practical Sailor’s Specialty Marine Cleaners you’ll learn why it’s not just your hull that needs to be kept clean.

    Black Streaks?

    There’s a cleaner that’s cheap and effective (and we’ll show you where to find it).

    Clear Vinyl Need Attention?

    If you’re using these common products you’re making things worse.

    Got Grease?

    This bargain de-greaser is the best of the bunch, and it’s in your hardware store!

    Plus there’s a special section on the care and cleaning of your ropes (keep a pillowcase handy but DO NOT use bleach!) and sails (please don’t hang them to dry), as well as ratings and reviews of the newest “green” products.

    So finish cleaning your boat the right way without breaking the bank. Order your copy of this unique publication today!

    SPECIAL OFFER! BUY 3 MARINE CLEANER PUBLICATIONS FOR THE PRICE OF 2! YOU GET ONE FREE! CLICK HERE!

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  • Marine Cleaners - The Complete Series

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    Boating is one of life’s great pleasures, but owning a boat can also be a labor of love. The gelcoat needs polishing and waxing, teak decks need cleaning, ropes and sails need washing...these can eat-up a lot of time, and money!

    But now with this incredible 3-part series from Practical Sailor you’ll learn how to minimize your work and maximize your dollar.

    Volume One: Gelcoat Restoration & Maintenance

    Reviews hull cleaners, polishes, and waxes, with test-results up to 3 years! Also includes a step-by-step guide on the best method to maintain your gelcoat.

    Volume Two: Essential Marine Cleaners

    Rates the most common (and uncommon) cleaners on the market for price and ease of use. Everything from deck cleaners to metal polishes to mildew (and barnacle!) removers. Plus, the ultimate guide to bilge cleaners and oil absorbers.

    Volume Three: Specialty Marine Cleaners

    Reviews the products that only a sailor would need – black streak removers, line, rope and rigging cleaners, degreasers, even waterspot removers. Also includes a special section on sail cleaning and care.

    Using the right cleaners the right way will get you off the dock faster and back on the water (and isn’t that where you want to be?) So take advantage of this special offer and order this one-of-a-kind downloadable series today!

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    GPS, windlasses, refrigerators, laptops, Ipads and air conditioning. While these new technologies and gadgets make our sailing lives easier, they complicate our power needs. You now need to add and maintain batteries, alternators, monitors and accessories. And you need to do it right.

    In Batteries from the ebook series Marine Electrical Systems, Practical Sailor’s editors review the choices you face when equipping your boat with additional battery power. From wet-cell, AGM and gel cell batteries to newer technologies like Lithium Ion this ebook gives you real-world evaluations and recommendations. You’ll learn:

    -Which batteries match or exceed their stated capacities and what you should do extend their lives.
    -The accessories you need to monitor your battery’s state.
    -How to best locate and arrange your batteries.
    -The best charging options – from alternators to solar to wind.
    -Winter storage tricks.
    -And much more!

    More and more, sailboats need power. Let Practical Sailor show you how to properly outfit your boat.

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    You can’t always avoid lightning, power surges and “hot” marinas. But if you outfit your boat properly and install your systems correctly, you can survive them and minimize the damage.

    In System Installation, Grounding and Lightning Protection from the ebook series Marine Electrical Systems, Practical Sailor’s editors walk you through proper way to ground your electrical systems and the equipment and methods which work best. And which are outdated.

    In this must-read ebook, you’ll learn how to protect your sailboat from expensive and life-threatening conditions. Topics covered include:

    -Clarifying contradictory grounding advice.
    -Ways to design and install – as well as check an existing – lightning protection system.
    -How different metals act and react to salt water, current and each other.
    -The truth about dissipators.
    -A special section on wire and component care and maintenance.

    Be sure you and your sailboat are properly protected from disaster . . . before it’s too late.

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    Your sailboat has more and more devices aboard drawing power. Whether you’re looking to upgrade an older boat or improve the base equipment in a newer boat, your choices for instrumentation panels, inverters, battery monitors and accessories are seemingly endless. And the installation and repair process extremely confusing.

    To help you safely navigate the sea of options Practical Sailor is pleased to publish its new ebook series, Marine Electrical Systems. In this volume, Panels, Monitors, Charging, you’ll learn:

    -The top choices in small accessory electrical panels.
    -How to handle the demand your new home-like creature comforts are placing on your power systems.
    -Which battery chargers and monitors are best.
    -Why you may want to consider upgrading your alternator.
    -Professional advice on how to locate and install these devices and equipment.

    Making smart upgrade decisions now will immediately make your boat safer, reducing the risk of fire or electrocution. As well as help you finance and insure the boat.

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    For you, efficient power generation ranks right up there with an abundant supply of fresh water; without it, life is a real struggle. Today’s cruising boats are more energy-dependent than ever before. The adaptation of high-output alternators to marine use and the development of sophisticated, multi-stage regulation systems has gone a long way toward making energy-hungry conveniences possible. But what happens when the engine breaks down or the alternator fails? Or if you simply don’t want to run your engine? Will your life come to a screeching halt until repairs are made? Unless you have an alternative means of generating power, the answer may well be a resounding “Yes!”

    Today, you have many more choices than ever. Different technologies, different performance, different esthetics – all at different prices.

    To help you safely navigate the sea of options Practical Sailor is pleased to publish its new ebook series, Marine Electrical Systems. In this volume, Alternative Energy, you’ll learn:

    -The pros and cons of both wind and solar power generation. And why you may want both!
    -Why you need to consider more than just performance when looking at wind generators.
    -Our solar panel choice if there’s a good chance it can be stepped on.
    -The importance of solar panel regulators.
    -How a $250 purchase can improve solar output by 30%.

    Installing some alternative energy options on your boat is not only a cruising backup system but has the potential to save you money. Let Practical Sailor walk you through your options.

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    What’s the single most dangerous thing you can do with your boat?

    Some say “Pull into a dock and plug in.”

    Combine AC, shore-based current with some stray DC current and you have a dangerous mix. And, in a marina, the problem is often difficult to see, isolate and remedy.

    In Practical Sailor’s ebook, AC Systems, you’ll read about the confusing and conflicting debate over the best ways to solve this problem as well as smart ways to bring AC power aboard. AC Systems is a part of Practical Sailor’s new ebook series, Marine Electrical Systems.

    So what can you do to safely power your electronics and other modern conveniences? In AC Systems you’ll learn:

    -The pros and cons of galvantic isolators and isolation transformers.
    -Why shorepower cords are the most overlooked maintenance item on a boat.
    -Are smart-plugs worth the price?
    -Advice for shorepower in foreign ports.
    -Which gen-set stood out in our tests.
    -Why we liked all 5 portable gas generators we reviewed but for different reasons.

    Bring AC power aboard safely. And find out how to identify and fix deadly dangers ... before it’s too late.

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    SPECIAL OFFER – BUY ALL 5 E-BOOKS FOR THE PRICE OF 4! YOU GET ONE FREE!

    Electrical systems can be difficult to understand. You want to make the right decisions, but with the wide variety of options available, installing or fixing one can be a daunting task.

    Now, with this new 5-part series from Practical Sailor, you’ll learn everything you need to know about electrical systems, including Batteries, System Installation, Panels, Monitors, Charging, Alternative Energy, and AC Systems.

    Volume One: Batteries

    In Batteries from the ebook series Marine Electrical Systems, Practical Sailor’s editors review the choices you face when equipping your boat with additional battery power. From wet-cell, AGM and gel cell batteries to newer technologies like Lithium Ion this ebook gives you real-world evaluations and recommendations.

    Volume Two: System Installation

    In System Installation, Grounding and Lightning Protection from the ebook series Marine Electrical Systems, Practical Sailor’s editors walk you through proper way to ground your electrical systems and the equipment and methods which work best. And which are outdated.

    In this must-read ebook, you’ll learn how to protect your sailboat from expensive and life-threatening conditions.

    Volume Three: Panels, Monitors, Charging, Alternative Energy, and AC Systems

    Your sailboat has more and more devices aboard drawing power. Whether you’re looking to upgrade an older boat or improve the base equipment in a newer boat, your choices for instrumentation panels, inverters, battery monitors and accessories are seemingly endless. And the installation and repair process extremely confusing.

    Volume Four: Alternative Energy

    For you, efficient power generation ranks right up there with an abundant supply of fresh water; without it, life is a real struggle. Today’s cruising boats are more energy-dependent than ever before. The adaptation of high-output alternators to marine use and the development of sophisticated, multi-stage regulation systems has gone a long way toward making energy-hungry conveniences possible. But what happens when the engine breaks down or the alternator fails? Or if you simply don’t want to run your engine? Will your life come to a screeching halt until repairs are made? Unless you have an alternative means of generating power, the answer may well be a resounding “Yes!”

    Volume Five: AC Systems

    In Practical Sailor’s ebook, AC Systems, you’ll read about the confusing and conflicting debate over the best ways to solve this problem as well as smart ways to bring AC power aboard.

    Take advantage of this special offer of the 5 part ebook series, Marine Electrical Systems. Get one volume FREE when you order the whole series now!

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    How do you know you have the right anchor aboard your boat? For twenty years, Practical Sailor has been observing and testing anchors in all-kinds of conditions. Our constantly evolving tests show you how today's anchors – from the simple, inexpensive models to the highly-engineered, new-fangled inventions – will keep your boat safe and secure.

    Now, you can find these tests, evaluations and recommendations in one place - Practical Sailor's new ebook, Anchoring in Sand and Mud. It's the first ebook in a series covering all you need to know about anchors and anchoring.

    From hard sand to soft mud, Practical Sailor's tests give you a clear picture of what you need when purchasing an anchor.

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    How do you know you have the right anchors?  Weather and bottom conditions are never the same. And the way you anchor can change from voyage to voyage, day to day, minute to minute.

    For twenty years, Practical Sailor has been observing and testing anchors in all-kinds of conditions. And now, you can find the tests, evaluations and recommendations of the specialty anchors you should be considering in Practical Sailor’s new ebook, Specialty Anchors/Real World Anchoring. It’s the second ebook in a series covering all you need to know about anchors and anchoring.

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    Chains, connectors and anchors made of different metals, all sitting in salt water for months. It's a recipe for disaster. Guaranteed! Unless you know what to buy, how to maintain it and the early warning signs of problems.

    Introducing Anchor Chain/Rode, a new ebook in Practical Sailor's Anchoring series. In Anchor Chain/Rode, you'll read our exhaustive chain corrosion tests and our advice for making and interpreting your own inspections. You'll learn which chain and line is best for your boat, your sailing and your handling skills. You'll see the best ways to connect your anchor, chain, line and boat. And you'll also read Practical Sailor's analysis of the alternatives to chain available in today's market.

    Anchor Chain/Rode is filled with more than twenty years' of data, observations and experience, giving you all the information you need to keep your boat secure in any anchorage.

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    Entry-Level Sailboats, Volume 1 provides easy to understand reviews and specifications for the following sailboats:

    Beneteau 311, Catalina 310, Hunter 326, Pearson 30, Tartan 30, Catalina 30, C&C 29, Cal 31, Cal 2-27, Catalina 27, Columbia 8.7, C&C 27, Ericson 27, and Freedom 30

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    Entry-Level Sailboats, Volume 2 provides easy to understand reviews and specifications for the following sailboats:

    Grampian 26, Hunter 30, Hunter 27, Newport 28, O’Day 30, Lancer 28, Nonsuch 30, Pearson 26, Ranger 26, S2 8.5, and Tartan 27

    Order your downloadable copy today!

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