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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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  • Spurr's Guide to Upgrading Your Cruising Sailboat

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  • Spurr's Guide to Upgrading Your Cruising Sailboat

    $35.00 U.S. - Spurr's Guide to Upgrading Your Cruising Sailboat

    Just about every sailboat—used and new—can make a good cruiser, but only if the hull-deck structure, rig, and systems meet certain standards. Spurr’s Guide to Upgrading Your Cruising Sailboat tells you what those standards are, and gives you all the help you need to refurbish and upgrade every structure, surface, fitting, and system on your boat—stem to stern, project by project. This all-in-one guide leads you step by step to a seaworthy, crew-friendly boat with top-notch cruising performance. Not only will you learn what to look for when you buy a new or used boat, you'll also learn how to reinforce your boat’s hull and structural components, redesign and replace rigging, upgrade electrical systems, and much more.

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  • Boat Owner's Mechanical & Electrical Manual

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  • Boat Owner's Mechanical & Electrical Manual

    $60.00 U.S. - Boat Owner's Mechanical & Electrical Manual

    If it's on a boat and it has screws, wires, or moving parts, it's covered in Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual. When you leave the dock with this book aboard, you have at your fingertips the best and most comprehensive advice on: * Battery technologies * 12- and 24-volt DC systems * Corrosion, bonding, and lightning protection * Generators, inverters, and battery chargers * Electric motors and electric lights * Marine electronics, antennas, and RFI * Diesel engines * Transmissions, shaft brakes, and propellers * Refrigeration and air-conditioning * Tanks, plumbing, and through-hulls * Pumps and watermakers * Steering, autopilots, and wind vanes * Stoves and heaters * Winches, windlasses, and bow thrusters * Spars, rigging, and roller reefing

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  • The Complete Sailing Manual

    The Complete Sailing Manual

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  • The Complete Sailing Manual

    $35.00 U.S. - The Complete Sailing Manual

    The Complete Sailing Manual is the most comprehensive and informative book on sailing available, and will immediately become your teacher, advisor, and counselor for all your sailing questions and needs.

    With over 400 fully illustrated pages it is truly a book like no other, and it’s one that every sailor — regardless of skill-level — will refer to again and again.

    Order your copy today with this special offer!

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  • Boat Maintenance

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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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  • This Old Boat, 2nd Edition

    This Old Boat, 2nd Edition

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  • This Old Boat, 2nd Edition

    $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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  • Sailors' Secrets: Advice from the Masters

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    Sailors' Secrets contains over 1,000 tips, suggestions, evaluations, and nuggets of hard-won advice from more than 300 seasoned veterans.

    Instructive humorous, biting, and challenging, Sailors' Secrets can be opened anywhere and enjoyed. Its wide-ranging chapters cover routine maintenance, understanding weather, safety at sea, storm strategies, piloting, engine troubleshooting, gear and outfitting, and simple solutions to complex problems.

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  • The Weekend Navigator, 2nd Edition

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  • 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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  • Offshore Sailing

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  • Offshore Sailing

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    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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  • Inspecting the Aging Sailboat

    Inspecting the Aging Sailboat

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  • Inspecting the Aging Sailboat

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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

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    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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  • Sailing a Serious Ocean

    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

    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

    A Sail of Two Idiots

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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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  • How to Read a Nautical Chart

    How to Read a Nautical Chart

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  • How to Read a Nautical Chart

    $21.00 U.S. - How to Read a Nautical Chart

    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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  • December 2015 Digital Back Issue

    December 2015 Digital Back Issue

    • Binoculars Update
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    • Synthetic Decks

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    Binoculars Update Part 2

    Synthetic Decks vs. PS Testers

    Dinghy Anchors

    Signal K and the Sailboat

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  • November 2015 Digital Back Issue

    November 2015 Digital Back Issue

    • Headsails Part II
    • Additives vs. Gum
    • Jackline Materials

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  • November 2015 Digital Back Issue

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    The Science of Headsails Part II

    Additives vs. Gum, Sludge

    Jackline Materials Evaluation

    Testing Boat Fuel Stability in Diesel and Gasoline

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  • October 2015 Digital Back Issue

    October 2015 Digital Back Issue

    • Furling Line Fairleads
    • Antifouling Paints Abroad
    • Simrad’s Halo Radar

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  • October 2015 Digital Back Issue

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    Is Your Quiver of Sails Sufficient?

    Refining Furling Line Fairleads

    Antifouling Paints Abroad

    Simrad’s Halo Radar

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  • September 2015 Digital Back Issue

    September 2015 Digital Back Issue

    • Sailing Gear of the Year
    • Reading the Weather
    • C&C 33 Mark II

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  • September 2015 Digital Back Issue

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    Editors Tap Top Sailing Gear of the Year

    VHFs, SSBs, and Reading the Weather

    Fiber Lifeline Protection Plan

    The Dual-Purpose C&C 33 Mark II

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  • August 2015 Digital Back Issue

    August 2015 Digital Back Issue

    • Anchor Shackles
    • AGM Batteries
    • Onboard Security

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  • August 2015 Digital Back Issue

    $7.50 U.S. - August 2015 Digital Back Issue

    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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  • Entry-Level Sailboats, Volume 1

    Entry-Level Sailboats, Volume 1

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  • Entry-Level Sailboats, Volume 1

    $19.95 U.S. - Entry-Level Sailboats, Volume 1

    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

    Entry-Level Sailboats, Volume 2

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  • Entry-Level Sailboats, Volume 2

    $19.95 U.S. - Entry-Level Sailboats, Volume 2

    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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  • Essential Marine Cleaners

    Essential Marine Cleaners

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  • Essential Marine Cleaners

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    Downloadable E-Book

    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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  • Specialty Marine Cleaners

    Specialty Marine Cleaners

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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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    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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  • Marine Cleaners - The Complete Series

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    Downloadable E-Book

    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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    Panels, Monitors, Charging

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO PFD-HARNESSES, TETHERS, JACKLINES & MOB RECOVERY

    Despite recent advances in safety equipment, sailors are still falling overboard. As Practical Sailor’s recent tests and investigative reports have shown, some widely promoted advice regarding harnesses, tethers, and jacklines can be misleading. Likewise, many books on seamanship continue to ignore the latest recommendations in man-overboard recovery drills.

    That’s why having the proper equipment, and knowing the right way to use it is essential.

    With this new e-book from Practical Sailor, you’ll be fully prepared to avert—or respond to—MOB situations by learning about the necessary gear and proven recovery procedures.

    Inflatable PFD-Harnesses: They not only help keep you onboard, but they keep you afloat if you end up in the water. Learn which designs and brands are state-of-the-art for safety and comfort.

    Tethers:
    The vital link between you and your boat, the tether’s goal is to keep you out of the drink. Find out why one specific material is essential, and when and why one certain feature can be deadly.

    Jacklines:
    They provide a secure and continuous means of attachment for on-deck crew. Find out which type is the safest and most durable, why choosing the right color is imperative, and what’s the best way to set up a jackline system.

    MOB Recovery & Recover Aids:
    From MOB modules and throw bags to the right recovery techniques for your boat, Practical Sailor explores the equipment and procedures that will be most valuable when you hear “Man Overboard!”

    It’s too easy for seasoned sailors to be lulled into a false sense of security, but MOB tragedies have befallen even the most professional crews. That’s why the information in this e-book is essential, regardless of your level of experience. So don’t wait—order your copy today!

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    Marine Toilets (Volume 1 of Practical Sailor’s 2-Part Series, Marine Sanitation Systems) is a thorough review of the types of marine-toilets available, and will help you determine which is best suited for your boat and boating activities. From manual to electronic, compost to vacuum - this ebook is guaranteed to help you choose the best toilet for your boat’s head. Order your downloadable copy today!

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    Holding Tanks, Plumbing and Odor Control (Volume 2 of Practical Sailor’s 2-Part Series, Marine Sanitation Systems) examines the important mechanisms that keep your boat’s head running smoothly. With reviews of hoses, valves, holding tanks, and sensors, the information in this ebook will help you maintain superior, odor-free marine plumbing. Order your downloadable copy today!

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    Practical Sailor’s 2-Part Series - MARINE SANITATION SYSTEMS - is a unique examination of marine plumbing, and will give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your boat’s head is in good working order. Covering everything from toilets to holding tanks, hoses to sensors, vent filters to toilet paper, this comprehensive series is sure to keep your boat’s bathroom operating at peak efficiency. A busted head is a situation no boater wants. Keep your boat’s sanitation system functioning properly and odor-free. Order this downloadable series today!

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