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    $27.95 U.S. - Offshore Sailing

    William G. Seifert & Daniel Spurr

    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.

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    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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  • Sailing a Serious Ocean

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

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    John Kretschmer

    "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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    Don Casey

    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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    Mike Badham

    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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    Nigel Calder

    Marine Diesel Engines has been the bible for do-it-yourself boatowners for more than 15 years. Now updated with information on fuel injection systems, electronic engine controls, and other new diesel technologies, Nigel Calder's bestseller has everything you need to keep your diesel engine running cleanly and efficiently. Marine Diesel Engines explains how to:

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    Don Casey

    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
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    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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    Tried-and-True Methods and Strongly Held Opinions in Thirteen and One-Half Chapters

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    Rebecca Wittman

    From Rebecca Wittman, author of the bestselling "Brightwork: The Art of Finishing Wood", The Brightwork Companion is the perfect guide to help you make your boat's wood trim beautiful. With its technical expertise in a quick-reference style, The Brightwork Companion makes every project easier with: -Lists of the must-have tools and materials (and important safety information) -Step-by-step procedures for bleaching, sanding, oiling, and varnishing -Refinishing instructions for spars, decks, trim, and interiors The Brightwork Companion will immediately become your "go-to" manual for all your brightwork projects, and help you avoid frustrations and prevent costly mistakes. Order your copy today!

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    Daniel Spurr, Illustrated by Bruce Bingham

    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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    Nigel Calder

    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 Essential Guide to Cleaning, Painting, and Cosmetics

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    William M. Burr Jr.

    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
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    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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  • The Weekend Navigator, 2nd Edition

    $25.00 U.S. - The Weekend Navigator, 2nd Edition

    Robert Sweet

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

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    Ralph Naranjo

    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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    Bob Holtzman

    Chock-full of over 600 color photos and instructions for more than 80 time-tested knots, The Field Guide to Knots is going to help make sailing quicker, easier, and safer.

    Whether you need to lash down equipment, adjust a sail, or secure your boat quickly, this Field Guide is an indispensable resource.

    In The Field Guide to Knots, veteran boater and outdoorsman Bob Holtzman helps you:

    • Select and tie the right knot for the right time
    • Identify and untie existing knots
    • Choose and maintain your rope, prevent damage, and more!

    You can’t afford to miss out on this special offer for Practical Sailor readers. Order your Field Guide to Knots today.

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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 . . .

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  • World Cruising Routes

    World Cruising Routes

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  • World Cruising Routes

    7th edition: 1000 Sailing Routes In All Oceans Of The World

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    Jimmy Cornell

    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.

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  • As Long as It's Fun

    As Long as It's Fun

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  • As Long as It's Fun

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    Herb McCormick

    To anyone interested in small-boat cruising and voyaging, the names Lin and Larry Pardey need no introduction. As world-girdling sailors who roamed the planet on a pair of small, engineless boats that they built themselves, the Pardeys established their hard-earned reputations by eloquently (and sometimes controversially) telling their stories through a series of best-selling books and manuals, and countless seminars and boat shows.

    They have been called the first couple of cruising and have remained true to their mantra: Go simple, go small, go now. And after 200,000 miles of cruising under sail, they ve demonstrated that the dream of voyaging over the horizon is not only attainable, it's affordable. The children of modest, middle-class families, their message of accessibility into the world of cruising of taking your own floating home anywhere has proved irresistible to tens of thousands of sailors. Lin and Larry Pardey became cruising royalty not solely due to their impressive deeds but also through their rare ability to share what they d learned across multiple media.

    Seemingly every offshore cruiser knows who they are and what they represent. Or do they? In As Long as It s Fun, the biography of Lin and Larry Pardey, Herb McCormick recounts their remarkable sailing career from their early days in Southern California to their two circumnavigations to their current life in a quiet cove in New Zealand. Through interviews with their families, friends, and critics, McCormick delves deeply into the couple s often-controversial opinions, sometimes-tenuous marriage, and amazing list of accomplishments.

    As Long as It s Fun is as much a love story as it is a sea yarn, and, like all such stories, it s not without complications . . . which makes it not only a sailing tale but also a human one.

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  • Rescue of the Bounty

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  • Rescue of the Bounty

    Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy

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    Michael J. Tougias

    The harrowing story of the sinking and rescue of Bounty—the tall ship used in the classic 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty—which was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard

    On Thursday, October 25, 2012, Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful decision to sail Bounty from New London, Connecticut, to St. Petersburg, Florida. Walbridge was well aware that a hurricane was forecast to travel north from the Caribbean toward the eastern seaboard. Yet the captain was determined to sail. As he explained to his crew of fifteen: a ship is always safer at sea than in port. He intended to sail “around the hurricane” and told the crew that anyone who did not want to come on the voyage could leave the ship—there would be no hard feelings. As fate would have it, no one took the captain up on his offer.

    Four days into the voyage, Superstorm Sandy made an almost direct hit on Bounty. The vessel’s failing pumps could not keep up with the incoming water. The ship began to lose power as it was beaten and rocked by hurricane winds that spanned eight hundred miles. A few hours later, in the dark of night, the ship suddenly overturned ninety miles off the North Carolina coast in the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” sending the crew tumbling into an ocean filled with towering thirty-foot waves. The coast guard then launched one of the most complex and massive rescues in its history, flying two Jayhawk helicopter crews into the hurricane and lowering rescue swimmers into the raging seas again and again, despite the danger to their own lives.

    In the uproar heard across American media in the days following, a single question persisted: Why did the captain decide to sail? Through hundreds of hours of interviews with the crew members, their families, and the coast guard, the masterful duo of Michael J. Tougias and Douglas A. Campbell creates an in-depth portrait of the enigmatic Captain Walbridge, his motivations, and what truly occurred aboard Bounty during those terrifying days at sea.

    Dripping with suspense and vivid high-stakes drama, Rescue of the Bounty is an unforgettable tale about the brutality of nature and the human will to survive.

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    Seamanship Secrets

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    John Jamieson

    "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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  • Coyote Lost at Sea

    Coyote Lost at Sea

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  • Coyote Lost at Sea

    The Story of Mike Plant, America’s Daring Solo Circumnavigator

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    Julia Plant

    When Coyote and its skipper, Mike Plant, went missing mid-Atlantic in November 1992, the sailing world held its breath. Now, twenty years later, the story around the mystery, tragedy, and enigma is told at last "[Plant] is as close as yachting gets to a James Dean character, going his own way, in his own time, but always with an eye to the sea." (Barbara Lloyd, New York Times).  Mike Plant came to ocean racing late; as an American in a sport dominated by European sailors he was an underdog. And yet he won his class in the 1986-87 Around Alone 24,000-mile race, beating competitors with more experience, among them Hal Roth. Plant led an adrenaline-fueled life, full of seemingly suicidal adventures and yet his charismatic personality attracted hundreds of friends. Told in the style of Into the Wild, Coyote Lost at Sea transcends the sailing story and explores the intimate details of Plant's intense personality, upbringing, and experiences that created the fiercely original character of Mike Plant. It explores the events and circumstances leading to Plant's phenomenal success as a singlehanded ocean-racer, as well as the factors contributing to the failure of his high-tech and controversial boat, Coyote.

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  • GPS for Mariners

    GPS for Mariners

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  • GPS for Mariners

    A Guide for the Recreational Boater

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    Robert J. Sweet

    In GPS for Mariners, 2nd Edition: A Guide for the Recreational Boater, you'll finda minimum of tech-talk and theory and more on getting the most out of today's more advanced and powerful GPS units.

    • Get the most out of your handheld GPS or chartplotter
    • Connect your GPS unit to your onboard navigation system (PC, Radar, or autopilot)
    • Learn how to preplan your trip before leaving the dock
    • Become an informed GPS buyer and user

     

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  • What Knot?

    What Knot?

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    Geoffrey Budworth and Richard Hopkins

    Anyone can tie knots: learn just one or two from this book and you will be glad you bought it. Learn ten, and it could make a difference in your life. This is because there is endless pleasure to be had from the study and practice of knot tying, this fundamental but fascinating process being an art, craft, science and philosophy, all rolled into one.

    This book contains over 150 knots and splices and is guaranteed to amuse for hours on end. It makes sense to shed our over dependence on buckles, clips and zip fasteners, safety pins and superglue, when a length of cord or rope and the right choice of knot works at least as well and often better.

    The types of knots in this book range from figure-of-eight knots, bowlines and sheet bends, crossing knots, wrap-and-tuck knots, and more. A full glossary and index will help readers learn to tie knots of all kinds.

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    Nigel Calder

    The most comprehensive and helpful guide ever written for selecting and equipping a cruising sailboat

    Whether you’re a coastal or offshore cruiser, you’ll find your most pressing concerns treated with the know-how that makes for skillful, confident cruising in Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook. The author -- one of the most respected marine how-to authors on either side of the Atlantic, and author of the universally admired Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, -- walks you through all key technical and practical aspects of modern cruising systems and equipment, providing you with a summary of the skills necessary for safe, enjoyable sailing.

    The first half of the book includes an easy-to-use tabular method for evaluating a boat's suitability for cruising; ideas for workable deck and interior lay-outs and organization; how to choose and configure suitable boat systems for cruising; and how to install gear for trouble free operation.

    The book's second half teaches you boat handling skills; core navigational expertise; anchoring techniques; weather understanding; heavy weather expertise; and specific skills for long-term and long-distance cruising.

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  • How to Sail Around the World

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    Hal Roth

    A new classic from one of the world's most respected sailing authors

    More than 35 years ago, Hal Roth quit his job as a journalist and went sailing. Since then, he's logged more than 200,000 sea miles. Along the way, Roth also has authored eight voyaging classics, including the 1978 bestseller After 50,000 Miles.

    Taking that book as its starting point, this handsome new volume incorporates the new technologies and discoveries of the last quarter century along with another 150,000 miles of experience.

    A compendium of mature, time-tested sea wisdom from one of the world's most respected sailing writers, How to Sail Around the World will tell the reader:

    • How to choose and equip a sailboat for long-distance cruising, with an emphasis on simplicity and a modest budget
    • How to plan and conduct a voyage anywhere in the world
    • How to master the arts of navigation, anchoring, and daily life aboard in exotic places
    • How to cope with storms at sea--the most complete and authoritative treatise on this critical topic ever published

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    Basic Techniques, Maintenance, and Repair

    $24.95 U.S. - Big Book of Wooden Boat Restoration

    Thomas Larsson

    The Big Book of Wooden Boat Restoration is the perfect introduction or reference guide for wooden boat lovers both experienced and new. Author Thomas Larsson, one of Sweden's most experienced and premier wooden boat restorers, has gathered his thorough knowledge of the subject for the reader and placed it in this book with informative facts and an extensive glossary, accessible to new hobbyists and longtime boat lovers alike.

    This book contains chapters on boat care, including winter maintenance, racing, finishing, and stripping. You will also find current information on boat building, gluing, and tools. The most extensive part of this book consists of chapters that describe the detailed clean repair of wooden boats—everything from plug-accession and bonding to changing socks and bottom engine installation.

    Larsson includes a history of boat building and provides a nice glimpse of different wooden boats with over 200 sketches and photos in both color and black-and-white. He explains how staying on top of maintenance keeps a unique fleet of wooden boats alive. With practical instructions and fact-boxes with advice and tips, this book will teach you all about maintenance: surface treatment, scraping the hull, equipping the boat in the spring, and looking after it in the winter, as well as tips about buying a boat, installing an engine, and more. 100 color and b/w photographs, 156 b/w illustrations.

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  • How to Read a Nautical Chart, 2nd Edition

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    $21.00 U.S. - How to Read a Nautical Chart, 2nd Edition

    Nigel Calder

    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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    The Complete Sailing Manual

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    $35.00 U.S. - The Complete Sailing Manual

    Steve Sleight

    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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    $34.95 U.S. - Advanced Marine Electrics Troubleshooting

    Edwin R. Sherman

    Whether you are a marine electronics professional or a boatowner, Advanced Marine Electrics and Electronics Troubleshooting helps you understand the new, more powerful methods of troubleshooting marine electrical and electronic systems. A modern boat’s sophisticated installations and networked electronics can stretch the traditional diagnostic methods based on trouble lights and multimeters past their useful limits. This book will show you how to: * Use microprocessor-based diagnostic tools and techniques from the automotive and communications sectors, adapted for boats for the first time * Diagnose the most difficult AC and DC problems * Protect communications and navigation electronics from interference and lightning * Seek out and eliminate stray-current sources and galvanic corrosion

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  • July 2016 Digital Back Issue

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    • Stiletto 27 Review
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    Stiletto 27: The Beachcat Grown Up

    Epoxy Fairing Compounds, Part One

    Fairing the Keel(s)

    Spring Lines for Storm Preparedness

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    • Hunter 30 Review
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    Hunter 30: Still the ‘Affordable Fantasy’

    Wi-Fi Booster Versus 4G Cell Data

    Sewn Splices Two-Year Followup

    Escape with a Good Sailing Book

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    • Keel Integrity
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    A Quest for Keel Integrity

    Hitches to Grip Anchor Chain

    Slow(er) Cooking On Board

    Resources for Cruising to Cuba

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    • C&C 27
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    C&C 27 Boat Review

    Mechanical Terminal Pull Test

    In the Perfect Position to Fail

    Dustless Sanding

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    • Bottom Paint 2016
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    Bottom Paint Checkup 2016

    New Mantus Swivel

    Changing Views on Chain Hooks

    Long-term Test Gear Updates

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  • Batteries

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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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    Panels, Monitors, Charging

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    $9.95 U.S. - Panels, Monitors, Charging

    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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    $9.95 U.S. - AC Systems

    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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    $9.95 U.S. - 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!”

    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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    Marine Electrical Systems

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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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  • Anchoring 1: Anchoring in Sand and Mud

    Anchoring 1: Anchoring in Sand and Mud

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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.

    You'll discover:

    -The top anchor in both our long-and short-scope testing.
    -The importance of testing for a veering load and its impact on your choices.
    -Why some anchors are tops in holding the bottom but rank low for below-decks storage.
    -The effective anchors for less than $200.
    -Our thoughts on a recent major anchor test in the Chesapeake Bay.
    -Which anchors moved – and reset!

    Practical Sailor's Anchoring in Sand and Mud thoroughly examines all of the anchors on the market, comparing holding power as well as the ability to reset after breaking out. To be sure you can anchor (and sleep) in peace, even during a storm, purchase this ebook today.

    Also, check out the entire 4-ebook series, Anchors! Get one volume FREE when you order the whole series now!

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    Anchoring 2: Specialty Anchors/Real World Anchoring

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    $9.95 U.S. - Anchoring 2: Specialty Anchors/Real World Anchoring

    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.

    From sand and mud to rocks and coral, Practical Sailor’s tests give you a clear picture of what you need when purchasing an anchor.

    You’ll discover:

    -The right size anchor for your boat and type of sailing.

    -The top anchors in both our long-and short-scope testing.

    -How to tame the anchor dancer.

    -Which materials make the most sense for an anchor.

    -Effective anchors priced from $200 to $2,000.

    -Advice for anchoring when the weather gets dicey.

    -Which anchors moved most – and which reset!

    Practical Sailor’s Specialty Anchors/Real World Anchoring thoroughly reviews the specialty anchor market, examining the holding power of the heavyweights, the ease of use of the lightweights, the versatility of the adjustables and more.

    To be sure you can anchor (and sleep) in peace, purchase this ebook today.

    Also, check out the entire 4-ebook series, Anchors! Get one volume FREE when you order the whole series now!

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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. You’ll find out:

    -The top and bottom anchors in our evaluations.

    -Why chain from China is unreliable.

    -How to interpret Safe Working Loads for chains.

    -If galvanized chain can lengthen its useful life.

    -How much stretch in your nylon line is too much.

    -The effect of wind and waves your mooring rode.

    -And much more.

    If you think your ground tackle purchases are complete after selecting your anchors, you need to read Anchor Chain/Rode. Without the right rode, the weakest link could have you and your boat waking up in an unexpected place.

    Also, check out the entire 4-ebook series, Anchors! Get one volume FREE when you order the whole series now!

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    You pull up anchor, cast off from your mooring or dock and you set sail on another voyage. And with each trip, you’re able to take a look at your lines, your hardware, your anchor, and see how things are holding up. But do you know exactly what to look for? Where problems are likely to occur? Where your weakest link might be?

    Introducing Anchor Rode Accessories, from Practical Sailor. This downloadable ebook is the fourth volume in Practical Sailor’s Anchor series. In Anchor Rode Accessories, you’ll find the best solutions to protecting your docklines and anchor rodes, guidance on the right snubber for your boat and anchorage, top knots for connecting to chain, tips for inspecting your hardware and more.

    -Dockline chafe protection

    -Anchor snubbers

    -Heavy-duty chain hooks

    -Anchor shackles

    -Anchor swivels

    -Windlasses – large and small

    Anchor Rode Accessories examines and reviews all of the components needed to properly secure your boat. From small swivels to heavy-weight windlasses, no part is inconsequential. Get your copy of Anchor Rode Accessories so you know what to buy, how to use it and how to keep it working.

    Also, check out the entire 4-ebook series, Anchors! Get one volume FREE when you order the whole series now!

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    Anchors - Complete Series

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    The best real-world tests in the constantly moving world of anchoring.

    Now, with this new 4-part series from Practical Sailor, you’ll learn everything you need to know about anchoring, including Anchoring in Sand and Mud, Specialty Anchors/Real World Anchoring, Chain/Rode, and Anchor Rode Accessories.

    Volume One: Anchoring in Sand and Mud

    Practical Sailor’s Anchoring in Sand and Mud thoroughly examines all of the anchors on the market, comparing holding power as well as the ability to reset after breaking out.

    Volume Two: Specialty Anchors/Real World Anchoring

    In Specialty Anchors/Real World Anchoring you’ll get Practical Sailor’s in-depth analyses of anchors from Fortress, Spade, Super Max, Manson, Rocna, Quickline and XYZ. Bench and shoreline tests for setting and holding along with expert observations from months of real-world use, around the world, give you the data and advice you need to make smart buying decisions.

    Volume Three: Chain/Rode

    If you think your ground tackle purchases are complete after selecting your anchors, you need to read Anchor Chain/Rode. Without the right rode, the weakest link could have you and your boat waking up in an unexpected place.

    Volume Four: Anchor Rode Accessories

    Anchor Rode Accessories examines and reviews all of the components needed to properly secure your boat. From small swivels to heavy-weight windlasses, no part is inconsequential. Get your copy of Anchor Rode Accessories so you know what to buy, how to use it and how to keep it working.

    Take advantage of this special offer of the 4 part ebook series, Anchoring. Get one volume FREE when you order the whole series now!

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  • Entry-Level Sailboats, Volume 1

    Entry-Level Sailboats, Volume 1

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    $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

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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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    Life Rafts

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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    Purchasing new sails is a big deal for a boat owner: Materials, design, features, construction methods, etc., all need to be examined carefully.

    Now, with this new series from Practical Sailor, A Look at Sails,” we’ll help you navigate the waters of what is often a difficult decision-making process.

    In Part One, “Sail Buying, Sail Making, & Mainsails,” you’ll find:

     - An objective overview of today’s most popular sailmaking companies.

     - Which material will give you the most bang for your buck—is Dacron still king?

     - The two questions you should always ask your sailmaker.

     - What to look for in clews, eyes, and battens.

     - A comprehensive list of new, used, and discount sailmakers.

    Also included is a review of mainsail handling systems like lazy jacks, the pros and cons of in-mast and in-boom furling, the advantages of a loose-fitting main, and the 3 critical points that any capable sail designer must address (especially since many loft floors are now overseas).

    Using a poorly made sail is like driving on bald tires, so learn as much as possible about this fundamental piece of equipment before you spend another dime. Order your copy of this money-saving e-book today!

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    When buying new sails, sailors often overlook key details in jibs, genoas, and furling gear that can dramatically affect performance. Whether you want to reduce your tacking angles, make headway in heavy weather, or maintain good downwind speed in light air, finding the right headsail or furling system for your boat requires careful thought. Let Practical Sailor take the guesswork out of the decision-making with this detailed, in-depth look at headsail options.

    With Headsails & Furling Gear (Part 2 of Practical Sailor’s “A Look at Sails”series),you’ll learn everything you need to know about:

    -          Furlers (with and without head swivels) — and our pick for “Best Choice.”

    -          Asymmetrical spinnakers and why shorthanded cruisers will find them valuable.

    -          Mini bowsprits and why they’re so popular on modern cruising hulls.

    With this special publication, you’ll also learn the best time to buy a sail, the advantages (and disadvantages) of foil-less furlers, and about some of the best sailmakers in the business. (One company will repair your sail for as long as you own your boat!)

    So order this valuable e-book today and discover how adding new sails and improving light-air performance is easier than ever.

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    Part 3 of Practical Sailor’s “A Look at Sails” series examines important sails and equipment that sailors often overlook when they are adding to their racing or cruising inventory. The Specialty Sails and Hardware e-bookexplains which specialty sails and key accessories deserve a place in your gear inventory and why they are so important.

    Riding sails, storm trysails, and reefing staysails—along with their corresponding hardware—are explained, examined, and reviewed in this one-of-a-kind e-book. In it, you’ll discover:

    - Proper size and shape for a storm trysail.

    - When a riding sail makes the most sense.

    - How a reefing staysail simplifies your sailing, and why a custom-fit is necessary.

    - What features make for an ideal snatch block and which is the most user-friendly.

    In addition, you’ll understand the key advantages of a mainsheet traveler vs. simple mainsheet rigs, find out what makes the best rigid boom vang, and learn how to properly inspect a trysail (including head, clew, tack, leech and luff)!

    While a new mainsail will likely consume the biggest share of your sails budget, don’t forget about the supporting cast of characters. Cruising sailors, in particular, need to think carefully about storm trysails, reefing staysails, and sailing hardware like snatch blocks.

    Learn which sails and related hardware are right for your needs with this insightful e-book. Order your copy today!

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    SPECIAL OFFER – BUY ALL 3 E-BOOKS FOR THE PRICE OF JUST 2!
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    Whether your passion is racing or cruising, sails are one of the biggest investments in your boat that you’ll ever make. You want to make the right decisions, but with the wide variety of options available, choosing the right sail (or sails) can be a daunting task.

    Now, with this new 3-part series from Practical Sailor, you’ll learn everything you need to know about sails, including materials, fit, hardware, and choosing the right sails for your boat.

    Volume One: Sail Buying, Sail Making, & Mainsails

    Covers sail buying, sailmaking, mainsails, mainsail handling, and furling options. It also includes a comprehensive list of recommended sail lofts and compares offerings from major brands. Everything you need to choose the right mainsail for your boat.

    Volume Two: Headsails & Furling Gear

    Compares and reviews light-air headsails, headsail furlers, and bow sprits. It also closely examines costs, durability, and ease of use. A must read before you start shopping for a new jib or furling gear.

    Volume Three: Specialty Sails & Hardware


    Evaluates the value of—and need for—riding sails, trysails, reefing staysails, and sail-handling hardware, including travelers, snatch blocks, and vangs. The most complete analysis of specialty sails you’ll find anywhere.

    Having the right sails and hardware is not a luxury, but a necessity. Eliminate the guesswork when selecting this important and often expensive gear by taking advantage of this special offer. Order this comprehensive downloadable 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!

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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!

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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!

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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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    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! Also available: Volume 2, Holding Tanks, Plumbing and Odor Control Or purchase the 2-book series here.

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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! Also available: Volume 1, Marine Toilets Or purchase the 2-book series here.

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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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