What to think about if considering a catamaran…http://www.multihullcompany.com/Article/The_Ten_Commandments_of_Buying_a_Catamaran
Title: The Complete Anchoring Handbook: Stay Put on Any Bottom in Any Weather
Author: Alain Poiraud, Achim Ginsberg-Klemmt, Erika Ginsberg-Klemmt
Publisher: International Marine/ Ragged Mountain Press
Date Published: 2007
Price: US$11.49 (Amazon.com) Kindle Version
For sailing boats, planing boats and displacement boats. For everyone who wants to anchor in a bay and sleep well without waking up every few hours and getting up to check the anchor!
Has it dragged?
Will I hit the boat next door?
Am I going to hit the rocks in the night?
Whether you have an anchor on your boat already or you are looking at buying a boat this book will advise you in choosing the correct anchor for the conditions where you are anchoring and how to anchor properly. You may find it encouraging finding that you already have the right size,weight and style but if you have purchased this book or are thinking then perhaps your boat has already dragged in the night. Get a good night’s sleep with the right anchor. How about the chain? I have the kindle version but I may just get the paperback too.
The official course book for the RYA One-Day Diesel Engine Course.
A reference guide to understand and maintain your marine diesel engine.
How the Diesel Engine Works
Starting and Stopping your engine
Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
How to do it
See the sky and clouds with new eyes and enjoy the depth of greater knowledge. Recognise a
cumulus when you see one. See Guide to Weather Forecasting for further reading
“A practical guide to understanding, observing, and forecasting the weather.”
Loads of pictures, charts and diagrams to help in the pursuit of weather forecasting. We can look up at the sky and find the animals shapes in the clouds but to be able to ‘read’ the clouds will make boating more fun, safer and give me something else to learn.
This is book is small and practical in the shape of a quick reference book but the content is detailed and in small print. You need to have good lighting to read this regardless of your age. You may find yourself reading over the same part again and again because the terminology is specialised rather than poorly explained. I like this book a lot. It is crammed with information and you can enjoy picking it up and opening it us to any page and learning something. You do not have to start at the beginning. As a beginner at weather forecasting I am enjoying the journey.
See also The Weather Identification Handbook
When: Used to tie a mooring line from a boat to a post, a very reliable knot
A knot that you need to be able to tie with your eyes closed or in the dark. You may arrive at a marina at night.
A knot that you need to know for the Day Skipper Certificate Course, New Zealand
Is this a left or a right handed knot?
How to tie a bowline instructions here
Written as a course book for the one day course in Sea Survival.
A common sense approach to sea survival explained well to the complete novice with plenty of diagrams. Knowing what to do if an emergency situation occurs could mean the difference between life and death. We hope it never comes to that but being prepared is in our own best interest. Help is not always there when you need it so knowledge in helping yourself is vital.
If you happen to find yourself in the water without a flotation device/life jacket then the best way of floating while in rough, open water is the survival float or the face down float. This style of floating allows you to conserve your energy so you can stay in the water for longer. Variations for individual buoyancy can be accomplished by adjusting the legs by drawing them up toward the chest or extending them out and adjusting the arms by extending them or drawing them in towards the chest. These actions balance the floater around the chest, the center of buoyancy.
In calmer waters lying on your back or back floating is best.
Read more: here
In Sailing, heaving to (to heave to and to be hove to) is a way of slowing a sail boat’s forward progress, as well as fixing the helm and sail positions so that the boat does not actively have to be steered. It is commonly used for a “break”; this may be to wait for the tide before proceeding, to wait out a strong or contrary wind. For a solo or shorthanded sailor it can provide time to go below deck, to attend to issues elsewhere on the boat, or for example to take a lunch break.
see wikipedia for more information here
I was watching this video by Teresa Carey on their sailing trip from the Florida to the Bahamas on SV Daphne. Teresa mentioned about how they managed using 130W solar panel to recharge their technology onboard.
I then read in the comments section about how to generate more power and so followed the trail to the suggested video added below. Very clever it you are able.