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I have completed my Day Skipper Theory and am yet to do the practical. I would like to have any recommendationas for a general book for yachting covering sail trim, passage planning, knots etc etc etc
"The Skippers Pocketbook" by Basil Mosenthal, published by Fernhurst is a good one - Small enough to tuck away in your nav bag too.
I use The Complete Yachmaster by Tom Cunliffe as a general reference. It's more of a text for reading at home than something that you'd take sailing with you, so would probably complement The Skippers Pocketbook well. I enjoy the style of writing, which is littered with the author's dry nautical wit, which I find encouraging. If you're concerned that it may be to advanced, then see if you can find a copy in the local book shop, Waterstones usually have it on the shelf, and have a flick through the pages. I was given a copy for Christmas just after I completed my Day Skipper, and found that I grew into it.
However, though there are plenty of diagrams, it's not illustrated like the RYA booklets. A lot of the explanation and learning is contained within the text, so it's necessary to read and understand what's written. It's a style I get on with and I find the explanations are clear and thorough, but not everyones cup of tea, and some may prefer more diagramatic explanations.
By the way, Welcome to the forum.
Great, thanks for the advice chaps and for the welcome /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
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