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Icom IC-M35We review the Icom IC-M35 handheld.  Read the full review here.

GMDSS A User's Handbook

By Denise Bréhaut

GMDSS A user's handbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) provides a fast and efficient way of calling for assistance at sea, whatever the size of craft or its geographical position. Since it was first published, this book has helped explain the system for anyone using GMDSS and has been excellent pre-course reading for students.

 

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Book Reviews

GMDSS A User's Handbook

GMDSS: A User's HandbookBy Denise Bréhaut

The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) provides a fast and efficient way of calling for assistance at sea, whatever the size of craft or its geographical position. Since it was first published, this book has helped explain the system for anyone using GMDSS and has been excellent pre-course reading for students.

Denise Bréhaut explains the operation of the system as a whole and the procedures involved, as well as covering the syllabi of the General Operator’s Certificate (GOC), the Long Range Certificate (LRC) and the Restricted Operator’s Certificate (ROC). It incorporates all the changes to GMDSS regulations that came into force in 2009.

Now brought fully up-to-date for its 5th edition, GMDSS: A User’s Handbook has proved an invaluable reference for exam candidates and equipment users alike for more than a decade. The clear and lucid text is supported with illustrations, handy Q&A sections and a quick-reference revision guide for GOC and LRC students.

Denise Bréhaut is a GOC, LRC and ROC instructor and examiner. She lectures at the Warsash Maritime Academy, a campus of the Southampton Solent University.

The Practical Knot Pack

The Practical Knot PackBy Steve Luck

With two pieces of rope and a wide range of useful knots, the Practical Knot Pack offers an invaluable guide for enthusiasts as well as the knot novice.

With an emphasis on practicality, The Practical Knot Pack features 50 essential knots for every occasion, from the slip-and-nip noose to the butterfly bend.

A step-by-step instruction book shows you exactly how to tie each knot, bend, hitch or lashing, and the two ropes in different colours are ideal for practicing. The pack also contains a neat pack of waterproof cards focusing on the Top Ten most practical knots. 

Whether you need chunky knots for mooring a yacht or creating a makeshift ladder, or more humble but equally useful knots for attaching car keys or fishing hooks, this pack has everything you need.

 

Steve Luck is an editor and photographer, but also a keen sailor and practical handyman. This is his fifth book.

The Practical Knot Pack

By Steve Luck

 

Published by Adlard Coles Nautical

15th August 2013

Paperback - £12.99

 

9781408192061

Passage Making Made Perfect

By Alastair Buchan

Planning and carrying out a successful, safe and enjoyable passage is a real art, and this book covers the whole process, from planning before setting off to fine tuning once underway.

Passage Making Made Perfect shows how planning is about making the most of your time, your crew, and giving you the confidence to be more adventurous. Recent regulations issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have also made passage planning a legal requirement for small boats, so now it's not just good practice - it's something you have to do.

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Why Sailors Can't Swim

Why Sailors Can't Swim and Other Marvellous Maritime Curiosities
 By Nic Compton

Why are boats always referred to as ‘she’?
Why were the best sailing ships built in the shape of a 
‘cod’s head and mackerel tail’?
Why is a rope on a ship rarely called a rope?
Does the Bermuda Triangle really exist?

If you have ever wanted to know the answers to these questions and more, then this is the book for you. Why Sailors Can’t Swim and Other Marvellous Maritime Curiosities is a book of fascinating maritime folklore and trivia about the sea.

Packed full of entertaining, surprising and insightful titbits about the history, science and culture of the sea, it will reveal things you never knew you didn’t know, from the delightfully obscure to the amusingly quaint.

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Your first Channel Crossing

Planning, Preparing and Executing a Successful Passage, for Sail and Power
By Andy Du Port


After day sailing, the next step for the adventurous yachtsman or motorboater is their first open sea crossing, and for many that invariably entails crossing the English Channel.

This invaluable guide walks the first timer through their first Channel crossing step-by-step, tackling all the aspects that have to be taken into account before embarking, as well as managing on the trip, in the order in which they will be encountered.

Read more: Your first Channel Crossing

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