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Product Details

  • Paperback: 411 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill; 4th edition (March 8, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070117322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070117327
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... stands out as an essential reference for anyone who puts to sea in small boats. If I could have my way, I would make it compulsory reading." -- Classic Boat

"A seafaring classic. We cannot recommend it too strongly." -- Yachting Monthly

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is my favorite sailing book. It is not only an excellent manual for coping with heavy weather, but also an entertaining drama for armchair sailors. This book includes descriptions of actual experiences and technical supporting material and research, covering everything from boat design to weather to foul weather gear. Every sailor should read this boat before setting out offshore.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1998
Format: Paperback
I understand this to be a classic, but I was looking for distilled information to keep me alive. It may be here, but it is certainly not distilled. Much attention by the author to the reasons for his trips, his companions, etc. etc. If you are looking (as I was) for a handbook this isn't it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lfo1@hotmail.com on December 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
Crusty limey who sailed the the waters of the British Isles & North Atlantic. Visceral first-hand descriptions of small vessels through 50+ years of the foulest weather. Detailed storm tracks. Practical life-saving techniques with pro& con discussions. This is the book that makes "Perfect Storm" look like an afternoon squall.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
stay the hell out of the water! That's what I gained from reading this book.
He details his exploits and the exploits of others when encountering storm after storm during sailing yacht races.
Every chapter is an encounter with yet another storm. That can wear on you after a while. Sort of like being out all day in a strong cold wind. I felt beat up just reading about it.
At the begining of each chapter I kept finding myself willing him "Don't do it! You're going to regret it!" But, there are no surprises. He gets nailed every time. The only thing that amazes me is that he's still alive.
If that's the kind of book you like, you'll love this one. Me, I'm staying on shore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1997
Format: Paperback
The best non-fiction "sea stories" book I have ever read. The author puts you "in the shoes" of people caught in very heavy weather, and lets you think about what you would do in the same situation. If you read it with your imagination turned on it becomes a thriller, and takes you far away from your warm bed at home.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Harris on August 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Having crossed the Atlantic on my own 22' years ago, I can tell you that having read this FIRST helped me (once I got over the fright) to prepare my boat so that I could "handle" the inevitable bad weather. If you can't handle this book and all it conjures up, then you have no business being on the high seas on a small boat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bjsmismg@nctsdg.navy.mil on February 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
Read this before you buy a boat. At the end there are some good tips on what to look for in boat design. Lots of good heavy-weather stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Axel Fisser on December 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Must have information for everybody sailing off shore. Scientifically researched methods on heavy weather sailing and storm tactics. Great source of information.
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