- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Sheridan House; First Edition edition (January 25, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1574090097
- ISBN-13: 978-1574090093
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,714,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Handling Troubles Afloat: What To Do When It All Goes Wrong Paperback – January 25, 1996
Though merely thumbing through this will induce the heebie-jeebies, this could be the most useful and helpful book of the decade; when the going gets tough, get out this book! (Wooden Boat)
What would you do if your engine failed while entering a harbor? Your rigging failed in a confined anchorage? A fire broke out? British author Mellor's book is as much about preventing trouble as it is about dealing with it when it happens and keeping small problems from becoming big ones. Mellor covers the subject for both sailboats and powerboats, examining engines, electronics, rigging and other systems with the goad of preventative maintenance. But the author also goes into emergency procedures, based on is own personal experiences. Chapters cover what to do when caught in a gale, when shrouded by fog, when faced with a broken steering system or a dismasting. Crew morale, which can be a determining factor in an emergency, is also discussed. Appendices cover suggested spare parts and repairs and engine troubleshooting. (Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal)
About the Author
John Mellor has spent the last 35 years sailing in a variety of craft, from racing dinghies to 100-ton sailing barges. He is the author of ten books, including the bestselling Boat Handling under Power, and has had hundreds of articles published in magazines worldwide.
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By the time the book would make sense to you, you would have so much experience that you wouldn't need it.
I am halfway through the book, and may not finish it because it is so frustrating trying to understand his examples. In addition, the illustrations seem to be quite old, I believe.
Incidently, I have been sailing in the US for more than 20 years, and taught sailing for a considerable period of time.
Money is better spent elsewhere, in my opinion.