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Single-Handed Sailing (Seafarer S) Paperback – September 1, 1998
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Where Mulville is right, and where the book is extremely valuable, is its focus on the correct attitude and mental approach to the specialized form of seamanship that long distance singlehanding involves.
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navigation- RDF, sextant, manual logs
lights - recommends oil lamps rather than electric
instruments - ignored
electrics - not to be trusted
engines - not relied on
anchors - CQR considered the best
recording barographs - considered valuable
radios, satellite phones, mobile phones even VHF - not mentioned
safety - talks of VERY pistols
EPIRB - no mention
GPS and chartplotters - not mentiond
autopilots - only wind powered mentioned
RADAR and AIS - no mention
weather forecasts - no discussion of how to get them
Insurance - no mention
and so on...
I don't doubt that Frank was an excellent seaman and undertook some exciting journeys that would challenge many modern solo sailors with all the toys - but when people like Ellen Macarthur and Dee Caffari can sail round the world solo at average speeds of 18 knots there is a need for a more realistic attitude to the options.