This book Dag Pike's Cruising Under Power: The practicalities of cruising by Dag Pike was published by Adlard Coles, 2012-04-10. It has 160 pages. Dag Pike's Cruising Under Power: The practicalities of cruising has been read 20 times, it's very recommended book to buy.
The aim of this book is to enable novices to cruise safely and enjoyably. It will cover the preparations needed before undertaking a cruise, operating the boat under different and sometimes challenging conditions, how to cope when things go wrong, how to conform to the rules and regulations, and how to navigate. It conveys the advice and information just as the cruiser will encounter it on passage - from setting off to arriving at their destination (rather than compartmentalized into navigation/weather/engine etc).Topics include: Preparing to cruise (weather forecasts, route planning, checklists); Leaving harbor (harbor entrances, radio contact, setting courses and speeds, crew briefing, food and drink); Assessing weather and sea conditions (fine tuning plans); Watch keeping under way (visual and electronic navigation, coping with alarms); Entering harbor (planning ahead, radio channels, finding an anchorage, speeds); Cruising at night and in fog (lights, radar, shipping lanes, stopping distance); Adventurous cruising (navigating inshore, beach landing, hidden dangers); Fuel management and economy (economical speeds, boat trim, reserves); Comfort on board (cooking and sleeping at sea, security); When things go wrong (potential problems, safety equipment, coping with fire, leaks, grounding, engine problems, calling for help); Rules and regulations (collision regulations, traffic lanes, going foreign, qualifications).Aimed at owners of powerboats and motor cruisers between 25 and 65 ft, the book will be entirely practical, with checklists, sidebars and box-outs and many diagrams and photos.
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