Boat Handling

How to predict wind direction and strength by reading a weather chart

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Weather charts, also known as surface pressure or synoptic charts, contain a lot of information that helps weather forecasters make predictions about the weather and sea conditions. Before going to sea it is always a good idea to study weather charts and work out how the weather is likely to evolve in the area you plan to sail in. This sequence of four synoptic...

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Anchoring – getting it right is not always straightforward

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If you can set an anchor correctly with confidence and know your boat will be safe in a secure anchorage, then you can rest in comfort and will not need to rely on moorings and marinas when cruising. Anchoring is one of the most important boat handling skills. If you do not know how to anchor correctly then you risk endangering your boat and also others who might be...

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Getting a tow for your sail or power boat at sea or on inland waterways

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FREE tips from the Safe Skipper App for iPhone/iPad/Android: Getting a tow for your sail or power boat Plan how to secure a tow rope to your boat. The tow rope must be attached to strong deck fittings As a rescue boat approaches, warn them of any debris or loose lines in the water If you are being rescued by a lifeboat, follow their instructions – they are...

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Always have an emergency grab bag to hand when at sea…

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  Grab bag: In the event of having to abandon ship, it is recommended to have a designated waterproof bag to carry essential emergency items.  These might include items already in use on the boat, as well as some already stored in the bag. Emergency at sea – bag contents: • Handheld GPS  • Handheld VHF  • PLB/EPIRB  • Flares  • Sea sickness pills  • Torch and...

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Man Overboard Drill

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How to respond to crew overboard under sail • Keep the MOB in sight • Tack into the heave-to position, do not adjust the headsail sheets • If under spinnaker, alter course to windward and haul sail down immediately • Throw buoyancy to the MOB • Mark MOB with dan buoy • If within earshot of MOB reassure them you are manoeuvring into recovery position• Steer onto a...

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