The RYA Yachtmaster Handbook is the first official and definitive guide for anyone preparing for the world-renowned RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Coastal examinations.

It will not only appeal to both leisure sailors and motor cruisers; there is a section covering commercial endorsement requirements for those who wish to use their qualification professionally.

It describes what you can expect on the day of the examination, the thinking behind the test and what the examiner is looking for.
 
With the aid of some stunning illustrations, it is designed to make you focus on areas where skills can sometimes be lacking, with the aim of setting you up for life beyond the Yachtmaster exam as a competent and confident skipper. 

Although the chapters include subjects that are covered in earlier books, this assumes knowledge at (or close to) RYA Yachtmaster level and highlights what a candidate needs to be thinking about: 

  • What is an RYA Yachtmaster?

  • Where do I go from Here?

  • Tidal Streams and Heights 

  • Passage Planning & Passage Making

  • Seamanship and Stability 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

No sea voyage, whether long or short, offshore or within sight of land, should go ahead without adequate planning and this book is your perfect companion to help you prepare thoroughly before setting off.

RYA Passage Planning will take you through all you need to know and allow you to work through some examples of different passages. This will show you what you might need to think about on the range of different journeys you may undertake. The essential facts and methods are split into three sections:

  • Getting down to basics

  • The essential first steps

  • Putting it into practice

Written by RNLI Sea Safety Manager Peter Chennell, this book will help you make passage planning routine. It is packed full of useful information on where to find the relevant planning sources and will prove to be a useful companion to all who take their recreation afloat.

This book is the official text for the RYA Basic Sea Survival Course and the RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course and supports ISAF approved Offshore Personal Survival courses. It also highlights the importance of having the correct safety equipment and will also give you the knowledge of how and when to use it, making it invaluable for anyone who takes a boat offshore for racing or cruising.

This new edition has also been updated to include the syllabus for the ISAF Offshore Personal Survival Course and the latest information on sea survival. It is divided into two parts so that it more closely matches the syllabi of the two courses and supports other ISAF approved Offshore Personal Survival courses. Chapters include:

  • Before you leave

  • Calling for Help

  • Understanding Weather

  • MOB Prevention

  • Fire Control

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Written by a sailor for sailors, the RYA Weather Handbook explains the complexities of weather and is full of practical and useful advice on how to understand weather maps and improve your forecasting skills.

The RYA Weather Handbook has been written to complement the RYA Day skipper and Coastal Skipper/ RYA Yachtmaster syllabus and is recommended reading for anyone taking these courses. It'll enable you to make more informed decisions and it's full of practical advice on how to understand weather maps and improve your forecasting skill.

Chris Tibbs has 250,000 seagoing miles under his belt, so the book is written by an author who really knows and understands sailing. 

Chapters include:

  • Weather charts

  • Clouds

  • Depressions

  • Anticyclones

  • Predicting the wind

  • Effects of land on the wind

  • Meteorological dangers

  • New technology

  • Hurricanes

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Written for leisure boat owners, the RYA Diesel Engine Handbook is essential reading for anyone doing the one-day RYA Diesel Engine Course. Includes a free DVD giving expert instruction and top tips from Nick Eales of Seastart.

Easy to follow text and beautifully detailed colour illustrations enable the reader to develop the knowledge and confidence required by all diesel engine boat owners. Chapters include:

  • How Diesel Engines Work

  • Fuel

  • The Air System

  • Engine Cooling

  • The Electrical System

  • Diagnostics and Troubleshooting

  • Maintenance

  • Emergency Procedures

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) are vital for maritime safety as you must be able to identify vessels during the day by their special shapes, and at night time by their lights, as well as understanding both your obligations and those of other vessels as you interact with one another.

The Seaman's Guide to The Rule of the Road

This is an extremely useful book and is very highly recomended.

 

This easy-to-read guide provides clear and simple questions and answers to a complex subject.

Chapters include: 

  • Assessing the Risk

  • Who Gives Way?

  • Restricted visibility

  • Lights and Shapes

  • Sound and Light Signals

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