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The Voyager's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Bluewater Cruising

Beth A. Leonard

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PUBLISHED: 30th November 2006
ISBN: 9780071437653
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  • Hardcover
PUBLISHED: 30th November 2006
ISBN: 9780071437653

Publisher Description

"Belongs in the bookshelf of every cruising vessel."—"Blue Water Sailing"

"If you are serious about that extended voyage, read "The Voyager's Handbook.""—"Sailing"

"Every now and then a new voice emerges in the world of sailing literature that stands out, a voice that is both clear and of lasting quality. The appearance of such a new voice is something of an event, and that's what we'd call the publication of "The Voyager's Handbook.""—"Blue Water Sailing"

This inspirational and comprehensive manual leads you step by step through every aspect of choosing, planning, and following the voyager's life. Using three example boats representing three cruising lifestyles—"Simplicity," "Moderation," and "Highlife"—Beth Leonard helps make your bluewater dreams come true, whether you're sailing on a shoestring or a CEO's pension. Starting with the things you can't do without—an enthusiastic crew, a seaworthy boat, and, of course, money—Leonard offers sage advice on how to select crewmembers who are truly committed to the voyage, how to choose the right boat for you, and how to find just the right approach to financing your voyage and making the most of every dollar spent.

Managing life from a floating home and keeping that home livable, seaworthy, and safe requires you to become, among other things, the ship's purser, engineer, doctor, cook, and cruise director. You'll discover how to prepare for these new roles and put necessary equipment and arrangements in place before you untie your docklines. This exquisitely detailed guide also helps you master the skills you'll need to handle a boat at sea with a small crew, including Weather forecasting Passage planning Watchkeeping Heavy-weather sailing Emergency management Midocean repairs

Complete with dozens of easy-to-use graphs and tables for quick reference, along with the hard-won wisdom of experienced cruisers, "The Voyager's Handbook" is the ultimate resource for anyone who is planning, preparing for, or just dreaming about a great adventure on the high seas.

Author Biography

Beth A. Leonard has sailed more than 85,000 blue water miles over the past thirteen years, ranging from tropical oceans to Tasmania, Cape Horn, and the arctic seas north of Iceland. She and her partner, Evans Starzinger, have been honored for their voyages by the Ocean Cruising Club (UK) and the Cruising Club of America (U.S.). Leonard contributes regularly to "SAIL", "Cruising World", "Sailing", and "Yachting World" magazines, and her "Voyager's Handbook" is widely accepted as the definitive treatise on blue water cruising. Her "Blue Horizons" column was one of "Blue Water Sailing"'s most pop

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition by Herb McCormick

Foreword to the First Edition by George Day




Part I: The Essential Ingredients

Chapter 1. Committed Crew

WHAT MAKES FOR SUCCESSFUL CREWS? ¿ Composition of Successful Crews ¿ Cruising with Kids: What Age Is Best? ¿ Characteristics of Successful Crews ¿ BUILDING VOYAGING PARTNERSHIPS ¿ Critical Elements ¿ Tips for Cruising with Kids ¿ Laying the Groundwork ¿ DECIDING WHEN TO GO ¿ Timing Issues ¿ Timing Options ¿ THREE VOYAGING CREWS

Chapter 2. Adequate Financing

ALTERNATIVES FOR FINANCING THE DREAM ¿ Precareer: Earn as You Go ¿ Sabbatical: Save Enough to Finance Several Years ¿ Early Retirement: Stretching the Retirement Income ¿ Part-Time Voyaging or Working Aboard: Continuing Your Career ¿ HOW MUCH DOES VOYAGING REALLY COST? ¿ Living Expenses ¿ Avoiding Budget Busters ¿ Annual Boat Expenses ¿ Capital Costs: Two Case Studies ¿ Discretionary and One-Off Expenses ¿ The Cost of Two Cruises ¿ HOW MUCH BOAT CAN YOU AFFORD? ¿ Refit Costs: Some Rough Figures

Chapter 3. A Bluewater-Capable Yacht

NARROWING THE FIELD ¿ What Type of Boat Do You Want? ¿ Steve Dashew¿s Hybrid Designs ¿ Where Do You Intend to Cruise? ¿ What Size Boat Will Suit You? ¿ The ¿Average¿ Bluewater Voyager ¿ What Age Boat Will Suit Your Budget? ¿ EVALUATING INDIVIDUAL BOATS ¿ Screening Criteria: Stability and Durability ¿ Common Structural Problems in Older Boats ¿ Bluewater Survey ¿ Second Boats ¿ The Test Sail ¿ One Couple's Search ¿ THE SEARCH PROCESS FOR THREE CREWS ¿ Two Boats, Two Voyages

Part II: Refitting and Equipping the Yacht for Bluewater Voyaging

Chapter 4. Upgrading for Offshore

COMMON UPGRADES TO OLDER PRODUCTION BOATS ¿ Make Your Boat Watertight ¿ The Ins and Outs of Stainless Steel ¿ Improve Your Boat's Ventilation ¿ Improve the Anchoring Arrangements ¿ Revitalize the Rig ¿ Preventing Corrosion between Dissimilar Metals ¿ Problem-Proof the Engine and Propulsion System ¿ Modify Your Boat's Interior ¿ Common Electrical and Plumbing System Upgrades ¿ Increase Safety Above- and Belowdecks ¿ UPGRADING THREE OFFSHORE VOYAGERS

Chapter 5. Sails and Sail Handling

OFFSHORE SAILING REALITIES ¿ Offshore Sailing Conditions ¿ Crew Size ¿ Boat Size ¿ OFFSHORE SAILS AND SAIL HANDLING ¿ Temperate and High-Latitude Passagemaking: Managing Variability ¿ Modern Sail Materials and Their Uses ¿ Modern Line Materials and Their Uses ¿ Trade Wind Passagemaking: Maximizing Downwind Performance ¿ SAIL INVENTORY FOR THREE OFFSHORE VOYAGERS ¿ Additional Pretrip Preparations

Chapter 6. Anchors, Anchoring, and Mooring

ANCHORING BASICS ¿ Ground Tackle for the Bluewater Voyager ¿ Beyond Anchors and Rodes: Additional Anchoring Equipment ¿ Anchoring Technique ¿ Raising a Fouled Anchor ¿ Real-World Situations ¿ MOORING AND BERTHING BASICS ¿ Lines, Fenders, and More ¿ Real-World Situations ¿ GROUND TACKLE AND MOORING EQUIPMENT FOR THREE OFFSHORE VOYAGERS

Chapter 7. On-Deck Essentials: Dinghies, Self-Steering, and Safety Gear

DINGHIES AND OUTBOARDS ¿ Choosing a Dinghy ¿ Selecting an Outboard ¿ Equipping Your Tender ¿ Tender Choices for Three Offshore Voyagers ¿ SELF-STEERING ¿ Wind Vanes ¿ Electric Autopilots ¿ Self-Steering Options and Solutions for Three Offshore Voyagers ¿ ON-DECK SAFETY EQUIPMENT ¿ Preventing Collisions ¿ Preventing Crew Overboard ¿ Abandoning Ship ¿ On-Deck Safety Solutions for Three Offshore Voyagers

Chapter 8. Other Equipment: Navigation, Communications, and Comforts and Conveniences

NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT ¿ Position Finding ¿ Beyond the Depth Sounder: Additional Instruments ¿ Charting Options ¿ The Cruiser¿s Laptop ¿ HIGH-SEAS COMMUNICATIONS ¿ The Ship¿s Barometer ¿ Radio-Based Systems ¿ Satellite-Based Systems ¿ COMFORTS AND CONVENIENCES ¿ Refrigerators/Freezers ¿ Watermakers ¿ Heating and Cooling Systems ¿ Other Goodies and Gadgets ¿ EQUIPMENT CHOICES FOR THREE OFFSHORE VOYAGERS

Chapter 9. Configuring Your Electrical System

ANALYZING ELECTRICAL NEEDS ¿ A Back-of-the-Envelope Calculation for Daily Energy Usage ¿ Calculating Loads ¿ A Few Useful Electrical Notes ¿ Generating Options ¿ Stowing Electricity ¿ An Alternative Approach to Balancing the Electrical System ¿ Optimizing Charging ¿ Battery-Down Exercise ¿ ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS FOR THREE OFFSHORE VOYAGERS ¿ How Long Can You Leave the Boat?

Chapter 10. Putting It All Together: From Refit Plan to Balanced Boat

A REAL-WORLD EXAMPLE: REINVENTING GINNY ¿ A Sensible Four-Year Refit Plan ¿ Executing the Plan ¿ Tallying the Bottom Line ¿ REFIT PLANS FOR THREE OFFSHORE VOYAGERS ¿ Refit Plans and Time Frames ¿ Why Weight-Carrying Ability Matters ¿ Comparison of Three Balanced Boats ¿ What We Left Off . . . and Why

Part III: Liveaboard Skills

Chapter 11. Liveaboard Essentials: What to Bring and How to Stow It

MANAGING SPACE ¿ Maximizing Stowage Space ¿ Organizing Stowage Areas ¿ The Stowage Plan ¿ ALLOCATING SPACE: THE ESSENTIALS FOR LIFE ABOARD ¿ Deck Gear ¿ Navigation Needs and Ship¿s References ¿ Galley Equipment ¿ What Not to Bring ¿ Linens and Bedding ¿ Clothing ¿ Electronics ¿ The Most Personal of Decisions: Firearms Aboard ¿ Miscellany ¿ LIVING WITHIN YOUR SPACE

Chapter 12. Managing Life Afloat

BUSINESS AND BUREAUCRACY ¿ Communications ¿ Pretrip Preparations: Setting Up for Remote Management ¿ Money Matters ¿ Ship¿s Papers and Other Documents ¿ TRANSITIONING TO LIFE AFLOAT

Chapter 13. Better Boatkeeping

MAINTENANCE MIND-SET ¿ Day-to-Day Proactive Maintenance: Looking for Trouble ¿ Preventive Maintenance Schedules: Preventing Trouble ¿ Troubleshooting: 90 Percent Solutions ¿ The Annual Haulout ¿ Minimizing Maintenance: Avoiding Trouble ¿ ESSENTIAL TOOLS AND SPARES ¿ The Voyager¿s Toolbox ¿ The Spares Locker

Chapter 14. Galleywise

FRESHWATER MANAGEMENT ¿ Assessing Needs ¿ Do You Need a Watermaker? ¿ Getting It Aboard ¿ Keeping It Potable ¿ FOOD AND STORES MANAGEMENT ¿ Provisioning Basics ¿ Obtaining Propane ¿ Provisioning Tips and Tricks ¿ Galley Skills

Chapter 15. Staying Safe: Lessons Learned Over 90,000 Nautical Miles

EIGHT DANGEROUS SITUATIONS AND WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THEM ¿ On the Rocks in Iceland ¿ Night Reef Entrance ¿ Close Encounters with Ships ¿ Close Encounters with Hard Objects ¿ Close Encounter with a Hurricane ¿ Fire On Board ¿ Pinned on a Fuel Dock ¿ GPS Waypoint Mistake ¿ SUMMARY OF LESSONS LEARNED

Chapter 16. Staying Healthy: Being Your Own Doctor

PREPARATION: BEFORE YOU LEAVE ¿ Know Thyself ¿ Children and Older Voyagers: Special Considerations ¿ Know the Basics ¿ Know Thy Medical Kit ¿ PREVENTION: MANAGING DAY-TO-DAY HEALTH ¿ Seasickness ¿ Infections and Serious Illnesses ¿ Allergic Reactions ¿ Emergencies and Traumatic Injuries ¿ PROTECTION: ENSURING LONG-TERM HEALTH ¿ Sun Protection ¿ Nutrition ¿ Exercise ¿ Managing Major Health Concerns

Chapter 17. Staying Challenged: Following Your Heart

SHIP-SUITABLE ACTIVITIES ¿ Water Time ¿ Learning Time ¿ Social Time ¿ Quiet Time ¿ SHIP-ADAPTABLE ACTIVITIES ¿ Photography ¿ Other Arts

Part IV: Shorthanded Passagemaking Skills

Chapter 18. Global Weather Patterns and Voyage Planning

GLOBAL WEATHER PATTERNS ¿ Prevailing Winds ¿ Ocean Currents ¿ Weather Disturbances ¿ Planning Tools: Pilot Charts ¿ VOYAGE PLANNING ¿ One Year, One Ocean ¿ Around the World in Eighteen Months ¿ Circumnavigating in Two or More Years ¿ Eastabout Circumnavigations

Chapter 19. Weather Basics and Onboard Forecasting

WEATHER BASICS ¿ Temperate and High Latitudes ¿ Two Weather Phenomena to Watch For ¿ What the Barometer Really Tells You ¿ Tropical Latitudes ¿ ONBOARD WEATHER RESOURCES ¿ Weather Fax ¿ Weather Charts and Their Uses ¿ High Seas Radio Nets and Forecasts ¿ Inmarsat-C Forecasts ¿ Downloadable Weather Files ¿ Weather Routers ¿ USING WEATHER INFORMATION ¿ Departure Window ¿ Routing Decisions ¿ Sail Handling Decisions ¿ Lessons Learned

Chapter 20. Preparing for Passage

PASSAGE PLANNING ¿ Prepassage Bureaucracy: Obtaining Visas ¿ Wind Strengths ¿ Ocean Currents ¿ Other Hazards ¿ PASSAGE PREPARATIONS ¿ Provision Planning ¿ Picking Your Weather Window ¿ Final Shoreside Preparations ¿ The Last Few Hours

Chapter 21. Basic Passage Routines

TAKING CARE OF THE BOAT ¿ Doublehanded Watchkeeping ¿ Duties of the Watchkeeper ¿ TAKING CARE OF THE CREW ¿ Cooking ¿ Sleeping ¿ Hygiene ¿ Managing Garbage at Sea ¿ Diversions ¿ Morale and Safety

Chapter 22. Heavy Weather

HEAVY-WEATHER BASICS ¿ (In)frequency and Severity ¿ Breaking Waves and Rogue Waves ¿ The Golden Rules ¿ GALE AND STORM TACTICS ¿ Heaving-To and Forereaching ¿ Lying Ahull ¿ Running Off ¿ Hawk vs. Silk: An Example of How Boat Design Impacts Tactics ¿ SURVIVAL STORM TACTICS ¿ Southern Ocean Storm Tactics ¿ Running Off with a Drogue ¿ Lying To a Sea Anchor ¿ Motoring or Sailing into the Weather ¿ 1998 Sydney-to-Hobart Race: A Postmortem ¿ HEAVY-WEATHER STRATEGIES FOR THREE OFFSHORE VOYAGERS

Chapter 23. Toward Self-Reliance: Managing Emergencies at Sea

EMERGENCY PREVENTION ¿ Going Aloft at Sea ¿ EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ¿ Taking on Water ¿ Failure of Structural Openings ¿ Collision ¿ Steering Failures ¿ Rigging Failures ¿ Piracy ¿ SURVIVING AN EMERGENCY

Chapter 24. Toward Seamanship: Efficient Passagemaking

KEEPING THE BOAT MOVING SAFELY AND WELL ¿ Learning the Language ¿ Making Miles in Light Air ¿ Single-Handed Jibe ¿ When Canvas Fails: Minimizing Motoring ¿ Shorthanded Safety Tips ¿ ADAPTING THE PASSAGE PLAN ¿ Developing an Initial Passage Plan ¿ Modifying the Plan Based on Actual Conditions ¿ MAKING A SUCCESSFUL LANDFALL

Part V: Foreign Savvy

Chapter 25. Upon Arrival

BUREAUCRACY REVISITED ¿ Clearing In ¿ Managing Bureaucratic Hassles ¿ Burgeoning Bureaucracy ¿ GETTING YOUR BEARINGS ¿ Returning the Boat to Normal ¿ When in Rome . . . ¿ Avoiding Pests and Plagues

Chapter 26. Enjoying Being There

ASSIMILATING ¿ Finding the Way In ¿ Respecting Local Laws and Custo ms ¿ Saying ¿Thank You¿ ¿ SIGHTSEEING ¿ ENTERTAINING ¿ MANAGING LOCAL RISKS ¿ Volatile Political Situations ¿ Theft

Chapter 27. The Voyaging Life: Keeping the Faith

THE FIRST YEAR: RECONCILING THE DREAM WITH THE REALITY ¿ The Two Sides of the Voyaging Coin ¿ Changing Gears ¿ JOINING THE CRUISING COMMUNITY ¿ Voyaging Values ¿ Voyaging Customs ¿ Sea Superstitions ¿ Voyaging Etiquette ¿ LONG-TERM SATISFACTION ¿ SURVIVING REENTRY


Appendix 1. Additional Resources

Appendix 2. Conversions

Appendix 3. Performance Measurements Explained

Appendix 4. Upgrades for Boats of Different Ages

Appendix 5. Galley Substitutes and Equivalents

Appendix 6. Offshore Medical Kit


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Beth A. Leonard
Short Title
International Marine Publishing
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Revised and Exp
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United States
The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising

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02 Sep, 2017
Great Read. Thank you
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