The Complete Yachtmaster

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Sailing, Seamanship and Navigation for the Modern Yacht Skipper, by Tom Cunliffe

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Part Number: SLG0082

Edition: 2017

ISBN: 9781472943439

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Manufacturer: No

Scale: No

Language: English

Author: Tom Cunliffe

Format: Hardback

The Complete Yachtmaster has been a bestseller since first publication and has established itself as the standard reference for Yachtmaster students as well as skippers of all levels of experience.

In this fully revised eighth edition, Tom Cunliffe brings together all the essentials of modern cruising in one volume. Subjects include an analysis of what makes a good skipper, the theory and practice of sailing, seamanship, navigation including chart plotters and PCs, meteorology, heavy weather, yacht stability and coping with emergencies.

Substantial updates for this edition include new material on navigation using tablets. Also includes new photography throughout.

The Complete Yachtmaster promotes each subject as an integral part of the whole. It guides examination candidates as authoritatively and reassuringly through the RYA syllabus as a sea pilot bringing a ship to harbour. Required reading for all skippers whether on board or in the classroom.

‘A gem, distilled from decades of experience' Yachting Monthly

‘Cunliffe's competence and authority radiate from the pages... thoroughly recommended' Little Ship Club

'There are all too few authors who not only know their subject but can write well about it. Tom Cunliffe is one' Cruising

Table Of Contents


  1. The skipper
  2. The theory of sailing
  3. Efficient sailing
  4. Basic seamanship under sail
  5. Boat handling under sail
  6. Boat handling under power
  7. Ropes and ropework
  8. Anchoring
  9. Yacht engines
  10. Sailing in heavy weather
  11. Navigation – an introduction
  12. Charts, publications and chart table tools
  13. Aids to navigation
  14. Tidal heights
  15. Tidal streams
  16. Traditional navigational inputs
  17. The estimated position
  18. Classical position fixing
  19. Satellites and radar
  20. Course shaping
  21. Navigational strategy
  22. Passage planning
  23. Pilotage
  24. Passage navigation
  25. Domestics of a passage
  26. Fog
  27. Collision avoidance in poor visibility
  28. Tactics and navigation in heavy weather
  29. Damage control
  30. Emergencies
  31. Man overboard
  32. Weather

Appendix: stability in sailing yachts

Tom Cunliffe

Tom Cunliffe is Britain’s leading sailing writer. A worldwide authority on cruising instruction and an expert on traditional sailing craft, he learned his sextant skills during numerous ocean passages, many in simple boats without engines or electronics, voyaging from Brazil to Greenland and from the Caribbean to Russia. He is the author of the yachtsman’s guide to the English Channel.

Tom’s nautical career has seen him serve as mate on a merchant ship, captain on gentleman’s yachts and skipper of racing craft. His private passion is classic sailing boats and he has owned a series of traditional gaff-rigged vessels that have taken him and his family on countless adventures from tropical rainforests to frozen fjords.

Tom has been a Yachtmaster Examiner since 1978 and has a gift for sharing his knowledge with good humour and an endless supply of tales of the sea.

He also has monthly columns in Sailing Today, Classic Boat, Yachting World and SAIL (US) magazines. He wrote and presented the BBC TV series, ‘The Boats That Built Britain’ and the popular ‘Boatyard’ series.