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Edition: 07 09 2017

Author: Tom Cunliffe
Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical
Format: Hardback, 320 pages
Edition: 9th, 2017
ISBN: 9781472943439

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

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