Offshore Sailing: 200 Essential Passagemaking Tips

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November 26, 2001


Mixed media product, 256 pages

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In a book that is sure to become a classic, internationally respected boatbuilder, yacht manager, and delivery skipper Bill Seifert shares his hard-won solutions to a host of boat design, construction, and equipment issues and seamanship dilemmas. Unlike other books on the subject, Offshore Sailing doesn’t just tell readers what to do for safe and comfortable passage making; it shows them how to do it with clear, step-by-step instructions and nearly 200 detailed drawings and photographs.

Table of contents

Author's Note on Origins Acknowledgments Introduction: Countdown to Offshore Sailing Chapter 1. A Safe Deck Crew Safety Jacklines and Cockpit Pad Eyes Safety Harnesses Knives Cutting Lines Fouled Underwater Securing the Deck Knots Lashing Gear on Deck Cockpit Speakers and Other Holes Easy to Flood Leaking Deck Hatches and Portlights Toilet Bumpers on Hatches Duct Tape on Deck Fills Closure of Deck Blower Vents Closure of Chain Pipes Built into Windlasses Bedding Deck Hardware Anchors on Bow Rollers All-Chain Anchor Rodes Cleat Guards Supports for Cockpit Structures Yacht Defense Strategy Clean Your Combination Lock Replace Fasteners in Companionway Stiles Replace Hatch Hinge Pins Dinghy ID Test-Fire Flares Miscellanea Chapter 2. Rig and Sails Running Rigging Boom Preventer Spinnaker Halyard Right Side Up Masthead Sheave Arrangement Mainsheet Blocks Roller Furling Running Backstays Securing a Halyard Tail Whipping Lines Reel Out Spools Standing Rigging Magnaflux Test Kit Bolt or Wire Cutters Turnbuckles Tape on Turnbuckles Cotter Pins in Clevis Pins Sails Storm Trysail and Storm Jib Storing Spare Sails Marking Sails Measuring Sails Sail Repair Materials Mainsail Reefing Other Tricks Masthead Burgee Spreader Flag Halyards Rigging a Radar Reflector Hoisted to a Spreader Dissimilar Metals Miscellanea Chapter 3. Interior Modifications Securing the Cabin Handholds Locking the Companionway Remotely Activated Lock Drawers Berth Top Access Lids Cabin Sole Floorboards Hinges Holding Down Batteries Construct Fiddles Place Fiddles Avoid the Toilet Seat Toss Sea Berths Removable Sea Berth Root Berth Lee Cloths Berth Cushions Climate Control Fans Washboard Vents Carbon Monoxide Detector What's What and Where Labels Yacht Inventory Database Chapter 4. Electronic and Electrical Equipment Electronics Interfacing Electronics Electronic and Other Devices That Belong on Every Boat EPIRBs Handheld VHF and Handheld GPS Navtex Emergency Radio Antennas Intelligible Boat Name Emergency Use of Ham Nets (Amateur Radio Networks) Other Useful Radio Services and Frequencies Electronic Timer and Clock Serial Numbers Uninterruptible Power Source Batteries Types Deep-Cycle versus Starting Battery Bank Configurations Charging Profiles Lights Flashlights Spotlight Running Lights Anchor Light Laser Pointer Ghost in the Machine: Solving Weird Electrical Problems Watertight Junction Box Battery Charging Shore Power Problems Spontaneous Ignition Engine Wiring Playing It Safe Making the Connection Lightning Miscellanea Chapter 5. Engine, Mechanical, and Plumbing Systems Engine and Fuel Engine Education Mechanical Oil Pressure Gauge Changing Oil the Easy Way Oil Analysis Engine Water Flow Alarm Removable Strainers Alarm Annunciator Electric Fuel Pump Adding Tees to Tanks Diesel Engine SAD Syndrome V-Belts Engine Space Ventilation Fueling Miles per Gallon Calibrating Tachometers Runaway Diesel Engine Fire Extinguishers Charging Refrigeration Engine Beds Prop and Shaft Propeller Type Stopping Shaft Rotation Correct Pitch Removing the Prop Shaft from the Engine Coupling Plumbing Hose Cleaning Hoses Fouled Freshwater Tanks Be Alert to Variations in Muriatic Acid Concentration Seacocks Softwood Plugs Bilge Pump Strainers Aluminum Bilge Pumps Emergency Bilge Pump Conserving Freshwater Insecticide-Sprayer Shower Pipe Copper Alloys Tools and Maintenance Large Tools Maintenance Log Miscellanea Chapter 6. At Sea Safety First Safety Video Maintaining Night Vision Heaving-To Drogues and Sea Anchors Centerboards Freeing Lines Under Load Spinnaker Takedown Evacuation by Helicopter Design and Loading Considerations Sailing and Center of Effort Fore-and-Aft Weight Distribution Overall Effect of Adding Weight to a Vessel Personal Comfort Apparel Sea Bag Checklist for Five-to Seven-Day Passage Sea Bags Sleeping Foul-Weather Gear Seasickness Standing Watch Orders Crew Overboard Flooding Below Decks Abandoning Ship Deck Log Entries Navigation and Weather Compasses Polars on Passages Altering Course Making Best Time on Passages Cosines Communication with Southbound II VAX 498, Herb Hilgenberg Recording the Broadcast Weather on the Web Chart Copies Length of Degree of Longitude Chart Table Cover Datums On Closing with Ships Thermometer Binoculars Ground Tackle Anchors Anchor Chain Shackles for Anchors and Chain Bow Rollers and Chocks Chapter 7. Galley Tips The Beginning of My Cooking Career Provisioning Planning and Checklists Provisioning Quantities Food Storage Cardboard Boxes Plastic Containers Preserving Fresh Vegetables Cabbage and the Crunch Outfitting the Galley Bagging It The $8,179.95 Bread-Baking Machine Cooking in Rough Weather Protective Apparel Oven Width and Height Limits Abdicating the Galley Serving and Cleanup Plates, Glasses, and Coffee Mugs Washing Dishes Garbage Recipes Desserts Breakfasts Dinners Salad Dressings Appendix 1. Boat Selection Design Stability Issues You Can't Always Get What You Want The Properly Built Yacht Fiberglass Hull and Deck Construction Steering Deck Hardware and Fittings Electrical Systems Plumbing Interior Rig Appendix 2. Cruising Paperwork Essential Papers and Documentation Proof of Yacht Ownership Proof of Insurance Passports Visas Customs Clearance Crew List Yellow Card Driver's License Ship Radio Station License and Operator's Licenses Logbook Equipment List Prescriptions for Medication Upon Arrival Money Telephones Dealing with Foreign Officals Kwikpoint Cards Mediterranean Market Basket Flags and Country Identification Boat Cards Mail Security Additional Precautions Waiver of Liability Release of Claim Against Vessel Photographs of the Boat Appendix 3. Foreign Adaptation Power and Appliances Television and VCRs Cellular Telephones Water and Plumbing Propane Paper Goods Nuts and Bolts Maps Health Docking Equipment Appendix 4. Generic Safety and Spare Parts Inventory Main Propulsion Engine Rigging and Deck Hardware Lubricants Bedding, Pipe Sealants, and Adhesives Tape Plumbing Electrical Dinghy and Outboard Motor Interior Hardware In Vessel's Canned Goods Locker Safety Gear List Abandon-Ship Bag Yacht Outfitting Safety Equipment Appendix 5. Layup Afloat and Commissioning Checklists Layup Deck Interior Mechanical General Commissioning Deck Mechanical and Plumbing Autopilot Watermaker Washer-Dryer Electrical Electronics Interior Miscellanea Appendix 6. Maneuvering Under Power Going Ahead Making a Tight Turn Backing Backing Straight Backing to Port Backing to Starboard Docking from Start to Finish Spring Lines Docking Departing a Dock Departing with Restricted Space Available Forward Departing a Dock by Backing Out Appendix 7. Contact Information for Suppliers and Associations Appendix 8. Radio and Communications Tables Ham Nets BBC World News WLO Radio Frequencies U.S. Coast Guard High Seas Frequencies USCG Coastal and High Seas Forecasts SSB Frequencies SSB Frequency Propagation Voice of America, Caribbean Appendix 9. Metric Equivalents Index

Author comments

Bill Seifert was a project engineer at Tartan Marine Company, materials manager at Tillotson Pearson Inc., and a project manager at Alden Yachts. In 1991, he started his own yacht management company. He does prerace seaworthiness inspections for the Marion - Bermuda Race.

Dan Spurr was the editor of Practical Sailor newsletter for twelve years. A former senior editor for Cruising World, he is the author of Heart of Glass: Fiberglass Boats and the Men Who Made Them, Spurr's Boatbook: Upgrading the Cruising Sailboat, and Yacht Style, among other books.

Back cover copy

"Anybody even thinking of sailing out of sight of land would want Bill Seifert aboard, whether in person or in print. As he describes what gear and skills count the most, Bill generously calls on his many experiences offshore and in boatyards. Since many of his stories are pretty funny (when they aren't painful), Offshore Sailing is one of the most winning boating books I've read--as well as one of the most helpful."­­John Rousmaniere, author, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship and Fastnet: Force 10

Bill Seifert has sailed 100,000 offshore miles and has thirty years of experience as a yacht builder, racer, manager, and delivery skipper. He has encountered just about everything that can go wrong with every aspect of a boat, from deck to galley, electricals to plumbing, fuel pump to rigging, and he's earned a worldwide reputation as a crack nautical problem-solver. In Offshore Sailing, he shares his hard-won solutions to a host of boat design, construction, equipment, and seamanship dilemmas. He tells you what works and what doesn't, and step by step--with the help of detailed illustrations and photographs--fills you in on what you need to know for safe, comfortable passagemaking.

  • Experiencing diesel engine surge-and-die syndrome (SAD)? Tip 132 tells you why it's happening and what to do about it.
  • Worried that your bilge pump might not provide adequate pumping power in rough seas? Tip 8 shows you a simple way to measure its true pumping capacity.
  • Want to make companionway dropboards lockable from inside and outside? See tip 71.
  • Batteries charging too slowly or not at all? Tip 111 tells you how to locate and stop hidden power drains.

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