Offshore Sailing: 200 Essential Passagemaking Tips

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November 26, 2001


Hardback, 256 pages

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0071374248 / 9780071374248


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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 OriginsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Countdown to Offshore SailingChapter 1. A Safe DeckCrew SafetyJacklines and Cockpit Pad EyesSafety HarnessesKnivesCutting Lines Fouled UnderwaterSecuring the DeckKnotsLashing Gear on DeckCockpit Speakers and Other HolesEasy to FloodLeaking Deck Hatches and PortlightsToilet Bumpers on HatchesDuct Tape on Deck FillsClosure of Deck Blower VentsClosure of Chain Pipes Built into WindlassesBedding Deck HardwareAnchors on Bow RollersAll-Chain Anchor RodesCleat GuardsSupports for Cockpit StructuresYacht Defense StrategyClean Your Combination LockReplace Fasteners in Companionway StilesReplace Hatch Hinge PinsDinghy IDTest-Fire FlaresMiscellaneaChapter 2. Rig and SailsRunning RiggingBoom PreventerSpinnaker HalyardRight Side UpMasthead Sheave ArrangementMainsheet BlocksRoller FurlingRunning BackstaysSecuring a Halyard TailWhipping LinesReel Out SpoolsStanding RiggingMagnaflux Test KitBolt or Wire CuttersTurnbucklesTape on TurnbucklesCotter Pins in Clevis PinsSailsStorm Trysail and Storm JibStoring Spare SailsMarking SailsMeasuring SailsSail Repair MaterialsMainsail ReefingOther TricksMasthead BurgeeSpreader Flag HalyardsRigging a Radar Reflector Hoisted to a SpreaderDissimilar MetalsMiscellaneaChapter 3. Interior ModificationsSecuring the CabinHandholdsLocking the CompanionwayRemotely Activated LockDrawersBerth Top Access LidsCabin Sole FloorboardsHingesHolding Down BatteriesConstruct FiddlesPlace FiddlesAvoid the Toilet Seat TossSea BerthsRemovable Sea BerthRoot BerthLee ClothsBerth CushionsClimate ControlFansWashboard VentsCarbon Monoxide DetectorWhat's What and WhereLabelsYacht Inventory DatabaseChapter 4. Electronic and Electrical EquipmentElectronicsInterfacing ElectronicsElectronic and Other Devices That Belong on Every BoatEPIRBsHandheld VHF and Handheld GPSNavtexEmergency Radio AntennasIntelligible Boat NameEmergency Use of Ham Nets (Amateur Radio Networks)Other Useful Radio Services and FrequenciesElectronic Timer and ClockSerial NumbersUninterruptible Power SourceBatteriesTypesDeep-Cycle versus StartingBattery Bank ConfigurationsCharging ProfilesLightsFlashlightsSpotlightRunning LightsAnchor LightLaser PointerGhost in the Machine: Solving Weird Electrical ProblemsWatertight Junction BoxBattery ChargingShore Power ProblemsSpontaneous IgnitionEngine WiringPlaying It SafeMaking the ConnectionLightningMiscellaneaChapter 5. Engine, Mechanical, and Plumbing SystemsEngine and FuelEngine EducationMechanical Oil Pressure GaugeChanging Oil the Easy WayOil AnalysisEngine Water Flow AlarmRemovable StrainersAlarm AnnunciatorElectric Fuel PumpAdding Tees to TanksDiesel Engine SAD SyndromeV-BeltsEngine Space VentilationFuelingMiles per GallonCalibrating TachometersRunaway Diesel EngineFire ExtinguishersCharging RefrigerationEngine BedsProp and ShaftPropeller TypeStopping Shaft RotationCorrect PitchRemoving the Prop Shaft from the Engine CouplingPlumbingHoseCleaning HosesFouled Freshwater TanksBe Alert to Variations in Muriatic Acid ConcentrationSeacocksSoftwood PlugsBilge Pump StrainersAluminum Bilge PumpsEmergency Bilge PumpConserving FreshwaterInsecticide-Sprayer ShowerPipeCopper AlloysTools and MaintenanceLarge ToolsMaintenance LogMiscellaneaChapter 6. At SeaSafety FirstSafety VideoMaintaining Night VisionHeaving-ToDrogues and Sea AnchorsCenterboardsFreeing Lines Under LoadSpinnaker TakedownEvacuation by HelicopterDesign and Loading ConsiderationsSailing and Center of EffortFore-and-Aft Weight DistributionOverall Effect of Adding Weight to a VesselPersonal ComfortApparelSea Bag Checklist for Five-to Seven-Day PassageSea BagsSleepingFoul-Weather GearSeasicknessStanding Watch OrdersCrew OverboardFlooding Below DecksAbandoning ShipDeck Log EntriesNavigation and WeatherCompassesPolars on PassagesAltering CourseMaking Best Time on PassagesCosinesCommunication with Southbound II VAX 498, Herb HilgenbergRecording the BroadcastWeather on the WebChart CopiesLength of Degree of LongitudeChart Table CoverDatumsOn Closing with ShipsThermometerBinocularsGround TackleAnchorsAnchor ChainShackles for Anchors and ChainBow Rollers and ChocksChapter 7. Galley TipsThe Beginning of My Cooking CareerProvisioningPlanning and ChecklistsProvisioning QuantitiesFood StorageCardboard BoxesPlastic ContainersPreserving Fresh VegetablesCabbage and the CrunchOutfitting the GalleyBagging ItThe $8,179.95 Bread-Baking MachineCooking in Rough WeatherProtective ApparelOven Width and Height LimitsAbdicating the GalleyServing and CleanupPlates, Glasses, and Coffee MugsWashing DishesGarbageRecipesDessertsBreakfastsDinnersSalad DressingsAppendix 1. Boat SelectionDesignStability IssuesYou Can't Always Get What You WantThe Properly Built YachtFiberglass Hull and Deck ConstructionSteeringDeck Hardware and FittingsElectrical SystemsPlumbingInteriorRigAppendix 2. Cruising PaperworkEssential Papers and DocumentationProof of Yacht OwnershipProof of InsurancePassportsVisasCustoms ClearanceCrew ListYellow CardDriver's LicenseShip Radio Station License and Operator's LicensesLogbookEquipment ListPrescriptions for MedicationUpon ArrivalMoneyTelephonesDealing with Foreign OfficalsKwikpoint CardsMediterranean Market BasketFlags and Country IdentificationBoat CardsMailSecurityAdditional PrecautionsWaiver of LiabilityRelease of Claim Against VesselPhotographs of the BoatAppendix 3. Foreign AdaptationPower and AppliancesTelevision and VCRsCellular TelephonesWater and PlumbingPropanePaper GoodsNuts and BoltsMapsHealthDocking EquipmentAppendix 4. Generic Safety and Spare Parts InventoryMain Propulsion EngineRigging and Deck HardwareLubricantsBedding, Pipe Sealants, and AdhesivesTapePlumbingElectricalDinghy and Outboard MotorInterior HardwareIn Vessel's Canned Goods LockerSafety Gear ListAbandon-Ship BagYacht Outfitting Safety EquipmentAppendix 5. Layup Afloat and Commissioning ChecklistsLayupDeckInteriorMechanicalGeneralCommissioningDeckMechanical and PlumbingAutopilotWatermakerWasher-DryerElectricalElectronicsInteriorMiscellaneaAppendix 6. Maneuvering Under PowerGoing AheadMaking a Tight TurnBackingBacking StraightBacking to PortBacking to StarboardDocking from Start to FinishSpring LinesDockingDeparting a DockDeparting with Restricted Space Available ForwardDeparting a Dock by Backing OutAppendix 7. Contact Information for Suppliers and AssociationsAppendix 8. Radio and Communications TablesHam NetsBBC World NewsWLO Radio FrequenciesU.S. Coast Guard High Seas FrequenciesUSCG Coastal and High Seas ForecastsSSB FrequenciesSSB Frequency PropagationVoice of America, CaribbeanAppendix 9. Metric EquivalentsIndex

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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