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Alastair Buchan - Author

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Books by Alastair Buchan

Passage Planning Companion

Passage Planning Companion

Author: Alastair Buchan Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 03/09/2019

A compact, handy summary of the key things you need to consider when planning a passage by sea and when managing your ship on that passage: the perfect quick reference guide to keep onboard. The book covers the timetable for developing a passage plan and goes through all the elements you should consider: port information, routeing, weather, tides, timings and safety. It then takes you through ship management on the passage: the crew briefing, roles, routines, pre-sail checks, watch keeping and much more. Splash-proof and spiral bound - allowing you to lay it out flat on the chart table - this little book stands up to frequent use and will be a valued companion as you plan and execute your passage.

Short-Handed Sailing Sailing Solo or Short-Handed

Short-Handed Sailing Sailing Solo or Short-Handed

Author: Alastair Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/01/2019

While relatively few cruise single-handed, many sail short-handed. It may be a couple sailing together or a skipper with a novice crew - he may have lots of people onboard but, in terms of the sailing, he is probably short-handed. They soon discover that there is so much more to short-handed sailing than a lack of crew. It demands a different approach, a new mindset. The skipper has a much greater workload but there are also fewer people, sometimes no-one at all, to consult during the decision-making process. Under these circumstances fatigue can be as dangerous as heavy weather: it creeps up on you, often unnoticed, destroying your morale and ability to make rational decisions. And when short-handed, the crew's limited physical resources must be watched over and zealously guarded. In this heavily illustrated book Alastair Buchan passes on the lessons of his hard-won experience gained short- and single-handed sailing in coastal, offshore and ocean waters. It will show you everything you need to know about handling a boat alone or short-handed, from choosing a suitable craft to passage planning, manoeuvring, sleep management and watch keeping.

Passage Making Made Perfect

Passage Making Made Perfect

Author: Alastair Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2013

Planning and carrying out a successful, safe and enjoyable passage is a real art, and this book covers the whole process, from planning before setting off to fine tuning once underway. This book shows how planning is about making the most of your time, your crew, and giving you the confidence to be more adventurous. Recent regulations issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have also made passage planning a legal requirement for small boats, so now it's not just good practice - it's something you have to do. Starting with the first glimmerings of an idea through to the safe arrival at the other end, this guide covers not just the initial preparation but also how to put it into practice, continuously adjusting the plans in response to changing conditions at sea - all resulting in a safe, seamanlike and enjoyable voyage. Looking at day, offshore and ocean sailing, each part of the book covers: - sources of information (eg weather and tides) - creating the passage plan, taking into account capabilities and strength of the boat and crew - preparing the boat, equipment, crew and skipper - fine tuning whilst underway - approaching the destination, and arrival - dealing with emergencies With practical text, case studies, checklists, flow charts and photographs, this book gives readers the tools and confidence they need to carry out successful passages, wherever and whenever they might be.

The Atlantic Sailor's Handbook

The Atlantic Sailor's Handbook

Author: Alastair Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2009

Based on the author's Sailing an Atlantic Circuit, this practical, how-to guide to the planning, preparation and execution of a passage is both a helpful and an inspirational book for all sailors considering an offshore or ocean passage. A vastly experienced Atlantic ocean sailor, Alastair Buchan looks in detail at three specific passages (a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, a passage from the Eastern Seaboard of the USA to the Caribbean, and cruising around the Caribbean itself). The advice, ranging from choosing/refitting a boat, insurance, safety, training crew and route planning to watch keeping, weather routeing, heavy weather strategies and disaster management, is applicable to any other open sea passage and will be invaluable to any would-be long distance sailors. Illustrated throughout with helpful diagrams, maps, and inspirational photography, this is an essential handbook for all sailors aspiring to make an offshore or ocean passage. 'An informative common sense approach...from decades of personal experience' Dorset Echo 'A comprehensive user-friendly guide that will inspire any armchair dreamer...thoroughly informative and entertainingly written' Yachting Monthly

Passage Planning Companion

Passage Planning Companion

Author: Alastair Buchan Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 14/03/2008

A handy, splash-proof, on-the-water reference guide to writing a clear and logical passage plan for a sea voyage, covering routing, pilotage, points of departure, landfalls, weather, tides, currents, safe havens, lights, communications, watchkeeping, safety, rations, fuel supplies, stowage and briefing. A passage plan is much more than routeing information. It covers every aspect of a voyage with the aim of preparing both ship and crew so that the passage is made in a safe, seamanlike and enjoyable manner. Place this book alongside a sheet of blank paper and prepare your plan following the headings.

Nautical Calculation Companion

Nautical Calculation Companion

Author: Alastair Buchan Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 27/09/2007

A handy, splash-proof, on-the-water reference guide for every calculation needed for coastal and offshore navigation, plus all the frequently needed (but often forgotten) equations and formulae needed afloat. Each topic is followed by a worked example, and line drawings to illustrate the process. It is an aide-memoire, not a textbook. Explanations have been kept to a minimum and if you wish to see proofs then you must look elsewhere.

Yachting Monthly's Sailing an Atlantic Circuit

Yachting Monthly's Sailing an Atlantic Circuit

Author: Alastair Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2002

It is every sailor's goal to cross the Atlantic - but to complete an entire Atlantic circuit by sailing the tradewind circular route, with the highlight of a Carribbean cruise on the way, is the stuff that dreams are made of. This book is intended for sailors planning to join the Atlantic loop at any stage of the circuit. It is an informative user-friendly guide that will provide the the reader with all the facts, first-hand advice and useful data they need to give their dreams substance. Topics covered include: * modifying a standard cruiser to make the trip * taking on crew - known and unknown * route planning and timings * tropical storms; how to miss them * living aboard - at sea and in harbour * paperwork required for vessel and crew * reef navigation for the Caribbean * gear to work harder for longer * heavy weather strategies * security and crime prevention * disaster management; planning for the worst * tables of costs