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Dag Pike - Author

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Books by Dag Pike

Powerboat Design and Performance Expert insight into developments past and future

Powerboat Design and Performance Expert insight into developments past and future

Author: Dag Pike Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Set to become the bible for powerboat owners and operators for years to come, this long overdue analysis and review of modern powerboat design and operation explores how powerboats have developed, why, and how design impacts on control and performance. Every aspect of the powerboat's design is considered individually and as part of the whole. Different hull designs, including multihull and foiling craft, are assessed for their benefits and drawbacks. Engine types (whether petrol, diesel, electric or hybrid) and their influence on performance are examined and the nature and impact of different propulsion systems and driving controls is also discussed. All factors that influence operation are featured, from how to optimise performance in varied sea conditions, matching speed to sea state, as well as tackling various common and uncommon scenarios (from driving into an inlet to coping with tidal races and harbour manoeuvring) as well as issues relating to crew safety. Dag Pike is the world-renowned guru on powerboats. For this book he has attracted contributions from many of the top international powerboat designers, providing a wealth of expert knowledge and specialist insights about modern powerboats. The sum of their knowhow makes this book a gem of acquired knowledge, and as such will be essential for all powerboat owners, operators and designers, whether in the leisure, commercial or military sector, and it will help ensure all prospective owners get the right boat for their requirements.

The History of Navigation

The History of Navigation

Author: Dag Pike Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2018

Today travellers by land, sea and air take accurate navigation for granted but it was not always thus. The author, a highly experienced sailor, sets out to record the development of navigational techniques from the earliest time, five millenniums ago. As explorers started to venture offshore into the unknown they had to rely on the sun and stars for direction. From this pioneers turned to mathematics, astrolobes, sextants and increasing accurate clocks to measure latitude and later longitude. More recently major breakthroughs with electronic navigation, GPS and other satellite systems have revolutionised travel. Focusing primarily but not exclusively on marine navigation, the author weaves a fascinating course through the successes and failures of mankind's quest to explore his world. The result is a thoroughly entertaining and informative work which has no rival.

Taming the Atlantic The History of Man's Battle with the World's Toughest Ocean

Taming the Atlantic The History of Man's Battle with the World's Toughest Ocean

Author: Dag Pike Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/11/2017

The Atlantic Ocean has been and remains an often deadly challenge to mankind. This delightful and informative book chronicles the history of attempt to cross its hostile surface from the early days of sail to the most recent record breaking attempts in small ultra-fast craft. In between there have been fascinating sagas connected to pioneering discovery, the slave trade, mass emigration, the glamour and luxury of the famous shipping lines and war. The Atlantic has often been the testing ground for the latest technology and design. All this and more, such as navigation techniques and advance weather forecasting are covered. Despite mans best and most ingenious efforts all too often the Worlds toughest ocean comes out on top and, while it is today a major trade route, it remains one of the most daunting maritime challenges.

Hidden Harbours of Southwest Scotland

Hidden Harbours of Southwest Scotland

Author: Dag Pike Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2015

Hidden Harbours of Southwest Scotland is a lively tour of small and infrequently visited harbours on the stunning Scottish coast and its nearby islands, starting from Port Logan in the south and meandering northwards to Lerags on Loch Feochan in the Firth of Lorn. The southwest coast of Scotland is one of the most beautiful cruising areas in the world, combining dramatic scenery with interesting history and landmarks. Many of its shores are lined with old castles and the magnificent historical houses of rich industrialists, reflecting its significance as an area of busy trade. The more recent military developments, which include a wartime torpedo base at Loch Long and the naval headquarters at Faslane on Gare Loch, also have a significant presence. Small harbours further south were shaped by the trade in natural resources and the flow of passengers via Clyde Puffer boats to and from nearby cities such as Glasgow and beyond. Each hidden harbour, many of which are simple but attractive piers or shipways built to support trade, has a story to tell. The book includes a historical overview plus notes on what is to be found at each, alongside full colour photographs and annotated aerial shots. This edition complements the other Hidden Harbours titles in the series by Dag Pike.

Practical Navigation

Practical Navigation

Author: Dag Pike Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2015

This comprehensive and authoritative guide to practical navigation draws on the author's extensive experience of leisure cruising and ocean racing. It combines detailed directions on how to navigate along coasts, in harbours, at night and in bad weather with easy-to-understand technical information about the electronic tools involved in safe navigation, including radar, GPS, AIS and chart plotters. Key basics such as charts, buoys, lights and tides are carefully explained and illustrated with diagrams and colour photographs throughout. Practical descriptions of navigation scenarios, such as fixing a position or plotting a course, are brought to life with anecdotes and precise detail. An indispensable reference guide for anyone wishing to sail or motor a boat safely in any situation.

Be Your Own Boat Surveyor A hands-on guide for all owners and buyers

Be Your Own Boat Surveyor A hands-on guide for all owners and buyers

Author: Dag Pike Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Boats are expensive and they are complicated - unless you are going to pay a professional to carry out a survey (at yet more expense) it is invaluable to be able to: - quickly assess a potential purchase for signs of trouble without paying for lengthy reports - carry out a detailed check on your own boat the end of the season - identify problems and get them dealt with before they get serious - get to know your boat in a lot more detail, so if a problem develops at sea you will be more able to cope Organised into chapters covering: Tools of the trade (basic tools, moisture meters, fingers and feel, smell, mirrors, sources of information); Checking the hull (including wood construction and rot, GRP laminates, osmosis, metal construction, keels, anodes); RIBs and inflatables; Engine and systems; Stern gear; Plumbing; Mast and rigging; Electrical systems; Interiors; Safety equipment. At the end of the book there's a handy guide to carrying out a five minute survey - invaluable when making a quick assessment of a potential purchase. Highly illustrated, with anecdotes and hands-on advice throughout, this practical book gives readers the tools to do much of the work on their own, and know when to call in the experts.

The Complete RIB Manual The Definitive Guide to Design, Handling and Maintenance

The Complete RIB Manual The Definitive Guide to Design, Handling and Maintenance

Author: Dag Pike Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/06/2013

First built in the 1960s for rescue work, the Rigid Inflatable Boat has revolutionised the marine market. The Complete RIB Manual, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first RIB, is the ultimate reference catering all aspects of a RIB's design, handling and maintenance, aimed at all owners and users, both commercial and leisure. The emphasis of the book is entirely practical, and covers: 1. A History of the RIB * Early development * Modern design: leisure, commercial and military 2. RIB Handling * Impact of hull design, tube types, internal layout and engines * Driving techniques: throttle control and driving position * Advanced techniques for economy, sport and rough seas * Cruising: planning, weather, anchoring and communications * RIBs as tenders - stowing and towing * Launching and transportation * Safety and survival 3. Maintenance * Outboards, diesels, water jets, stern drives, fuel tanks and electrics * Tube care: cleaning, repair, replacement * Hull maintenance * Winter storage, checking for leaks, servicing The Complete RIB Manual is a comprehensive worldwide reference for all RIB owners and users, covering all the information necessary to handle and maintain a RIB of any size.

Dag Pike's Cruising Under Sail

Dag Pike's Cruising Under Sail

Author: Dag Pike Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Many sailboat owners undertake cruises in their boats, travelling from one port to another, sometimes on a day trip and sometimes for a week or two. The aim of this book is to give novices the information to cruise safely and enjoyably, covering: - the preparations before setting off - assessing the sea and weather conditions - briefing the crew - navigating - coping when things go wrong - operating the boat under different and sometimes challenging conditions - conforming with rules and regulations With advice, hints, tips and personal anecdotes, this is a very practical book - rather than being compartmentalized into sections on weather/navigation etc, it accompanies the cruiser from departure to their safe arrival at their destination, drawing out the practical lessons at each stage of the passage from the theory found in text books. The superb photography illustrates the text and will inspire sailors of all levels.

Hidden Harbours of Wales

Hidden Harbours of Wales

Author: Dag Pike Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2011

Hidden Harbours of Wales is a tour of small and infrequently visited harbours on the Welsh coast, starting from Lydney on the River Severn and finishing a world away at Connah's Quay on the River Dee on the north coast. 'Hidden harbours' vary from defined ports enclosed by breakwaters to small quays and landings. Most have a long history, often involving speculation by local landowners in the days before railways, when the coast was the best means of communication. Many of the harbours described in this attractive tour date from the 18th and 19th centuries, a time of expanding trade in coal, ore, grain and stone and industrial growth; and having been little used for decades have acquired an attractive and, in some instances, even haunted atmosphere. For each harbour there is a fascinating round up of the history and notes on what is to be found there. The author's photographs capture the scene and annotated aerial photographs assist with pin pointing harbours hidden along the Welsh coastline and its estuaries. This is the second in the series and complements the author's Hidden Harbours of Southwest Britain

Hidden Harbours of Southwest Britain

Hidden Harbours of Southwest Britain

Author: Dag Pike Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2010

A tour of over 30 minor harbours around the coasts of southwest Britain from Lyme Bay to the River Severn. Illustrated with evocative colour photography, Dag Pike's narrative brings to life a contrasting collection of small historic harbours, which although infrequently visited have a fascinating story to tell. 'Hidden Harbours of Southwest Britain' aims to paint a picture of what harbours were like in the past and what they are like now. They can make an interesting alternative for visiting yachtsmen looking for somewhere off the beaten track to visit and explore, perhaps by small tenders. They can tempt visitors looking to trace the industrial archaeology of harbours and the reasons for its rise and decline, or walkers along the coastal paths. Many of the harbours were built to last and they can be rich in history and rewarding to visit both by land and sea. Dag Pike has 60 years of experience in a wide variety of ships and boats having worked with Trinity House on their lighthouse tenders and with the RNLI as an Inspector of Lifeboats. He has raced offshore powerboats, sailed competitively and set many long distance records, and has cruised extensively around the coasts on both power and sail yachts. He holds a Master's certificate and a Yachtmaster Ocean. He has written 36 books including his autobiography and writes for many yachting magazines around the world. He now spends part of the year living in Cornwall and sails in the Falmouth Working Boats. This is a real gem of a book for sailor and landlubber alike. Dag's choice of photography is particularly relevant, the page layout with the aerial topography depicting the harbour is well thought out. Thoroughly recommended . - Nautical Magazine

Storms and Wild Water

Storms and Wild Water

Author: Dag Pike Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2009

Storms are terrifying, awe-inspiring and provide an unparalleled thrill to those who encounter them - and survive. This highly illustrated book, in the same format and style as Disasters at Sea, brings storms vividly to life. The gripping text recounts the experiences of small boats and large ships fighting their way to safety, and the spectacular photography brings home the sheer power of nature. All in all, a gripping and fascinating read. Chapters feature: * what conditions whip up storms * experiences of small boats and ships in storms * the formation of hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones * whirlpools, maelstroms, monsoons and tsunamis * the effects of storms on harbours and harbour entrances * the impact of global warming

50 Ways to Improve Your Weather Forecasting

50 Ways to Improve Your Weather Forecasting

Author: Dag Pike Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2008

This is a book about practical weather forecasting, and it starts where most other books finish. Weather forecasts give you a lot of information about the weather to come but they often leave out a lot of the detail, and the timing of changes can also be vague. In this book, Dag Pike shows how to translate the basics into practical weather forecasts so that you can work out what it will be like in your area and along your proposed route. Sailors will be able to make better use of the available wind and avoid difficult areas, whilst powerboat drivers more interested in the sea conditions will be able to find the smoothest waters for a better ride. With the help of this book, readers will pick up expert tips such as Predicting the weather at sea from scanty weather forecasts Knowing what conditions to expect when near cliffs, river estuaries and valleys Understanding how the wind affects tides 50 Ways to Improve Your Weather Forecasting distils Dag Pike's experience gained from over 50 years of driving a whole range of craft from high-speed powerboats and lifeboats to ships and sailing boats. Written by one of the most experienced seamen in the world, it is your passport to practical weather forecasting techniques that will get you safely to your destination whether in fine weather or foul.

Reed's Sextant Simplified

Reed's Sextant Simplified

Author: Dag Pike Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2003

Though contemporary sailors generally use electronic systems to orient themselves, the sextant is far from redundant. This purest of all nautical instruments, which allows seafarers to accurately determine their global position alone and without the aid of modern technology, is still required equipment on all commercial trading vessels; should electronic systems fail, a sextant can make the difference between disaster and survival. In this invaluable tutorial for beginning navigators, Pike clearly and efficiently explains the use and care of the sextant.

Reeds Sextant Simplified

Reeds Sextant Simplified

Author: Dag Pike Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2003

The sextant is the treasured navigational device of generations of seamen and airmen. It enables position to be determined with good accuracy for ocean navigation, and it was the combination of sextant and chronometer that allowed safe navigation of the oceans for generations of seafarers. Despite the accuracy and ease of use of electronic navigation systems, every navigator should be able to use a sextant. It could even save your life in the event of electronics failure. This book describes how a sextant works, provides practical tips and advice on using it, explains how to read as well as take sights, how to make adjustments and correct errors, and finally advises on how to handle and care for the instrument. Originally written by the late Captain O M Watts, this new edition has been entirely rewritten by Dag Pike, a seaman and navigator of great experience. He is perhaps best known as the navigator of Virgin Atlantic Challenger on its successful record attempt. 'An enormously useful guide' Fishing Boat World