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Stress-Free Mooring is a quick-access, extremely visual on-board practical guide to how to approach mooring and berthing situations in a yacht or motorboat. Condensing material from the highly successful Stress-Free Sailing and Stress-Free Motorboating into a bite-sized book for easy reference, Duncan Wells provides instant guidance to helmsmen seeking to learn how best to get on and off pontoons, jetties and harbour walls in all directions of wind and tide, as well as anchoring and picking up mooring buoys. The techniques are applicable anywhere in the world, on any type and size of boat. Areas covered include: Tying knots and mastering other rope work Adapting to different wind and tide configurations Casting off from a dock Springs, bridles and slipped lines Coming alongside a berth Rafting up with other boats Anchoring Picking up a mooring buoy With step-by-step photos, explanatory diagrams and concise hints and tips, helmsmen can have at their fingertips the answers they need to all manner of mooring problems.
You might think stress-free navigation sounds like an impossible paradox. But it need not be. All boaters, whether under sail or under power, need to be able to navigate safely on the water - both to keep themselves and their crew out of trouble and to avoid endangering others. Yet navigation has often been presented almost as a black art - complicated, full of tricky maths, and with alien concepts to get your head around. Step in 'Mr Stress-Free': having in his previous books presented techniques for sailing and motorboating in an accessible, manageable fashion, Duncan Wells now turns his attention to navigation. He makes concepts easy to understand and the practice of navigation perfectly achievable for all - with minimum stress. The book covers the basic introductory elements clearly and simply for novices, and progresses through more advanced techniques for experienced navigators, so that there is something for everyone, whatever their skill level. Diagrams, quick-reference tables and flowcharts, explanatory step-by-step photographs, box features, top tips and QR codes - giving access to explanatory videos - are all features that have been much appreciated by readers of Duncan's other top-selling titles.
Stress-free Motorboating is the answer to all single- or short-handed crews' prayers. Highly illustrated with step-by-step photographs, this highly practical handbook tackles the most common motorboating scenarios anyone will ever have to manage, whether cruising along a river or around the coast. The author covers groundbreaking and dependable procedures for getting off (and then back on to) a berth, anchoring, picking up mooring buoys, boat-handling in tides, fast-flowing rivers, managing locks and even picking up a man overboard. QR codes link to helpful instructional action videos to clarify the procedurees, and invaluable advice is given about fuel monitoring, engine care and maintenance - in fact all the essential issues that affect motorboats. Whether you're aboard a 60-foot displacement cruiser, crossing the Channel or pottering along a river or coast, Stress-Free Motorboating will make life aboard that much easier - and with less stress comes more enjoyment for everyone.
By definition couples sailing alone have to do everything for themselves. They leave the berth, set the sails, helm the boat, navigate, trim the sails, anchor, pick up mooring buoys, enter harbour, moor up and all without the help of any extra crew. So they need to carry out these manoeuvres efficiently and effectively, with as little physical effort as possible. Stress-free Sailing is the answer to single or short-handed crews' prayers - a step-by-step handbook addressing the most common sailing situations that anyone cruising will have to manage. Here you will find clever, highly effective and successfully tried and tested shorthanded solutions for dealing with everything from getting off and then back onto the dock in a variety of wind and tide configurations, sail setting and reefing, mooring and anchoring, to sailing in heavy weather and new techniques for man overboard, all clearly illustrated with straightforward diagrams and sequence photos. 21 QR codes dotted throughout the book link to online video demonstrations to bring the techniques to life. As single or short-handers you have to plan carefully, prepare properly and be able to anticipate. This book will be a godsend with its original techniques for coping in every situation.