Seamanship in Small Open Boats by Ken Duxbury

Seamanship in Small Open Boats by Ken Duxbury lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Sport Sailing section.

London: Pelham Books, 1971, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings;

From the cover: This is a practical book. It is intended for dinghy and small boat sailors who toy with the idea of extending their river, lake and estuary sport into some more extensive day sailing and coastal cruising.

The contents include: Tides Weather forecasting Navigation as applied to small open craft Rule of the Road Knots and Splices and tips on boat handling when things begin to go wrong. All are lucidly and simply explained.

The author, who has some twenty-seven years experience of handling small craft in open sea and coastal waters, rounds off the instruction by putting it into practice on an actual cruise in an eighteen foot open dinghy. He sails from Rock on the North coast of Cornwall, down the coast westward to round Lands End before leaving the reader at Mousehole near Newlyn on the South Coast. To quote Ken Duxbury, who well appreciates the difference between the theory and practice of the game Whether your craft be a 12,000 tonner or a sailing dinghy the sea, the coast and the weather are the same. Its just that from the cockpit of a dinghy they all appear to be taking an unholy interest in YOU! All who go to sea in small craft will find this book, which is usefully illustrated and indexed, a valuable addition to their yachting library.

Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, nicked at the head of the spine, which is a little dulled. Sailing school notation to the head of the upper panel, first blank and title page. Text complete, clean and tight.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 251 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.

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