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Coastal Turmoil

Most boating is done in coastal waters, yet being close to land can often present greater dangers than sailing offshore. Near to the coast, sea conditions are more complex: winds and currents change in strength and direction, often unpredictably, waves are distorted by shallows, and even in fine weather there are tidal races, tricky headlands and other areas of rough water that can increase the risks of human error, gear failure and seasickness. Many of the recommended techniques used in offshore voyaging - such as lying to a sea anchor or trailing warps - are not suitable when close to land. In this highly practical guide, filled with helpful tips, real-time techniques and sound advice borne of years of first hand experience, Ken Endean explains the phenomena of rough water and shows how a good understanding of coastal sea conditions and careful passage planning should enable boaters to avoid the roughest areas, seek shelter underway and thereby reduce passage times. He includes advice on: coastal winds and waves, shallow water and shoaling, swells and currents, tides and currents in conflict, estuary effects, bars and banks, when to take the long way, how to read the surface, getting into harbour safely, making the most of smooth water, and much more. Coastal boaters have little scope for mistakes and plenty of opportunities to exercise skill and sound seamanship - this practical down-to-earth book will enable everyone, whether in a yacht or a powerboat, to do just that.
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Practical advice from a long-time expert coupled with spectacular instructive colour photos. Presents real-time techniques for coping with tricky coastal conditions. International content and relevant to both sailors and motorboaters alike, as well as leisure fishermen and dinghy sailors. Nothing else specifically on this topic for coastal cruisers.

About the Author

Ken Endean, a sailing instructor at the age of 20, spent the next 34 years in the construction industry but also cruised extensively in home waters between Scotland and Biscay. He has been a regular contributor to Yachting Monthly and Practical Boat Owner's cruising and pilotage columns since 1977 and is the author of Adlard Coles Nautical's Channel Havens, a popular guide to the South Coast.


"Coastal Turmoil" would be an excellent addition to many a sailor's library and would I think become well thumbed over the years." Cruising Association 'explains everything the yachtsman needs to know about wind, waves and tidal races.' Yachting Monthly (2010) 'Excellent illustrations, facts and tips a-plenty make this an interesting and useful read. ' Sailing Today (November 2010) 'this book is a treat to read...should find a place on the bookshelf of every small boat owner.' Nautical Magazine (November 2010) 'informative and often thought-provoking' Canoeist (December 2010) 'Coastal boaters have little scope for mistakes and plenty of opportunities to exercise skill and sound seamanship - this practical, down-to-earth book will enable everyone whether in a yacht or a powerboat, to do just that.' Yachting Life (August 2010) 'While written by a small yacht skipper and illustrated with excellent small boat pictures, it is still of use and interest to those commanding much larger and more powerful vessels...[The author] knows his stuff and explains it clearly.' Ausmarine (July 2011) "Channel Havens' and 'Coastal Turmoil', fill the gap between pilotage manuals and pilot guides' Yachting Monthly (Nov 1st 2011)

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