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Knots in Use
Knots, Bends, Hitches,
Whippings and Splices
by Colin Jarman
RRP $19.99 (96pp; 135mm x
The first thing I always asked a
new crew member of my yacht was:
“Can you tie a bowline? ” Even if they
claimed they could I would send
them home with a short piece of surplus rope to practise at home
... again and again.
The bowline is probably the most useful knot on a boat, not just
according to me but to quote the noted authority on knots, Colin
Jarman, who recently published the fourth edition of this bestseller
among knotting books.
“ The bowline provides a standing loop at the end of a line. Easy
to tie, the knot is also easy to undo even after being under severe
load,” Jarman writes, alongside a photograph of a bowline being
used to moor a yacht at a marina berth. As he says, the process of
tying the bowline is a knack, but easily learned.
Knots in Use is a handy pocket-sized book, covering all of the most
useful and practical knots, bends, hitches, whippings and splices
used everyday by anyone going to sea.
At a glance, the reader can see how to tie the knot, bend or hitch,
and how to use it most effectively in situ aboard.
Jarman has been a professional marine photojournalist for more
than 40 years and a keen sailor for well over 50 years and his skills
in both is reflected in the quality of words and images in this book.
The text and colour photographs are coupled with QR codes
linking to online video demonstrations, new to this edition, making
it a very user-friendly book.
Every racing or cruising boat should have a copy aboard, plus a
spare copy to lend to the crew to practise their knots, bends, hitches
and whippings ashore.
Those Eco-Pirate Kids
by Jon Tucker
published by Storm Bay Books
RRP: $19.95 (190pp; 150m x 230mm)
The flyer for John Tucker’s latest novel in his ‘Those Kids’ series
describes it as being for 9-99 years; I would call it as a children’s
book written for adults.
In fact, as one of the much older readership range, I found it
a delightful story book that traces a joint Kiwi-Australian family
holiday on a houseboat and a cruising yacht on the wonderful
cruising waters of Broken Bay, the Hawkesbury River and Cowan
Creek, north of Sydney.
It took me back to the many times my wife Sarah and I, and our
two sons, Timothy and Jonathan, spent cruising these waterways,
Books reviewed by Peter Campbell
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Jib Trimming MARKS 4272
Jib trimming is often referred to as a black art. In a new and ground
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First Fleet Surgeon HILL 3006
Surgeon Arthur Bowes Smyth describes his two-and-a -
half year journey with the First Fleet from Portsmouth in
England to the new colony in Australia and back. He is
a frank, articulate and observant writer, and his diary, a
treasure of the National Library of Australia, covers life
at sea, stopovers in the slave port of Rio de Janeiro and
the tropical paradise of Tahiti, and three months of early
settlement in Australia. PB 210 pages $44.95
starting with a hired Halvorsen cruiser
and later with our own yachts, firstly a
Hood 23 and later a Bonbridge 27, with
a Mirror dinghy in tow.
Like the kids in this book, a weekend
or more ‘up the Hawkesbury’ was a great
adventure for our boys; we gave them
free reign to explore the waters and
the rugged shoreline of the little bays,
including the cave behind the waterfall
in Refuge Bay.
There are many adventures for kids
in this book, including their discovery
of an illegal net full of undersized fish
and the subsequent arrest and heavy fining of those responsible.
Underlying Jon Tucker’s latest book’s clear environmental
message is the conclusion that modern children can still find
adventure when their parents are prepared to give them a little
trust and adventure.
Tucker and his wife are fine examples of this. For two decades
they and their five sons extensively sailed the waters of New Zealand,
Australia and the Pacific, including visiting the Hawkesbury and its
As Tucker writes “... if we put our kids in mothballs and don’t
let them out of our sight, then they’ll never learn get to learn their
limitations. They won’t learn to respect water or gravity or speed
or fire if they only have virtual games to play from the safety of a
computer desk. There’s no re-play button in real life.”
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