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Introduction to Electronic Chart Navigation
There are two types of electronic charts: raster navigational charts
(RNC) and electronic navigational charts (ENC). RNC are exact
copies of paper charts and their use underway comes naturally to
navigators accustomed to paper charts. ENCs (also called vector
charts), on the other hand, include much more information than
possible on an RNC; they allow user-selected display options that
enhance safety and efficiency; and they are easier to keep up to date.
But they do not look like traditional charts, and they do not behave
like traditional charts. Navigation with ENCs is fundamentally
different from navigation with paper charts or RNCs. This book is
intended to explain the content and use of ENCs so that these important charts of the future
become as familiar to navigators as their paper chart forerunners. PB 138 pages $69.95
The Rules Book: Complete 2017 to 2020 Rules
TWINAME & WILLIS 7105
This best-selling pocket-sized racing rules book is unique in covering
the rules by race situation. It explains the rules affecting each part
of the race course, from the start line, round the marks and on to the
finish line, and the clear diagrams show which boat is in the right or
the wrong.The entire 2017-2020 racing rules are also included in this
edition.This book is ideal for all racers because the rules are explained
by race situation, using explanatory diagrams to show the rules that
apply all around the race course. The rules are graded for all levels
of competition – club, national and international championship. This unique method of
presentation has proved extremely popular with racers over 11 editions. PB 272 pages $34.95
Around the World with Duct Tape
and Bailing Wire
by Wendy Hinman
published by Salsa Press
(Paperback, 416pp; 150mm x 230mm)
Ashipwreck might end a dream of circumnavigating the
globe. Not for the Wilcox family. To triumph, they must
rebuild their boat on a remote Pacific island.
Damage sustained on the reef and a lack of resources haunt
them the rest of the way around the world as they face daunting
obstacles, including wild weather, pirates, gun boats, mines and
thieves, plus pesky bureaucrats and cockroaches as stubborn
as the family.
Without a working engine and no way to communicate with
the outside world, they struggle to reach home before their broken
rig comes crashing down and they run out of food in a trial that
tests them to their limits.
Despite these unbelievable obstacles, this pioneering family
survived a shipwreck and made it all the way around the world.
No small feat you’ll discover.
From Wendy Hinman, the author of laugh-out-loud award
winning Tightwads on the Loose, comes another true story of
adventure and the stubbornness of dreams Sea Trials: Around the
World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire.
Recounted in painstaking detail, Sea Trials chronicles
the family’s departure from San Francisco and subsequent
expeditions through the South Pacific, along the coast of Australia,
up the Red Sea, and through the Caribbean, as well as their
tumultuous interactions with newly established governments
and the excruciatingly long final trek home over 87 days.
The Wilcox’s returned home to San Francisco to media fanfare
in July 1978 after a five-year trial. This story generated big press
coverage at the time of the shipwreck (Sept 1974) and again
upon the family’s return after completing their voyage around
the world (in July 1978). The story went out over the AP and UPI
news wire services and was picked up in various publications
around the world and an interview with well-known American
television presenter Maur y Povich.
Sea Trials highlights major events from the around-the-world
journey the Wilcox family took aboard Vela, their 40-foot Maine
Pinky, from 1973-1978.
Their voyage occurred during the relative dark ages of sailing
when people navigated using a sextant, and long before the days
of instant communication. Few undertook such a journey, and
limited information was available about outfitting a boat for
ocean voyaging or ports along the way.
So many of us, from one time or another, have imagined
an adventurous life abroad. To see new sights and experience
cultures entirely unfamiliar to our own epitomizes a dream so
many of us carry inside ourselves like a beacon locked away in
the deep recesses of our minds.
Yet, how many of us take the leap and pursue this supposedly
You will become instantly
enthralled as the book opens
with the terrifying night of
Vel a ’s shipwreck, a paralyzing
night ordeal that would
ultimately add another whole
year to the family’s incredible
To travel such great
distance over such a period of
time, no one can return home
unchanged. The narratives
each Wilcox family member
provides, paint a graphic
picture of the dramatic life-changing encounters the family
experienced individually and as a whole. You witness the Wilcox’s
struggle to process monumental events at home, such as the
Watergate scandal, after being so far removed from United
Those eager to recreate the excursion will find informative
tips and words of warning on everything from dengue fever to
scurvy among the pages of Sea Trials. However, those looking to
merely travel in their minds to far off places will appreciate the
graphic details of each new port and the vibrant culture bursting
at the seams.
A modern, swashbuckling adventure, Sea Trials: Around the World
with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire will quickly transport readers. h
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