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Books reviewed by Ken Broadhead
BOOKS OF THE
Boat Books Tel: 1300 262 826
Boating Survival Guide KING 10207
Start your boating adventures with this book,
whether you’re just looking at buying your first
boat or you’re an experienced boatie. Written by
boating instructor Doug King, Boating Survival
Guide includes hints, checklists, photos, case
studies and examples that will easily take you
from theory to practice on the water
PB 171 pages $29.95
Trial By Tasman WRIGHT 88965
Throughout its 44 year history, the singlehanded
Trans-Tasman Yacht Challenge has attracted
a gallery of hard core sailors, adventurers,
eccentrics, athletes and characters. Some have
later sailed on to greater glory – others have been
lost at sea. Read their stories; the thrills, spills,
loneliness and challenges in Trial by Tasman.
PB 253 pages $39.95
Cruising the Coral Coast –
by Alan Lucas
published by Alan Lucas Cruising Guides,
Point Clare, Australia.
RRP $79.95 (389pp; 210mm x 297mm; heavy paperback)
Alan Lucas has produced an updated edition of a greatly
respected series that began in 1968. It is entrenched as a valued
element of Australian cruising literature with its sister volume
Cruising the New South Wales Coast. He has a particular debt to
Patricia Lucas as contributor and for the photos. The authors
provide rich insights into the east coast of Queensland and the
Part One provides helpful General Information including on
GPS, rules and regulations, customs, port regulations, dangerous
aquatic and land animals, cyclones, and cruising in coral (slowly,
in good daylight and with great prudence).
Part Two includes coastal notes for eight lengths of coastline,
from the Gold Coast to Gove, beyond the Gulf of Carpentaria with
overviews of the Coral Sea. At the end of this Part are landmark
photos showing general interest features and approach scenes.
These provide a comprehensive reminder that the ‘Mark 1 Eyeball’
supplemented by decent binoculars and common sense, remain
irreplaceable navigation aids. There are fascinating historical
tales which provide poignant relevance
to anyone visiting the areas described.
Every page is well structured with
clear print that offers the best chance of
clarity in fading light on a bouncing boat.
Perhaps in such circumstances a spiral
bound version (that kept the volume
to A4 size) might be useful. This would
enable the book to be propped up open
in front of the helmsman or navigator without occupying the space
an A3 sheet requires. Free periodic updates are available on-line.
This book would be useful to any mariner contemplating
a voyage on any coastline; both for the general information
it specifies, and for the comprehensive listing of those things
one should determine about the coastlines they plan to avoid
bumping into unintentionally. For those cruising the east coast
of Queensland and beyond, it is an improved and comprehensive
reference with good indexes, maps and pages for notes.
Boating Survival Guide
by Doug King
published by Explore Australia
Publishing Pty Ltd, North Melbourne.
RRP $23.95 (172pp; 175mm x 275mm;
Doug King sets out to provide a useful
guide for novice power-boaters through
to those with substantial experience. He
explains clearly the importance of doing
things the ‘right way’ first time, assessing risks and dealing with
problems when they arrive; as they will. It reflects his experience
with the Victoria Water Police, commercial operations, training
and recreational boating.
This book is logically structured with the main sections
covering Starting out, Engines, Handling, Navigation, Safety,
and Emergency procedures. There are excellent photos which
embellish the text but do not pretend to replace it.
King covers topics usually less well travelled including
buoyancy, batteries, anchoring, trailers, electronic navigation
aids, buoyage systems, common emergencies and etiquette
(one of the most common themes of angry letters to Afloat). He
emphasises the need to service and check all safety equipment
and watch for its use by date.
The author takes care to make his work applicable throughout
Australia by references to Federal and State laws, with strong
advice to check the relevant state law. While there is clearly great
scope for the States and Territories to make their boating laws
more consistent, for the time being boaters must identify and
comply with the local rules (as in golf). That said, all states have
heavy penalties for negligence or dangerous operation.
His advice is absolutely sound – that boaters must commit
to learning and never cease doing so, taking one’s time and
reflecting on situations is critical and experience gained carefully
will pay dividends beyond measure.
This work is a most worthy addition to the literature on
boating in Australia.
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