The DVDs presented here are mixture of education and relaxation. You can learn about plotting electronically, find out how to impress your friends with a quick braidline splice or spend the evening watching classic yachts. These DVDs are in PAL format. If you live in North America or Japan you will need a multi-region DVD player and a PAL compatible TV to view them. If you don’t have this system, then you can always buy the DVD to watch via your DVD ROM on your PC/Laptop. To read the full blurb about these DVDs click on an image below. Books and DVDs are shipped by Bookharbour.
Back in 2004 the then editor of 'Yachting World' magazine proposed an idea for a regular feature built around nautical literature. I was delighted with this opportunity because my study was already lined with a wide-ranging library of maritime titles. He anticipated that the series might run to half a dozen articles, but ten years later the column is still going strong.
This book is a compendium of my favourites. I've omitted most of what one might describe as 'mainstream' because these are readily available. Some of the accounts will prove unknown to many, as occasional pages have been culled from a club journal, the yachting press or even a personal log.
Each chapter is preceded by my short introduction, explaining something of the author and the circumstances which have lead to the wild and wonderful incident being recounted.
The contents are divided into the following sections:
'Paid hand' by Tom Diaper
'A day's racing in the Solent' by R T Pritchett
'Fitting out' by John Scott-Hughes
'Storm in the Atlantic' by Scott Cookman
'The old Britannia' by Anthony Heckstall-Smith
'A rough ride in the Dover Strait' by D R Collins
'A racing bet' by Rayner and Wykes
'Tricky navigation' by Rockwell Kent
'Ice all round' by Lord Dufferin
'Icebound off Franz Joseph Land' by John Gore-Grimes
'On the rocks' by Desmond Holdridge
'The last unknown' by Alvah Simon
LONG-DISTANCE CRUISING AND RACING
'Ghosts in the night' by Val Howells
'Singing through the storm' by Uffa Fox
'An impromptu ocean race' by Richard Maury
'A girl in each hull' by James Wharram
'Stowaway' by Edward Allcard
'Ripped off in the Red Sea' by Dwight Long
'Drama and farce in the far Pacific' by Ben Pester
'The true test of friendship' Stanley Smith and Charles Violet
'On the mud' by Portsmouth Sea Scouts
'The unforgettable race' by Keith Shackleton
'Bilged by the launch' by Henry Plummer
VOYAGES UNDER DURESS
'Tempest tossed' by Voldemar Veedam and Carl B Wall
'On the run' by Oluf Reed Olsen
'Atheism renounced' by John Caldwell
'Life on the wild side at 70 degrees north' by Winifred Brown
'A child of the sea' by Lis Andersen
'Clueless cruising in a different world' by Ellen Barbara Flower
'Downwind drama' by Constance Buel Burnett
'Two gentlemen yachtsmen take a surprising holiday' by S G W Benjamin
'Exodus' by D H 'Nobby' Clarke
'Street credibility' by Michael Frost
'An unwelcome rescue' by Frank G G Carr
'Shoal water' by Bob Roberts
'The first fisher of Portugal' by Alan Villiers
Hardback 266pp with black and white illustrations.
Published by Adlard Coles Nautical 2015
This is the seventh Imray edition and covers the South Coast of England, the North Coast of France and the Channel Islands. This time, the text has been organised into sections. Each is prefaced by passage notes which are more comprehensive than previously, lifting the work far above any simple harbour guide. Every harbour has a handy information box where you can find tidal information, streams, depths, contact details and difficulty of entry. Best of all remain the pilotage notes, the plans, the aerial and approach shots for harbours great and obscure, plus frank remarks about shoreside facilities. The net result is unique - rigorous navigation advice to pilot you safely through the rocks, spiced with a light touch guaranteed to raise a salty chuckle on winter evenings while you plan next summer's voyaging.
- Over 120 ports
- Customs and formalities
- Tidal stream diagrams
- Firing ranges
- Shipping lanes
- Public holidays in UK and France
- Port directions and facilities
- Chart information
- Ferry information
Hardback. Full colour photographs and harbour plans. 422 pages
Part Number: PIL0279 Publisher: Imray Author: Tom Cunliffe ISBN: 978 184623 446 0
The fully revised eighth edition published in 2014. It has been thoroughly updated to keep pace with the latest digital developments in navigation and handling systems. It includes information on apps, tablets and phone charts, as well as providing a comprehensive guide to electronic plotters and integrated systems. There is also additional material on cross-tide sailing with GPS and passage planning with chart plotters. This book has been a bestseller since its first publication and has established itself as the standard reference for Yachtmaster students as well as for skippers of all levels of experience. It brings together the essentials of modern cruising in one volume. Subjects include an analysis of what makes a good skipper, the theory and practice of sailing, seamanship, navigation including chart plotters and PCs, meteorology, heavy weather, yacht stability and coping with emergencies.
- The Theory of Sailing
- Boat handling under Sail and under Power
- Ropes and ropework
- Yacht engines
- Heavy weather sailing
- Charts, publications and chart-table tools
- Tidal heights and streams
- GPS and Radar
- Passage planning
- Man overboard and emergencies
‘A gem, distilled from decades of experience’ Yachting Monthly
‘Cunliffe’s competence and authority radiate from the pages... thoroughly recommended’ Little Ship Club
'There are all too few authors who not only know their subject but can write well about it, Tom Cunliffe is one’ Cruising
'It is the practical, hands-on guidance which raises the book out of the run-of-the-mill...of value to experienced yachtsmen as well as course students' Lloyds List
'No would-be yachtmaster or skipper of moderate experience should be without this comprehensive, practical yet affordable book' Sunday Independent
Part Number: SLG0082
Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical
Author: Tom Cunliffe
The Complete Day Skipper is a totally practical hands-on manual that covers the RYA Day Skipper syllabus in a way that reflects a skipper’s growing experience at sea, beginning with yacht handling under power, moving on to boat husbandry and sailing skills, and from there to the realistic use of modern electronic navigation systems.
Eminently readable and very down-to-earth, this fully revised fourth edition has become a 'must have' for all skippers in their early years, as well as more experienced sailors who choose not to venture far afield.
- What's in a boat
- Moving the boat
- First Ventures
- Beginning to sail as a skipper
- Essential Navigation Theory
- Practical Navigation
- Arriving in port
- Making the passage
- Anchoring, morring and boat handling
- Emergencies and how to prevent them
194 pages : Full colour
'Having this book on board is like having an experienced hand beside you to help you through.' Shetland Times
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012 Author: Cunliffe, Tom ISBN: 408178567
Pilots and Pilotage in Britain and Northern Europe
The pilot cutters that operated around the coasts of northern Europe until the First World War were amongst the most seaworthy and beautiful craft of their size ever built, while the small number that have survived have inspired yacht designers, sailors and traditional craft enthusiasts over the last hundred years.
Even in their day they possessed a charisma unlike any other working craft. Their speed, close-windedness, strength and seaworthiness fused together into a hull and rig of particular elegance - all in order to guide the mariner through the rough and tortuous waters of the European seaboard, bringing them an enviable reputation.
This book is both a tribute to, and a minutely researched history of, these remarkable vessels. The ships, their master and crews are described, in addition to the skills they needed for the competitive and dangerous work of pilotage. From the wild coastline of Norway to the rocks of northern France and the tides of the Bristol Channel, the differences between the craft are explained and interwoven with the history of their development and the stories of the men who sailed them.
Also included is a chapter on pilot cutter seamanship.
224 stunningly illustrated pages with old b/w images, up-to-date colour photographs and paintings by modern artists, such as Martyn Mackrill, Colin Moore and Dominique Perotin.
The object of this book is to give sailors and motorboaters enough knowledge to navigate safely on short inshore poassages. It gets you on the water as soon as possible and keeps you out of trouble while you learn the essentials. All the time-honoured navigational concepts are covered, but this modern book is based on the assumption that you will be using GPS and possibly an electronic chart plotter too. If you wanted to sail without either, all you need is here, but I recognise that time moves on and this book embraces the new ways with enthusiasm. It's heavily illustrated which suits the modern market down to a tee.
- The ins and outs of charts and almanacs
- The magnetic compass and plotting instruments
- Dead reckoning
- Man-made aids to navigation
- EPs and the traditional fix
- Electronic chart plotter
- Passage planning
Colour graphics, photographs and chart illustrations. Compact paperback of 120 pages
Part Number: NAC0120 Publisher: Wiley Nautical Author: Tom Cunliffe ISBN: 9780470753897
A sailor’s worst nightmare is forgetting which knot to use or how to make it when the pressure’s on. I've seen people hesitate to buy this DVD because they think they know how to tie a bowline. But can you honestly say you can do it in the dark with your hands behind your back? I shot this DVD aboard my gaff cutter where there is what feels like a mile of rope. I take a look at all the everyday knots in the modern seaman’s folio and throw in one or two rarer birds to add to the fun. There are also chapters about coiling and stowing. I even shanghai my late pal, Peter Martin, the great rigger, to walk us through the essentials of splicing. Rope is lovely stuff. Properly managed, it reflects on the sort of seaman you are.
- Everything today's sailor needs to know about rope
- State of the art and traditional techniques
- Bowlines, sheet bends and Stopper knots
- Turns and hitches
- Splices unveiled by expert rigger Peter Martin
- Coiling and Stowing
- Securing to posts and winch barrels
- Docklines and how to secure them
- Light lines and hefty rope
- The use and abuse of jammers
Running time 95 minutes
Part Number: DVD0120 Publisher: Summersdale Media Author: Tom Cunliffe
Don't be misled by the title. This book is for sailing boats only - under sail and power. It aims to help you handle your yacht smoothly, safely & without fuss.
- How to assess your boat's individual handling characteristics
- How to read the wind and stream
- How to cope when the engine fails
- Manoeuvring under sail
- How to recognise the impossible manoeuvre - and avoid attempting it
- How to cope with trick situations without a family row
Warning! Published by Fernhurst in 1995 which explains why it is in black and white. Don't be fooled by the old-fashioned look, it is solid gold. The book is still a winner, but don't buy it if your boat is blessed with a bow thruster. Until it's updated, they will not be covered.
Full of photographs and graphics. 95 pages
Part Number: SLG0011 Publisher: Wiley/Fernhurst Author: Anderson & Cunliffe ISBN: 9781898660156
This book is a selection of the articles that have appeared over the years in Yachting Monthly under the title ‘Expert on Board’.
They feature everything from fixing an engine to recovering a casualty from the water.
- Rafting up
- Mooring stern-to
- Negotiating locks
- Anchoring under sail
- Climbing a Mast
- Braidline splicing
- Cruising Shutes
- Taking a Tow
- Sailing with your Partner
- How to Keep Your Crew Happy!
A4 format with 179 pages of highly illustrated step-by-step photographs.
Also available in Czechoslovakian and shortly to appear in Polish
ISBN: 978-1-1199-5129-2 Hardcover 352 pages April 2012
Sailing, Yachts and Yarns is a collection of nautical wit and wisdom culled from my columns over the years in Yachting Monthly magazine. There's a lively mix of anecdote, opinion and instruction. It covers anything from the sort of tale you'd hear in the pub to lessons I learned while crossing the Atlantic in an engineless gaffer with only the stars to guide. I also manage to get in a few rants about the red tape and rules that are beginning to infringe the freedom of our seas. It's a book for dipping into.
"Nobody captures the magic of sail or conveys the lessons of seamanship like Tom. He's one of sailing's great raconteurs." David Glenn, Editor, Yachting World
Part Number: HIS5101 Author: Tom Cunliffe ISBN: 9781119992837 Publication Date: March 2011 Format: Hard Back 242pp
Have you ever wondered how to organise a night-watch system, or what the advantage of setting a trysail is, or even how to set about going aloft? All the answers to these questions, and many more, are in this book.
Don't be put off by the word 'manual', it's written in an easy, readable style.
'There can be few authors better qualified to write on this subject than Tom Cunliffe who has a lifetime not only of skippering yachts but also imparting those skills in a clear informative and inimitable style.'
James Stevens RYA Training Manager and Chief Examiner
Part Number: RYA0630 Publisher: Royal Yachting Association Author: Tom Cunliffe ISBN: G36
A few years ago, I found myself between boats and hence well in funds, so my wife Roz and I decided to blow some of it while we could. I’d been itching to ride a Harley-Davidson across America for years, but a life at sea had restricted my US travels to the coasts. Now it was the High Plains or bust. Inconveniently, Roz had never even sat on a bike. I didn’t fancy a passenger for twelve thousand miles, and she couldn’t face clinging to me for a hundred days, so she borrowed an ancient 100cc Suzuki and made it to the Driving Test centre on her forty-fifth birthday. To her own surprise, she passed. The following morning we flew to Baltimore and she bought a yellow 883 ‘Sportster’, all leather tassels, sexy buckhorn bars and straight-through pipes. It met my Soft-tail off the ship from Southampton and we were away. The rest of the trip is about me having an improbably exciting time while Roz reached a truce with the massive reality of the US road-burner. The ride of a lifetime was soon transformed into a pilgrimage in search of the American people who the Harleys dragged from under stones, off mountainsides, out of the swamps and the prairie dust. They looked after us, rode with us, worked with us, filled us with drink, took us to church on Sunday and to the cleaners at the poker table. A few threatened us. Most treated us like royalty. The scenery was phenomenal, but it is the folks I’ll remember - and riding Death Valley with an engine air-cooled by wind 35 degrees hotter than my blood.
'Best selling book at the 2001 London Boat Show!' - Kelvin Hughes
'Deserves to battle for bookshelf space with Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.' Sunday Express
'A pithy throbber of a book.' Chris Stewart, author of 'Driving over Lemons'
'There is only one way to see America and its people...and that is astride a motorcycle....Listening to Cunliffe.....you'll understand why.' METRO
Four colour illustrations plus map. 381 pages
Part Number: HIS0258U Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd Author: Tom Cunliffe ISBN: 9781840241136
A Bird's-Eye View of the West Country. The South coasts of Devon and Cornwall are the first or the last sighting many mariner has of England. Whether running up-channel, bound east for London and Northern Europe, or beating ever westwards out into the stormy Atlantic, these shores have been a haven, a guide and occasionally, the source of ruin. All we who have made the traverse or have sought shelter in the multitude of harbours between Portland Bill and the Isles of Scilly, have had to carry out our pilotage from the decks of a vessel of some sort. How often we have longed for the wings of a sea eagle, to see what we cannot see. Powered flight has finally given us this chance, and Patrick Roach, the maestro of the airbourne camera has so excelled himself with this series of images that our mutual friend the publisher has had little choice but to bind us into one volume to share the wonders he has revealed.
- Harbour views from the River Exe to the Bishop Rock
- Paperback 48 pages
Part Number: HIS0275 Publisher: Imray Author: Tom Cunliffe ISBN: IB0154
Coastal and Offshore Navigation 3rd Edition is designed to raise the game of a basic inshore pilot to a fully fledged offshore navigator capable of handling any passage short of an ocean crossing. The book follows on from its companion work Inshore Navigation.
- A review of the basic arts of navigation
- How to predict the tide - and make it work for you
- How to keep a realistic check on your navigational accuracy & modify your tactics accordingly
- Safe and constructive use of electronic aids to navigation
- Passage planning for an enjoyable, satisfying voyage
- Passage making: a systematic, no-nonsense approach.
Paperback with colour photographs, chart illustrations and readouts from electronic instruments. 160 pages in a compact volume
Part Number: NAC0116 Publisher: Wiley Nautical Author: Cunliffe, Tom ISBN: 9780470753903
Celestial navigation is the one of the oldest of the mariner's arts - and one of the most awe-inspiring. To guide a small boat across the trackless oceans using only a simple measuring device - the sextant - and the knowledge of the sun, moon and stars is a skill that borders on the magical. The book uses almost its entire content to cover the astro side of the RYA ocean syllabus. Equally relevant to the US-based student, this is a hands-on book for the beginner at sextant navigation. It assumes a sensible level of coastal navigation skills. Given these, a sextant, an almanac and a set of sight reduction tables, Celestial Navigation supplies all you need to find your way around the oceans in the age-old way using sun, stars and planets. Don't wait to begin practising until your GPS goes out the port-hole, though. Like any worthwhile skill, this most beautiful one of all demands more than a last-minute swot-up if you are to do it justice.
- How to use the sextant
- Noon sight
- Position lines and plotting
- Sun sights
- Planets, Moon and stars
- Compass checking on the ocean
- Great circle
Revised text, colour graphics, photographs and tables. 65 pages
Part Number: NAC0115
Publisher: Wiley Nautical
Author: Cunliffe, Tom
See more videos here:
- Celestial Navigation: Using Sextant Shades - Celestial Navigation: Taking your first sunsight - Celestial Navigation: Sunsights – The Quicker Way - Celestial Navigation: Quadrantal Error - Celestial Navigation: Getting to Grips with your Sextant - An Introduction to Celestial Navigation by Tom Cunliffe - Celestial Navigation: Adjusting your Sextant
In 1938, Sir Malcolm Campbell, the greatest speed ace of the 1930s and one of the outstanding characters of the period, commissioned the 100-ft ocean-going motor yacht Blue Bird to go digging for buried treasure in the Pacific. War scuppered the hero's plans and his yacht ended up ferrying troops off the Dunkirk beaches in the fire-storm of 1940. The story of her next seven decades reflects the changing of the eras: periods of calm with the Renault family are followed by hard times and transatlantic adventures. Finally, the little ship has one of those strokes of luck the sea is always ready to serve up to those prepared to grab them.
She was acquired by Tara Getty, whose vision saw through the shabbiness to the classic she could once again become. Blue Bird's 3-year restoration earned her top honours at the superyacht awards and Kos' images of the supremely challenging process of converting the tight confines of a 1930s vessel into a pocket superyacht are remarkable. The tale rattles along with characteristic pace and salty humour, lifting this lovely book far beyond the run of 'coffee-table' works about beautiful yachts.
Part Number: HIS4040 Publisher: Kos Picture Source Author: Tom Cunliffe Specification: 30cms Square, 304 pages of full colour photographs. ISBN: 9780954079710
Author(s): Tom Cunliffe
Published: August 2010
SORRY - THIS BOOK IS OUT OF PRINT. I'M WORKING ON A NEW EDITION
A beautifully illustrated text book on sailing gaff-rigged craft, published by Adlard Coles. Even if gaffers aren't your 'bag', any sailor must surely be fascinated by the traditional boats we see more and more. Numerous fine replicas are now swelling the fleet of originals, and the number of owners building new cruising yachts with the old rig is quietly increasing. For most of my life, I've had connections with gaffers. I've crossed oceans in them, raced them, loved them, cursed them, then gone out and bought bigger ones. They can be absolute bears to sail, or they can be surprisingly easy. Much depends on you, but in either case the emotional rewards of getting it right are enormous. Hand Reef and Steer is not a dry statement of every kind of gaffer, it is a hands-on manual of how to survive gaff rig and to glory in getting it right. It can help you make a cutter point higher, or a schooner reach faster, and even if you never intend to sail either, it will certainly enrich your understanding.
By the way, the title is a quote from a long-forgotten definition of a proper seaman - 'handing a sail' is taking it in - and a sailor of calibre was said to be able to 'hand, reef and steer'.
Winner of The Best Book of the Sea Award
- Setting up the rig
- Sail handling skills
- Heavy and light air sailing
- Manoeuvring a long-keeled boat and dealing with heavy displacement
- Losing way, scandalizing and steering with sail
- Topsails, watersails, single-luff spinnakers and fisherman staysails
Illustrated with colour photographs and water-colour sketches of the rig
Paperback 174 pages
This edition is currently out of print, but I'm working on the next and it will go to press in March 2016. Watch this space!
SORRY - THIS BOOK IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT BUT WATCH THIS SPACE!
I've spent this winter working on 'The Complete Ocean Skipper' which will replace this book. I'm about to send it off to the publishers Adlard Coles and we hope to see it launched at the London Boat Show next year.
Part Number: SLG0083 Publisher: Wiley/Fernhurst Author: Cunliffe, Tom ISBN: 9781898660613