Complete Yachtmaster 9th edition


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Another edition of this popular book. It’s been thoroughly updated to keep pace with the latest digital developments in navigation and handling systems and 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
  • Anchoring
  • Yacht engines
  • Heavy weather sailing
  • Charts, publications and chart-table tools
  • Tidal heights and streams
  • GPS and Radar
  • Passage planning
  • Pilotage
  • Man overboard and emergencies
  • Weather

Correction to 9th edition

Missing paragraph on P82.
This was a publisher’s error and it will be corrected in the next reprint. The whole text should read as follows:
Under Power
When there is no wind or tide to speak of, you can pull most yachts up to their anchor either by using the windlass or by manual heave-ho. If you opt for ‘Armstrong’s patent’, take the strain steadily to get the boat moving. Once her inertia is overcome, the cable will rattle in merrily enough. On occasions when you have wind, tide or sea to contend with, motoring carefully towards the hook will ease life remarkably for the foredeck gang. A windlass can also benefit from some gentle assistance from the propeller.
Many apologies. 


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Additional information

Weight 1200 g
Dimensions 17.5 × 2.5 × 25 cm
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