Sailing for Dummies

Sailing for Dummies Review

Interested in learning to sail but feel like you're navigating in murky waters? Sailing for Dummies, Second Edition introduces the basics of sailing, looks at the different types of sailboats and their basic parts, and teaches you everything you need to know before you leave the dock. In Sailing for Dummies, Second Edition, two U.S. sailing champions show you how to:


Find and choose a sailing school Use life jackets correctly Tie ten nautical knots Handle sailing emergencies (such as capsizing and rescuing a man overboard) Launch your boat from a trailer, ramp, or beach Get your boat from point A to point B (and back again) Predict and respond to water and wind conditions Read charts, plot your course, use a compass, and find your position at sea Sailing for Dummies shows you that getting out on the water is easier than you think. The authors keep the sailor-speak to a minimum where possible, but give you a grasp of the terminology you need to safely and effectively communicate with your crew. A textbook, user's manual, and reference all in one, this book takes the intimidation out of sailing and gives you the skills and confidence you need to get your feet wet and become the sailing pro you've always wanted to be. Anchors away!

Title:Sailing for Dummies
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Gwen Burrow

    Not ready to sail after this, but certainly ready to read books about sailing now that I know what "beam reach" and "freeboard" and "tacking" (vs. "jibing") mean. ...

  • Dr Zorlak

    A little too focused on racing. I'm into sailing more for the crossings and island hopping. Great explanation of knots and anchoring. As sound as any textbook can be for the theoretical part of naviga...

  • Pat Stanford

    Great book and well written by people who know what they're talking about. You may get lost in the terms if this is your first time learning anything about sailing, but it is worth it to keep looking ...

  • Scott

    Good basic understanding of terms, techniques and ways to enjoy sailing....

  • Max Nova

    I read this book before I ever stepped foot on a sailboat. It certainly put me in a good spot to begin sailing lessons at the Community Boating center in Boston....

  • Erin

    I read the first few chapters and they were very good. Since sailing lessons are on-hold for the foreseeable future, I set this aside to revisit later...someday!...

  • Robert Graves

    SAILING FOR DUMMIES has a lot of good info and lingo in an easy-to-digest format for land-lubbers like me. ...