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Turkish Waters & Cyprus Pilot

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Heikell, Rod & Lucinda
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978-1846234132
Imray
2013
388
9th
Q T/C
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Review Date: 
25/09/2013

You know how it is....you buy the latest pilot-book and then find only a few changes from your present one. Not so here. Much has happened in this cruising area since the last edition in 2009 and as a result, we now have 394 pages rather than the previous 360.

Charge-bands for marinas and town-quays have been updated and, with a further two bands added, now show “very high cost” at over €70-100 per night and “highest cost” at over €100 (for a 12m yacht, in July).

The Visa Regulations (90 day rule) are explained, as is Turkish Residency, all very important. The Blue Card Scheme as to waste discharge is also dealt with pretty well.

Most importantly, Rod and Lu have updated marina and harbour information well. As to marinas, at least half a dozen new ones are described with plans. Improvements/changes to existing ones are similarly shown.

Where harbour walls/facilities have been improved, notes and chartlets reflect this. There are lots of new photographs, too.

For the very popular Fethiye-Gocek cruising ground, the new SEPA (Special Environmental Protection Area) regulations are listed, together with a good map showing exactly where they apply. Be aware or be fined.

Keeping my boat in Turkey, I’m going to replace my old edition with this new one.

Bernard De Saulles

Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson Ltd; 9th Edition;  £34.50

 

Why Sailors Can’t Swim

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Compton, Nic
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978-1-4081-8805-7
Adlard Coles Nautical
2013
96
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Review Date: 
09/08/2013

I confess to blowing ‘hot and cold’ in my enjoyment of anthologies that gather loosely-connected maritime information into one volume. Some do not include a meaningful index, making it difficult to find that reference to ‘Walking the Plank’ or ‘Robinson Crusoe’s actual identity’, the work then becomes a literary ‘lucky dip’.Happily, that is not so with this hard backed, handy-sized little book.

 

A well-presented index locates the subject accurately within eight sections ranging from ‘Sailors & Superstitions’ to ‘Art & Literature’. Each includes an average of 25 anecdotes, adage or maritime lore; some of one sentence only and others having a full page. On one whole page, a full-rigged ship’s sail diagram is amusingly entitled ‘The Full Monty’.

 

For many pieces the source is credited, but as reading progressed, I became uneasy about the compiler’s occasional closing words to some of his selections. In one example he writes of a late 19th Century Grand Banks doryman, separated from his mother-ship, who rowed with deliberately frozen hands for five days to safety. Later the same man, having lost all fingers, made three solo Atlantic crossings, nearly dying on the last. ‘Some people just never seem to learn . . .’ the author comments gratuitously.

 

The publisher’s use of soft, unglazed paper with plentiful monochrome pen-and- ink style illustrations throughout gives the book an old-style feel that is pleasant to handle.

 

Edward Cartner

Replacing Your Boat’s Electrical System

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Westin, Mike
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Adlard Coles Nautical
2012
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Review Date: 
09/08/2013

 

Mike Westin is a professional boating journalist, which is reflected in the clarity of the writing. He is also a very experienced sailor which shows in his depth of understanding of the subject.  This is not a text book but like many in this series it is intended to help people in a very practical way.

Although the lure of the book is the money saved by doing it yourself, this would also be a very useful book for anyone undertaking an upgrade to their electrical system even when they are paying somebody else to do it.

The layout is logical, clear and aided by good illustrations and is deliberately light on theory but there is enough to get by. The narrative helpfully follows his workings on his own boat’s electrical system, a Vancouver 28 built from a kit in 1977. The pictures of its original electrical system show the extent of the challenge he faced, though I suspect they are pictures many of us would recognise with some discomfort. Tellingly, some of his motivation for writing the book was his experience of finding it hard to get simple non-contradictory advice.

In summary the lessons learned are:

Know your limitations / Get help when you need it / Invest in good equipment / Buy only what you need.

There is more, good advice as the book takes us from equipment to cables, batteries, chargers, inverters etc. The only short-fall of the book was, in my opinion, a rather limited index but, that said, at only 127 pages you can find what you are looking for fairly quickly.

One of the attractions of the book is its narrative style. My favourite quote is “Instead of waxing and buffering the hull (I) spent that money on a good quality charger”. Who could disagree with that?

James Parnell