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Quick reference skills charts - my own offering! Skysail Skills Charts RYA Books
RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course Book DSN £10.50 you have this. Essential but not comprehensive.
RNLI has a good web site for training at RNLI Training. A self teach CD-ROM (free with the RNLI Sea Safety Book, see RNLI sea and beach safety The Complete Guide (Freefone 0800 328 0600) is also available. Covers Safety, Collision Regs, First Aid, Weather, Tides, Emergencies, Engine Checks. This has very good coverage of essential topics, and is a superb learning aid with quizzes to test your knowledge. Other free leaflets available.
RYA Day Skipper Practical Course Notes DSPCN £
RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Course Book YSN
Admiralty Chart NP 5011 Chart Symbols Handbook £ Very useful on and after the course, but you can use summaries from almanacs.
Reeds Skippers Handbook - Malcolm Pearson. £7.99 (Thomas Reed publications, ISBN 0-901-281-92-1). Comprehensive 'quick reference' guide up to Yachtmaster level. Better than the RYA YM notes. £7.95. Highly recommended.
RYA Navigation HandbookRYA Code: G6 Author: Tim Bartlett £16.99 Very good textbook, covers it all from beginner to Yachtmaster.
RYA Navigation Exercises
RYA Code: G7 Author: Chris Slade
This has exercises with complete answers on most of the subjects we cover.
RYA Cruising Logbook G15 - for recording your practical experience and sea miles and keeping certificates.
RYA - International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea RYA code G2 . Tim Bartlett. Good explanation of Collision Regs, full text, with examples.
A Seamans Guide to the Rule of the Road Collision Regs, with programmed learning and tests, as used by RN and Merchant Navy. £10.50 (Morgan Technical Books, ISBN 0-948-254-009). Can be found 2nd hand for @ £5 - £7. Best for Yachtmaster course.
Navigation for Yachtsmen Mary Blewitt (Iliffe) more navigation wisdom in 118 pages than any other book. Rather dated (pre GPS) but very useful in its approach. £1 - £5 from www.abebooks.co.uk, bibliofind at Amazon.com.
There are many other learning aids such as flipcards for marks and lights, collision regs, handbooks, etc. Can be very useful while learning, some use after the course for educating your crew!
Some people find the small detail on charts difficult - don't hesitate, use a magnifying glass. Or get your eyesight checked....
Portland Plotter (Blundell Harling) @ £13.00. Do not buy parallel rules.
7in or 8in single handed brass dividers @ £14.00. Get the quality type with one piece legs and a screw on the hinge.
2B Pencils can be erased without destroying the chart. Pencil sharpener!
Staedtler Mars eraser plastic type.
A small calculator is useful.
Updated 15th October 2011