Best books for sailing and navigation

There are lots of great books on sailing and navigation, but here are a few we thoroughly recommend.

Reeds Skipper’s Handbook

A concise pocket guide that does a great job at covering pretty much everything you’d ever need to know as a sailor. A great little book now in its sixth edition. It fits nicely into a small rucksack and it might be all you need for helping you when your memory fails you.

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Illustrated Navigation

As the name suggests, this is a relatively simple and easily understood book for students starting their skippering ‘career’. The book is written by Ivar Dedekam, the author of several other very user-friendly sailing books.It covers navigation in all its forms.

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RYA Day Skipper Handbook

Probably essential reading for those candidates looking to complete the RYA Day Skipper course. The book is short, well illustrated and easy to read and understand.

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A Seaman’s Guide to the Rule of the Road

Perhaps a little dry, but if my last couple of weeks on the water have illustrated anything to me, it’s that this book should be read and re-read by all those venturing out onto the briney! 

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Manoeuvering: At Close Quarters under Power

Manoeuvering your pride and joy in front of the critical eyes of your peers can be disconcerting, to say the least. But where to start learning about the techniques you need to ‘park’ safely and without stress every time? Well, this book is a good place to start.

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