We are very proud of the first edition of Sailing For Dummies and the success it achieved, but we want to thank Tracy Boggier, Joyce Pepple, our project editor. Shirley HM. Reekie. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Page Page Page Page Page Page Page DESCRIPTION Interested in learning to sail but feel like you’renavigating in murky waters? Sailing for Dummies, SecondEdition introduces the basics of sailing, looks at thedifferent types of sailboats and their basic parts, and teaches youeverything you need to know before.

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Author(s), JJ and Peter Isler. Publisher, Wiley. Date, Pages, Format, pdf. Size, 8 Mb. D O W N L O A D. Editorial Reviews. Review. Attention landlubbers: If you don't know your port from Sailing For Dummies® by [Isler, J. J., Isler, Peter]. LEARN TO SAIL. WHITE SAIL THEORY FOR THE MARTIN 4th Edition. ORIGINAL VERSION BY. KERIANNE BOULVA – JEAN-PHILIPPE ROUX- GROLEAU.

Peter also has a few stories to tell, and we use this icon to point those stories out.

Store it in your brain for quick recall at a later time. This icon, shaped like one of the life jackets you read about in Chapter 3, highlights advice to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

These tips can help you find the easy way. Where to Go from Here Where you start is up to you.

But do start somewhere. The faster you start, the faster we can share our love of sailing with you. Who knows?

If this intimidating vision has kept you from beginning to sail, this part is for you. We formally introduce you to a sailboat and then show you where you can take sailing lessons — from regular people and with regular people. We also dispel those blue-blazer myths and answer that incredibly important question that mankind ponders every morning — what to wear?

Finally in this part, we look at what you need to know before you leave the dock. We are tied to the ocean.

And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back from whence we came. Kennedy W ater covers nearly three-quarters of the planet.

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Over the course of human history, the oceans as well as lakes and rivers have served as pathways upon which trade and civilization have developed. Getting away from shore, you feel a link to those ancient mariners who set off for undiscovered lands.

Why are humans drawn to the sea? President John F. Kennedy had a poetic answer. Generations before you have felt the call of the wind and waves, beckoning to accept their offer of unknown possibilities — adventure and serenity. And this chapter shows you that getting out on the water is easier than you think. Sailing is harnessing the power of Mother Nature, and sailors need a healthy respect for her power.

So in this section, we cover some important weather and safety considerations you need to know before you start sailing. Also in this section, we encourage you to begin your sailing career by taking lessons from a qualified instructor — we both did — so you can focus on learning the basic moves while the instructor makes sure the conditions are suitable for learning. Taking lessons You can find sailboats near almost every body of water.

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Most boats longer than 15 feet 5 meters are meant to be sailed with more than one person, and the average foot 9-meter sailboat is best sailed with at least four crew members. So go down to the local marina, check out the bulletin board, and ask around. The offers you get to go sailing may pleasantly surprise you. Although having friends to take you sailing can make practicing and progressing easy, we strongly recommend taking lessons from a sailing school with certified instructors before you head out on your own.

In Chapter 2, we help you find the right sailing course for any experience level. Location, location, location You can probably guess that the weather and water conditions in a given area affect the sailing possibilities, and that most sailors put away their sailing clothes in wintertime in the snowy latitudes whilst Southern Californians can sail year round.

Assuming that you plan to go sailing on regular, salt or fresh, nonfrozen water, then your main concerns are twofold: the water conditions waves, currents, depth, and water temperature and the wind conditions wind strength and changeability.

Some areas have very consistent conditions during a particular season, and others are more variable. In some places, a typically windy spot and a calm location may be less than a mile apart due to some geographic feature. We encourage new sailors to start out, if possible, in steady light-to-medium winds and protected calm waters — and a sailing school knows where and when to find those conditions in your area.

But as you gain experience, you can enjoy sailing in more challenging conditions — such as windy Chicago or San Francisco in midsummer, cruising in foggy Maine, or blasting down the Molokai Channel in Hawaii. Look around for a nearby flag and use its direction as a clue. In Chapter 5, we show you how to develop your feel for sensing the wind direction and staying aware of any shifts without having the local weatherman on your speed dial.

When the wind direction changes or you change course, you need to change your sail trim, or the angle of your sails to the wind, as you see in Chapter 5. No matter how constant the weather seems on shore, the wind is frequently shifting both speed and direction.

Staying aware of these changes is important for your safety and comfort while sailing. Listen to the local marine forecast before a day of sailing to help you avoid getting caught in unpleasant and potentially dangerous conditions on the water — such as thunderstorms or thick fog.

You can also check out Chapter 8, which discusses important weather-related information you need to know before heading out. Chapter 7 covers other essential safety information, such as safely recovering a person who falls overboard and getting a capsized dinghy upright and sailing again. Looking at a Sailboat Sailboats come in all sizes, shapes, and types.

All sailing craft, big or small, have at least one and sometimes more of the following components, which we outline in the following sections: a hull, an underwater fin for steering control and stability, a mast to hold up the sail or sails, a sail, and plenty of rope.

What floats your boat? Density is expressed as mass per unit volume. The density of freshwater is Saltwater is denser at 64 pounds per cubic foot, so a given object can float better or higher in saltwater than in freshwater.

The weight of a boat is also called its displacement, because the boat displaces or pushes aside a volume of water equal to its weight. An object with a very light displacement, such as a surfboard, lies on top of the water like a leaf. A boat with a heavy displacement sits lower in the water, displacing more water to stay afloat. You can build boats of nonbuoyant denser-than-water materials, such as steel or concrete, as long as you design them with enough volume so that their total density is less than the density of the water.

As proof of that principle, consider that an empty aluminum soda can floats, but the same can sinks if you flatten it and decrease its volume. Chapter 1: Ready, Set, Go: Time to Start Sailing All sailboats have a hull The hull is ideally the floating body of a boat, and it can be made of a wide variety of materials, including wood, fiberglass, metal, plastic — even cement.

The hull can be as small as a surfboard or more than feet 30 meters long. You can get a good idea about how fast a boat is by how it looks. Sailboats fall into three basic types based on their hull shape, as Figure illustrates. Figure Three types of sailboats: sailboard, multihull, and monohull. They come in many different sizes and shapes, depending on their intended use and the skill level of the rider. Sailboarding is a great way to enjoy the sport with equipment that you can throw on the roof of your car.

For fun, recreational sailing as opposed to racing , we love sailboarding more than any other aspect of our sport. For those of you who doubt the aerobic benefits of the sport of sailing, try windsurfing for an afternoon.

We promise that every muscle in your body will be tired afterward. For more on sailboarding, check out Chapter A boat with two hulls is called a catamaran; a boat with three hulls, a trimaran. You can find out more about sailing a small catamaran, often referred to as a cat [without the fur] in Chapter Bigger multihulls more than 30 feet, or 9 meters can be great cruising boats.

Huge, foot- meter- plus multihulls compete in races across oceans and hold most of the point-to-point, long-distance sailing speed records, including sailing nonstop around the world in 50 days! For more on the fast world of offshore racing, see Chapter Most sailing schools teach their basic sailing classes in monohulls — either dinghies or keelboats although some specialty schools, often in tropical climes, teach sailboarding skills.

For more on learning how to sail, including types of boats and where to find a good school, check out Chapter 2.

The typical marina is full of monohull keelboats of all shapes and sizes. If you compare these water-based crafts to their land-based cousins, sailboards are the skateboards, dinghies are the bicycles, and keelboats are the cars.

And multihulls? The fastest ones are airplanes! All sailboats have an underwater fin Hanging underneath the back end of most sailboats except sailboards is a rotating fin called a rudder. The rudder does just what you think it does — it steers the boat.

Underneath the middle of most sailboats is a second, larger, fin called a keel or centerboard. Comparing keelboats and dinghies The primary purpose of both keels and centerboards is to keep the boat from skidding sideways from the force of the wind and to provide lift so your boat can sail closer to the wind.

When sailing, your sails and the underwater fins act like wings. The smallest keelboats are model sometimes radiocontrolled sailboats, but keelboats that carry human passengers are usually more than 20 feet 6 meters in length. Figure Keels and rudders come in different shapes and configurations. Have you ever listened in on the conversation of two sailors?

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Sailing has so many specific words that sailors can sound like they're speaking a foreign language. But don't let the jargon turn you off. The language of sailing has an old and rich tradition, and as you become more comfortable in a sailboat, you gradually pick up more and more of the language and become a part of the sailing tradition yourself. In this book, we try to avoid sailing jargon as much as possible, but we can't get around it completely because some of the terms are very important for safety.

When the skipper plans a maneuver that requires a coordinated crew effort, using and understanding the exact sailing term allows everyone on the boat to know what's happening and what to do. Reply Toggle Dropdown Quote. Reply Display posts from previous: You cannot post new topics in this forum You cannot reply to topics in this forum You cannot edit your posts in this forum You cannot delete your posts in this forum You cannot vote in polls in this forum You cannot attach files in this forum You cannot download files in this forum.

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Basic Cruising: Basic Sailing - M.Or do you go to the edge and dip your toe in before slowly wading in? The direction toward the bow is forward. When you do something to become the right-of-way boat, you must give the other boat a chance to get away from you.

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A tack entails about a degree course change. Most sailboats longer than 30 feet 9 meters are steered with a wheel, just like a car. Kennedy had a poetic answer.

We devote an entire chapter of this book to safety afloat Chapter 7 and provide safety tips throughout all the other chapters too.

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