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September 15 , 2008

Coastal Turmoil

Winds, Waves and Tidal Races


Most boating is done in coastal waters, yet being close to land can
often present greater dangers than sailing offshore. Near to the coast,
sea conditions are more complex: winds and currents change in strength
and direction, often unpredictably, waves are distorted by shallows,
and even in fine weather there are tidal races, tricky headlands and
other areas of rough water that can increase the risks of human error,
gear failure and seasickness.

of the recommended techniques used in offshore voyaging - such as lying
to a sea anchor or trailing warps - are not suitable when close to
land. In this highly practical guide, filled with helpful tips,
real-time techniques and sound advice borne of years of first hand
experience, Ken Endean explains the phenomena of rough water and shows
how a good understanding of coastal sea conditions and careful passage
planning should enable boaters to avoid the roughest areas, seek
shelter underway and thereby reduce passage times.

He includes
advice on: coastal winds and waves, shallow water and shoaling, swells
and currents, tides and currents in conflict, estuary effects, bars and
banks, when to take the long way, how to read the surface, getting into
harbour safely, making the most of smooth water, and much more.

boaters have little scope for mistakes and plenty of opportunities to
exercise skill and sound seamanship - this practical down-to-earth book
will enable everyone, whether in a yacht or a powerboat, to do just
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