If you have a motor cruiser 45/60 ft LOA capable of 35 knots then this is the book for you. If not then this is still a comprehensible and valuable guide. It is easy to read and full of information up to Day Skipper level .

The book has twelve sections from ” Preparing to Cruise” to “Coping with Emergencies”. Within each section there key Top Tips together with Check Lists . Each section is self- contained and discusses a particular aspect of using a Motor Cruiser. There are no concentration stopping asterisks at the bottom of each page but pieces of advice on this are scattered in many places.

There is no section on manoeuvring . Two engines, forward and reverse, two rudders, bow thruster, wind and tide yield more than one thousand combinations and deserve a section of their own. I would also like to have seen a back-of-cover section with rapid access on Safety in particular on getting a MOB from the sea instead of a bucket.

Incidentally Dag recommends that in an MOB situation a motor cruiser should stop and reverse to the casualty rather than do the Sailors Loop.

This book is by far the best of its peers and I have no hesitation in recommending it.


Published by Adlard Coles Nautical in association with Princess Yachts and Raymarine

ISBN number: 978-1-4081-4648-4