In his introduction, the author reminds us that if things go wrong as we approach a berth in a harbour or in a marina we have to think fast and the book offers practical advice on avoiding difficulties and how to approach with confidence a wide range of common situations.  Basic factors such as steering, prop walk and the effect of wind and tidal stream are considered. There are sections on picking up a buoy, mooring alongside, marinas with finger pontoons, pile moorings and anchoring.  A helpful index is included.  There are numerous very clear diagrams and the ring binding allows a single illustration to be used to brief the crew in advance.A most useful source of information for those new to sailing and equally helpful for the skipper.

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