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Old 02-02-2020, 06:53   #1
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Anyone know where I can get the training manual to study the theory at home without paying a fortune to enroll on the online courses. I am based in South Africa.
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Donít pay a fortune in online courses. Take the basic keel boating, then get involved in either local racing or something.

Spend a fortune on sailing not on training. The training will come with time on the rudder.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Dave.
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No Sir

Fully intend to do the courses. I just wanted to brush up on my navigation skills and learn as much as I can about sailing large yachts before going on the courses.
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"Navigation" is a very broad topic that includes all of the skills needed to voyage from one place to another: hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, meteorology, hydrology, position and course determination (also called "navigation" when beyond sight of land - otherwise called "pilotage"), navigation rules of the road, engines (though purists don't have them), physical and electronic aids-to-navigation... it's a long list. Taken from its roots, the term "navigation" merely means: "to move a ship," and it is very unspecific. If you could elaborate on what specific topic you'd like to learn first, answers here may be more helpful. Otherwise, you'll need a whole library of books.

For a beginner learning sails and sailboat configurations, I have given many beginning sailors this book: "Plain Sailing: Learning to See Like a Sailor: A Manual of Sail Trim" by Douglas Murphy.

My experience is that many people read a few books on the theory of sailing, then go out and sail. After that, they identify areas where they need more knowledge and read more books. Then they sail some more. This pattern repeats until they feel comfortable. Taking a beginner's course may include the books you will need to start. Then it's up to your motivation and curiosity to go from there.

But learning to sail only through books is about as futile as reading only books to learn how to fly. You'll need practical experience to become proficient. You need to learn a "sailor's sense" that's in your bones and nerves. The sooner you get that experience, the more sensible will be the theory you acquire from books.
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FREE advanced online course on marine navigation:
https://www.sailingissues.com/navcourse0.html
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No Sir

Fully intend to do the courses. I just wanted to brush up on my navigation skills and learn as much as I can about sailing large yachts before going on the courses.
In some countries courses for seaman are available thru the formal education system .

You might look into this.. compared to private education, these public funded educational courses are much less expensive


The British have a good system for educating beginner seaman

The RYA .....Iíve not used their books , but the British system has always been well regarded . Sooner or later you will need an operators license certificate of competence. The RYA system is a good one

https://www.rya.org.uk/shop/pages/pr...spx?cat=ebooks

In the US , the Bible for boater education is Chapmanís

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapman_Piloting

Itís a big encyclopedic text book ...every boat kid gets one when they turn 16
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