3. Boat Handling

Boat Handling

Candidates for Coastal Skipper examinations will be expected to answer questions or demonstrate ability in simple situations only. Candidates for Yachtmaster Offshore will be expected to answer questions or demonstrate ability in more complex situations and will also be expected to show a higher level of expertise:

  • Coming to and weighing anchor under power or sail in various conditions of wind and tide
  • All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide
  • Recovery of man overboard
  • Towing under open sea conditions and in confined areas
  • Boat handling in confined areas under sail
  • Boat handling in heavy weather
  • Helmsmanship and sail trim to sail to best advantage
  • Use of warps for securing in an alongside berth and for shifting berth or winding

 

Videos and Stories

Watch our "Man overboard preparation" video and add comments

Man Overboard preparation

Really this is just the start of our thinking on Man Overboard, as we will be coming back to this topic again as we perfect all the techniques, but we have at least started the study with, how do we...
Watch our "Go faster by sailing slower" video and leave comments etc.

Go faster by sailing slower

We are allowed out of the marina so we took the opportunity to practice some skills and put into practice some of the theory we are learning for our Yacht masters. We needed to move slip from one...
Watch our "Winding the boat" video and add comments etc.

Winding the boat

There is not much that we can do in lock down to pursue our goal of becoming Yachtmasters, but one thing that we could do was turn the boat by lines alone. We had decided to practice winding...
Watch our 'Going Backward' video and add comments etc.

Going Backward

There is lots to learn before we put in for our Yachtmasters, so we started with some basic marina manoeuvrers, like going backwards. It was a very calm day at the marina, absolutely no wind at...
Watch our 'We are back' video and add comments etc.

We're back

We are back in Liverpool, so it was time to decide what we want to do to convert Salty Lass from a short time sailor or a weekender to a full time cruising boat. So projects that we have coming...
Watch our Rescue at Sea and add comments etc.

Rescued at Sea

We arrived in Howth quite late, so once we had secured Salty Lass and knew that she was safe, we went down below and crashed out. The next day, once we had filled in the paperwork at the marina,...
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Raising money for the RNLI

We were only on our third sail in our brand new boat to us and we had to call the coast guard for assistance. That assistance came in the shape of a RNLI boat from Portpatrick, so we have decided to raise money for the RNLI through our Damsels in distress page on just giving, that way you know that any money goes straight to them. We have set ourselves a target of £500 and we would like to honour our pledge, so if you like our videos then please give a little to those who rescue people in the seas around the UK.

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