by Val Haigh
(review by circumnavigator Rory McDougall)
Chasing The Dream is a delightful story of the Haigh family relationships and adventures whilst circling the world on their 40-foot Hedley Nicol trimaran. Although set in the late 60s and early 70s, their tales of cruising have similar principles in modern day. Val and Ernest should be hailed as pioneers, sailing their trimaran Tryste so far, when those early designs were largely experimental. Chasing The Dream is not a technical account of the Tryste’s world voyage, but rather an interpersonal account of how Val, Ernest and their four daughters adapted to a new life afloat; making the most of the places and people they visited en route. Val’s words successfully bring each landfall to life and conjure up aromas of tropical isles.
is a ‘must read’ for all cruising sailors, especially those who are taking
their own family voyaging. Val passes on many lessons learned and tips for
others wishing to live on the high seas. The last few chapters will also
satisfy “adventure book junkies,” when Val and Ernest pit themselves to save
Tryste from disaster, losing a float and mainmast amidst the vast North
Pacific. Their account highlights the determined nature of these two avid
cruisers. This is one of those books that when finished one thinks: “Why
aren’t we all out there chasing the dream?” I really liked the book once I got
into the first few chapters, it was 227 pages of good reading!
#223 Softcover, b&w photos, 227 pp …Eur 21,20
by Earl Hinz
(reviewed by Richard C. Newick)
If ground tackle ever becomes as expensive as an insurance policy, we’re in trouble. Meanwhile, good anchors are our best insurance against disaster, as long as they’re properly placed and connected to the vessel with enough of the right stuff, whether metallic or synthetic. One fellow tells how he survived a 122-knot Tahitian hurricane with 6' waves in the anchorage. He chafed through one rode; the second held, and he had 3 more in reserve. How many people cruise with 5 anchors? The smart ones do. They have successful, happy cruises.
The design of deck gear for anchoring, to minimize chafe and provide enough strength, hasn’t yet been perfected, but Mr. Hinz gives us today’s best choices. His section on preferred thimbles for rope storm anchors is excellent. This reviewer has seen too many of the usual pressed-metal teardrop-shaped thimbles ‘upset,’ sawing through otherwise strong nylon rode. At last, better choices are available, but aren’t yet well known enough.
We’d like copies of the chapter on rights, responsibilities and etiquette aboard, to hand to some drifters who drop toy anchors near us. In fact, we would like to know that every vessel in the harbor is under the command of a seaman who knows and understands this book. “I’m sorry” is a somewhat useless phrase when shouted above a screaming squall, as a boat drags through the harbor, taking properly moored vessels with her.
#119 Hardcover, 6" x 91/2", 309 pp, graphs, tables, photos, drawings,
… Eur 35,55
With the prices of Loran-C receivers decreasing each year while their capabilities and dependability increase, more and more American yachtsmen and commercial navigators are buying units. Often, the operators’ manuals are indecipherable, and as a result navigators seldom utilize their receivers’ full potential. Most learn enough to turn the units on and find their approximate position, but they don’t know how to use a linear interpolator or loran plotter to locate themselves between printed time difference lines on a chart, and therefore they never attain the true accuracy the system is capable of. They know that flashing lights indicate a malfunction, but they probably don’t know what the problem is or how to correct it. They forfeit the impressive array of navigational functions that most loran units offer.
Without a great deal of effort, you can learn to play your receiver like a maestro. By programming waypoints, you can lay out a route in advance, and the receiver’s microprocessor circuitry will maintain a continuous running fix, informing you when you wander off course and how to return to it, and continuously updating your estimated time of arrival. You can get readouts of speed over the bottom and through the water, and a compass course to steer, adjusted for variation and ship’s deviation. In the outer geographic fringes of the loran signal coverage, you can manually override the receiver’s minimum signal-to-nose ratio threshold to receive fixes where otherwise you could not, a tremendously useful capability in places like the Bahamas. Melton also covers installation procedures, detailing the critical steps of antenna placement, electrical grounding, and location of on-board interference sources.
Luke Melton has taught coastal, celestial, and electronic navigation for many years, and it shows. This book is organized and written from a teacher’s perspective, logically and clearly, with your questions anticipated at every turn. If you want to get more out of your Loran-C receiver, here’s how.
#120 Softcover, 6" x 9", 222pp …Eur 19,95
Meals on a boat with tight space often are as dismal and dreary as North Atlantic fog. Now they needn’t be – even if the ship’s galley has only one pot and a larder filled with mostly canned goods. A seasoned veteran at making culinary silk purses from sows’ ears, Janet Groene brings years of stove-top and iceless enlightenment to breakfast, lunch and dinner tables, not only for cruising/racing boats, but for RVs and tent encampments.
In foolproof, easy-to-follow fashion, she concocts such crew-inspiring dishes as: Jury-Rigged Eggs Benedict, Burgoo for 15, Chick-pea Meatballs, Beer Fondue, Power’s Out Macaroni, All-at-Sea Ratatouille, Pumpkin Soup, Ambrosia, Depression Cake, Sunshine Pudding, and, for deep post-prandial satisfaction, Sampson Cay Smash.
Miraculously, all of these are made from simple provisions stored without refrigeration. As if such elixirs and mixtures weren’t enough to change a same-old-thing voyage into a cook’s tour of hearty appetites, this book also teaches other ingenious galley tips: how to perform ovenless baking, how to use a pressure cooker for fast, energy-conserving 1-burner cooking, how to pre-cook at home, how to stow & grow fresh vegetables, and how to propagate yeast. Until now, a galley chef was considered little more than a human can opener...
#140 Softcover, 5 1/2” x 8”, 285pp …was: $18.95 …NOW: Eur 11,20