This text has been developedto provide a firm foundation for men and women working toward earning US CoastGuard licenses to operate auxiliary-powered sailing yachts and vessels. Initially created as a course curriculum for classes in sailvessel operations at the Maine Maritime Academy, thisrevised and updated second edition contains new material on bridge resourcemanagement, risk assessment, safety aloft, and more. Designed to accompany thesailor as a study guide and point of reference, it calls attention to themyriad constant and critical elements of professional yacht and vesselmanagement in both theory and practice. Subjects covered include seamanshipaboard sailing vessels, relevant hydrodynamic and aerodynamic theory, basic andadvanced sailing maneuvers, planning and managing for crew and vessel safety,meteorology for sailors, heavy-weather sailing, emergencies at sea, and vesseladministration as related to Coast Guard rules and regulations.
G. Andy Chase made his first offshore voyage from theCaribbean to Maine via Bermuda at age ten. At sixteen he worked as adeckboy on a Norwegian merchant ship on a five-month voyage that tookhim around the world. During that voyage he taught himself celestialnavigation and developed an interest in going to sea commercially.Chase graduated from Maine Maritime Academy with a bachelor? degree innautical science, an unlimited third mate? license, and a 100-tonauxiliary sail captain? license. Over the following eight years, hesailed on a number of merchant ships and sailing vessels. In 1987, hereturned to Maine Maritime Academy to teach, and took command of theschooner Bowdoin. He developed a sail-training program for the academythat quickly evolved into an ambitious northern waters sailing program.Chase is now a professor of marine transportation at Maine Maritime. Heholds an unlimited master? license for steam and motor vessels and anauxiliary sail master? license for vessels up to 1,600 tons.

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