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Safety at Sea Seminar on Saturday

The Handbook of Survival at Sea by Chris BeesonThe Royal Canadian Yacht Club will be presenting a “Safety at Sea” seminar open to all sail or power boaters on April 10, 2010 at the OISE Auditorium in Toronto. The one day seminar will provide the training necessary to handle emergencies away from land and critical for offshore or short handed crews. It is sanctioned by US SAILING and all attendees will receive a US SAILING Certificate of Attendance at a Safety at Sea Seminar.  Speakers include John Rousmaniere, Herb Hilgenberg, John Bonds, Wayne McCrae, and Dr. Michael Chapman.  More information is available on the website safetyatsea.ca.

The Nautical Mind stocks dozens of books on safety and stories of survival in the face of adversity.  Some indispensable classics in these areas include:

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The Nautical Mind Welcomes ASTA to Toronto

ASTA Logo The American Sail Training Association‘s annual conference is being held this week in Toronto, just around the corner from our “brick and mortar” storefront.  We welcome the delegates to town and hope they have a productive and enjoyable conference.

We’ll look forward to seeing  you again this summer at the Toronto Waterfront Festival.  For ASTA tall ship spotters, Thad Koza’s Tall Ships is a great reference to member vessels and organisations.

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The Sinking of the Concordia

The loss of the Concordia in February was a deeply saddening disaster, redeemed by the survival of the entire crew.  It is remarkable both that a modern tall ship was lost due to a knock down, and that despite the loss of the vessel, the entire crew survived.  Their survival is a testament to the quality of the crew and the importance of safety drills.  The findings of Transport Canada and other maritime bodies investigating the sinking will be greatly informative to safety-conscious mariners.  In the mean time Tall Ships Down by Daniel S. Parrott, former skipper of the Pride of Baltimore II, is the definitive book on tall ship safety and stability.  It is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in the mechanics of nautical disasters and how to prevent them.   The Handbook of Survival at Sea is another excellent book, now discounted, detailing methods and strategies on survival once a disaster has occurred.

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Cruise Capably with Lin and Larry Pardey

NewFor over thirty years, Lin and Larry Pardey have been sailing around the world, writing about their adventures, and showing others how to follow them.  Unlike most modern cruisers they sail without any engine whatsoever!

The Capable CruiserThe third edition of their cruising classic, The Capable Cruiser has just come  out.  It’s fully revised and updated, and has nine all new chapters including: ways to encourage your partner to share your dream; strategies for turning sudden engine failure into a minor incident; choosing safety equipment; repairing rigging at sea; and and “What do people worry about that never actually happens”.

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2010 Boat Show Wrap-Up

Another exciting boat show is behind us!  The Toronto International Boat Show ran between January 9th and 17th and was as fun and action packed as any!  The boat show always provides such a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet interesting customers from far afield, and check out the latest in boat fashion and tech.  This year was no exception as we were joined by some of our favourite authors and sailors.

Cheryl Shard, Paul Shard, and Ann Vanderhoof at our booth at the Toronto Boat Show
Sheryl Shard, Paul Shard, and Ann Vanderhoof at our booth at the Toronto Boat Show

Among others, Ann Vanderhoof, Paul and Sheryl Shard, and Liza Copeland all spent some time at our booth.  Ann shared tasty recipes from the Caribbean and autographed copies of her new book, The Spice Necklace. Ann’s previous book, An Embarrassment of Mangoes, is one of our all-time bestsellers.  Paul and Sheryl Shard, were reeling with the joy of having just purchased a new boat and gave seminars based on their popular Distant Shores series.  Finally, Liza Copeland stopped by to talk about her excellent Just Cruising series of books.

Spice Necklace  Distant Shores: The Med to the Caribbean and Bahamas Just Cruising

See you next year!

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IMO Books on CD-ROM

IMO Logo Our selection of books for professional mariners is both massive and massively popular.   Some of the books are massive themselves — Bowdich’s American Practical Navigator weighs in at 879 pages, 30 x 23 x 6cm, and almost 3Kg — so mariners looking for reference texts but not ballast will be interested in the shift towards digital books.

The International Maritime Organization is among those leading the digital charge, with a number of their books now available on CD ROM (12 x 12 x 0.2cm, 0.2g). Currently available are:

  • IAMSAR – International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual
  • IMDG – International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code
  • ISPS – International Ship and Port facility Security
  • MARPOL – International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships
  • STCW – Seafarers Training, Certification and Watchkeeping
  • SOLAS – Safety of Life at Sea

The IMO is also innovating their distribution and pricing models.  Each of these titles is available on free (FREE!) CD-ROMs as a “demo”.  Once you’ve decided the book a) Works on your computer; b) Is what you’re looking for; & c) Requires purchase for further use, we can get you an activation code.  There’s a 50% discount on additional copies (beyond the first one) when ordering two or more activation codes.

It’s all relatively new and exciting.  Let us know if you have any questions.

Of course we’ve still got a full selection of IMO books in paper format.