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Split into three parts, the guide provides tips on Seamanship that should help prevent unwelcome
and unexpected events such as a swamped or capsized dinghy from spoiling a good day out on the

Part 1: Knowing your dinghy

Part 1 Looks at the influence of crew and gear loads have on the way a small dinghy floats,
trims, and heels when in a dry and swamped condition;
woven into this are tips on the effect that
differing hull forms can have on the dinghy’s behaviour, and the intended use. Tips are also included
on boarding the dinghy and using it under oar and outboard motor.

Part 2: Recovery from a capsize or swamping

Part 2, using the knowledge of the topics dealt with in Part 1, provides tips on how the crew
of a properly kitted out dinghy should be able to right and recover their dinghy in the event of a

Part 3: Basic Seamanship

Part 3 gives an outline of other necessary and important elements of basic Seamanship: pre
launching checks for the crew and dinghy, are supplemented with tips on: knowing the area of
operation; wind, weather, and tides; rule of the road; and knots.

The guide relies on plain English to explain technical matters. The appealing and colourful language
of the sea has been kept with the names for parts of a dinghy explained as they occur in the text .
Terms such as seamanship are taken to apply to both genders.

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