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One of the most difficult sections of the Library to produce, Seamanship & Boathandling has suffered a little in recent years as the original F&B team (then as The Boat Mag) and finally as Australian Boat Mag (ABM) put so much emphasis on DIY issues, plate boat building, boat tests and the like. However, we have recently completed several new reports on this vital matter, and as the ABM team spends more time on the water, we will be gathering the hard-to-get-in-an-office photographic material that brings this section to life. Mind you, we will not even try to emulate adventurer Hans Tholstrup’s magnificent voyage to Japan in a Haines Signature 542F. This marvellous report is worth downloading if only to read Tholstrup’s innovative ideas for surviving a cyclone or really heavy seas in a small boat. Also of note is Editor Peter Webster’s acclaimed reports “Rough Water Handling In A Plate Boat” or ”When is Rough Too Rough?” Both of these reports contain excellent hands-on advice for beginners and experts alike.


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Title Description Author Pages  
Anchor to Sleep

How to anchor properly for a good nights sleep using the correct ratios of rope and chain. Peter Webster 5
AUD $5.00
Anchoring Systems -Educational Report

Everything you need to know about anchoring a powerboat. Peter Webster & Ruth Cunning 13
AUD $5.00
Bars To Cross

Vitally important report on the essentials boatowners need to know when they’re crossing bars along the eastern seaboard Peter Webster 7
AUD $5.00
Basic Bar Crossing

The basic tecniques of bar crossing. Peter Webster 2
AUD $5.00
Gove to Darwin NT

Dunstan Across the Top 1973 Trojan de Havilland Neil Dunstan 6
AUD $5.00
Hans Tholstrop Darwin to Japan

7500 km voyage in a Haines Signature 5.4m trailerboat powered by a Honda 90 outboard! Peter Webster 13
Offshore (Float Ball) Anchoring

A practical solution to the issues of getting the pick back up into the boat when anchoring offshore. Damon Olsen 7
AUD $5.00
Rough Water Handling

Very detailed report on the unique handling characteristics of plate alloy boats in rough water conditions. Essential reading for all plate boat owners – especially those coming into the world of boating for the first time. Peter Webster 9
AUD $5.00
Safety Gear Organised

Excellent report on the safety equipment you really need in any small craft, not just going offshore but anywhere out on the water. Mike Levy 4
AUD $5.00
Sarina White-Out

What do you do in the middle of the afternoon when the rain or fog (or both) are so intense, you can't see your hand in front of your face ? Neil Dunstan had to deal with this problem coming back through the islands he couldn't see. . .. Neil Dunstan 5
The Storm Cell

This is a fascinating report of the impact of a near cyclonic storm cell that clobbered Andy Myer's boat 'Leviathan' fishing off Darwin in the Northern Territory. (if you are a bit nervous about heading offshore, probably not a good idea to Andy Myers 4
AUD $5.00
The Yamba Bar: Nowhere To Hide

At the mouth of the Clarence River in northern NSW, the barred entrance to Yamba and Illuka need considered, experienced seamanship to cross safely. Here, and even the pro trawlers can get into trouble . . . . Amazing pics. PW 12
AUD $5.00
Trailerboat Handling Rough Offshore Conditions

Special report by PW on the best ways of handling seriously rough offshore conditions that you did not expect on your RDO . . . PW 8
AUD $5.00
When Is Rough Too Rough? (Case Study)

A reader asks Peter Webster "When do you think it is too rough to venture out? " Peter Webster 5
AUD $5.00
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