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Acknowledgements. Foreword. Author Dr Gavin Le Sueur. Illustrator Nigel Allison. Anchoring. Apparent Wind. Battens. Beaching. Bridles. Capsize Prevention. Capsize Preparation. Capsize Survival Tactics. Cargo. Centreboards. Children. Collision. Crew & Passengers. Cyclones. Dinghy. Dismasting. Electricity. Fire & Gas. Flares & Torches. Foiling. Gusty Conditions. In Irons. Jetty Work. Liferafts. Lightning. Man Overboard. Masts. Motors. Racing Seamanship. Radar & Radar Reflectors. Rigging & Ropes. Righting. Roller Furling. Sails. Seaweed & Fish Nets. Self-Steering & Autopilots. Sheet Systems. Sinking. Slipping. Spinnakers. Steering & Rudders. Storm Sailing. Stress Measurement & Beam Failure. Tacking & Gybing. Targa Bar & Davits. Telltales. Towing. Trailering. Trampolines & Safety Nets. Transfers. Whales. Glossary of Multihull Terms. Index. Notes & Ideas.

About the Author

Gavin Le Sueur competed in the two-handed bicentennial Around Australia Yacht Race with his future wife. In one race they sailed through a cyclone and completed the race only to be struck by a whale when sailing home and forced to abandon ship. They were lent another catamaran for the around Australia race which they completed, getting engaged on the finish line. They have owned 5 different catamarans in which they have cruised and raced in Australia and explored the Pacific and south east Asia. Nigel Allison is an illustrator, musician and artist who has maintained a lifelong passion for the ocean. A keen sailor, windsurfer, kitesurfer and sailor, Nigel's background and enthusiastic approach to his art has given the world of multihulls a new dimension.


"A 'must read' for anyone with multihull ambitions." (Modern Boating) "Could literally be life saving. Anyone preparing to build, buy or just sail a multihull would be advised to read this book." (Multihull World) "Le Sueur conveys eloquently why multihulls are special. His 'Seamanship Rules' should be learnt by heart." (Yachting Monthly) "When I had finished reading it, I started to understand how I should be thinking about handling my multihull, rather than just following general written advice. I started to think about the vessel and its interaction with the forces around it: how one action, say on sail trim, could change the dynamic on another, say dagger board loading. This led to a greater understanding of load dynamics in developing conditions, ensured a more comfortable ride on board and resulted in less wear and tear on gear. This new edition of Le Sueur's book must be a recommended read for anyone on the multihull journey." (Royal Cruising Club)

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