The charter business seems filled with broken promises.
Luckily, we have finally found the charter companies who are really reliable and provide excellent yachts and services all-round.
I would be happy to help you find the perfect yacht charter for your holiday, and although I receive a small payment from a few businesses I can assure you that I will remain totally unbiased. Indeed, with many of the companies that I recommend I have absolutely no connection.
Please proceed to my yacht charter page for more information and I would of course appreciate it very much if you would share your previous charter experiences with me.
Apart from the fun of sharing my love for sailing and for Greece, Croatia and Turkey I now receive a minor fee from a few of the many good companies that I recommend. This enables me to professionalize Sailingissues.com. Please note that this fee is paid not by you or other visitors but by these decent charter companies who now have to spend a considerable amount less on advertizing! Moreover, the books that are sold via the literature page result in a few euros extra for each item, which again allows me to spend more time helping you on the internet.
For safety reasons you should at least have onboard the Greek Waters Pilot or the Ionian Sea Pilot by
Rod Heikell together with the accompanying Tetra charts by Imray.
Yet, the BA charts are generally much more detailed and precise than the Tetra series.
The Greek charts by the Greek Hydrographic Office are often preferred as well.
Short answer: It is almost finished.
Long answer: Actually, it will never be finished and that's just the dynamic idea behind it. Of course, there is a huge pile of information ogling at me from my desktop, waiting to get inserted into the website.
Expect a few additions about each fortnight.
Yes, read my copyright statement.
No, (not yet anyway :-)
Short answer: Yes
Long answer: Yes, this site is free, but server rent alone now costs me a lot of money each month. So, it would be much appreciated if you would care to make a donation, however small.
A global mix from a growing variety of countries; USA, England, France, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Canada, Spain, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Denmark and of course the Netherlands.
The returning visitors range from novice yachtsmen to highly experienced instructors.
Very little indeed: The first chapter deals with the basics, although from then on the level increases rapidly. So, even if you are a novice you will find this course very useful, though onboard practise is paramount.
This course is best used alongside your national program as an online resource.
It deals primarily with time-honoured and reliable navigation methods, providing insight and safety.
The purposes are:
Short answer: It is almost finished.
Long answer: Actually, it will never be finished and that's just the idea behind it. Of course, there is a huge pile of knowledge ogling at me from my desk, waiting to get inserted into the course. As for now, only my own students will be able to appreciate that part.
But the site is actually dynamic in character, all the ideas and questions that I got (and get) are slowly working their way into this site. I mean, if an instructor asks me about a method then clearly I was not explaining it properly!
Expect a new paragraph each week.
Since this website stresses different topics, it is ideally used alongside your own national program.
Even when there is a lot of overlap this site can offer you another perspective on marine navigation.
Although many nationalities endorse this website, the course and a subsequent certificate would have no legal meaning in a global setting, since every country enforces its own requirements and standards.
Well, that depends upon what country you life in. In Malta the requirements are much lighter than in for instance New Zealand. Moreover, New Zealand places different emphases than US Sailing, FFV
or the KNWV, etc. etc.
Furthermore, in almost every country concessions just have to be made in order to enable everyone (average IQ) to obtain a certificate. Therefore, rules of thumb have been introduced.
This site, on the other hand, relies on your insight and common sense to make you a safe and experienced navigator.
No, without my permission this would mean a copyright infringement. However, several USCG instructors and a very nice Aussie sailing coach have made contributions to this site (ranging from spelling checks to methodology). In return I said yes when they asked me if they could use some of my work onboard.
So, it is not a hard NO, but you'll need written permission.
All in all, I would love it if you would direct your students toward my website :-).
Short answer: No.
Long answer: Well, not yet. A tremendous amount of visitors clearly indicates that a manageable copy would be very handy onboard.
So, indeed you have made me ponder...
Update: there will be PDF's soon!