Background reading suggestions for newbies in the PNW - SailNet Community
 1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 21 Old 08-08-2011 Thread Starter
Member
 
Armchairsailor2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Lower Mainland, BC
Posts: 61
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Background reading suggestions for newbies in the PNW

My question is a two-parter really - I've had some recommendations for pilot books for the PNW in the past, but would be keen to get a few books that would allow me to "convert" from my British RYA-based training and understanding, so something that would give me an introduction to any alternative terminologies, navigation conventions etc.

I'm also after a good general beginners read for the rest of the family, as they have yet to be introduced to the joy of sailling, so thought it would be prudent to get them straight off on the right tack, rather than getting them to read Tom Cunliffe or other such notables.

We'll be based in BC, so if there are any differences between US and CA conventions, it would be helpful to know. Sooo, what's a good read for starting out on the adventure over in the New World?
Armchairsailor2 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 21 Old 08-08-2011
Remember you're a womble
 
PaulinVictoria's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sidney, BC
Posts: 2,250
Thanks: 11
Thanked 62 Times in 60 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
You'll need to get your PCOC (pleasure craft operators certificate), which will cover those sort of things. As far as I know, the only thing you need to watch out for it that the red/green channel markers are the opposite way around over this side to the UK.

Orange Crush
1974 C&C27 MkII

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
PaulinVictoria is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 21 Old 08-08-2011
Courtney the Dancer
 
jrd22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
Posts: 3,917
Thanks: 4
Thanked 26 Times in 25 Posts
Rep Power: 16
 
For the family "The Curve of Time" Wylie Blanchett
Cruising guide "Dreamspeaker" series

Welcome to the neighborhood!
jackdale likes this.

John
SV Laurie Anne

1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse

jrd22 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 21 Old 08-08-2011
Senior Member
 
jackdale's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Posts: 9,145
Thanks: 29
Thanked 68 Times in 63 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrd22 View Post
For the family "The Curve of Time" Wylie Blanchett
Cruising guide "Dreamspeaker" series

Welcome to the neighborhood!
Good reading - Sailing Home - Gary Geddes

For sure - the Dreamspeaker guides.

For less expensive guides Northwest Boat Travel and Waggonner.

I might suggest taking a Navigation course through the Canadian Yachting Association or International Sail and Power. There are some big tides and currents in the area. The instructors can provide some great advise. That will also help with dealing with IALA system B.

As an example, the rule of 12ths is not of much use in the mixed semidiurnal tides common in the area as most tides cycles are not 6 hours.

Also north of Campbell River the general Direction of Buoyage supercedes the Local Direction of Buoyage (upstream rules).

One other thing the boom vang is what you may call a kicking strap.

__________________
ISPA Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor Evaluator
Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Instructor
IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Instructor
ASA 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 214
As I sail, I praise God, and care not. (Luke Foxe)

Last edited by jackdale; 08-08-2011 at 03:34 PM.
jackdale is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 21 Old 08-08-2011 Thread Starter
Member
 
Armchairsailor2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Lower Mainland, BC
Posts: 61
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Thanks for the literature - I'll be sure to check them out. Having grown up on the Menai Straits I'm used to strong tides, so am looking forward to it. Rule of 12ths out the window eh? Hmm, that should make for interesting times.

I've already heard about the PCOC, so will sign myself up for that. Having taken the RYA shorebased Day Skipper course, I think I should have a grounding in the nav aspect, but would be keen to brush up over the winter and revisit some stuff. Are correspondence courses common? I'm going to be working away from home quite a bit for the first wee while, so would have evenings free from getting the kids to bed.

Wow, just looked up the Curve of Time on Amazon - what a story, and what a woman! It reminds me a little of Leaves from Rowan's Logs, which does a similar thing for W Coast Scotland.

Last edited by Armchairsailor2; 08-08-2011 at 06:04 PM.
Armchairsailor2 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 21 Old 08-08-2011
Remember you're a womble
 
PaulinVictoria's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sidney, BC
Posts: 2,250
Thanks: 11
Thanked 62 Times in 60 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
You can do the PCOC online, Boating License | BOATsmart! Canada Pleasure Craft Operator Card | Boater Exam

Orange Crush
1974 C&C27 MkII

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
PaulinVictoria is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 21 Old 08-08-2011
Hmmm
 
Bilgewater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Campbell River, British Columbia
Posts: 514
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Welcome

Being a Canadian Coast Guard onboard requirement anyway but also an excellent read and a great and useful reference book is the "Sailing Directions - Vol 1 South coast" and/or "Sailing Directions - Vol 2 North Coast" published by Fisheries & Oceans Canada.
Nice thick books with most everything you need to know throughout the west coast...a must have and well worth the cost.

I agree with the other recommendations...Curve of Time & The Dreamspeaker guides.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Impulse III
Truant Pilothouse
Bilgewater is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 21 Old 08-08-2011 Thread Starter
Member
 
Armchairsailor2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Lower Mainland, BC
Posts: 61
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Thanks Paul. I note that you can get family discounts for the PCOC - does that mean that each person helming the boat would have to have one? Given that I'd be skippering for the first couple of years at the very least, is there mileage in getting the Boss to do hers at the same time? How strict are they about such things? Is it a prerequisite for insurance or anything?
Armchairsailor2 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 21 Old 08-08-2011
Senior Member
 
jackdale's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Posts: 9,145
Thanks: 29
Thanked 68 Times in 63 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Anyone who operates (takes the helm) a power-driven vessel, even the dinghy, requires the PCOC.

__________________
ISPA Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor Evaluator
Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Instructor
IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Instructor
ASA 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 214
As I sail, I praise God, and care not. (Luke Foxe)
jackdale is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #10 of 21 Old 08-08-2011 Thread Starter
Member
 
Armchairsailor2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Lower Mainland, BC
Posts: 61
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Ok, I'm drifting things slightly, but is the PCOC a difficult thing to do? What does it cover? I assume handling, particualrly in confined situations, rules of the road/ COLREGS, some nav and engine diagnosis - have I about got it?
Armchairsailor2 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Newbies indysafe317 Introduce Yourself 1 10-04-2009 11:45 PM
Jeff H, please share background NCC320 General Discussion (sailing related) 0 03-10-2009 02:47 PM
Newbies wlshor Introduce Yourself 5 12-07-2008 04:31 AM
Newbies in need of help meandmary Introduce Yourself 4 11-12-2008 07:14 PM
Change articles background? InlandGirl Announcements and Suggestions Box 6 09-08-2007 12:18 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome