"First Mate 101" by Brenda Dawson
Who Should Read this Book?
Find out by answering yes or no to the following questions:
- Do you know the procedures for leaving and approaching your dock?
- Do you know the procedures when approaching a transient dock?
- Do you know the procedure when fuelling your boat?
- Do you know how to let out the dinghy?
- Do you know how to raise and lower the anchor?
- Do you know how to dock the boat in the event the captain is injured
or becomes ill?
- Is handling garbage on your boat an easy chore?
- Can you tie a bowline, reef knot, round turn and two half hitches and
a figure eight, sheep shank and a clove hitch?
- Do you know how to raise and lower fenders?
- Do you have a procedure for storing the fenders after you leave the
- Do you know how to have cold drinking water aboard?
- Do you know what safety equipment is required for your boat andhow to
use it and where it is?
- Do you know what essentials are required in the galley and head?
- Do you know how to keep food for several days with no power?
- Can you read a chart?
- Do you know how to use a GPS, Radar & VHF?
- Do you know how to mosquito proof your boat?
- Do you know how to keep a log and what to put in it?
If you answered no to most of the above 18 questions, you need to read this
book because you are only a guest on boardnot a qualified First Mate.
If you answered no to some of these questions, you are almost a first mate
and still need to read First Mate 101.
If you answered yes to all these questions, congratulations you are probably
a qualified First Mate. However, a First Mate can always learn more and will
probably pick up some helpful hints in First Mate 101.
Boating Tips for the Crew (Commodore)
Read embarrassment-saving tips and tricks from the lady with a lifetime of boating experience.
You no longer need to be afraid to venture out to pick up a dock line. Brenda Dawson will show you and your captain the way to smoothly and quietly dock any size or type of boat without you being a 'mind-reading bionic woman'. No yelling. No embarrassment.
Brenda describes all the tips and tricks to manage both the interior and exterior of your boat/yacht. Don't go cruising without it!
- Claim your place on board and be the kind of First Mate
who knows how to 'dance' with their Captain.
- Maximize the limited space on your boat.
- Keep ice for 11 days in a cooler.
- Dozens of innovative tips on how to store everything from food, equipment, bedding, furniture to all the other comforts of home that you want to take boating.
- Work the ropes, the anchor, bow line, stern line, spring lines, tow line and even rafting lines (and know what the heck all of those lines are!)
- Present yourself as that incredible couple to the others in the marina. (sure beats being exposed as a 'newbie')
- Learn what the correct 'boating etiquette' is when docked in the harbour.
- Manage and store canvas to keep it long-living and quick to put up and take down (great for when bugs come!)
- Deal with the bugs!
- Choose footwear (who would've thought!)
And much more. With knowledge, you’ll gain confidence, and with confidence you’ll have more fun. The best boating is all about 'Family fun afloat'.