I have Rudy and Jill's book Anchoring: A ground Tackler's Apprentice. It is by far the BEST anchoring book available. It provides the most in depth, pardon the pun, and complete view of anchoring technique, ground tackle equipment and accessories needed by any professional or recreational boat captain and crew. I have ten years of full-time cruising experience and learned about anchoring through trial and error. I now have Rudy and Jill's book to remind me of what little I have learned and need yet to learn. It is interesting and a great reference book.
I enjoy having this book and like everything about it except the name. It is not an apprentice...it is the master, the journeyman of anchoring. If you tend to be concerned even slightly when you drop the hook in a new anchorage have this book with you. If you want to know and understanding the skill and art of proper anchoring this is it. BUY THIS BOOK NOW and sleep well with your anchor down.
Anchoring: A Ground Tackler's Apprentice
By Rudy and Jill Sechez
Ever wonder about...
- How to throw a rope
- The paradox of stretch in rope
- Whether chain is really necessary
- The silent dangers of using rope that is too small
- If there is such a thing as too much scope
- Swivels -- should I or shouldn't I
- How not to use tandem anchors
- Whether there is more to preventing chafe than using firehose
- The conundrum of bridles
- Anchors for soft (mud) bottoms
- Plus much more!
Jill and Rudy Sechez first began cruising in 1997 aboard a 36-foot wood, cutter-rigged sailboat that they built in a small backyard. They currently live and cruise aboard a 34-foot sail-assisted wood trawler, which they designed, then built under the trees out in the woods. Relevant to this book, they have seen their boats successfully through seven hurricanes, anchoring through five of them, in addition to numerous tropical storms and countless gales. They cruise primarily the east coasts of the U.S., Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas, with a trip to Bermuda along the way.