Cruising Yacht Security is published

The first fact-based book on cruising yacht security is published and available at Amazon (all countries). It aims at enabling charter sailors, long-term cruisers and circumnavigators to sail where they have not dared to sail before.

Based on a recently published analysis of more than 200 attacks on cruising yachts worldwide, Cruising Yacht Security offers simple yet reliable strategies for skippers and crews.

It covers the full process from risk assessment, routing, preparation of crew and vessel as well as strategies for avoiding and fending off boarders in all relevant yacht situations: in the marina, at anchor and offshore.

All relevant security equipment has been checked and rated for the specific needs of the cruising yacht owner. Invaluable for your decisions on beefing up your boat.

More than 100 illustrations will help you to understand and implement the described methods. From circumnavigators for all sailors and yacht skippers.

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Enjoy and feel free to comment at Amazon!


2 Gedanken zu „Cruising Yacht Security is published

  1. Fritze Beitragsautor

    Dear Charles,
    thanks for your comment and question.
    I presume, that you have positively narrowed the problem down to a slipping cone clutch in the SD50. You will probably have checked the control cables from your throttle to the engine (another possible source of error). They should move smoothly.

    Please have in mind that I do not know what boat type you are sailing. I have made my experiences with the SD50 on Lagoon catamarans (not that boat design should matter too much for this issue).

    Having such designs in mind and given that your boat is generally intact and there are no other issues on the SD50 (that might require to access the shafts inside the lower parts of the saildrive) there is really no reason whatsoever to haul her out for a lapping of the cone clutch.

    To speculate a little: the only reason for hauling her out would be to eliminate risk of sea water influx due to damaged saildrive seals. However, if they are damaged right now, you would certainedly have noticed (flooded engine room) and damaging them during the repair of the clutch is virtually impossible. Consequently, influx is not a risk to my knowledge.

    To sum it up, I would not haul her out, if the slipping clutch is your only issue. It can be safely and perfectly repaired (or changed, if that proves to be neccessary) while the typical sailboat is in the water. A mechanic experienced in the matter and familiar with the SD50 should be able to perform the repair in two to four hours.

    Let me know if you have any more questions / comments. You’ll find my details on linkedin, if you prefer a direct contact.

    Good luck with the repair,
    fair winds and following seas,

  2. Charles Brouwers

    Quick question. I have a Yanmar SD50 and I am experiencing the same clutch issue as you described in one of your articles The mechanics I asked to look into it thinks that it is safer to haul the sailing boat out of the water to do the repair. Based on paper, i feel it is not necessary. Any thought ?


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