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Picksea offers a selection of practical navigation and weather manuals to help you sail safely! Find books to understand the tide, the weather, the signals and the lights. You will also find books on topics such as: how to sail successfully, boating at sea, communicating on board, transoceanic crossing, astronomical navigation, offshore navigation and cruising!

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  • <h2>Réussir sa sortie en mer: preparing, sailing and above all progressing!</h2> <h2><span style="color:#ff0000;">Written and designed by the experts at Picksea!</span></h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">Successful Sea Trips is an illustrated guide from the <strong>Vagnon</strong> which accompanies the sailor in all the stages of his sea trip. You will find a<span> unwound <strong>step by step</strong> which follows the chronology of a sea trip (before, during, after) with important themes such as managing the unexpected or sailing at night.</span></p> <h2>Characteristics of the book Réussir sa sortie en mer</h2>
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  • <h2>With a partner, anything is possible!</h2> <p>A practical memo where all the situations of sailing together are considered in great detail. The friends you were counting on have failed you! On the family side, no one is really motivated. And yet the weather looks good and it would be a real shame not to take advantage of it. That leaves your old friend. He's always up for it, but he's not quite up to speed. But never mind. The call of the sea is too strong. This is much more common than it seems. Provided that you prepare your navigation well, divide the tasks well and explain the manoeuvres to come, with all the current technical developments, setting off with two people is no longer really a problem. With a good autopilot, one crew member in the cockpit and one on the foredeck are generally enough to manage all the sails at sea, to moor at a pontoon or to take a mooring, to anchor in a cove, to follow the navigation with the GPS and to cook. And twelve hours of sleep per day and per person is far too much to be tired...</p> <p>But be careful all the same. It's before leaving that you have to anticipate all the gestures, all the unforeseen events so as not to be caught off guard. Dominic Bourgeois wanted to make this special edition a practical memo where all the situations of sailing together are considered in great detail.</p> <h2>Features</h2>
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    Sailing well in pairs

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  • <h2>With this knowledge, it would be difficult for a yachtsman to say that he could predict the weather tomorrow...</h2> <p>The sources and content of weather information available to us today have greatly diversified, thanks in particular to satellite photos, data modelling, the Internet and advances in maritime communications. This special issue on marine weather uses these new tools to explain the main phenomena. It is no longer a question of being able to predict, but rather of understanding and making better use of weather information in order to establish more relevant navigation strategies and, above all, to take to the sea safely.</p> <p>The sources and content of the weather information available to us today have greatly diversified: satellite photos, data modelling, the Internet...  This special edition proposes a completely new approach. It is no longer a question of learning about the weather through the major theoretical principles governing the movements of the atmosphere, as was done in the past. Presenting the meteorological phenomena most often encountered by boaters, the five main parts of this book are treated with the same logic: we start with the tool, we expose the meteorological principle to understand the phenomenon. By observing what is happening or likely to happen, a navigation strategy is established. In this example on the cold front, all the illustrations, satellite photos and weather maps, come from the websites of the various official organisations. Each section ends with a quiz to test the reader's knowledge.</p> <p>Contents? Analysing the depression: the surface map, pressure and wind, the disturbance, the sky, the cold front ? Getting to know the mistral: the weather report, the arrival of cold air, the sea and the wind, the reverse side of the mistral, choosing your time of day ? Observing the local effect: the eye, the breezes, the fog, the risk clouds, the storm? Measuring the open sea: the wind field, the altitude, the swell, the storm, the trade wind? Collecting data: Internet, Grib files, phonics, Navtex... and 4 quizzes.</p> <h2>Features</h2>
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    Marine weather

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  • <h2>Learn how to master the routing in racing and cruising with this book written by meteorologist Jean-Yves Bernot</h2> <p>This guide allows you to master the various computer tools used for pleasure boating or during competitions and to better interpret meteorological and oceanographic data. The aim is not to present defined routes, but to help the yachtsman to plot and adapt his own. The website offers additional illustrations and further information.</p> <h2>Features</h2>
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    Routing in racing and cruising

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  • <h2>GPS is a great navigation aid. However, it is important to know how to use it and to identify the risks in order to better prevent them.</h2> <p>Learn how to use all the GPS functions, and at a glance on your screen you will see where you are and where you are going, how long it will take you to get there and what time you will be in port. As your boat progresses, the various displays, figures and graphs show the constantly changing data, which is both fascinating and reassuring.</p> <p>As an everyday tool, GPS has become commonplace for road traffic or nature walks. Its nautical use, however, remains the most sophisticated of all, along with air navigation. At sea, a lack of settings, a handling error or a wrong reading can result in a shipwreck, with much more serious consequences than getting lost in the open country. Marine sense - a mixture of thoughtful analysis of all the information on board, observation of the maritime environment and constant sensory monitoring - consists first and foremost in never relying on a single instrument, even if it is as precise and magical as the GPS. When the reefs appear in front of the bow, it is too late to wonder if the position displayed on the screen is really accurate...</p> <p>This special edition is aimed at beginners as well as those who already use a GPS on a regular basis but who do not check its correct operation, rarely pay attention to its settings and hardly use its advanced functions...</p> <h2>Features</h2>
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    I'm learning the GPS

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  • <h2>Jean-Louis Guéry shares with us his in-depth knowledge of cruising and the thousand details that make sailing a pleasure to share.</h2> <p>From the helmsman, he anticipates the boat's reactions, but willingly leaves room for the crew. From the captain, he has retained a sense of organisation but rarely gives orders. He may have been a skipper in his youth, but nowadays he prefers to sail with friends or family. The expression "Only master after God" makes him smile, even though he knows that he is in charge of the boat. He is the SKIPPER. He or she, for that matter! By mixing genres, the anglicism on the front page of this new special edition is definitely very practical!</p> <p>Because skippering a sailboat is a combination of functions. Mind you, this does not necessarily mean going fast or manoeuvring as if on parade. Let's rather focus on what makes a successful cruise: a good knowledge of your boat and systematic checks, an in-depth study of the sailing area and routes, good reflexes to deal with an emergency situation... the list is long but it's worth taking stock of it before setting off. And if you think that a few revisions are welcome, you will find in the last part an inventory of the thematic training courses currently offered in France.</p> <p>Jean-Louis Guéry, a former base manager at the Glénans Nautical Centre, journalist for Voiles et Voiliers and editor of nautical instructions for the SHOM, shares his in-depth knowledge of cruising with us. He gives us his vision of this "good skipper" and the thousand details that make sailing a pleasure to share.</p> <h2>Features</h2>
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    How to properly steer your boat

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  • <h2>All about the world of boating - <span style="color:#ff0000;">Written and designed by the experts at Picksea!</span></h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">From A for "Shoot" to Z for "Avoidance Zone", this <em>"Abécédaire du plaisancier" </em>offers definitions of more than 300 key words that are essential for acquiring a solid nautical culture that is useful for any outing at sea, in a motorboat or under sail.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">The book is enriched with visual plates to identify and remember at a glance the essentials about the design and operation of a boat, basic manoeuvres, markings and markings, safety equipment, rigging, sails, etc...</p> <h2><span style="font-family:'novecento_wide_medium', sans-serif;font-size:16px;">Details on the Abécédaire du plaisancier</span></h2>
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  • <h2>A beginner sailor? Sail safely!</h2> <p>Taking to the sea, the first times, when you are a beginner, is not so simple. <span>With this book, published in partnership with the SNSM, the novice yachtsman will have all the keys to ensure his safety on board in the event of a major problem. In this manual, all the major themes are covered: man overboard, fire, collision, grounding, water ingress, evacuation.</span></p> <h2>Manual Features: La plaisance en sécurité</h2>
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  • <h2>Dare the adventure of night sailing thanks to the wise and learned advice of Jean-Louis Guéry</h2> <p>For many yachtsmen, night sailing is still forbidden, because it is too frightening, too risky or too mysterious. But we must beware, because if the yachtsmen who have not yet dared to sail under the stars knew all the pleasures and advantages that can be gained, they would have already cast off and sent the canvas!</p> <p>That's the world we're taking you into with this new special edition. We give you all the advice you need to sail safely, teach you how to recognise lighthouses, help you to navigate properly, and invite you to avoid the traps of other boats and their little headlights that waddle under the pale, icy light of the moon. A special edition that gives you a clear idea of which route to take. You will also learn about the marvellous world of the stars and the stars that enchant these nocturnal navigations.</p> <p>This special issue is also very practical and will introduce you to all the latest equipment that is essential for the boat and its crew. So why not make your nights even more beautiful than your days? It's up to you to cast off the canvas, we've lit up the stars!</p> <h2>Features</h2>
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    The pleasures of night sailing

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  • <h2>Sailing well with the weather offshore and in port: driving, manoeuvring and adjusting</h2> <p>Sailing well with the weather offshore and in port <strong>Vagnon</strong> is a guide that brings together all the manoeuvres and conduct in port and at sea that are essential for good sailing in the weather.</p> <h2>Features of the book Sailing Well with the Weather Offshore and in Port</h2>
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    Sailing well with the weather offshore and in port

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  • <h2>The essentials of offshore sailing: everything you need to know to sail or motor on the high seas!</h2><p style="text-align:justify;">The essential of the deep-sea navigation of <strong>Vagnon</strong> includes the essentials of the regulations (navigation zones, registration, permits), safety (responsibilities of the skipper, equipment, first aid, VHF), day and night navigation, but also eco-actions!</p><h2>Features of the manual The Essential of Offshore Navigation</h2>
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    The essential for offshore sailing

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  • <p style="text-align:justify;"><span>The Vagnon of boating at sea is the Bible of the motor sailor! This book gathers all the knowledge in manoeuvres, navigation, safety, regulations, etc... which will help you to improve your nautical skills.</span></p> <h2 style="text-align:justify;">The Motor Boating Bible !</h2>
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    Vagnon de la Plaisance en mer

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  • <h2>An indispensable manual to prepare for the offshore licence - <span style="color:#ff0000;">Written and designed by the experts at Picksea!</span></h2> <p>This guide to offshore sailing is intended for those who wish to learn about offshore sailing and for those who plan to take the offshore sailing licence exam. It has been designed to enable you to:</p> <ul><li>acquire the knowledge necessary to master offshore navigation as well as those necessary to pass your offshore exam</li> <li>to progress in your learning thanks to a proven method</li> <li>to check your knowledge thanks to tests and exercises throughout your training</li> <li>to prepare yourself with confidence for the offshore exam thanks to the mock exams proposed in this book</li> <li>to put into practice what you have learned on a simulated offshore sailing trip</li> </ul><h2><span style="font-family:'novecento_wide_medium', sans-serif;font-size:16px;">Details on the Offshore Navigation Training Guide</span></h2>
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    Training Guide to Offshore Navigation

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  • <h2>Prepare your Atlantic crossing</h2> <p><span>This is a very practical guide for experienced boaters wishing to cross the Atlantic. You will find planning, meteorology and oceanography... A unique book on the market, which adventurous sailors are eagerly awaiting! It also includes examples of routes to the West Indies.</span></p> <h2>Features of the guide : The trans-oceanic crossing.</h2>
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    The Transoceanic Crossing

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  • <h2>Learn to understand, anticipate and manage the weather</h2> <p><span>Knowing how to anticipate and manage wind, fog, or thunderstorms is essential for a sailor. This manual covers sea air; fog, clouds and thunderstorms; synoptic wind and thermal breezes; weather phenomena specific to large sailing areas; and safety and information taking. This is a very comprehensive book, aimed at the experienced sailor.</span></p> <h2>Features of the manual: Understanding, anticipating and managing the weather</h2>
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    Understand, anticipate and manage the weather

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  • <h2>Learn more about marine navigation with the Vagnon de navigation</h2> <p><span>Maritime navigation requires a vast knowledge of the sea, ships and sailors. You will learn about <span>the contribution of the most recent technologies but also on the digital turn taken by the field of navigation. <span>This educational book has been written for the students of the Naval School. It is also intended for sailors and industrialists. It provides them with knowledge of the maritime environment and exposes the techniques and logic necessary to conduct a serene navigation.</span></span></span></p> <h2>Characteristics of the Vagnon Navigation Treaty</h2>
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    Vagnon Treaty of Navigation

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  • <h2>The maritime signalling memo</h2> <p>This very practical memo aims to remind you of the maritime signs to enable you to navigate safely.</p> <p>You will find the beaconing, the harbour signals as well as the tide and the weather.</p> <h2>Characteristics of the Vagnon Memo - Maritime signs</h2>
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    Maritime Signals Memo

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  • <h2>Memo of Lights &amp; Ship's Marks</h2> <p>This handy memo is intended to provide a complete overview of ship's lights and marks. It contains day marks, ship's lights and privileges.</p> <p>You will learn: how to recognize the lights and marks of the boats but also how to interpret them</p> <h2>Characteristics of the Vagnon Memo - Lights &amp; Marks of boats</h2>
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    Memo of Lights & Boat Marks

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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>Everything about cruising, coastal and offshore in great detail</h2> <p>This book written by Olivier le Carrer is a definition of the crosière, which for him is not measured by the number of miles sailed, nor by the size of the boat. It begins as soon as you embark on a boat, however small, with a thermos of coffee, a few spare things and a map...</p> <h2>Detailed features of this book</h2> </div>
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    The Cruise: Coastal and Offshore

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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>The weather and the different navigation strategies during crossings or offshore races in great detail</h2> <p>In this book, cruising and ocean racing enthusiasts will learn how to use the weather independently. This practice can lead to a passion for one of the few areas where scientific knowledge, observation, intuition and decision-making can still be combined.<br />This book was written by Jean-Yves Bernot, famous in the world of ocean racing as a navigator on large multihulls and monohulls, but also for his routing, <em>Weather &amp; Strategy</em> answers the practical questions that racers and boaters have.</p> <h2>Detailed features of this book</h2> </div>
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    Weather and strategy : Cruising and ocean racing

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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>Le Vagnon de la voile: a reference!</h2> <p>In this "bible" for sailors, Marcel Oliver teaches us, with all his experience as a sailor and teacher of the sea, everything we need to know to sail well: how to sail safely, how to use your equipment wisely, how to deal with the natural elements (the sea, the wind, etc.), how to navigate efficiently both near the coast and in the open sea. A reference manual for all instructors and for all sailors who wish to learn and improve their sailing skills.</p> <p>A two-level reading: fundamental theory (often unpublished) on the left-hand pages, illustrated synthesis on the right-hand pages. This new edition includes a new chapter on sail trimming.</p> <h2>Characteristics of the Vagnon de la voile</h2> </div>
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    The Vagnon of sailing

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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>Risk, safety, rescue and survival at sea</h2> <p>This book reminds boaters of the essential measures to prevent the risks inherent in all navigation (approximately 6000 boaters are assisted each year in French waters and more than half of the accidents are caused by human error).</p> <p>It also informs them about survival and rescue techniques at sea in case...</p> <h2>Practical...safety, very important on board a boat</h2> <p>Several points are very important to take into account during a trip on the sea: preparing the boat, before embarking, sailing carefully, and in case of problems. You can find all kinds of useful books on our website Picksea.com.</p> <h2>Features of this book</h2> </div>
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    Risk, safety, rescue and survival at sea

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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>Communicating well on board: Albert Brel</h2> <p>The means of communication at sea have greatly evolved in recent years. This manual covers all the possible techniques to simplify calling procedures, facilitate contact with the land and thus ensure safety.</p> <p>VHF, mobile phone, Inmarsat Standard-C telex, SSB... Albert Brel, an electronics engineer and graduate of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, gives you all the keys to choosing and mastering your communication systems.</p> </div>
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    Good communication on board

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  • <p>This book is designed to help you prepare for the tidal test on your offshore license or marine exams. After describing the tidal phenomenon, Marc Hozette explains how to solve a tidal problem. He then proposes 52 problems based on excerpts from the Tidal Yearbook contained in the book.</p>
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    Sailing with the tide

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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>Astronomical navigation : François Meyrier</h2> <p><span>Even if today's electronic devices are very reliable, it is still essential (and sometimes compulsory) to know the techniques of positioning with the help of a sextant, a watch, a calculator and the ephemeris. In this manual you will find the basic principles of navigation based on the observation of the Sun, planets and stars. </span></p> <h2>Features of this book</h2> </div>
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    Astronomical navigation

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