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Old 06 August 2005, 17:44   #1
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Hi, does anybody know where online there is a site with boat handling/maneouvering tips and basically all skills for a beginner
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Old 06 August 2005, 18:14   #2
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I suggest you look to do an RYA Level 2 powerboat course. Very different in real life!
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Old 06 August 2005, 18:22   #3
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A quick Google search for "boat handling" will find you lots of helpful stuff to read!

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RYA Motor Cruising is a superb book (ISBN 0-9547301-1-9) IMHO and at 11 superb value.

HOWEVER as said above it is NO substitute for the Level 2 Course. In my opinion anyone "without experience" going onto the water without having done it is crazy!
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I have just been given a cd rom by teach me interactive its quite good go to www.teachmetosail.com but I would also consider taking a course as well.
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I'd recommend taking a course too, but it doesn't mean that you can't or shouldn't take a boat out until you have a certificate. You may find that you get more from your course if you've already mastered some of the basics for yourself, as you can concentrate on the more challenging topics.

Background reading before a course is a good idea. It's even better after a course, because it will mean more once you've actually had a go!

Someone who is interested enough to read up on the subject may be a better candidate in the long run than someone who does a two day course then thinks they know it all.

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Would fully agree about the training.

In the meantime - http://mltsoftware.home.comcast.net/...m/docksim.html
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Another sim I can recommend is Motorboat Simulator by Stentec -

http://www.stentec.com/motorboatsimulator_i/

There's a variety of different types of boats on there to choose from including a twin jet rib - you can give it different wind/swell conditions too.

If you do get it, download all the extra packs for it, which give you places like marinas and extra islands to go around - parking (sorry, berthing) the biggest boat in the smallest space in a good breeze is great fun

However, you can't beat real experience though - ditto what everyone else has said about a L1 & 2 course......

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Certainly I would do a level two course if its good handling you are after
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i have one booked, i just wanted to have some knowledge for when i go.I have had a tiller steer boat for 3 years and i am brilliant at handling it but the boat i do the PB2 on has a steering wheel so i thought i would do some research.
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