Driving Lifeboats and Rescue Boats & Launch and Recovery of Boats from Ships Book Set

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Publisher The Nautical Institute
ISBN 9781906915728 9781906915667 9781906915223
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Driving Lifeboats and Rescue Boats, 1st Edition 2019
ISBN: 9781906915667

Taking to the boats, getting away from a stricken vessel and safely negotiating the open sea until rescued is one of the most demanding tasks a seafarer may have to face. No amount of training in sheltered waters can properly replicate the sense of urgency and panic of an emergency abandon ship.

This book aims to fill the gap between training and reality. It provides potentially lifesaving insights into the realities of handling a lifeboat, MOB boat or fast rescue boat in all conditions.

As a hugely experienced navigator and former lifeboat inspector, author Dag Pike AFNI offers sound guidance on handling small craft in all sea conditions. He explains the boarding preparations, leaving the ship’s side and driving small craft in following seas, beam seas, head seas, fog, ice and at night.

Even when rescue is at hand the boat’s crew will need to transfer passengers to the ship. The author highlights how the task is made harder by the unsatisfactory design of many modern lifesaving craft.

Captain Pike also discusses the different driving techniques needed for the fast boats used to rescue people in the water and to tow liferafts.

The book is illustrated with numerous photographs and clear diagrams. It contains a combined index that references topics covered in both Driving Lifeboats and Rescue Boats and the same author’s Launch and Recovery of Boats from Ships, published by The Nautical Institute in 2017. Both books provide vital guidance for mariners at every level and also offer important insights for shipowners, LSA designers and manufacturers, and regulators.


Launch and Recovery of Boats from Ships, 1st Edition 2018
ISBN: 9781906915223

The launch and recovery of boats from ships is a vast subject and one that has not previously been examined in detail. The Nautical Institute is pleased to announce its latest publication, Launch and Recovery of Boats from Ships, on this vital subject.

Launching, operating and recovering small boats is often outside the expertise of crew and can require considerable skill and seamanship. Practice drills rarely provide a realistic simulation of emergencies. An increasing lack of experience and some well-publicised accidents during practice have undermined crews’ confidence in using the equipment. Reluctance to take part in practice launches serves to further erode safety.

In Launch and Recovery of Boats from Ships, author Dag Pike AFNI sets out good practice and explains in clear language the techniques and systems that can improve manoeuvres. The book reviews the equipment available and assesses both its benefits and its potential drawbacks. The publication will be of value to ship owners and operators, regulators and designers as well as practical seafarers.

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