CRUISING ON MAGIC DRAGON


 

 

The Book

 

Available NOW from the publishers

both as a printed book 

 and as a download

It is available from the Amazon and Borders websites now

and can be ordered from your local bookstore from  November 2007

 

ISBN 978-1-84753-632-7

 

 

 

 

 

Buy a Big Yacht and Sail off Round the World provides a framework for decisions about the type of yacht and equipment  most suitable for those embarking on a fixed duration, long distance cruise.

We found much of the advice we received before we bought Magic Dragon to be confusing and often misleading. Luckily we took very little at face value and fell back on our analytical and project management skills. As a result, we were able to buy and set up a yacht to be a comfortable and functional craft that would take us round the world quickly, safely and in relative luxury.

We do not believe it is necessary to give up all the benefits of civilisation if you want to go exploring on a yacht. In fact, a decent level of comfort will reduce fatigue, increase enjoyment, and make the whole enterprise far more satisfying.

We ignored the advice of the small boat crowd, bought the big yacht, and sailed off round the world. Buy the book, and start planning your own adventures!

 

 

Contents

 

 

Chapter 1 Introduction   

                                                  

In the beginning

Was this book written with you in mind?

What type of cruiser will you become?

Is it for me?  

Why we all do it.

 

Chapter 2 -Is the dream practical or fantasy?    

                            

            A Dream or a Fantasy?

Prior Experience

Physical Requirements

Financial considerations

So can I really do this?

 

Tales of life aboard Fiji                                                     

 

Chapter 3: Making plans   

                                                 

Your initial cruising plan

Cruising in the Mediterranean

The Caribbean

Best of both worlds?

The Atlantic Circuit

All the way round

Our recommendation

 

Tales of life aboard Christmas in Maho Bay                              

 


Chapter 4 Preparations   

                                                  

Reading and Research

Flotillas and Crewed Charters

Training plan

Expanding your experience

Charter in your intended environment

 

Chapter 5 - Fundamental Decisions    

                                       

The crew

Cruising environment

Duration

On shore support

To rally or not to rally

Tailpiece

 

Tales of life aboard A Passage                                                          

 

Chapter 6 - The yacht                                                            

The analytical approach

Basic criteria

Category of yacht

Manufacturers

Material

New or secondhand

Tailpiece

 

 Chapter 7 Equipment for comfort and control 

                    

Considerations when specifying equipment

Equipment to handle the yacht

Equipment to support the crew

Tailpiece

 

 

Tales of life aboard Even the bad times are good, Part 1          

 

Chapter 8 Electrical Equipment  

                                       

Electric power

Equipment to improve the lifestyle

Table of supply and demand

  Tailpiece

  

Chapter 9 Communication    

                                                    

Analysing your communications needs

Requirements to operate the yacht

Social Communications

Running a business while on board

Equipment and Licensing

            Tailpiece

 

Tales of life aboard Even the bad times are good, Part 2           

 

Chapter 10 The Dinghy    

                                                 

Why such an important factor?

Choice of yacht tender

Storage for the dinghy

Additional considerations

A few refinements

 

Chapter 11 - Background support 

                                             

The function of your shore side support

Financial Organisations

Identifying the contact(s)

Some special considerations

A Floating Hotel

 

Tales of life aboard Dragons in Komodo                                  

 

Chapter 12 - Computers On Board  

                                    

Applications

Hardware

  

Chapter 13- Associated Activities  

                                         

Diving

Photography

Racing

Water Sports

Tailpiece

 

Tales of life aboard Ibiza                                               

 

Chapter 14 - Personal Observations   

                                     

Why this section

Cost benefits of a larger yacht

Charter Crews

So what happens when it all goes wrong

Transatlantic Attitudes

Yacht skippers

 

Chapter 15 - Final thoughts                                                   

 

Appendix                                                                               

Commissioning costs

Organisations

Bibliography

Glossary  

 

 

 

Click on any  chapter heading above to see the first few paragraphs

 

            To see some of the photographs (ONLY IF YOU HAVE BROADBAND), Please CLICK HERE

 

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