This book provides a valuable insight into the challenges faced by the new captain. Scattered throughout with checklists, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœmust doÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ lists and Ã¢â‚¬Ëœwhatever you do, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t forgetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ lists, the book manages to be both useful and highly readable.
Michael ensures that anyone who reads this book will not forget the realities faced by those who sail off to the four corners, someone who is largely ignored until something goes wrong but who is constantly managing and worrying about the conditions and safety of those who sail with him.
Faced with unhelpful port authorities, recalcitrant chefs and crews with barely a word of English between them, Michael makes this book less a collection of war stories and more a very real guide to dealing with the difficulties of each new situation. 227 pages PB.