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  Make Blazing Fast Sailing Passages
Whether you sail across a river, bay or ocean, being able to sail faster means that you and your crew have less exposure to heavy weather and rough seas. And that means safer sailing for your sailing crew and less strain on your boat, her sails, and sailing rigging. Discover how the pros achieve perfect sail trim with a mainsheet, traveler, boom vang, outhaul, halyards, cunningham, stays and shrouds, telltales, sheet blocks, and preventers to turn a slow boat into a blazing fast stallion on steroids!


  Sail in Heavy Weather with Confidence!
No sailor likes being caught out in tough weather, but the fact is, you need to know how to deal with it when it arrives. Learn the signals that warn of heavy weather that give you the edge of early, decisive action so that when it arrives--you and your boat are prepped and ready! You will learn what it takes to become an expert in little-known heavy weather tactics like feathering, reefing, and balance that will reduce heeling, give you dryer decks, "fingertip" steering control, and greater crew comfort


  Tie the Best Sailing Knots
Tired of being overwhelmed with a zillion knots that make no sense and too many confusing steps to understand? Sailing safety means knowing how to choose the safest, most secure knot for the sailing task at hand! And knowing how to tie it fast, smooth, safe, and secure. This includes knots for sails, reefing, docking, anchoring, lashing, splicing, whipping, coiling, going aloft, hanging sailing gear, and emergencies like man overboard, fouled anchor retrieval, towing, or pulling yourself off a shoal after grounding. Learn the simple, step-by-step methods to make any knot more secure on any boat you sail aboard anywhere in the world!


  Master the Secret Art of Chart Navigation
Did you realize that it takes just one single spark to ZAP your black box navigation! Every sailing skipper needs a backup plan that will work when things go wrong--and that's where traditional navigation methods rise to the occasion! Forget the complicated textbooks and hard to remember content in workbooks. Learn the easiest way to read a chart, use plotting tools, and sail across the Gulf Stream or any other ocean current. When the power goes out, you will have the confidence you need to find your way home--safe and sound.


  Make Sailing Forecasts with "Bulls-eye" Accuracy!.
As a skipper, you will make that final "go, no-go" call when it comes to a decision to cast off--or wait for foul weather to pass by. Your decision affects the safety of your boat and sailing crew. Discover how to interpret wind, wave, and frontal charts, plus the weather signs around you like wind direction, squall lines, cloud formation, sea waves, swell patterns, or "gust" patches for super accurate sailing forecasts that will make your sailing safer than ever before.


  Discover GPS, Radar, And Electronic Chart Secrets.
Did you know that you can turn your GPS or Chart plotter into a powerhouse tool that will do a lot more than just show you a route from waypoint to waypoint? Learn little known secrets that give you an edge for safer, more accurate electronic navigation. Learn about limit-lines, danger circles, proximity waypoints, and grid highways for the ultimate in safe, secure navigation. Get crystal clear step-by-step articles and videos that make these complex functions as easy as 1-2-3!


  Dock Your Sailboat Like a Pro!
Want to wow your friends and fellow sailors at your marina? Learn docking skills from a licensed master mariner, certified sailing instructor, and former USCG search and rescue small boat skipper with 25+ years of maritime training experience. It's just like having a personal mentor and coach--always ready to answer your most burning questions! Become confident enough to dock your boat short handed with insider techniques like feathering, pivoting, backing and filling, warping, and emergency maneuvers with anchors. In no time, you will be "wowing" your friends with your skills and confidence as an expert boat handler!


  Anchor Your Boat with Peace-of-Mind!
Know the top anchoring tactics used by the pros to keep you in place in fair weather or foul. You don't want your sailboat to end up as just another insurance statistic! Discover the insider secrets on how to use weights, snubber bridles, tandem anchors, anchor buoys, or anchor riding sails. Know the steps to take to choose the best type and size of anchor, rope, and chain for your boat to give you peace-or-mind and robust security!


  Add Years of Reliable Service to Your Engine!
How would you like to have an engine that starts every time, has the power of a roaring lion, and one that you can rely on without stress or worry. Manuals only tell you part of the story! You need to know how to pinpoint and fix small, easy to fix problems before they blow up into huge, expensive ones that cost you enormous $$$s in repair and mechanic costs--and tons of lost sailing time! Put frustration to sleep with easy step-by-step techniques to keep your sailboat engine in tip-top shape for years to come.


  Save Big Money on Sails and Sail Repair Costs!
Few things aboard your boat cost as much as your sails. And they also cost a fortune to repair and replace, so it pays to know what methods will extend their lives for as many years as possible. Discover the best insider techniques to protect your expensive sails and sail hardware from wear and tear, damaging UV sunlight, or marring by mildew or mold that can take hold in the blink of an eye! Learn the secrets of how to extend sail life from the world's best sailmakers that will keep your sails performing with power and speed season after season!




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    Hi, Captain John here,



    If you are looking for someone to help make your sailing dreams come true, you can rely on my 20 years of experience as a search and rescue skipper, ship's navigator, and master training specialist in the US Coast Guard.

    In addition, for 2 years, I directed the seamanship and navigation departments at the world famous Chapman School of Seamanship in Florida. Now, a published maritime author, sailor, boating writer, certified sailing instructor, and 200-ton licensed captain for sail and power boats.

    If you are anything like me, you are frustrated and confused by the overwhelming amount of info out there on sailing, navigation, anchoring, knot tying, boat handling and marine weather. You just want to cut to the chase!

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    Tried, proven, stuff that will work on my boat, your boat, or any boat every time. That's what you'll get when you join SkipperTips.com -- the meat with the most sizzle each and every time you log on! You can count on me to be your friend, shipmate, and mentor. With SkipperTips, you will learn the fast, easy ways to make decisions so that you can keep your cruising sailboat and her crew safe and sound!


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