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Steven R. Van Hook

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 by Steven R. Van Hook

Van Hook SheetsThere is no shortage of resources for new sailors
to learn the ropes of a sailboat.

A sailing student can easily spend hundreds of dollars on books, charts, navigation tools, and a toybox full of electronical gadgets.

Of course, the fundamentals haven't changed much since the ancients first snared some wind to gust rudimentary vessels across beckoning seas.

What has changed is the way the lessons are passed from the old salts to fledgling sailors.

Well, few have done it better than the "world's most advanced online sailing education" source, NauticEd.

NauticEd CoursesThe NauticEd website offers comprehensive lessons on sailing essentials such as skipper skills, maneuvering, anchoring, bareboat chartering, coastal navigation, storm tactics -- at a budget-minded cost compared to on-ground classroom or on-water lesson fees.

The detailed yet succinctly instructive materials and animations are infinitely patient; rewinding, pausing and reviewing as often as needed.

NED ToolYou'll find plenty of worthwhile freebies including a few of my favorites: sail trim, rules of the road, and the remarkably effective NED tool (pictured) for experimenting with winds, points of sail and set.

Experienced sailboat captains share practical tips that only come with time and sea trials, that even old salts can appreciate.

For example, a giveaway tip in the free sail trim lesson on how to move the fairlead while it's under tension from the jibsheet:

Take the non-working sheet and cleat it off taught to the leeward amidships dock cleat. Release the tension of the working jibsheet. Move the fairlead. Tighten up the working sheet and cleat off. Release the non-working jibsheet from the dock cleat. Viola!

Give NauticEd a visit, explore and tap the valuable freebies.

And here's a special offer for our website visitors: use the promocode howtosail and receive a hefty discount on any paid lesson(s).

Steven R. Van Hook has cruised California waters since 1976, 
starting with a 19-foot Glen-L powerboat in Santa Barbara Harbor, 
and currently sails a Hunter 33 out of Channel Islands Harbor. 

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