What is seamanship

The seamanship for the safe management of a boat

Seafaring skills in theory and practice

Most lay people understand the term seamanship to mean the entirety of the crew members of a sailboat. For skipper and crew, however, this term means much more! You must therefore consider seamanship rather than one Collective name for all the skills required to safely operate a sailing yacht.

The entire crew on board is challenged here: the skipper, however, to a particularly high degree. For a safe and uncomplicated trip, the responsible Skipper these skills not only in theory, but also fast and accurate be able to implement in practice. Because in an emergency, he doesn't have time to study the manual again.

The nautical requirements vary steadily and with each voyage. Safe driving of the boat must in every situation be mastered. Only then can we speak of good seamanship. Changing areas, sailboat types, weather conditions and crew members play an important role here and have a strong influence on the necessary sailing measures.

But what exactly are the tasks of a skipper? Which sports boat license are important to you? And how do maneuvering and navigation work on the high seas?
On the following pages we will inform you about the various factors and components of seamanship and give you helpful information Tips for your next sailing trip.
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Overview of seamanship

On the following pages we give you an overview of the important components of a successful seamanship.

Learning to sail: sailing school, sailing, or online course? Learning to sail can be realized in different ways. Read more about the possibilities.

The skipper: The skipper is responsible for the sailing boat. We will inform you about important tasks and duties of the chief commander.

Sailing licenses: Which sailing licenses are mandatory for a yacht charter and which licenses are required for which area of ​​application? We present the different sailing licenses and provide information on admission requirements, costs and examination content.

Maneuvers: Mastering the various sailing maneuvers is part of the safe handling of a sailboat. We give you an overview of the most important maneuvers.

Navigation: Knowledge of navigation is essential for sailing. We explain important terms, methods and instruments.

Potraits: We spoke to passionate sailing bloggers about their experiences and adventures. Read the full interviews and learn more about the sailing passion!

Infographic: How many Germans sail in their free time? What are the preferred berths? And how many boaters have a C license? We show you how Germany sails!

Learn to sail - a water sport for young and old

The wind in your hair, your hand on the oar and your eyes on the horizon. Sailing exercises one on many people great fascination out. The combination of water sports, vacation and adventure travel has its own special charm. Both young and elderly people are regularly affected by the so-called Sail fever recorded. So it's no wonder that more and more people decide to learn to sail every year. But how can nautical skills be learned properly at all?

As so often in life, lead when sailing several ways to the goal! To learn, you can look for a suitable sailing school, simply sail on a trip or take an online course. There are many ways to learn seamanship and all of them have their advantages and disadvantages. We'll tell you which conditions the different learning methods bring with them. So you are guaranteed to find the right way to realize your individual sailing dream!

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Duties & obligations of the skipper

The skipper is on every sailing ship and motor yacht supreme commanders. Accordingly, the crew relies on his skills and expertise in matters of seamanship. The skipper is responsible for that Ship and crew safety, as well as for the proper controls and navigation. So he has a lot of responsibility and has to be able to represent his commands, even afterwards. Because even in a legal sense, he is responsible for wrong decisions and accidents.

In the run-up to a trip, the skipper must therefore make sure that his entire crew is familiar with the ship and the seamanshipin theory and practice controlled. He can check the individual level of knowledge during the briefing of the crew: If a crew member still has some catching up to do, the skipper should first fill the knowledge gaps. Find out in detail about the various tasks and duties of a skipper.

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Sailing licenses attest to the seamanship

In order to be able or allowed to set sail in the first place, the responsible skipper needs the necessary sailing permits for the desired destination. The officially recommendeddriving licence come in different categories with different levels of authority. In each of these categories, the candidate goes through one theoretical and a practicalexam. The scope, the admission requirements and the examination costs, however, vary from one certificate to another.

If both parts of the exam have been successfully mastered, the examinee can look forward to his driving license. The right sailing license certified then the required seamanship in the examined yachting field. There are also various tests and radio certificates for the correct spark at sea. Even children can prove their seafaring skills by acquiring the puppy certificate. On these pages you can read everything about the various sailing licenses and the requirements.

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Sailing maneuvers: For rescue, under sail or in port

Changing course, berthing and casting off or cornering: There are a variety of sailing maneuvers. Maneuvers are extremely important in sailing and are part of the basics of seamanship. Every aspiring sailor must therefore conscientiously practice the basic maneuvers and train them again and again. Human lives can depend on the correct implementation of some measures. There are three different types of sailing maneuvers: under sail, in port and rescue maneuvers.

TheMan overboard maneuvers is the central and test-relevant measure to rescue a person who has fallen into the water. If the examinee does not pass this, he fails the entire examination of the respective sailing license. Other important sailing measures are, for example, anchoring, dropping or turning. Would you like to find out more about the various sailing maneuvers? On the maneuver page, you will get a theoretical insight into the various measures and their implementation in accordance with regulations.

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Navigate like the pros

How do you find your way around at sea? The biggest and most difficult part of sailing is navigating properly. Over the centuries of seafaring history, various forms of navigation have developed, such as visual navigation or terrestrial and astronomical navigation. Nowadays, however, the main focus is on the electronic form of navigation is set. Nevertheless, it is advisable as a sailor to have a basic knowledge of the various forms of navigation.

You can find out which ones at segeln360.de Instruments used to determine the ship's location, speed or route. In addition, a small ABC of sailing navigation guides you through the Concepts and methods a. You can also learn how to use a sextant, read sea charts and how the global positioning system, or GPS, works.

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Portraits of extraordinary sailing bloggers

Of course, you can only deal with sailing and all aspects of seamanship in theory. But then you will never be complete The magic of sailing understand. Because sailing is much more than just knowing about navigation, sailing licenses or the tasks of a skipper! Every trip is a little magical journey and every sailor always comes with a lot new experiences and Stories back in the luggage.

Segeln360.de talked to some circumnavigators, yours Sailing fascination and your adventure record in personal blogs. With their individual views of water sports, the bloggers not only inspire die-hard sailors, but also all those who stayed at home and sail dreamers. Read in the varied interviews the stories of people who set out to sail to new shores!

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Infographic: This is how Germany sails

We at segeln360.de have been fascinated by sailing for a long time! Current data and facts show that many other people in Germany feel the same way. Of course, sailing cannot keep up with mass sports such as soccer, but the number of people interested in water sports is increasing continuously. Already half a million German regularly sails in his spare time and 1.7 million people are particularly interested in this water sport.

But how exactly does Germany sail and how fit are we when it comes to seamanship? You can see from the exciting infographic how many billions in sales the water sports make each year, how long the German Sailing Association has existed and which bodies of water boaters prefer. Learn all about that Sailing behavior of the Germans!

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Criteria of a good seamanship

As already mentioned, the nautical skills include one whole row in skills, on the one hand Knowledge and on the other practical experience presuppose. A good seamanship therefore depends on the skipper and crew knowing in theory and in practice how to steer the boat safely.

The so-called also has a great influence on the success of a trip nautical due diligence. This is a duty to be on the high seas forward looking and prudent to behave. The aim of this behavior is that possible sources of danger are recognized and eliminated more quickly, so that the crew and the ship are never seriously damaged. Other criteria for good seamanship are the interaction between skipper and crew, good preparation of the trip and equipment and acting according to the rules of good seamanship.

Team & skipper teamwork

An experienced and Well-rehearsed crew makes a lot of things easier, of course. Each member knows exactly what to do and carries out their tasks properly, correctly and skillfully. This is particularly important in tricky situations: every move has to be perfect. But an experienced skipper can also teach beginners who quickly develop into full-fledged and valuable helpers on board.

This includes an extensiveBriefing before the start of the sailing trip. The newcomer has to be familiar with the ship that equipment and familiarize yourself with the rules. The skipper has to teach the new crew member the practical seamanship on board. Only when he can put the theory into practice does the trip begin.

Rules of good seamanship

If a sailing accident comes before the Maritime Tribunal, the “rules of good seamanship” often come into play when providing evidence. This assesses the behavior of the skipper. In addition to his theoretical skills, he will also demonstrate his skills Course of action rated. Here it is clarified whether this was responsible and in the sense of the usual practice to avoid damage and dangers.

Good seamanship also includes adherence to principles such as “women and children first” or “the captain is the last to leave the boat”. All of these factors are rolled into one legal process considered under the "rules of good seamanship" and have a decisive influence on the judgment.

With your Sail preparationsthe practical part of sailing begins at an early stage. Here you have to take care of the right equipment, the right luggage, provisions and medical care. Legal matters are also the focus here, so that you are efficiently protected against damage and accidents in an emergency. The preparation also includes setting up the Crew contract and the completion more necessary Sailing insurance. You should do these preparations early and with the utmost care: For a good seamanship on the yacht.

Good seamanship meansconstant learning!Should we have aroused your desire to sail or are you already the proud owner of a sailing license: No matter what level of knowledge you are - books are always helpful to you theoretical expertise to convey. Always educate yourself and put the theory into practice.

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