Going Ashore Made Easy (ASA Textbook 116)

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Knowing how to operate and maintain a dinghy and outboard is an essential part of seamanship. Dinghies help us get ashore, transport provisions, and travel between vessels. Going Ashore Made Easy: The Essential Dinghy And Outboard Manual is a must-have for every sailor and powerboater.

Not only are dinghies effective, but they can be a lot of fun. These small crafts can often reach areas where larger boats are unable. Crowded marinas, scenic island getaways, and ocean-side restaurants are all examples where dinghies can help you get access that would be difficult or impossible in a bigger vessel.

Here are some helpful items you will find in this book:

  • The history of little boats (dinghies and tenders)
  • Selecting a dinghy and outboard combination
  • Comparisons between outboard motors types
  • Responsibilities of a dinghy captain
  • Safety equipment you need on your dinghy
  • Operating your outboard motor
  • Quick steps for starting/stopping a gas motor by hand
  • Approach and landing
  • Steering and speed control
  • Anchoring the dinghy
  • Nighttime operation
  • Towing your dinghy
  • Recreational uses (diving, snorkeling, tubing etc.)
  • Hoisting and storing the outboard motor
  • Securing the dinghy
  • Theft prevention
  • And MUCH MORE…

Here are some common uses for dinghies:

  • Transportation ashore to collect supplies and spares
  • Shuttling crew and guests
  • Socializing with other cruisers
  • Taking soundings in anchorages
  • Setting a second anchor
  • Checking anchor security
  • Towing a disabled boat
  • Water skiing or tubing
  • Fishing


  • 5
    First and Only Dinghy Book

    Posted by Roger Philips on 27th Dec 2022

    Very thorough, well-illustrated, straightforward text.