Training in sheltered waters can never properly prepare the mariner for hazards of an emergency abandon ship. This book aims to fill the gap between training and reality. It provides potentially lifesaving insights into the realities of launching, operating and recovering a lifeboat, MOB boat or fast rescue boat in all conditions.

Photographs and clear diagrams help explain the most effective techniques for leaving the ship’s side and handling small craft in following seas, beam seas, head seas, fog, ice and darkness.