Reeds 9-Language Handbook

Here is a 9-language pocket dictionary from Reeds for all sailors.

Here is a 9-language pocket dictionary from Reeds for all sailors.

Using material from the previously published the illustrated Boat Dictionary in 9 Languages, and now in a handy new pocket-sized format, this illustrated boating dictionary in nine languages covers an the topics and terms boaters will need to refer to when abroad.

The languages cover of all of Europe’s core sailing destinations and are:

  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Being able to communicate with the local people is very important when cruising abroad.

Whether it is to ask for a berth, a spare part or seeking the location of the nearest chandlery or supermarket is, this book will prove useful.

Even if your pronunciation is a bit off, you should still be able to make yourself understood, quickly and efficiently and that’s what makes this dictionary a vital part of the boat’s cruising kit.

The pocket dictionary is centred around clear, colour, annotated diagrams, such as parts of the yacht, rig or engine, in each nautical subject area.

It makes it very easy and convenient to translate between the 9- languages.

The diagram can easily be used to show someone what is meant or what is broken without having to worry about the language barrier.

It covers general terms, such as ‘port and ‘starboard”, as well as technical words relating to engine and rigging repair and maintenance.

Other 9-language topics include navigation, weather, seamanship, requesting help, medical emergencies, safety equipment, numbers and time.

Whether you’re a keen offshore sailor, motorboater or even an armchair yacht enthusiast, then the Reeds 9-Language Handbook is a handy reference tool that will help expand both your ability to communicate and your horizons.

Table of Contents 


1 The boat 
  • Parts of the boat – yachts 
  • Parts of the boat – dinghies 
  • Parts of the boat – motorboats & RIBS 
  • Types of boat, including hull shapes & keels 
  • Boat construction – GRP, metal & ferro 
  • Boat construction – wooden boats 
  • Deck & deck gear 
  • Types of rig 
  • Parts of the rig 
  • Standing & running rigging 
  • Sail types 
  • Accommodation – general
  • Accommodation – galley 
  • Accommodation – nav area 
  • Accommodation – saloon 
2 Under way 
  • Knots & splices 
  • Points of sail 
  • Setting sails & trim 
  • Manoeuvring under sail 
  • Heavy weather sailing 
  • Launching & retrieving boats 
  • Racing 
  • Manoeuvring under power
  • Berthing alongside & stern-to 
  • Mooring to a buoy 
  • Anchors & anchoring
In port/harbour 
  • Buying basic supplies 
  • Charts & chartwork 
  • Buoys 
  • Dangers 
  • Tides 
  • Navigation lights 
  • Weather 
  • Beaufort scale 
  • 3 Maintenance & repairs 
Essential tools 
  • Laying up & launching 
  • GRP boat maintenance 
  • Paint & varnish work
  • Woodworking tools 
  • Wooden boat repairs 
  • Timber & metal types 
  • Metalwork 
Parts of the engine 
  • Engine checks & problems 
  • Engineer’s toolbox & spares 
  • Props & shaft 
  • Outboards 
  • Steering 
  • Hydraulic steering 
  • Water systems 
  • Gas system 
  • Heating systems 
  • Electrical supply 
  • Electrician’s toolbox & spares 
  • Winches 
  • Sail & rigging repairs 
4 Emergencies 
  • Safety equipment 
  • Emergency problems
  • Parts of the body 
  • Injuries & illness 
  • First aid kit 
  • 5 General reference 
  • Directions 
  • Clothing 
  • Numbers & times 
  • Countries & nationalities 
  • Weights & measures 

The 160 page paperback book will published by Reeds Nautical in February 2021.  Printed in full colour throughout its dimensions: 160 x 100 mm.  Its recommended retail price is £9.99