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Tim Thornton, Managing Director of Smartcom, has written a wide range of publications, including books, magazine articles, scientific papers, andtalks and presentations. You'll also find a regular column in Yachting Monthly, as well as articles in other magazines.


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Yachting Monthly's Computers on Board

Based on a popular series of articles in "Yachting Monthly", this book takes a modern, hands-on look at using PCs at sea. Tim Thornton's accessible style and helpful use of colour photographs and diagrams gives readers the tools to maximise the benefits of using computers at sea whilst avoiding common problems. Up to the minute, practical and tackling a range of issues for sailors, motor boaters, cruisers and racers, this comprehensive book covers communications and entertainment systems as well as navigation. Topics covered include hardware options (what does what, what is most suitable for your needs, linking equipment); voice communications; data, email and internet; obtaining weather data; navigating with a PC; and entertainment systems. A user-friendly and important book, this is the first place to go for all boaters wanting the last word on using computers at sea. Published 2007. 128 pages.

Using PCs on Board

A manual on using a PC on board a boat. It guides the reader through the process of choosing a PC as well as suitable software for tidal calculations, route planning, chart plotting, performance analysis, weather information, communications and the Internet. The authors demonstrate how using a PC can make life easier on board and take the slog out of navigational calculations. There is information on installing and looking after a PC on board, along with discussions of power supplies, interfacing and upgrading. First published in 2000, 2nd Edition in 2003. 160 pages.

The Offshore Yacht - written in 1984, this book presents an authoritative view of yacht design, construction and installation practice with particular reference to yachts intended for extended offshore passage-making, whether racing or cruising.
Contents: The Lines Plan, Hull Construction, The Sail Plan, Deck Layout, Interior Design, The Engine and Propeller, Water, Fuel and Gas Installations, The Electrical System, Instrumentation, Safety Equipment, Handicapping Systems, The International Offshore Rule, The Owner and the IOR, Appendices
The Small Offshore Yacht - written in 1987, this book covers the development of the small yacht (up to 10 metres LOA), hull and rig design, crew, navigation, coastal sailing, offshore sailing, and racing.


Powerpoint presentations of some talks may be obtained through the downloads page.