Far from being another emergency handbook or survival manual to remain unread until it is too late, Total Loss is an anthology of carefully selected accounts by some 40 people who have survived the loss of a yacht at sea. The stories are grouped under the principal causes of loss & each is followed by an analysis of the lessons to be learned. The causes include structural damage, gear failure, faulty navigation, stress of weather, exhaustion & crew failure, collision, fire & explosion. These gripping stories are told by a wide variety of people, some of them well-known authors such as Conor O'Brien, H.W. Tilman, Frank Mulville & Peter Tangvald, & others who recount their observations & feelings with a conviction that springs from the intensity of their experiences. Hundreds of yachts are lost every year; Total Loss provides fascinating & thought-provoking reading for those who wish to avoid a similar fate.Coote, Jack is the author of 'Total Loss - Jack Coote - Hardcover' with ISBN 9780229116843 and ISBN 0229116841.