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Chapman Piloting & Seamanship, 64th Edition 64th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1588160898
ISBN-10: 1588160890
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This new edition of the classic reference used by boating schools and recommended by the Coast Guard Auxiliary covers every imaginable topic related to both powerboats and sailing ships, from emergency procedures and international signals at sea, to weather conditions, knots, navigation and much more. This heavy dose of information is presented in an easy-to-understand text and a user-friendly design that features sidebars, color and b&w illustrations, maps, etc. While the scope of the book may be more than a casual boater needs, the author assumes many readers are novices. For example, he says, "Among the most important of all piloting tools are ordinary pencils and erasers. Pencils should be neither too hard nor too soft ." More experienced sailors might know this, but a weekend boater may not think to bring one on board. The section on motors provides color photographs with labels designating each part. Appendix material includes a listing of such useful information as state registration offices, boating organizations and marine safety offices.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst; 64th edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588160890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588160898
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.6 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great book. It has almost everything. What it does not have, I have not found.
I do have a problem with the book. The number of "typos" is huge. It appears that whoever proofed this book was not fluent in English. The words appear to be spelled correctly; they are just the wrong words. It v. if? "United State" v. United States. I don't know if past editions had this problem, but this one shure does.
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CHAPMAN'S PILOTING AND SEAMANSHIP is one of the half-dozen or so "essential" technical texts that any sailor should own. Coming into it's 65th edition in September 2006, CHAPMAN'S is the only book that offers serious competition to THE ANNAPOLIS BOOK OF SEAMANSHIP as an overall guide to sailing fundamentals.

Unlike Rousmaniere's book however, CHAPMAN'S is just as applicable to power boating, and because it is updated much more frequently, it's information on changeable topics such as boating regulations and new technologies, among others, is far more current---CHAPMAN'S is in its 65th incarnation, ANNAPOLIS in its seven-year-old third version (Where's the Fourth Edition?).

Did I say "competition"? Actually, the two volumes complement each other, and both are absolutely crucial for the serious skipper.
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Chapman's Piloting and Seamanship is required reading for anyone

involved with boating. The Coast Guard Auxiliary uses this book for a reference tool for their courses along with applicable CG Publication. The book is heavy though, get a soft bound edition if possible.
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still one of the best books available, on small craft handling.

--- would prefer the older edition , as it was more portable !

and much of the new material will be dated before the year is out!

---this is a volumne at once , serious , and readable,

many an old trick , well preserved , well presented make it quite useful for nearly all navigational tasks,

did remark , a lot of typos , and was surprised , but then this is the cyber era !? so it goes !? --- a real tool !, however!
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I love boating on the Chesapeake Bay and other waters... exploring and as we say 'gunkholing" in out of the way spots. This is almost always done in rented trawlers and other available craft. Never never never would I leave shore without this reference tool in my bag.
It is a valuable reference guide and in a pinch can substitute as a door stop, paper weight or mallet.

Yes the Chapman has gotten heavy in its old age but still packs a punch as far as its massive information. Want to curl up with a page turner on a quiet evening? The Chapman may not be your best choice but if I find myself on board a water craft larger than a (God forbid) JetSki, I want a Chapman with me.
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This graphic and lengthy book tells it all with regard to boat safety, maneuverability, how-to-do, and what every sailor-navigator should know when out on the water. Excellent reference book as well. Very informative.
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This is a classic an interesting read, I've kept it on my coffee table for years. I'm a recreational boater at best but enjoy the incredible amount of information and knowledge presented here.
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Very good book. It is really complete.Would recommend ti to any one getting started in boating and proper navigation. That is all I have to say. Just filling in lines to complete the form
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