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Chapman Piloting: Seamanship & Small Boat Handling (Chapman Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling) Hardcover – September, 1996

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Developed in 1917 by pioneering small-craft enthusiast and Motor Boating magazine editor Charles F. Chapman, Chapman Piloting covers the gamut of information that both the fledgling boater and seasoned mariner need to know. The 62nd edition includes fully updated sections on navigation with satellite technology, procedures for emergencies, and maritime laws and regulations. In addition to the thorough chapters on boating basics, safety, the art of seamanship, waves and weather, piloting and navigation, electronic equipment, and the boating community, subjects are wonderfully illustrated, cross-referenced, and supplemented by a comprehensive glossary of boating terms. Without question, Chapman Piloting remains a standard text for boating schools and has long stood as a ready and dependable first mate in wheelhouses of powerboaters and sailboaters alike. --Byron Ricks

About the Author

Elbert S. "Mack" Maloney is one of the best-known boating writers in the country, contributing a monthly column to Motor Boating & Sailing magazine and authoring and editing several classic books in the field of marine navigation. He is active in boating education, and has served as director of education for the United States Power Squadrons and as department chief of education on the National Staff of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. He lives in Florida. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Chapman Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling
  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst Books; 62 edition (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688148921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688148928
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas Nye on October 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I just started in the world of boating and really was quite clueless to the whole terminology used. I have since read about 3 books and find that I use Chapman's the most. The others were good to get my feet wet, but Chapman's is the one I actually use consistenly. Easy to understand and really the only reference / learning book I have found that covers every aspect of boating I needed to learn. Excellent purchase and I would suggest it to anyone who is just starting out. Can't imagine learning all this without it...
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This book teaches you the basics, and beyond on every nautical subject you can think of. It is used as a reference for other nautical books outhere. It's fully ilustrated with pictures, diagrams, and drawings. Many people think this book is the bible of boating. Safety, rules of navigation, docking, and navigation are thoroughly covered. Although you won't find specifics as to electrical or other specialized subjects, it does give you the basics, and priciples behind it.
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Chapman's is probably on more boater's book shelves than any other nautical text. While I refer to the navigation sections most often, readers will find comprehensive sections on boat handling, safety, equipment, and marlinspikemanship. Chapman's gives alot of bang for the buck.
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Many nautical books come and go, but Captain Charles Chapman's book has stood the test of time. It's the reference book the U.S. Power Squadron used when I took my first boating course and it now stands dog eared next to the 63rd Edition, but I will never part with it. This is the first book we recommend to all of our boating students...From boating basics through flag etiquette, this book usually has the answer. Whether you're new to boating or a seasoned blue water skipper, this should be part of your nautical library....Captain Sig Trotta
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NOBODY should be without this text on the water. It is second in importance only to the lifejackets. It will make boating more pleasant, and mostly, it will make it more safe. The newbie to the boating world, just as the professional (sail or power, tanker or clinker) must read this book before taking responsibility for any boat (and its crew or the crews of the boats you may encounter on the water). Just buy it. Don't ask questions. Buy. Read. Practice. Boat Safely!
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If you are into recreational boating, this is the Bible for boating information. This is the best technical reference available for all of the combined topics related to recreational boating: safety, boat handling, etiquette, terminology, navigation, weather and etc. The writing style is easy to read and understand for the beginner but contains much essential information for the seasoned boater as well.
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A required book for your nautical bookshelf and worth three times the price. But don't expect to read it in just a few evenings.
The 63rd Edition should tell you something. This is a huge text that has been revised and improved many times. I have three different editions spanning 35 years--including a recent one which had been moderized especially in the area of electronics.
Many people might be daunted by the amount of information in this book. It is presented by topic and not necessarily by the order you should learn this material. If you think of it as a reference and take it one bite at a time, and work your way through the book, you will be a better seaman for it.
The text is suitable for both power boaters and sailors, who own or operate small to large yachts.
Having trouble docking? Confused about anchoring? Buy this book. The explanations for the use of spring lines alone are worth the price of the book, and will help you keep your vessel intact. We don't want to smash the boat up with 50 people watching do we?
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This is the most comprehensive book on seamanship that I have ever seen. It includes almost all topics related with boating. Very nice print quality... Every boater must have one...
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