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Get Your Captain's License: The Complete Study Guide, Second Edition Paperback – April 8, 2000

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Know you'll pass before you take the exam.

Here's the quickest, easiest, and cheapest way to prepare for the U.S. Coast Guard captain's ratings exams required for anyone who takes paying passengers on a boat, and useful for serious boaters who want to save money on insurance. This complete study tool includes:

  • The six-passenger "Six-Pack," Master and Mate Inland, Master and Mate Near Coastal, and Sail/Auxiliary Sail Endorsement
  • Every question and answer on the Coast Guard exams--all 9,000 of them
  • An interactive CD-ROM with all 14,000 questions and answers in the USCG database, so you can take an unlimited number of practice exams

This new edition brings the book up-to-date with the Coast Guard's expanded and revised database of questions and answers, and provides 400 pages of tutorials on seamanship and navigation.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Windows 95 or later
  • 200MHz or higher
  • 32MB of RAM
  • VGA Monitor
  • 2x CD-ROM
  • 30MB (minimum) of free disk space
  • Mouse or equivalent pointing device
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Charlie Wing received his Ph.D. in oceanography from MIT. Wing lived aboard a cruising sailboat for six years, during which he obtained his U.S. Coast Guard Captain's license. His frustration with available study guides for the Coast Guard exams led him to create International Marine's bestselling Get Your Captain's License. He is also the author of four other International Marine books, including Boatowner's Illustrated Handbook of Wiring and How Boat Things Work: An Illustrated Guide.

Dr. Jim Austin, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served as navigator on a navy destroyer. He has taught Coast Guard license courses for many years. He is an instructor for the Ocean Navigator School of Seamanship and writes Rules of the Road newsletters for the Ocean Navigator Web site.

PEARSoft Corporation, creator of Get Your Captain's License AutoExam software, offers a number of test preparation products based on their AutoExam software engine; see them at www.pearsoft.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies; 2nd edition (April 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071358196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071358194
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlie Wing, a nationally recognized authority on home building and remodeling, home repair, energy conservation and boating, specializes in translating and illustrating technical information into easily understood layman's terms. A PhD graduate of MIT, Principle Investigator in NASA's Apollo Lunar Program, and Physics Instructor at Bowdoin College, he cofounded the nation's first two owner-builder schools, developed the first DOE-approved computerized home energy audit, wrote and hosted the national PBS TV series, "Housewarming with Charlie Wing", appeared on over 400 radio and television shows about energy conservation, served as founding and technical editor for "Smart Homeowner Magazine" and has written and illustrated 30 books. He lives on the Coast of Maine.

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I used this book and CD to prepare for an inland master's exam. The CD is very helpful and allows you to rapidly practice the exam and receive a score. Two major warnings:
1) The "master and mate inland rules of the road" practice exam on the CD doesn't really test the USCG "inland only" questions. You have to set it up to do a "custom" exam and select inland only.
2) All the navigation problems on the CD were just course - speed - time problems not involving a real chart. On the real exam the problems were specific to an actual chart as in "Starting from a point two miles due East of Ferndorf Light plot a course......". You are therefore probably going to need some other source of training on the navigation problems besides this book and CD.
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This book is frustrating because the learning consists of taking tests. There is not enough how to information. Also, the cd is supposed to randomly search the database and give a new test each time. However, after many practice tests I found that the cd did not access all the questions. Only because I also went through the written questions did I discover this. If you don't know this, you will not see all of the questions and you may need them all. On the plus side, the diagrams are what you will see in the real tests and the rules of the road are in the back of the book. I think it is very useful for drilling, not learning. This book should be considered a supplement. I recommend The Coast Guard License by Budd Gonder along with Chapman's and Dutton's for learning, and this book for practicing
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I recently used this book to help me pass my Unlimited Master's Exam. I wholeheartedly recommend it as a study guide and as a drilling tool. I did not have access to the CD-ROM and only used the Questions and Answers Sections. I agree with other reviewers in that you must already have advanced knowledge in the subject areas to get the maximum out of this book. I like the fact that all the questions and answers are in one book and that the price is quite cheap compared to "Murphy's" 6 volumes and ... price tag. I would also recommend "Formulae for the Mariner" and getting a 1981 Nautical Almanac from the start to study with.
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By A Customer on August 29, 1999
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This book has all the potential of being a great book for the captian's liscense exam, but falls far short. Poorly written chapters and there is no explaination to the exam questions. VERY frustrating. If anyone knows a good book to prepare for the Captains Liscense, I would appreciate an email (cjamesb@airmail.net) Bottom Line: Don't waste your money.
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By A Customer on August 18, 1999
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This book is extreemly basic, and lacks the detail required to pass a USCG exam. It may be useful to someone seeking a six-pack, however don't even think about using this book to get you through any test equal to or above Master 100 GT. The only value the book has is in the test questions provided in the book. The software was not nearly as impressive as it was made out to be, and few of the questions were on the CG test. Rules of the Road is adequate. Deck General and Safety is the longest part of the CG exam, and this book separates the two. Don't bother looking here for any help on load and stability problems. The explainations and math were not included. Navigation General is the one section that is detailed, however nearly all questions in that section of the test can be answered from your Lights List, Coast Pilot, and Tide Tables. Navigation problems do not help any with your actual chart plot when you sit for the exam. Basically this book will not help you with the Master/Mate 100 GT or above examinations.
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No single text is going to allow you to ace the test, but this should be one of the ones you use. This is the second edition and supposedly updated as of 2000. While much of the information is available on the Coast Guard web site, Wing does a good job of "packaging it" to make it much more readable. I found the light and signal summaries worth the price of the book. Without these two summaries, memorization of the many, many lights and signals would be much harder. Another plus is a "plain english" version as well as the original rules - much more readable and easier to learn.
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This new 3rd edition is better than the fist two. It is not a complete guide to all you need to learn to test for a USCG License, but it is a good base. There are still a few corrections needed in the rules that should have been updated for this 3rd edition and not all the study text agrees with the USCG questions. The CD tests is okay for review and gives a good feel of what needs to be studiedfor the USCG exams. Over all makes a great referance and should help anyone looking for a lower level license.
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This book may be extremely frustrating to you due to several errors (I only made it through the first section) and ambiguities. Errors include, but are not limited to, diagrams showing the light requirements of certain vessels with the port and starboard sidelights reversed, test questions with incorrect answers, regulations not covered but tested on.
I have called the publisher, and they are aware of the errors, but couldn't provide me with a complete list of them...It makes for very frustrating reading!
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