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Your comprehensive guide to captaining your own boat

Whether you're a nautical novice or an experienced boater, this friendly guide explains everything you need to know about owning and operating a power boat. From the basics of safe seamanship and docking and mooring techniques to necessary equipment, routine maintenance, and hosting guests, you'll discover how to get the most out of this exciting sport.

  • Power up to be a boater— determine what type of boat is right for you, set your boat budget, and get trained and licensed

  • Gear up for safety and fun — select quality safety gear, secure and protect your boat, and make a splash with watersports activities

  • Handle your boat like a pro — tow your boat, maintain your trailer, launch and load your boat, and drive properly and safely

  • Be a responsible boater — know boating rules and regulations, read boat lights, and understand navigation markers

  • Keep your boat shipshape — perform maintenance and minor repairs (and know when to call a mechanic), and get your boat ready for winter and spring

Open the book and find:

  • Eight pages of color photos featuring different types of power boats available

  • Details on all types of power boats, from fishing to sport

  • Info on boating exams and safety courses

  • Step-by-step instructions with illustrations for operating your boat

  • Anecdotes from the author to help you avoid mistakes

  • Checklists for buying new and used boats

  • Tips on docking, rafting up, and anchoring

  • Options and guidance on how and where to store your boat

About the Author

Randy Vance is a lifelong boater who has made a career of writing about boating. As the operator of a small resort and marina in Missouri for more than 20 years, Vance hosted or appeared on many radio and television programs covering boating and fishing topics. During his tenure at Boating Life, the magazine and some of Vance's articles have won awards in many publishing circles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470409568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470409565
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Z. Meiners on May 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't really know what the style of my boat was considered, but after reading this, I learned that I own a Walkaround, or express boat. That alone was worth the price of the book.

This book really covers everything well in a very readable format.

Just about every topic that I wanted to learn something more about was in this book.

It's no replacement for Chapman's Piloting and Seamanship, which is the definitive tome for boating. But if you need more of an intro to boating, this book is highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 23, 2012
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Another good one from the For Dummies series, this fairly comprehensive A to Z book covers ALMOST everything the novice or rusty boater needs to learn... but there's a new book out that's even better and more current with a lot more photos and graphics - plus a free, instructional DVD: Sportsman's Best: BOATS - Book & DVD Combo
These two books make the perfect combo for anyone looking to enhance their boating knowledge and skills, or anyone new to power boating.

For boating safety specifically, an excellent and inexpensive supplement is the the e-book: BOATING SAVVY: What KNOT To Do - Often-overlooked & Lesser-known Keys To Safe & Smart Power Boating: 2nd Edition
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joe Eskridge on October 6, 2009
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great book. every time I read this I learn something important. full of valuable money saving info.
this author knows his stuff!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PERFECT ICE on April 14, 2009
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JUST NAME IT. BUYING,TOWING, LAUNCHING, NAVIGATION, WEATHER, MAINTENANCE, REPAIRS, HE COVERS IT ALL. READING THIS BOOK WILL MAKE YOUR BOATING LIFE MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Kornett on May 27, 2009
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For someone interested in boating, but no idea where to start, this is the perfect book. It is well organized, well written and provides all the details a beginning boater needs to know. I am especially happy with the sections on maintaining your boat and boating etiquette. Bottom Line: a good collection of tips to make boating fun and keep new boaters from looking like idiots on and around the water.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jack on October 1, 2010
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This book is a great resource for those new to the sport of boating. I knew nothing about boating when I bought our first boat recently and have relied heavily on this book to get started. It would be a good read cover to cover, but I find myself jumping around to different sections to answer certain questions I have. It is very reader friendly and easy to find various boating topics. The author seems to have covered everything you would need to know, as I have found information on every subject I have referred to it for so far. I would strongly recommend this book for the beginner or for anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of boating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hoosier Matt on September 5, 2010
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This book isn't for dummies, as it might suggest. It's the perfect book for someone who knows a little about boating, but is new to the sport and wants to learn more. I would recommend this as one of the best all-around boating books. Much better than the others I bought.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Louisa Bourdain on April 14, 2009
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This book is packed full of valuable information. It was so easy to read..Our whole family is going to read it together to learn about Boating. The photographs are great as well as the illustrations...even my kids read it!! The cheat sheet is on the fridge and will be used every time we head out!
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