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Sailing and Outdoor Enthusiast Books

Laura Yieh
The list author says: "If you love the outdoor or water activities you are definitely going to want to look through this great list featuring McGraw-Hill's outdoor and sailing books."
The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon: And 101 Other Things for Young Mariners to Build, Try, and Do on the Water
The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon: And 101 Other Things for Young Mariners to Build, Try, and Do on the Water
"Ever since humankind began seafaring, boats and shoreline adventures have produced sturdy, independent, creative, self-reliant kids.  This book features all sorts of activities and adventures for kids to pursue on, in, or near the water."
Wingnut's Complete Surfing
Wingnut's Complete Surfing
"The complete guide to surfing by the complete surfer, this book is based on Robert “Wingnut” Weaver's renowned teaching skill. Where many entry-level books neglect to address such basic topics as wave dynamics, teaching children to surf, board design and performance, and strategies for paddling out through waves, this book will cover them all."
World Cruising Destinations
World Cruising Destinations
"World Cruising Destinations is a reference like no other, profiling the top cruising grounds in 184 countries. Ranging around the globe and from the tropics to high latitudes, this guide gives essential details of climate, ports, facilities, highlights, and travel formalities (visas, entrance requirements, etc.)."
Surfing Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Wave Riding
Surfing Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Wave Riding
"The best way to explain a physical activity like surfing is through pictures, and John Robison uses hundreds of pictures--comical, cartoon-like drawings--to clearly illustrate every aspect of surfing: wave dynamics, riding techniques, etiquette, logistics, and more. The beginning surfer will find the book as enjoyable to read as it is informative."
Where the Fish Are: A Science-Based Guide to Stalking Freshwater Fish
Where the Fish Are: A Science-Based Guide to Stalking Freshwater Fish
"There is a great body of research that shows how fish respond to daily, seasonal, and weather changes and how they react to colors, shapes, movements, scents, sounds, and other cues. Here is a book for the non-scientific angler that distills the science of fish behavior into easy-to-follow advice on how to catch fish in any situation."
Seamanship Secrets: 185 Tips & Techniques for Better Navigation, Cruise Planning, and Boat Handling Under Power or Sail
Seamanship Secrets: 185 Tips & Techniques for Better Navigation, Cruise Planning, and Boat Handling Under Power or Sail
"The navigation techniques in this book cover the range from traditional to electronic and include original and highly useful wrinkles for coastal cruise planning under sail or power. Jamieson shows how best to use the many free publications available online and offers step-by-step procedures for gathering and organizing vital information."
The Splicing Handbook, Third Edition: Techniques for Modern and Traditional Ropes
The Splicing Handbook, Third Edition: Techniques for Modern and Traditional Ropes
"The book includes step-by-step illustrations and explanations for the most useful and popular splices in traditional twisted and modern braided ropes, and it covers every kind of splicing project a boater is likely to encounter, including modern cordage such as Spectra; mainstream rope materials such as Dacron and nylon; and wire and rope-to-wire splices."
The Complete Sailor, Second Edition
The Complete Sailor, Second Edition
"1995. The second edition maintains the classic illustrations and tone of the original, and targeted new additions will make it current and secure its standing as one of the top sailing books for the next generation of sailors."
The Weekend Navigator, 2nd Edition
The Weekend Navigator, 2nd Edition
"While electronic navigation is here to stay, author Bob Sweet recognizes that they are still based on traditional charts and piloting skills, and he combines the two to pass along a solid understanding of all the principles of marine navigation."
GPS for Mariners, 2nd Edition: A Guide for the Recreational Boater
GPS for Mariners, 2nd Edition: A Guide for the Recreational Boater
"The second edition of GPS for Mariners has much less GPS tech-talk and theory and more instead on getting the most out of today’s more advanced and powerful units."
The Backpacker's Handbook, 4th Edition
The Backpacker's Handbook, 4th Edition
""Every imaginable topic, from choosing and using equipment, to wilderness nutrition and cooking, to backcountry skills and hazards, is covered thoroughly and engagingly." --Backpacker"
The Complete Sea Kayakers Handbook, Second Edition
The Complete Sea Kayakers Handbook, Second Edition
"This book boasts 352 pages with changes throughout to reflect the growth and maturation of the kayaking market. There are more used kayaks currently available, and the sport now appeals to a wider variety of the population, including families and older outdoor enthusiasts."
This Old Boat, Second Edition: Completely Revised and Expanded
This Old Boat, Second Edition: Completely Revised and Expanded
"A classic...Don Casey's salutary combination of unimpeachable know-how and you-can-do-it encouragement have made this book by far the most popular of the boat renovation titles."