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The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon: And 101 Other Things for Young Mariners to Build, Try, and Do on the Water [Kindle Edition]

David Seidman , Jeff Hemmel
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Book Description

Spark a passion for sailng and the outdoors in your child

From the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards bronze medal winner!

Ever since humankind began seafaring, boats and shoreline adventures have produced sturdy, independent, creative, self-reliant kids. From the author of the bestselling Complete Sailor and proud father of a boy mariner, here is the book for all parents who want to introduce their kids to the world of boats, boating, sailing, the shore, and the sea. It provides dozens of adventures and activities for kids, and a plethora of projects for you and your kids to do together.

Topics range from how-to to fanciful, in random organization so that each excursion into the book turns up unrelated gems on facing pages. The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon encourages your kid to get outdoors and on the water, to build things, to try things, to cultivate their curiosity, to learn self-reliance, and to get a giant dose of the magic of seaside adventure.

  • Loaded with things for kids to do--build a rope ladder; build a Huck Finn raft from PVC pipe; catch and fillet a fish; go crabbing; skip a stone; body surf; waterski on bare feet; chart a cove; learn the great sea battles; build a sandcastle; navigate; win a sailboat race; paddle a sea kayak; and a whole lot more.
  • Designed to cultivate a kid's curiosity about the natural world.

Topics include: Where's the wind coming from; How high is that wave; An anti-pirate potato cannon; Brew your own biofuel; Make a dugout canoe; Build a Huck Finn raft from PVC pipe; Skip a stone; Build a sandcastle; Carve a paddle; Row a boat Escape a rip current; Go kite sailing; Navigate by the stars; Carve a half-hull model; What's on the bottom; A journey to the abyss; Don't wrestle an alligator; A dinghy camper; How to dive with mask and snorkel; Build a motorboat from cardboard tubes; Body surf; Recognize ships; Discipline in the Age of Sail: cat-o-nine tails, hanging from the yardarms; Steer without a rudder; Chapter 25. Tie up to a dock; Reading a lines drawing; Whatever floats your boat; Play nautical capture the flag; Paddle a sea kayas; Build a rowboat; Signal across the water; Capture plankton in a net; Tie knots and splices; Make a rope ladder; Make a chart of your favorite cove; Throw your own beach clam bake; Make a catboat-race weather vane; Fight off a shark; Heave a monkey's fist; Ski on your own bare feet; Fillet a fish... and cook it on your engine; Your own ditty bag; A proper sailor's knife; How to stand up on a PWC; How to get up on a wakeboard; Go clamming; Build a human pyramid on water skis; How to poop in a boat: How marine heads work; Diver's tube raft; Submarine a PWC; Survive a sinking; Finding east or west All you need is the north star; The bosun's pipe; Ships in a bottle; Five sea battles that changed history; Use the five secrets of winning a sailboat race; Make a viewing bucket to see underwater; Cast a fly; Survive a hurricane; The Eskimo roll; Stow that chart; Goggles from a soda bottle; Find fish fast; Repair a sail; Whalewatching; Go on a plastics hunt; Don't be left in the dark; Pets at sea: how to train your cat or dog for boating; The green and clean boat; Ride the disk; Go crabbing; Careers at sea; Pass your boating license exam; Origins of sea terms; The best way to coil rope; Carve a slalom turn; Keeping watch; Throwing a cast net; Keep what you catch - start an aquarium; Heroes of the Sea: Shackleton, Slocum, Day, Knox-Johnston, Heyerdahl, etc.; Books & Stories (Three Men in a Boat, Crunch and Des, Riddle of the Sands, Swallows and Amazons); Stage paintball sea battles; Read the messages in clouds; Get unlost in the fog: sager forecaster; Know how to handle waves; Semaphore signals; Glacier surfing; Great voyages by young mariners; Make a weather station

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About the Author

David Seidman got into boats when he was nine and has been hooked ever since. He has designed and built his own boats and sailed the world in others. The first person to reach Bermuda from the U.S. in an outboard-powered boat, Seidman has also crossed the Bering Strait on a personal watercraft, holds the world record for distance traveled in a boat on a gallon of gas (103 miles), has followed the route of Lewis and Clark, crossed the country twice by boat, and has traveled by boat up the Amazon and down the Yangtze and Mississippi rivers. Equally fascinated by power, sail, and paddle, he is an accomplished sea kayaker and has sailed across the Atlantic. He is the former executive editor of Boating, the world's largest powerboat magazine, and is the author of The Complete Sailor, a bestselling sailing instructional guide. Most relevant of all, however, David is the proud father of a 6-year-old boy who he hopes will share his love of boats and the sea. The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon and 101 Other Things for Young Mariners to Build, Try, and Do on the Water is David's attempt to ensure that happens. Jeff Hemmel is a lifelong boater, and contributing editor to Boating Magazine,, and Always interested in watersports, he raced sailboats in his teen years, competed as a professional personal watercraft freestyle rider in his 20s, and remains an avid wakeboarding enthusiast. Hemmel was recently inducted into the International Jet Sports Boating Association Hall of Fame, as well as given that association’s “Lifetime Achievement” award. Jeff loves a fresh story angle, and in that pursuit has battled Class IV rapids in a Hells Canyon jet boat, surfed the waves of South Africa on a stand-up Jet Ski, rode a wakeboard through the Grand Canyon, even pulled the 12-person water-ski pyramid at Florida’s Cypress Gardens. Like David, Jeff is passing on his love of the water to his two young daughters, both of whom are already proud skiers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 13112 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (May 31, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003O86F36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outside and off the computer-hooray!! June 17, 2010
"Dangerous Book For Boys Goes to the Beach," or boating, or fishing, or anything else to do with kids being around the water. Like the other book, this one is a random collection of things to do and know. But unlike "Dangerous" the stuff in this book is a lot cooler and way more fun. At least my son thinks so. There's much more to do and make, and it really seems to be geared to kids--not the parents who buy these kinds of books hoping to get their children away from video games (which I must admit that I'm one and is why I bought the book). It is also written with a kid sense of humor (there are 50 phrases for throwing up when sea sick).
In my 12 year old son's opinion the best parts are the Huck Finn PVC raft, a boat made out of cardboard carpet tubes, turning a jet ski into a submarine, alligator wrestling, and using your cat to predict weather.
When I bought it I was hoping he would put down his Playstation and wasn't expecting much. But with the warm weather now here my son really got into it. Unlike "Dangerous" this book worked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Father's Day gift! June 10, 2010
By Titus
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First of all this is a very nice looking book. Most important, is the fact that the content is both fun and interesting as many water subjects are covered, including water safety. You can tell the authors' have many years of experience on the water and are willing to share their knowledge for the edification of the average person, or just to remind the reader of things that they/we have forgotten over the years.
If you are looking for a gift, or an up coming Father's Day gift, this mini Tome is perfect!

I really do not have any criticisms, as the Anti-Pirate book surpassed my expectations and surprisingly is not a light weight read, made up of filler, as some books tend to be.
It's chock-full of information.

Did I mention, the cover looks great?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer for budding boaters June 10, 2010
With the title and Hardy Boys typeface from the 1930s, I expected this book to be kind of hokey and filled with things like how to hoist a pirate's flag or the best video games to play on board your dad's boat. But the writers do a great job in actually filling the pages with useful information about how to get into boating, and how to improve skills once you start. Illustrations, photos and other diagrams add to the text, which is generally very well-written. The writers are longtime boating writers, and experts in their fields.

My wife, who is not a boater, was impressed by the amount of content and the professional, easy-access layout. I think it'd make a good gift for Father's Day, yes, but also for the aspiring mariner who not only wants to build a potato cannon but also maybe even his own rowboat. Good for girls, and even adults as an interesting bite-sized way to get into the sport. Nice hard-cover design. Definitely recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon: 101 Other Things for Young Mariners to Build, Try & Do On the Water offers dozens of activities and adventures for parents who want to introduce kid to boating and the sea. It's reviewed here as a recommendation for entire families on (or near) the water, offering a range of projects in a format suitable for browsing. From building paperboats and constructing a waterfront swing to cooking lunch on a hot engine, this is packed with fine outdoors suggestions and fun, out-of-the-box nautical projects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I appreciated the historical backgrounds behind the fun ideas as well as the use of "sailing language" so that young readers get a hang of it before they get on a boat...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dumb title June 12, 2010
By Larry V
Would not have bought it as I"m not interested in potato cannons, but a friend had it at his house and my daughter picked it up and is now obsessed with it. So I bought one. She has read and reread a story about kids walking across the ocean floor after the ocean had been drained (not sure why or how) and it describes the terrain. She's into marine biology at school and the book shows how to build a plankton gathering net. Warning to parents: the book is filled with things like this that kids are supposed to build. But you'll probably get roped in to doing them. "We" are also making a barometer from a soda bottle and brewing up bio fuel.

It's the first book she's ever seemed to enjoy. My friend's kids like it too. But it's only worthwhile if you live near water or have a boat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than Television! June 11, 2010
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For people living on or near the water, this is a great "Encyclopedia" of projects, that will entice your children to leave the television shows and get outside and PLAY! As a "Senior Citizen", it is wonderful to see authors promoting activities such as these. Every home, cottage or camp on the water should have one of these books available for reference material. We plan to put one in our rental cottage for guests to use and enjoy. Thank you for so many great ideas. We can't wait for our grandchildren to arrive and try them out.
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