- Hardcover: 403 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 3rd edition (October 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684854201
- ISBN-13: 978-0684854205
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, 3rd Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated Edition Hardcover – October 1, 1999
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First launched in 1983, Annapolis remains the sailor's bible, a comprehensive chapter and verse guide to all aspects of seamanship from the simplest ABC's to the most advanced skills and latest electronics. And while much of the original edition has been left in dry dock to make way for the many changes on the water since 1983--like multihull vessels, satellite tracking, and the reality that while all ships remain "she," there is no longer the assumption that it's a "he" at the helm--Rousmaniere still emphasizes what he's stressed from the first tack: the importance of mastering sailing's fundamentals. This means knowing every inch of your boat and how to handle her, understanding the importance of safety on the seas and preparing for all emergencies, reading the weather, learning to navigate, knowing essential boat maintenance, and being aware of the traditions every sailor steps into whenever he or she sticks feet in a pair of topsiders. Clearly organized and presented, cleanly and smoothly written (given how much technical information he presents, Rousmaniere's prose is blessedly jargon-free), and thoroughly illustrated with photos and drawings, Annapolis is as essential as a good wind, perhaps the one volume no sailor should leave port without. --Jeff Silverman
Yachting magazine A volume that any sailor or would-be sailor simply must own.
American Sailing Association The beauty of the book is that it is both a superb reference manual, which any sailor -- regardless of experience -- will want to own, and a readable, practical introduction to sailing for the beginner, A joy to behold. The most complete and best reference book on the sport that has ever been available.
Chuck Hawley West Marine Products The Annapolis Book of Seamanship is thorough, well written, and nicely illustrated. Not just a repeat of tired old sailing methods of thirty years ago, it integrates the classic techniques (storm tactics. navigation) with the modern (Crew Overboard Recovery, modern anchors, and electronics). I highly recommend this book and encourage anyone to buy it if they want to improve their sailing skills.
Sail magazine The Annapolis Book of Seamanship is about practically everything that has to do with sailing and sailboats.
Yachting magazine [Rousmaniere's] chapters on sail trim and weather, in particular, are the best that I can recall reading.
Sea magazine The piloting part is unusually thorough and understandable and could serve as a text all by itself. The individual chapters on sailing in heavy weather and handling emergencies are recommended reading for all who sail.
Great Lakes Sailing Scanner magazine If you buy one book on sailing this year, this is the one of get.
Sailing Canada magazine Mark Smith's line drawings are models of the kind -- clean, clear, and vital. It is not just one of the very best available.
Tony Gibbs Dolphin Book Club News Once in a great while a book comes along which is so original that is stands outside normal comparison. The Annapolis Book of Seamanship is such a work....A remarkable achievement, a first-rate book in every way. It will almost certainly become -- in short order -- the standard to which succeeding volumes are compared.
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As for the material on the ever-changing world of electronics and technology, I would argue that those are NOT fundamentals, and in such a book, you can expect to find outdated coverage. This is not to impugn the book. If I want up to date coverage on any particular topic that is constantly evolving, I don't look to books, rather electronic media. I have to question any critique that faults a book for not being "up to date". We all know that books are 6-12 months old on their publish date, and should not be used for up to the minute technology.
Likewise, although this book has excellent coverage of Right-of-way rules, and navigation, this information should be backed up with peridiodicals as appropriate. But again, the fundamentals such as "red-right-return" are not likely to change, and this book is solid in those areas.
Overall, I strongly recommend this book as the anchor to any nautical library, with full accolades to the editor and publisher.
The "seaman's bible".
1) Rousmaniere will frequently introduce multiple terms that mean the same thing at different points in the book without an accompanying description. If you've sailed before like me, it's easy enough to interpret what these mean (I hadn't heard many of the terms myself before, despite having sailed for 10+ years), but for the beginner or casual sailor, you'll likely find yourself confused by this without an internet search portal close-to-hand.
2) Rousmaniere devoted a large portion of the boat to sail trim, which is fantastic. However, much of his explanation of sail trim took on the format of 'If this, do that'. It's hard for any sailor, beginner or expert, to maintain a checklist of 20 different if-then scenarios in their mind. Rather, I believe Rousmaniere should have constructed this section to start with the theory and physics of wind and sails, and then developed the chapter to build intuition and analysis within his readers, so that instead of an event-action sequence, they could work out in their minds something like this - 'Okay, upper windward telltale is fluttering, that probably means .... and my options are ...'
3) 'Annapolis' does not cover a ton of basic ground for cruising sailors - even things as simple as filling up the tank :) However, this is covered extensively in any bareboat cruising certification class you take, and would also be covered in your boat's manual or the charter company's pre-boat walkthrough and guide, and so is not totally necessary.
I would say 'Annapolis' is best as a tool to get sailors to realise what they know and what they don't, and to pursue additional resources for what they don't know.