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Chapman Piloting Seamanship & Boat Handling Hardcover – Unabridged, December, 1999
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When Chapman Piloting lands on your doorstep--all 656 pages of it--it's easy to feel daunted. Have faith, sailor. Now in its 63rd edition, Charles Frederic Chapman's masterpiece is a boater's bible. Indeed, one Amazon.com customer raves, "if you could take a class called Boating 101, this would be the textbook." It's more than just a basic text, however; it's a complete curriculum of nautical knowledge, from knots to navigation, docking to distress calls, plus etiquette, protocol, and terminology for powerboaters and sailors alike. Accessible to the beginner, Chapman Piloting is an essential reference for even the most experienced sailor. A necessary component of any nautical library. Highly recommended. --M. Stein
About the Author
Elbert S. "Mack" Maloney is one of the best-known boating writers in the country, contributing a monthly column to Motor Boating & Sailing magazine and authoring and editing several classic books in the field of marine navigation. He is active in boating education, and has served as director of education for the United States Power Squadrons and as department chief of education on the National Staff of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. He lives in Florida. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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I'm new to boating, and I've been asking questions of everyone I meet at the marina and at the stores. When I received this book, I read for an hour and found answers to everything I wanted. If I didn't recognize a term, phrase, or technique I read in the book, I didn't have to leave the book to find it.
Knots? It's in here; and it's the most approachable guide I've read. Safety equipment and how to use it? Everything you need to know is here. There's a great chapter on maneuvering, focusing on all the scary bits: at the marina and docking, including casting off and coming back in. The book even includes a section on using ropes and power to turn in tight quarters.
Trailering and sailboating are treated clearly, though sailing coverage might be a little light -- I'm a power boater and can't say.
The book is continually revised and is incredbily current. There's a chapter on advanced marine electronics, including all the new plotters and GPS systems, and the upcoming radio features. The book doesn't neglect the basics; there's a 40-page chapter on compasses, and plenty of information on observing weather, charting, and navigation.
There are colour illustrations throughout, a great index, and a good glossary. Unfortuantely, there are also typographical errors and formatting problems here and there, too. Sometimes, they're enough to make the material confusing or inaccurate.
This volume is giant and a bit intimidating, and you probably can't bring it aboard with you. You can't read it in bed, either.
If you own a boat, even if you're experienced, I'm sure you can use a copy of this book for reference. If you're new to boating, like I am, you'll have great use for the book and its contents. If you don't own a boat yet, you should buy one before you go to the boat show or the dealership; you'll learn more than your salesman probably knows!
Unfortunately I have had many encounters with "experienced boaters" that do not actually know much or anything at all about navigation, piloting, the rules of the road, the sea, or the many aspects of safe yachting. Reading this book will put you heads above many other boaters and may open your eyes to what you did not even know you did not know......
Happy and safe boating
It is a valuable reference guide and in a pinch can substitute as a door stop, paper weight or mallet.
Yes the Chapman has gotten heavy in its old age but still packs a punch as far as its massive information. Want to curl up with a page turner on a quiet evening? The Chapman may not be your best choice but if I find myself on board a water craft larger than a (God forbid) JetSki, I want a Chapman with me.
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