- Paperback: 90 pages
- Publisher: Harvey Island Enterprises; First Canadian edition (September 9, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0968232701
- ISBN-13: 978-0968232705
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Boat Docking (Close Quarters Maneuvering for Small Craft) First Canadian Edition
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"Any boater - well, almost any - can handle his boat reasonably well in open waters. The real crunch comes when he or she has to bring the craft into a pier or wharf. Boat Docking may be a small volume, but it contains a wealth of information on docking and undocking a boat.
"Detailed procedures covering a wide variety of situations are followed by a thorough explanation of the forces and effects of wind, current, and propeller action - even experienced skippers can learn from this book." (Elbert S. "Mack" Maloney, USMC, Col. (Ret.), editor and author of Chapman Piloting) -- Elbert S. "Mack" Maloney, USMC, Col. (Ret.), editor and author
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Here's what Charles has to say about writing Boat Docking: What a thrill and a joy it was for me to rediscover boating in early adulthood, and how discouraging, then, not to be able to dock the blessed boat (or at least, not consistently)! It was soon apparent that I was not alone! So, armed with my background in the sciences, I set about to see what I could learn about close quarters boat handling, and was somewhat surprised when, as the years went by, I realized that I was writing a book!
The research has taken many paths. Foremost among them were i) experimentation, and ii) verbal advice from experienced, accomplished boaters. There have also been the excellent Power Squadron courses, as well as untold hours of reading many of the conventional (and "un-") text sources on small craft handling.
The distillation that has resulted is not, to my knowledge, reproduced elsewhere. This book is tightly focused only on slow-speed handling of small craft, and as such it is very complete and thorough. It has an excellent balance of technical analysis and practical boat-docking recipes.
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