- Hardcover: 447 pages
- Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 5 edition (October 14, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0750641010
- ISBN-13: 978-0750641012
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,276,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A thorough textbook that delves into the many intricacies of ship stability. Great for students, engineers, or as a shipboard reference. Topics include: forces and moments, laws of flotation, displacement curves, trim, water pressure, ship squat, drydocking, and more." Offshore Engineer
"I found this a useful reference book for both seafarer and student alike, it covers the basics of the subject matter.
The text is comprehensive with clear illustrations, which will be of help to the students. The exercises at the end of the chapters are a useful method for the students to test their understanding. The helpful tips and revision aids contained within the appendix should assist those with examinations to pass."
Nicola Pryce-Roberts, MSc Programme Leader, School of Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University
"Although the title is Ship Stability for Masters and Mates the book will be valuable for marine engineers studying for certificates of competency as well as students. It is recommended for its clarity of explanation and breadth of coverage."
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"Ship Stability for Masters and Mates is recommended reading for all deck officers and would make a valuable addition to the ship's reference library."
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"It will prove useful to Maritime Studies degree students when studying the subject, and provide a reliable reference book for those responsible for the stability of ships."
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"Ship Stability is an invaluable reference for nautical surveyors and chief officers and, indeed, anyone involved with day-to-day concerns of stability."
"In line with the aims of the book, it covers the basics of the subject matter. It is clearly written and the extensive use of illustrative examples will be of considerable help to the student".
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The previous version (5th Edition) should be considered an embarrassment to the current author, as it contained so many errors it could be considered as dangerous! Many of these errors were addressed in the current edition (6th ed), however in adding a further twelve chapters to this edition, the author has again included an unacceptable number of errors in the maths and the formulas. For example chapter 40 is so full of errors that readers of this topic would aquire a distorted view of the topic!
If you have access to other books on ship stability as well as a good grasp of mathematics I would suggest that only then this book might be useful, but again ONLY if used with great care!
I owned a early version before Barrass hijacked the book to pamper his own ego. Squat is an important issue and Barrass is a known scolar in the subject but he is using this to forward his own formula's rather than be impartial. If one reads the book it is written in the third party (as one would expect) until his chapter where it is in the first person.
It wouldn't be so bad if the information contained within his chapter was correct but he uses incorrect examples (ie Sea Empress and Capella Voyager) and suggests everyone else is wrong about the loading of bulk carriers by the stern (evidence suggests otherwise), his manner is one of authority and will condemn anyone who contradicts him (ask the Houston pilots).
So would I buy the book again? Probably but I would try and buy an earlier version before Barrass took it over. By all means buy for the rest of the book and keep open mind that there are better squat formulae than Barrass's! That's the reason for 4 stars.
Even for those who are not at the mates or masters level, this book will certainly aid you in understanding the basics.
A must own book for those who need to understand.