Boating and Sailing - Complete Idiot's Guide


Revised and updated—don't leave the dock without it!

Here is an excellent overview of both power boating and sailing that focuses on the techniques shared by both. Solid material any boater will need to know on buying a boat and the cost of ownership, marine power and motors, technology and weather, safety, navigation, and boat handling—as well as expanded coverage on sailing and a brand new chapter on personal watercraft—this is the only ...

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Revised and updated—don't leave the dock without it!

Here is an excellent overview of both power boating and sailing that focuses on the techniques shared by both. Solid material any boater will need to know on buying a boat and the cost of ownership, marine power and motors, technology and weather, safety, navigation, and boat handling—as well as expanded coverage on sailing and a brand new chapter on personal watercraft—this is the only boating book to own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592573233
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 4/5/2005
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Sargeant is a well-known boating writer with monthly features in Boating and Sports Afield magazines. He writes a weekly award-winning column on boating in the Tampa Tribune and has been a local favorite in Florida for 40 years. He has written ten books on boating, sailing, and fishing.

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Table of Contents


1. Welcome to the Wet and Wonderful World of Boating!
Start at the Bottom Line. Maintenance Costs. If the Sloop Fits, Buy It. What to Call the Pointy End (and the Rest of a Boat). What Kind of Boat Are You Looking For? Power to the People-Boats with Motors. Motorcycles on the Water: Personal Watercraft. Boating in a Balloon: Inflatable Boats. Powered by the Wind: Sailboats. Muscle-Powered Boats: Canoes, Kayaks, and Rowboats. Buy New or Used?

2. Power to the People-Marine Engines.
Portable Power-Outboard Motors. Outboard Motor Brands. Compact Motors. Jet Power. Two-Cycle Outboard Oils. Innies and Outies-Inboard/Outboards. Inboard Engines. Power Without Spark Plugs-Diesel Engines. Fuel Economy. One Engine or Two?

3. Picking a Proper Prop.
Gay Blades-And Serious Ones. Barrel Onward. Diameter and Prop Performance. Here's the Pitch. Putting It Together. When One Goes Up, the Other Goes Down. Right Hand or Left? What Props Are Made Of. Props for Electric Motors. Counter-Rotating In-Line Props. These Props Are Not Shiftless. Problems of the Improper Prop. Bad Vibrations. Care and Feeding of Your Prop.

4. It Follows You Anywhere-Trailering Your Boat.
Get Fit. Weight Wisdom. Two Wheels or Four? The Right Stuff. How Trailer Winches Work. Tongue Jacks. Do You Need Brakes? Getting Hitched. Matching the Load-Hitch Ratings. Have a Ball-Hitch Balls.Keeping Your Trailer on the Trail-Maintenance. Wheel and Tire Maintenance. Let There Be Lights. Getting Wired. Inflation Is Good. Winch Maintenance. Get Tight and Load It Right. Wandering Trailers. The Chain Gang. Towing Tips. Watch Where You Tow. Secure It All. Maneuvering Your Trailer. Highway Trailering. Keeping Your Cool. Pushing Off. Let's Do Launch. Up-Loading. Pulling Out. Trouble at the Ramp. A Tail-Light Cure.


5. Getting Underway for the First Time.
All Aboard! Keep Your Hands Handy. Starting the Engines. Leaving the Dock. Keeping Trim Afloat. Time to Trim In. Those Are the Brakes. Softening the Waves. Time to Trim Out. It Ain't Flipper-Stop Your Boat from Porpoising. The Art of Cornering. Ventilation: Good in Motel Rooms, Bad in Props. Shallow Water Trim. Boating in a Bog. Refueling Your Boat.

6. The Art and Science of Docking.
Slip-Sliding Away: Maneuvering Out of a Slip. The Easy Way Out. Wind into the Dock. Spring Ahead, but Don't Fall Back. You Can Go Home Again-Docking Tactics. The Best Plan Is to Have a Plan. Practice, Practice, Practice. Avoiding Slip-Ups. Parallel Parking. Current Events. Shoehorn Maneuvering. Slow Is Good. Easy Job That Can Be Tough: Picking Up a Mooring. Tidal Tie-Ups. Dock Lines. Securing Your Boat. Chafing Gear for Your Lines. Fenders Are Meant to Be Squashed.

7. People Management and Safety Aboard.
Taking Care of Business: The Captain Is the Boss. Protection from the Sun. Wear a Hat. Coping with Seasickness. The Right Footwear. Dressing for Cold-Weather Boating. Singing in the Rain with Good Rain Gear. What's Bugging You? Cameras and Water Do Not Always Mix.

8. Anchors Aweigh! Making Your Boat Stay Put.
Anchors by Design. Anchoring in Style. Stronger Is Better. Anchors That Float-Sea Anchors. Anchor Tackle. Deep Stuff-Anchoring Offshore. Anchoring in a Harbor. When Two Anchors Are Better Than One. Beaching It. When the Anchor Goes Ashore. Grounding-On Purpose. If You Lose Your Anchor. Snagged Anchors. Breaking Free.

9. Nautical Knots.
When a Rope Is Not a Rope-Nautical Cordage. What Is Rope Made Of? Twisted, Stirred, or Shaken? Size Counts. Line Care. The Bitter End. Coiling Lines. Handling the Anchor Line. Cleating Off. Knots You'll Use Most Often.

10. Paddle Power: Canoes, Kayaks, and Rowboats.
I Can-Canoe? Keen on Kayaks. Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Who Needs a Rowboat?


11. Nautical Road Maps: Marine Charts.
The Art of the Chart. Charts Are Where You Find 'Em. The Profit Motive-Commercial Charts. By the Book. It Was Deep Enough Yesterday. The Color of Water. Buoy, Oh Buoy. Navigation by Degree. Longitude Lines Are Long-Ways. The International Date Line. Avoiding Platitudes About Latitudes. "X" Marks the Spot. A Fading Acronym-LORAN. The Compass Rose. Variables of Variation. What You Don't Know Can Hurt You:Bottom Conditions. Scale Models. Measuring Chart Distances. Digital Navigation.

12. Rules of the Marine Road.
Where the Buoys Are-Aids to Navigation. Shaping a Course. Sound Decisions. Heading Out to Sea. Special Situations. Inland Buoyage. Other Navigational Aids. Pleased to Meet You-Meeting Situations. Making a Pass. Who Has the Right of Way? Other Situations-Sailboats and Ships. Other Ship Cautions. Night Moves-Signals After Sundown.

13. Tools and Tricks of Navigation.
The Unfailing Compass. Variable Variation. Devious Deviation. "Can Dead Men Vote Twice?" Electronic Navigation. LORAN Waves Good-Bye. GPS-The Ultimate Navigator. Do-It-All Chart Plotters. Navigating in Depth-Depth Finders. In Living Color. A Handy Extra-Radio Direction Finders. Radar Shows It All.

14. Nautical Radio Gear and Procedures and Your First Longer Cruise.
Marine Communications. Reach Out and Touch Somebody. VHF-Everyman's Radio. In the Palm of Your Hand. The Lingo of VHF. Weather Stations, Too. Breaker One-Nine…Not! SSB for Maximum Range. A Typical Cruise-Do Your Homework First. Cruising Day. The Color of Water. Murphy Rules. Dead Reckoning Is Alive and Well. Vectoring In.


15. Weather You Like It or Not.
Forecasts-Don't Leave Home Without Them. The Highs and Lows of Air Pressure. A Feel for Nasty Weather. Weather Proverbs. Wind Speeds. Fetching Considerations. The Beaufort Scale. A Personal Experience. Land and Sea Breezes. Thunderheads. Squall Lines. Lightning. Water Spouts.

16. Mastering the Tides.
How the Moon Influences the Tides. Tide Ranges. Playing the Tides. Tide Tables. Using the Tide Tables. Tide Heights and Navigation. Bridge Clearance. Tides in the Estuaries. Spring Tides. Neap Tides. Tide Sense. Seasonal Variations. Wind Tides.


17. Gearing Up for Safety.
A Touch of Class. The ABCs of PFDs. Fire Extinguishers. Vents and Electrical Fans. Sound Signals. Arresting Flame Development. Visual Distress Signals. Numbers and Licenses. Good to Have:Common-Sense Gear. Safety to the Max:Other Gear. Man the Lifeboats.

18. The Best Defense Is Common Sense.
Tell Someone Where You're Going. Storm Warnings. Leave Your Boat Behind. Swimming and Diving. Water Skiing. Loading-And Overloading. Speed Thrills-But Also Kills. Keep a Clear Head: Don't Drink and Boat. Running Out of Gas. Getting Smart in a Hurry.

19. Common Emergencies (If There Are Such Things).
You're Grounded-Now What? Tow, Tow, Tow Your Boat. First Aid Afloat. Person Overboard! Hypothermia. If You Fall Overboard. That Sinking Feeling. If Your Boat Springs a Leak. Fire Aboard. Calling for Help.


20. The Well-Equipped Nautical Toolbox.
The Most Important Tool. Gearing Up for Outboard Boats. Inboard Supplies. Universal Spares. Sticky Stuff. Tool Time. One Size Fits All:Adjustable Tools. Slippery Subject. Electrical Extras. The All-Purpose Swiss Army Knife. Tool Quality. Tool Care. Current Events:Marine Batteries. Getting a Charge Out of Chargers. Got a Light?

21. Keeping Your Boat Shipshape.
Washing Down. Sailboat Rigging. Get Waxed. Cabin Clean-Ups. The Bottom Line. Paint Your Bottoms. Anti-Fouling on Aluminum. Teak Treatment. Keeping Stuff Dry. Basic Hull Repairs. Patching Bigger Holes. Patching Aluminum Boats. Hull Painting.

22. Keeping Your Engine Happy.
Let's Get Oiled. Tighten Your Belt. Torque Time. Lube Job. Check the Oil, Please. Sparking Your Relationship. Prop Problems? Why Won't It Start? Basic Troubleshooting. When the Motor Overheats. It Runs but It Doesn't Move.


23. How to Tell the Main from the Jib: A Sailor's Vocabulary.
Sailboat or Powerboat? Getting Started. The Absolute Basics of Sailing. From A to Z: Parts of a Sailboat. The Points of Sail. Sailing Magic-Going Upwind. Terms for Downwind. Other Handy Terms to Know.

24. Types of Sailboats.
What Do You Call It? One Hull or Two? Sink or Capsize? Daysailers, Cruisers, and Racers. It's a Surfboard…No, It's a Sailboat…No, It's a Sailboard. Sport Cats. Flying on Water. Sail Shapes. Sail Care. Get Caught Up in the Race.

25. The Mechanics of Sailing.
Why Sailboats Sail. Your First Sailing Trip. Getting Underway. Trimming the Sails. Safe Downwind Turns. Tackling Tacking.

26. Handling Your Sailboat.
Sailing to the Dock. Anchoring Under Sail. Getting to a Moored Boat. A Route You Can Root For. The Sailing Right of Way. Dealing with the Draft-And the Drift. Heavy-Weather Sailing. Riding the Waves. Righting a Capsize.


Appendix A. Glossary.
Appendix B. Resources.
Appendix C. Boating Online.
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