Chapman Piloting: Seamanship and Small Boat Handling

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Overview

Both powerboaters and sailboaters will find within the pages of Chapman's the crucial information they need to participate safely in their sport, whether as weekend sailors or seasoned voyagers. Chapman's includes all the most recent advances in boating, including in-depth information on navigation using satellite technology, recommended procedures in emergency situations, as well as all of the current laws and regulations governing the nation's waterways. Features include more than 1,500 illustrations and full-color maps, extensive subject cross-referencing, dozens of sidebars, color-coded tabs for easy access, exploded views and cutaways, and a comprehensive glossary of boating terms.

Over 1,500 photographs and instructional drawings make the procedures and equipment described readily understandable to beginner and expert alike.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780688116835
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated Color Edition
  • Edition number: 61
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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NAUTICAL TERMS

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Boating. Whether sail or power, yacht or small boat, cruising, fishing, or just "getting out on the water," whatever your style of recreational boating, it can be safer and more enjoyable if done with knowledge. The foundation of knowledge relating to any activity generally starts with an understanding of the special words and phrases of that subject — and so we begin this book.

The language of boats and boating is different from that of the land and landsmen. It has been developed over centuries of use by those who sail the seas, yet flavored by terms invented in our generation. When you speak of the "stern" of a boat you are using a word that goes back centuries through several languages; yet when you say that you have a "stern-drive" engine, you are using a term that has been in existence only a relatively few years.

A boatman needn't be excessively "salty" in his speech, but there are strong reasons for knowing and using the right terms for objects and activities around boats. In times of emergency, many seconds of valuable time may be saved when correct, precise terms are used for needed tools or actions. In correspondence and other written material, use of the right word often shortens long explanations and eliminates doubt or confusion.

Learning and using proper nautical terms will mark you as one who is truly interested in boating. Above all, forming the habit of thinking directly in nautical terms, not in "shore" terms with mental translation, will help you use the proper words consistently. Soon you will find them coming naturally.

Copyright © by The Hearst Corporation

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
The Tradition of Chapman Piloting 10
Ch. 1 The Language of Boating 16
Ch. 2 Owning a Boat 44
Ch. 3 The Safe Boat 60
Ch. 4 Emergencies Underway 82
Ch. 5 First Aid Afloat 100
Ch. 6 Navigation Lights and Day Shapes 116
Ch. 7 Rules of the Road 134
Ch. 8 Trailerboating 152
Ch. 9 Seamanship Under Power 182
Ch. 10 Seamanship Under Sail 210
Ch. 11 Special Seamanship Techniques 240
Ch. 12 Anchoring 252
Ch. 13 Marlinespike Seamanship 276
Ch. 14 Understanding Weather 296
Ch. 15 Tides and Currents 328
Ch. 16 Boating and the Environment 350
Ch. 17 The Mariner's Compass 366
Ch. 18 The Nautical Chart 392
Ch. 19 Basic Piloting 426
Ch. 20 Position Determination 444
Ch. 21 Inland Piloting 484
Ch. 22 Aids to Navigation 500
Ch. 23 Electrical Systems 522
Ch. 24 Communications 544
Ch. 25 Electronic Navigation 562
Ch. 26 Boating Customs 578
Ch. 27 Boating Organizations 590
Chart, Cruising and Safety Information Sources 608
Associations and Organizations 611
State Numbering Certificates 612
Captains of the Port/Marine Safety Offices 614
The Metric System 616
Abbreviations and Acronyms 617
Glossary of Selected Terms 618
Index 633
Picture Credits 655
Acknowledgments 656
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