Small-Boat Seamanship Manual


Make the U.S. Coast Guard your first mate

The Small-Boat Seamanship Manual contains all the information found in the Coast Guard's official 1,200-page training manual, giving you access to the highest standards of seamanship practiced and perfected by professional mariners. In addition to in-depth coverage of boat handling and navigation, you’ll find instructions for dealing with extreme situations, including search and rescue, towing, firefighting, vessel flood management, ...

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Make the U.S. Coast Guard your first mate

The Small-Boat Seamanship Manual contains all the information found in the Coast Guard's official 1,200-page training manual, giving you access to the highest standards of seamanship practiced and perfected by professional mariners. In addition to in-depth coverage of boat handling and navigation, you’ll find instructions for dealing with extreme situations, including search and rescue, towing, firefighting, vessel flood management, righting capsized boats, and maneuvering in heavy surf. You’ll also learn about

  • Steering with a broken hydraulic line
  • Close-quarters maneuvering
  • Using the right lines and knots
  • Capsize prevention, precautions, and survival techniques
  • Change-of-course maneuvers to reduce icing and freezing spray
  • Plugging and patching holes for flood control
  • Predicting weather
  • And much more

This is the U.S. Coast Guard's primary training resource for boat handling and seamanship in conditions ranging from benign to extreme. Now this accumulated wisdom is yours with the Small-Boat Seamanship Manual.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071468824
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/16/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 484,509
  • Product dimensions: 10.86 (w) x 11.72 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Aarons was editor at large for Aviation Week magazine and is an avid boater and Coast Guard Auxiliary officer.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction xi
Chapter 1 Boat Crew Duties and Responsibilities 1
Section A The Boat Crew 1
Section B Boat Crew Duties 2
Section C Watchstanding Responsibilities 5
Appendix 1-A Pre-Underway Checklist 10
Appendix 1-B Normal Cruising Checklist (Coxswain) 11
Appendix 1-C Auxiliary Pre-Underway Checklist 12
Chapter 2 Patrols 13
Section A Safety Patrols 13
Section B Regatta Patrols and Marine Parades 15
Section C Aids to Navigation Patrols 21
Section D Chart Updating Patrols 22
Section E Disaster Patrols 22
Section F Port Security and Maritime Pollution 22
Chapter 3 Crew Efficiency Factors 24
Section A Physical Fitness Standards 24
Section B Crew Fatigue 26
Section C Motion Sickness 27
Section D Lethal Fumes 28
Section E Noise 29
Section F Drugs and Alcohol 30
Section G Cold Related Factors 30
Section H Sun and Heat Related Factors 33
Chapter 4 Team Coordination and Risk Management 37
Section A Team Coordination 37
Section B Team Coordination Standards 39
Section C Risk Management Process 42
Section D Informal Crew Briefing and Debriefing 45
Chapter 5 First Aid 47
Section A Crew Member's Roles 47
Section B Treatment for Shock 49
Section C Resuscitation Methods and Emergencies 51
Section D Treatment for Wounds, Fractures, and Burns 54
Section E Environmental Injuries 63
Section F Miscellaneous Emergencies 68
Chapter 6 Survival Equipment and Pyrotechnics 71
Section A Personal Flotation Device (PFD) 72
Section B Hypothermia Protective Clothing 76
Section C Headgear 80
Section D Boat Crew Signal Kit 81
Section E Personnel Survival Kit 85
Section F Pyrotechnics 86
Section G Rescue and Survival Raft 88
Section H Emergency Procedures in the Event of Capsizing 90
Chapter 7 Marlinespike Seamanship 93
Section A Types and Characteristics of Line 94
Section B Inspection, Handling, Maintenance, and Stowage of Line 99
Section C Breaking Strength and Safe Working Load 103
Section D Knots and Splices 106
Section E Deck Fittings and Line Handling 117
Appendix 7-A Estimating the Breaking Strength and Safe Working Load of Lines 119
Appendix 7-B Estimating the Safe Working Load of Shackles 121
Appendix 7-C Estimating the Safe Working Load of Hooks 122
Appendix 7-D Eye Splice in Double Braid Line 122
Chapter 8 Boat Characteristics 130
Section A Boat Nomenclature and Terminology 130
Section B Boat Construction 131
Section C Watertight Integrity 138
Section D General Boat Equipment 139
Section E Troubleshooting Basic Mechanical Problems 140
Chapter 9 Stability 150
Section A Safety and Risk Management Control 150
Section B Understanding Stability 152
Section C Losing Stability 155
Chapter 10 Boat Handling 159
Section A Forces 160
Section B Basic Maneuvering 167
Section C Maneuvering Near Other Objects 179
Section D Maneuvering to or from a Dock 181
Section E Maneuvering Alongside Another Vessel 186
Section F Maneuvering in Rough Weather 188
Section G Maneuvering in Rivers 196
Section H Anchoring 199
Chapter 11 Communications 205
Section A Radio Signal Characteristics 206
Section B Prowords and Common Abbreviations 207
Section C Verbal Communications 209
Section D Radio Operating Procedures 210
Section E Communicating Between Coast Guard Facilities 212
Section F Emergency Voice Communications and Distress Signals 213
Section G Radio Checks 218
Chapter 12 Weather and Oceanography 219
Section A Weather 219
Section B Oceanography 226
Chapter 13 Aids to Navigation 234
Section A U.S. Aids to Navigation System 234
Section B U.S. ATON System Variations 244
Section C Short-Range Electronic Aids 246
Section D Radionavigation Systems 247
Section E The Light List 248
Chapter 14 Navigation 250
Section A The Earth and Its Coordinates 251
Section B Nautical Charts 254
Section C Magnetic Compass 261
Section D Piloting 270
Section E River Sailing 295
Chapter 15 Search and Rescue 301
Section A Organization and Responsibility 302
Section B SAR Emergency Phases 303
Section C Legal Aspects and U.S. Coast Guard Policy 304
Section D SAR Incident Information 309
Section E Search Planning 311
Section F Search Preparations 319
Section G Conducting a Search 320
Chapter 16 Person in the Water Recovery 321
Section A Recovery Methods 321
Section B Water Survival Skills 333
Chapter 17 Towing 336
Section A Towing Safety 337
Section B Forces in Towing 337
Section C Towing Equipment 342
Section D Standard Towing Procedures 350
Appendix 17-A Towing Precautions 368
Chapter 18 Firefighting, Rescue, and Assistance 370
Section A Safety and Damage Control 371
Section B Boat Fire Prevention and Susceptible Areas 372
Section C Fire Theory, Classifications, and Fuel Sources 375
Section D Extinguishing Agents 376
Section E Applying Extinguishing Agents 376
Section F Firefighting Equipment 380
Section G Firefighting Procedures 388
Section H Extinguishing Fires 391
Section I Dewatering 394
Section J Righting Powerboats and Sailboats 398
Section K Flood Control 402
Chapter 19 Air Operations 404
Section A Helicopters and Equipment 405
Section B Helicopter Rescue Operations 409
Section C Helicopter Ditching 413
Section D Helicopter Salvage and Towing 415
Section E Fixed-Wing aircraft 417
Appendix 19-A Sample Briefing to Pass to Vessel Prior to Helicopter 419
Appendix A
Appendix B Heavy Weather Addendum 425
Section A Heavy Weather Wave and Surf Characteristics 425
Section B Heavy Weather Boat Handling 428
Section C Heavy Weather Piloting 431
Section D Heavy Weather Person in the Water Recovery 434
Section E Surf Operations 436
Abbreviations and Acronyms 445
Glossary 447
Index 462
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