The Practical Encyclopedia of Boating: An A-Z Compendium of Seamanship, Boat Maintenance, Navigation, and Nautical Wisdom

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"Vigor is one of the finest boating writers of our time."­­Cruising World

Boating encompasses an impressive array of disciplines, and every sailor or powerboater worth his or her salt is, by turns, a seaman, navigator, mechanic, electrician, painter, carpenter, meteorologist, medic, cook, and even, on occasion, a diplomat. Which is why it is so surprising that, until now, there has been no single-source reference to which a mariner could turn ...

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Overview

"Vigor is one of the finest boating writers of our time."­­Cruising World

Boating encompasses an impressive array of disciplines, and every sailor or powerboater worth his or her salt is, by turns, a seaman, navigator, mechanic, electrician, painter, carpenter, meteorologist, medic, cook, and even, on occasion, a diplomat. Which is why it is so surprising that, until now, there has been no single-source reference to which a mariner could turn for practical, up-to-date information in all these areas.

The Practical Encyclopedia of Boating is the first guide to all practical­­and many theoretical­­aspects of recreational boating under sail and power. From seamanship to maintenance, navigation to boat design and construction, nautical lore and esoterica to the science of how things work, this handy reference gives sailors and powerboaters quick access to just the right amount of information needed to answer most questions and solve most problems.

John Vigor has been sailing more than 40 years in boats ranging from 11 to 72 feet, logging 15,000 miles of ocean voyaging. Born in England, he emigrated to South Africa as a boy. In 1987 he left South Africa in a 31-foot boat with his wife and son and sailed to a new life in the U.S. A journalist, he has written for major metropolitan newspapers in Britain, South Africa, and the U.S., and contributes articles to Cruising World, SAIL, and Yachting Monthly. He is the author of five other books, including International Marine's Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge, The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat, and Boatowner's Handbook.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071378857
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 8.77 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

John Vigor has been sailing more than 40 years in boats ranging from 11 to 72 feet, logging 15,000 miles of ocean voyaging. Born in England, he emigrated to South Africa as a boy. In 1987 he left South Africa in a 31-foot boat with his wife and son and sailed to a new life in the U.S. A journalist, he has written for major metropolitan newspapers in Britain, South Africa, and the U.S., and contributes articles to Cruising World, SAIL, and Yachting Monthly. He is the author of five other books, including International Marine's Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge, The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat, and Boatowner's Handbook.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

A

Abandoning Ship
Accidental Circling
Accidents on Board
Adhesives
Air Masses
Air Pressure on Sails
Albatrosses
Alternators
Aluminum Hulls
America's Cup
Amp-Hour Ratings
Anchors, Anchoring
Anchoring Rights
Anchor Types
Antifouling Paints
Apparent Wind

B

Backstaff
Bahamian Moor
Balanced Helm
Ballast Ratios
Ballast Taboo
Barometer
Barge Hazards
Barrier Coats
Battens in Sails
Battery Choices
Battery Needs
Beam-to-Length Ratio
Beaufort Scale
Berths
Bilge
Bilge Pumps
Binoculars
Black Box Theory
Blisters in GRP
Block and Tackle
Block Sizes
Boarding Ladders
Boat
Booms
Borers
Bosun's Chair
Bottom Painting
Bower and Kedge
Brake and Shaft Horsepower
Brightwork
Broaching To
Bulwarks
Buoyage Systems
Buys Ballot's Law

C

Calling for Help
Capsize
Capsize Screening
Castaways
Catching Water
Cavitation
Centerboards
Center of Buoyancy
Center of Effort
Center of Gravity
Chafe
Chain
Chain Locker
Chain Stoppers
Chart Datums
Charts
Chart Scales
Chart Stowage
Checking a Battery
Chines
Choosing a Boat
Circles ofPosition
Circumnavigation
Cleats
Clouds
Coast Guard
Cockpit Drains
Cockpits
Code Flags
Coiling Line
Coin Under Mast
Collision Bearings
Collision Regulations
Color at Sea
Color Blindness
Commissioning
Companionway Formula
Compass Bearings
Compass Courses
Compass Tests
Compass Types
Complex Lights
Computers
Cooking Afloat
Coral Reefs
Coriolis Force
Counting Seconds
Course Corrections
Cranking Ratings
Crew Overboard
Cruising Anchors
Cruising Boat Size
Cruising Lifestyle
Currents

D

Dacron
Danger Angles
Danger at Sea
Danger Bearings
Dead Reckoning
Deadrise
Delivery Trips
Depth-Finders
Depth-Sounders
Deviation Cards
Diesel Engines
Diesel Fuel
Diesel Maintenance
Diesel Smoke
Dinghies
Dinghy Capacities
Dinghy Life
Dinghy Oars
Dipping Lights
Direction
Displacement
Displacement Ratio
Distance Logs
Distance Off
Distress Signals
Dockage Costs
Docking
Dock Lines
Dodger
Doldrums
Downburst
Dragging Anchor
Drinking Seawater
Drogue
Drowned Outboard Motors
Dry Rot

E

Eating Plankton
Echo Pilotage
Electrical Bonding
Electrical Wiring
Emergency Navigation
Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon
Engine Life
Engine Oil
Enlarging Plans
EPIRBs
Epoxy
Estimated Position
Estimating Angles
Exhaust Line

F

Faint Lights
Fathometer
Fathoms
Fear
Fenders
Fetch
Fiberglass
Fiddles
Fighting Currents
Figure-Eight Method
Figureheads
Fire on Board
First Aid
Fisherman Anchors
Fishing Boats
Fixes
Flags
Flare
Flotation
Flotsam and Jetsam
Fog Prediction
Fog Types
Fouling Sheets
Foul-Weather Gear
Four-Point Bearings
Freak Waves
Freeboard
Freeing Anchors
Fuel Capacity
Fuel Consumption
Fuel Economy
Fuel Weight

G

Gaff Mainsails
Gales at Sea
Galley Placement
Galvanic Corrosion
Gasoline Dangers
Gelcoat
Gimballed Stoves
GPS
Green Flash
Groundings

H

Hallucinations
Halyards
Handy-Billies
Harnesses
Hatches
Hauling Out
Headroom
Heads
Headsails
Heaters
Heaving Lines
Heaving To
Heavy Weather
Height of Eye
HELP Posture
Hobbyhorsing
Holding Power
Holding Tanks
Horse Latitudes
Horsepower
Horseshoe Buoys
Hull Colors
Hull Costs
Hull Shapes
Hull Trim
Hurricane Areas
Hurricane Tactics
Hydrofoils
Hypothermia

I

Iceboxes
Ice Damage
Inertia
Isobars

J

Jacklines
Jet Drives
Jet Streams
Jib Numbers
Jumping Lights
Junk Rigs
Jury Rigs

K

Kayaks as Tenders
Keels
Knots

L

Lateen Rig
Latitude, Longitude
Lead Lines
Lead Percentage
Leaks
Leeboards
Lee Helm
Leeway
Length-to-Beam Ratio
Life Jackets
Lifelines
Life Rafts
Lifesling System
Lighthouses
Lightning Protection
Lights at Anchor
Lightweight Anchors
Lines of Position
Lines Plans
Locating Batteries
Locks
Lookouts
Lubber Line
Lying Ahull

M

Mainsail Slides
Making Fast
Man Overboard
Marine Operators
Masts
Mast Steps
Mast Vibration
Mayday Calls
Miles
Mooring
Motorsailers
Multihulls

N

Navigation Lights
Net Tonnage
New Anchors
Nighttime Boating
Noises in Fog
Nonskid Surfaces
Nylon Line

O

Ocean Currents
Ocean Temperatures
Ocean Voyaging
Ocean Water
Oil Bags
Osmosis
Outboard Motors
Overhangs
Overloading

P

Paint Amounts
Painting Time
Paints
Pan-Pan Calls
Passages, Gangways
Piloting
Pitchpoling
Planing
Planking
Plankton
Plastics
Plow Anchors
Plunging Breakers
Polypropylene
Polyurethane Paint
Pooping Seas
Portholes
Powerboat Engines
Preventers
Privacy
Propeller Advances
Propeller Drag
Propeller Facts
Propeller Fouling
Propeller Options
Propeller Thrust
Propeller Vibration
Propeller Walk
Provisioning
Pulling Power
Purchases
Purifying Water

Q

Quadrant
Quarantine
Quarter Berths
Quick-Stop Method

R

Radar Reflectors
Radar Sets
Radio Transmitters
Rafting Up
Ranges
RDF Sets
Reciprocal Bearings
Reefing
Reefing Options
Refrigeration
Registration
Renaming a Boat
Resins for Boats
Resistance
Rhumb Lines
Rigging Tension
Right of Way
Rigging Sizes
Rodes
Rogue Waves
Roller-Furling and Roller-Reefing Headsails
Roll Times
Rope Strength
Rope Stretch
Rope Versus Line
Rudder Loss
Rudders
Rules of the Road
Rum Punch
Running Inlets
Running Off

S

Safe Anchorage
Safe Anchor Weight
Sail Area
Sailboat Engines
Sailboat Handling
Sailboat Rigs
Sail Cloth
Sailing in Gusts
Sailing on Friday
Sails and "Lift"
Saloon
Salvage
Sandpaper
Scope for Anchors
Scudding
Sculling
Scurvy
Sea Anchors
Seacocks
Seakindliness
Sea, Land Breezes
Sealants
Seamanship
Seasickness
Seaworthiness
Self-Steering
Selling a Boat
Sentinels
Setting Anchors
Sextants
"She" Is for Ships
Sheet Sizes
A Ship's Log
Shrouds and Stays
Single-Handed Sailboats
Single-Handed Sailing
Skegs
Skid Fins
Slack and Stand
Slips Versus Moorings
Smart Regulators
Solar Panels
Soundings
Sound Signals
Speed Limits
Speed of Boats
Speed Trials
Splicing Line
Spreaders
Stability
Stability Limits
Stainless Steel
Stanchions
Starter Draw
Steel Hulls
Steering Systems
Stern Anchoring
Stern Drives
Stern Glands
Stove Fuels
Sun Exposure
Surveyors
Synthetic Fibers

T

Tacking
Tacking Downwind
Tanks
Teak Finishes
Through-Hulls
Thunder and Lightning
Tidal Streams
Tidal Waves
Tides
Tillers
Time Signals
Time Zones
Tonnages
Tools
Torque
Towing
Towing Drogues
Trade Winds
Traffic Schemes
Trailerboats
Trim Tabs
Trysails
Turnbuckles
Twelfths Rule
Twin Screws

U

Unlucky Colors
Unlucky Names

V

Varnish Details
Varnishing
Ventilation
Voices in the Night

W

Wasted Fuel
Watchkeeping
Watermakers
Water Needs
Waterplane Area
Waterproof Clothes
Waterspouts
Watertight Bulkheads
Wave Height
Waves
Waves in Gales
Weather Fronts
Weather Helm
Weather Information
Wheel Turns
Whistling
Winches
Wind and Altitude
Wind Generators
Windlasses
Wind Systems
Winterizing
Wire Terminals
Wooden Hulls
Wooden Spars

X - Z

Xebecs
Yacht Definition
Yacht Design
Your Performance
Zinc Anodes

Bibliography

Index

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