The present edition of the Manual has been significantly revised and its content has been seriously updated in order to keep it in line with the latest happenings in the field. It now includes all materials of the Rules of the Road that shall be learnt by heart by all people preparing to sit for the Board of Trade exams.
The seamanship itself is treated as the art of handling a vessel together with all equipment and crew members, including the navigation and pilotage matters, procedures for the ship anchoring, cargo gear arrangements, collision avoidance, etc. The theoretical basis of for the seamanship lies in physics and mathematics.
In the real life, nerve and professional judgment and, what is most importance, the practical experience are making the capable seamen. Numerous informative illustrations have been added to the text of this updated release of the volume, plus photographs.
This little yet quite comprehensive book may serve as the introductory one for the beginners and in fact it is not pretending to complete their education or supersede their practical training. In short, seven major parts of the book cover the ship construction, ropes and splicing, rigging and anchoring arrangements, sail making, fore-and-aft sailing, mechanical appliances, signaling and other relevant information.