This IYT publication contains modules 1 to 6 of the official yachtmaster training program. As it is implied by the title of the book, it is divided in two big parts. The first part - Introduction to Boating has five sections with the first one providing general introduction and other four addressing safety, passage planning, ropework, and short passages (both sail and power). The second part is named International Crew Certificate.
It also starts with some introductory information, followed with the modules containing all necessary info - nautical terminology, safety, relative direction, intro to COLREGs, ropework, introduction to sail handling and weather, handling powered boat, MOB, nautical charts, compass, general nautical knowledge, marine etiquette, customs, marine manners, anchoring, practical subjects, dinghy theory. In addition to that, there is a comprehensive Glossary of terms at the end of the book - it is necessary because the volume of terminology used expands with the gained knowledge as the readers progress.
Obviously, with sailing and boating becoming an international pastime with English being the tile language, it is truly essential to use the correct terms in order to communicate with other seafarers in a quick and effective manner, avoiding any sort of misunderstanding when executing various maneuvers or in case of emergency...
And here comes the perfect and so easy to follow an understand guidance to building boats for amateurs. This book has become world popular among boatbuilders as a result of the simple and straightforward way of explanation. The authors of the publication presented all information using a tack-and-tape method as well the framing method, which is more conventional.
There are so many people who have managed to build the boats using the designs, techniques and data provided on the pages of this publication. The duet of authors consisting of the professional boatbuilder Harold Payson and professional designer Phil Bolger created a perfect reference source. the secret of the success of this book was the proper combination of the boatbuilding genius and excellent writing style of Payson with the amazing designs prepared by Bolger.
The general technical knowledge and a huge number of construction plans and drawings allows the boatbuilding enthusiasts to construct nearly everything from a regular six-foot boat to a twenty-five-foot classic schooner. The book is written having the newcomer in mind, that is why the authors preferred not to go too deep into technical information - all the construction methods presented there are fool-proof, practical and easy to implement.
The new edition of one of the best boat system maintenance book ever published. This release contains many significant updates in comparison to the previous edition. In fact, all section have been re-worked; however, the electrical systems portion was affected most. The publication provides enough technical information to allow people, even newcomers, to diagnose the problems with their boats, and, what is also important, to understand whether the external pro's coming to fix the problem, know what they do and offer.
Today, there is no any other book looking at the mechanical and electrical issues happening to the boats, that deep. The publication covers nearly all parts mechanical and electrical parts of all types of boats. The reader will get professional advice on such the important matters as battery technologies, marine diesel engines as applied to the boats, electric propulsion, electric motors, hybrid propulsion, electric lights, marine electronics, generators, solar power, transmissions, pumps, steering arrangements, watermakers, 12V and 24V DC systems, energy efficiency, A/C and refrigeration, mooring arrangements, rigging, bow thrusters - too many to get listed here.
We have some other publications by Nigel Calder on same topic, see The Instant Book of Boat Handling, Navigation, and Seamanship...
Many of us have at least some familiarity with the electrical wiring maters. For instance, when we make minor repairs at home, say to a switch or receptacle, or replace the failed ones. Some people may feel quite secure in extending a circuit or adding a new one, and they may even be able conduct wiring in the entire house is a safe and effective manner.
We are able to do so thanks to the NEC (standing for the National Electric Code) and because so many useful books have been prepared and released for both the novices and the professionals. However, unfortunately, a boat is not a house at all - and this fact still escapes all too many boatyards. This publication is truly perfect for learning everything related to the electrical system of your boat and of the way the equipment on board works. It shall be treated as the invaluable guidance when adding the new equipment pieces to what is already existing on the boat.
It has to form a part of the library of every boater serving as the ready reference source teaching how to make effective maintenance, repairs and modifications that would comply with the recognized ABYC standards. Though the publication is technical, it is still very easy to read and understand. You will also get to know how to install the wind- and solar-power systems properly, and how to protect the electrical systems of your boat from corrosion...
This book is one of the most informative publications related to the boating. It will suit even the beginners having minimal knowledge - they will learn everything what is required in this book. In case of boating, the experience cannot be substitute with anything else; however, some necessary fundamentals must be possessed by the person wishing to hit the water for the first time.
Try this book and it will definitely prevent you from making some of the most popular boat handling mistakes as well as from getting bad habits from the start. The book shall definitely be treated as the perfect introductory source to the fundamentals of the recreational boating. Apart from serving the beginners, it will also be useful to the intermediate-level powerboaters since it offers all readers the necessary basics of proper choosing, equipping, handling and maintenance of the powerboat. Note that this is the updated edition with some significant changes made.
The readers will know how to select a good boat and the essential equipment, will get familiarized with the latest equipment for electrical navigation, know about the stability and safe boat loading; there are also some instructions on boat handling and seamanship techniques, boat trailering, safe navigation etc.
This Manual was first published in 1970 and for so many years various editions of the book have been used as the standard reference in boat design and construction nearly everywhere - in the boat design schools, yards, workshops - it is also very good for home boat builders. In fact, there as been no any other boatbuilding manual to serve the needs of both amateur and professional builders so perfect.
We would say that this publication is mandatory for anyone involved in new construction or rebuilding a wooden sail- or powerboat. The book will make life much easier for all of them. It is essentially a textbook of boatbuilding and shall be treated as an introduction for amateurs and even newcomers. The material in the book is well-presented and quite easy to understand. The illustrations provided by the author, are very nice and informative - they make reading even more pleasant.
We highly rate this publication and may recommend it, taking into consideration the number of topics covered, including such the important ones as basic plans and tools, hull materials, laying down, setting up, decking and framing, molds, construction templates, finishing, tanks, steering arrangements, mechanical and electrical issues, safety, deck and interior joinerwork etc.
Please have a thorough look into this Guide for painting, which was developed and released by the professionals of the YachtPaint - people who have been so creative in developing the best solutions in order to protect and improve the performance of the boats of any type for over a century - really remarkable experience record.
It makes no difference where you are located and which waters your boat is intended to float, you will definitely find the highest performance coatings that are backed by the knowledge and support provided by International Paint. This release was prepared by the recognized industry experts and will be very useful for every boater. The booklet starts with a nice and concise Quick Reference Guide, followed by the introductory chapter named Before Your Start.
After that the readers will proceed to the Step Project Guide and the guides shedding some light on the antifouling and topsides issues; the recommendations for blister repair and prevention are also there. At the end of the publication there are Colour Card and Troubleshooting Guide. We do think that this is a truly important publication for those dealing with the determination and application of the paints to the hulls of the sail- or powerboats and yachts.
Well, this is one of the most popular and recommended books on boat mechanical systems. Written by one of the recognized and world popular experts, Dave Gerr, it has proven to be extremely useful and practical to the millions of readers. The text is very clear and easy to understand.
They say that the present publication is the best one of all Gerr's books. There are so many books available today on the subject matter, but, unfortunately, big part of them concentrate on the lofty and fairly impractical theories; but the author of this book did his best to grill down to the true and tried solutions - in addition to that, he clearly explains why these principles have to be followed, supplementing the theory with some practical stories.
It is a truly amazing book treated as the Bible for the home boat designers and builders due to the wide range of they key boat systems covered, including tanks, steering, exhaust systems etc. - and all of them have been detailed to a level you will not find in any other similar publication. The images and drawings contained in the book make the reading very interesting, and the experiences included to supplement the technical data, turn this book into a solid reference source.