The Boater's Handbook

Author(s) Elbert S. Maloney
Publisher Hearst Books
Date 2002
Pages 208
Format pdf
Size 21 Mb







This nice title by Elbert Maloney was prepared to serve as a handy reference volume containing all essential information for the owners of the boats of any size and type. Here is the third release, significantly revised and updated, and covering the basic boating procedures that, when duly followed, will significantly contribute in the safety of the people on board.

One of the most important additions is the inclusion of the numerous internet resources where the boaters will easily find the info specific to their particular boat or region, as well as the applicable requirements, charts etc. The materials contained in the publication have been arranged in fourteen sections, starting with the one about emergency situations, such as the fires on board, MOB, distress signal, flooding, grounding, and others. Then, the readers will proceed to the section providing all necessary safety precautions.

The section on seamanship contains the navigation rules and lights/day shapes, signals, anchoring procedures and much other useful info. In the aid to navigation section you will get to know about the buoyage systems and beacons, while the section devoted to the charts, as implied by the name, will cover the essentials of charting including the e-charts. The rest of the volume is dealing with such important areas as the piloting, life on board, weather and tides, technical maintenance of the boat, regulatory framework, communication etc.

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