The Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge, 2nd Edition: 460 Sea-Tested Rules of Thumb for Almost Every Boating Situation

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McGraw Hill Professional, Mar 8, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages
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The Practical Mariner’s Book of Knowledge is either the most useful boating book ever designed to entertain or the most entertaining book ever designed to be useful. In its alphabetical organization that juxtaposes wildly disparate entries, you can read about the derivation of fi gureheads where you turned to for recommended thicknesses of fiberglass hulls. In between the whimsy, however, is the essence of centuries of seafaring experience distilled into a concise reference for sailors and powerboaters. There may be no substitute for a lifetime of experience, but this book is the next best thing. It should be kept at the navigation station and on every boat.

Inside you will find information that is otherwise scattered through dozens of volumes. If you can't find what you want quickly from the table of contents, there's an exhaustive subject index. If you need more precise data than a rule of thumb can provide, you may very well find it among the 16 appendix tables, which are also indexed.

You'll find rules of thumb for:

  • Changing a boat's name
  • Towing the safest way
  • Burial at sea
  • Preventing wood rot
  • Hull thickness
  • Anchoring rights
  • Jib size
  • Curing mast vibration
  • Time taken for boat tasks
  • Survival rations

And a lot more: open it up and get lost in the sage advice and witty wisdom that will make you long for the sea.

"The perfect, practical gift to give or receive." -- The Ensign

". . . reads like a lively conversation with a friendly, seasoned pro." -- Lakeland Boating

 

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Contents

Abandoning Ship
1
Albatross Superstition Concerning
2
Angles Horizontal Estimating
12
Atoll Passes Current Movement in
13
Balanced Helm Factors Affecting Monohull Sailboats
14
Battens Sail Eliminating
16
Beam Proportion to Length
19
Beating Best Strategy for
20
Log Patent Overhauling of
110
Maintenance Golden Rule of
112
Mechanical Similitude Law of
115
Messing About
116
Motions of a Sailboat at Sea
118
Navigation Lights Specifications for
125
Ocean Voyaging Size of Boat for
129
Oil Color of
130

Berths Dimensions of
21
Black Box Theory Vigors
22
Blistering of Fiberglass Hulls
23
Blocks Size of
24
Boatyards the Downside
25
Boom Metal Recommended Minimum Sizes
26
Bottom Painting Golden Rule
27
Breakers Spilling and Plunging
28
Bridge Decks Need for
29
Buoyage
30
BuysBallots Law
31
Carbon Monoxide Dangers of
34
Carrying Capacity Boats Under 20 Feet Overall
35
Center of Lateral Resistance Position of
36
Chainplates Loads on
37
Chartwork Best Pencil for
38
Circles of Position
39
Circumnavigation Definition of
40
Coin Placing Under Mast
41
Color Blindness Frequency Among Crew
42
Cooking at Sea
45
Course Correction for Variation and Deviation
46
Cruisers Success Rate Among
48
Cruising Boats Basic Needs
49
Currents and Tidal Streams FaceSaving Facts
50
Dacron Sails Life of
51
Daysailer Characteristics of
52
Delivery Trips Documentation for
53
Depth Sounders Choices
54
Direction Measurement of
58
DisplacementtoLength Ratio
59
Distress Signals Reliability of
60
Dockage Cost of
61
Documented Vessels Advantages of
62
Ear Infections from Seawater
63
Emergency Repairs Basic Materials
64
Ethanol in Fuel Problems with
67
Exhaust Line Pitch of
68
Fathom Derivation of
69
Fenders Diameter of
70
Fiddles Height of
72
First Aid
73
Fishing Definition of
74
Flotation Requirements for Ballasted Hulls
76
Foresail Sheets Fouling of
79
Freeboard in Sailboats Classic Proportions of
81
Fuel Tanks Shape of
83
Gaff Mainsail Proportions of
84
Ginger Beer Recipe for
85
Global Positioning System GPS Limitations of
86
Green Flash at Sunset
87
Hallucinations Occurrence of
89
Hatches Dimensions of
90
Height of Eye for Sextant Navigation
91
Horses Live Provisions for
92
Hypothermia Diagnosis and Treatment of
95
Ice Cost of
97
Jib Numbering and Naming System
98
Lateral Plane as a Percentage of Sail Area
103
League Length of
104
Learning to Sail
105
Liferaft Chances of Survival in
106
Lightning Protection Principles of
107
Lines Suggested Color Coding of
109
Overloading the Safety Limit
132
Passages and Gangways Dimensions of
136
Performance Human Variation with Time of Day
137
Planking Sizes of for Wooden Boats
139
Plywood Decks Spacing of Beams for
140
Position Line Single Use of
141
Preventers Manifold Uses of
142
Price to Convert for Cruising
143
Privacy the Need for
144
Pull Maximum by One Person
148
Radar Reflector Efficiency of
149
Radio Direction Finder Emergency
151
Rations Survival
152
Reefing When to Reef
153
Rescue Aids Electronic
154
Right of Way
157
Roller Furling Reliability of
158
Rule of Thumb the Original
163
Rum Punch Caribbean Recipe for
164
Running an Inlet
165
Safety Essential Element of
166
Sailboats Categories of
167
Sailmakers Palm Care of
168
Schooner Masts Names of
169
Screws Dimensions for Use in Wood
170
Seakindliness Definition of
171
Seaworthiness Definition of
175
She as a Nautical Pronoun
176
Sheets Headsail and Mainsail Diameter of
177
SingleMast Rig
180
Size According to Age
181
Skid Fin Size and Placing of
182
Soundings Definition of
183
Spinnakers Faults of
186
Spreaders Angle of
187
Stainless Steel Corrosion of
188
Staysail Stay Movable
189
Sun Distance Away
190
Tanks Estimating Capacity of
191
Tender Ideal for Yacht
193
Thunder Distance off
194
Tiller Ideal Handgrip
196
Tonnage Different Determinations of
197
Trade Goods Suggestions for
198
Trysail Area of
199
Upkeep Estimating Costs
201
Voices Illusion of Hearing
205
Wakes Powerboat Dangers of
206
Waterplane Area
209
Waypoints Selecting
212
Weather Forecasting
213
WeightCarrying Capacity
214
Winch Size of
215
Windlass Definition of
216
Winterizing the Main Points
217
Wire Terminal Connectors
218
Wooden Spars Filling Cracks in
220
Wood Rot Preventing
221
Yacht Definition of
222
Zinc Sacrificial
223
Useful Tables and Formulas
225
Bibliography
260
Index
262
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A journalist who has worked for major daily newspapers in Great Britain, South Africa, and the United States, John Vigor is a former managing editor of California-based Sea magazine. A certified sailing instructor and a former national dinghy-racing champion in South Africa, he has raced, cruised, and written about boats for decades. He lives in Bellingham, Washington. He writes a blog, which can be found at johnvigor.com.

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