The Annapolis Book of Seamanship

The Annapolis Book of Seamanship : Third Edition: Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated

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Since the publication of the widely hailed first edition in 1983, THE ANNAPOLIS BOOK OF SEAMANSHIP has set the standard by which other books on sailing are measured. It is a comprehansive guide to all aspects of seamanship from the the simplest ABC's to the most advanced skills and lastest electronics. As comprehensive and detailed as the book is, the wealth of technical information is presented in a way that is uniquely readable; it is both useful and easy to use. The author John Rousmaniere and artist Mark Smith bring decades of experience both as sailors and as professional comunnicators to this beautifully produced book. From navigation and seamanship to boat and gear maintenance, from pleasure cruising to heavy-weather sailing, here is the definitive, state-of-the-art guide that provides systematic step-by-step techniques to see you through every situation on deck and in the cockpit.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 220.98 x 281.94 x 43.18mm | 1,428.81g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised ed.
  • 2-C t-o; 700 illustrations t-o: photos, line drawings, charts; 2-16pp 4-c insert
  • 0684854201
  • 9780684854205
  • 379,476

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Tony Gibbs Dolphin Book Club News Once in a great while a book comes along which is so original that is stands outside normal comparison. The Annapolis Book of Seamanship is such a work....A remarkable achievement, a first-rate book in every way. It will almost certainly become -- in short order -- the standard to which succeeding volumes are compared. Sailing Canada magazine Mark Smith's line drawings are models of the kind -- clean, clear, and vital. It is not just one of the very best available. Great Lakes Sailing Scanner magazine If you buy one book on sailing this year, this is the one of get. Sea magazine The piloting part is unusually thorough and understandable and could serve as a text all by itself. The individual chapters on sailing in heavy weather and handling emergencies are recommended reading for all who sail. Yachting magazine [Rousmaniere's] chapters on sail trim and weather, in particular, are the best that I can recall reading. Sail magazine The Annapolis Book of Seamanship is about practically everything that has to do with sailing and sailboats. Chuck Hawley West Marine Products The Annapolis Book of Seamanship is thorough, well written, and nicely illustrated. Not just a repeat of tired old sailing methods of thirty years ago, it integrates the classic techniques (storm tactics. navigation) with the modern (Crew Overboard Recovery, modern anchors, and electronics). I highly recommend this book and encourage anyone to buy it if they want to improve their sailing skills. American Sailing Association The beauty of the book is that it is both a superb reference manual, which any sailor -- regardless of experience -- will want to own, and a readable, practical introduction to sailing for the beginner, A joy to behold. The most complete and best reference book on the sport that has ever been available. Yachting magazine A volume that any sailor or would-be sailor simply must own.
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Based on the principles and curriculum used in the sailing program of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and used as a textbook in sailing schools and Power Squadrons nationwide.
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Since the publication of the widely hailed first edition in 1983, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship has set the standard by which other books on sailing are measured. Used throughout America as a textbook in sailing schools and Power Squadrons, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship thoroughly and clearly covers the fundamental and advanced skills of modern sailing. This edition of Annapolis is a major overhaul. Over half the book has been revised; old topics and features have been updated, and many new ones have been introduced. The design has been modernized, and many color illustrations have been added.As big and detailed as Annapolis is, the wealth of technical information (including dozens of step-by-step instructions) is presented here in a way that is uniquely readable; it's both useful and easy to use. This is because John Rousmaniere and artist Mark Smith bring to Annapolis decades of experience both as sailors and as professional communicators.Annapolis emphasizes the standard skills and proven methods that eliminate error and confusion, ensure security in emergencies, and allow every sailor more time for enjoyment on the water. Much has changed on the water since 1983 when this book was originally published. Black buoys are now green, the Global Positioning Satellite navigation system (GPS) is almost universally used, new types of anchors and sails have appeared, safety skills and gear are vastly improved, many more women are commanding boats, and catamarans and trimarans are common where only monohulls used to sail.But for all these modern developments, the basic skills and spirit of sailing have not changed at all. Sail trimming, keeping up steerageway, maintaining thedead reckoning plot, heaving-to -- these fundamentals are as important now as ever and receive much attention here. Among the innovations in this edition are:
-- Basic skills in early chapters: Fundamental sailing and boat-handling skills and gear, which are introduced in chapters 1, 2, and 3.
-- "Hands On" segments: Three dozen special sections, each devoted to a particular seamanship problem and an expert solution.
-- More how-to tips: Additional rules of thumb that guide a crew quickly and successfully through seamanship problems.
-- New coverage of multihulls: Advice on evaluating, anchoring, and handling catamarans and trimarans under sail (including in storms).
-- More on emergencies: New material on emergencies, safety, and heavy-weather sailing, including a section on preparing a docked boat for a hurricane.
-- Equipment updates: Expanded coverage of the use and care of modern gear and hardware, including radar, GPS, rescue devices, and asymmetrical spinnakers.
-- Terminology: Full definition and illustration of major terms when they're first introduced, with alternative language provided in parentheses.
-- Gender: The use of feminine personal pronouns, which reflect the fact that more women are captaining and sailing boats than ever before.From navigation and seamanship to boat and gear maintenance, from pleasure cruising to heavy-weather sailing, here is the definitive, state-of-the-art guide that provides systematic step-by-step techniques to see you through every situation on deck and in the cockpit.
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About John Rousmaniere

JOHN ROUSMANIERE has been a sailor for more than forty years, he is one of the sports acknowledged authorities and has written fifteen technical and historical books. MARK SMITH is a commercial artist and art director, as well as being a lifelong sailor.
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Table of contents

ContentsPrefaceNew in This EditionSeamanship and RomanceChapter 1: The BoatThe Parts of a BoatBending on SailsHow Boats WorkBoat DimensionsThe Lines PlanBoat SelectionMultihullsConstruction MaterialsThe RigTraditional RigsSail FurlingChapter 2: Getting Under WayThe Points of SailTrue Wind and Apparent WindBasic Sail TrimmingChanging TacksStopping the Boat Personal and Boat PreparationsGetting GoingBoat-Handling DrillsRules of the RoadComing Back InManeuvering Under PowerTips for Better Boat HandlingChapter 3: Sail TrimSail ControlsSail Materials and DesignSail TypesSail ShapeDetermining Wind DirectionSail Trim in Light to Moderate ConditionsDepowering in Fresh and Strong WindsHow Boats BalanceBoat-Handling DrillsHow to Measure Weather HelmUpwind Sailing TechniquesDownwind Sailing TechniquesThe SpinnakerThe Asymmetrical SpinnakerSail Care and RepairChapter 4: WeatherThe Daily Weather CycleThe Prevailing Southwest WindThe Thermal EffectTrade WindsHighs and LowsFrontsLow-Pressure SystemsA Classic StormSquallsFogWeather ForecastingWeather Signs and SayingsWaves and TidesHow Hard Is It Really Blowing?Chapter 5: Sail-Handling Gear and KnotsLine and RopeLineWire RopeLine MaintenanceKnotsThe Preventer, Vang, and Topping LiftCleatsBlocks, Tackles, and ShacklesWinchesChapter 6: The Sailor's HealthRoles on BoardClothingFoul-Weather GearMedical ProblemsFirst AidChapter 7: Personal SafetyLife JacketsStaying on BoardSafety HarnessesCrew-Overboard RescueThe Lifesling SystemChapter 8: Rules of the RoadThe Rules in SummaryNavigation LightsManeuvering in Collision SituationsChapter 9: Navigation AidsBuoysLighthousesChartsOther PublicationsChapter 10: The Magnetic CompassparMagnetic North and the First CompassMagnetic North and True NorthVariationParts of the CompassCompass TypesDeviationCorrecting Compass ErrorChapter 11: Plotting and Position FindingA Navigator's ToolsMagnetic or True?The Log Book and SOPThe DRSetting the CourseThe EP and LOPThe FixThe Running FixIndirect CoursesReview QuizChapter 12: Special Piloting TechniquesPosition Finding with One Aid: Distance-OffDanger Bearings and CirclesPiloting with SoundingsTide and CurrentGuidelines for Safe PilotingIntroduction to Celestial NavigationReview QuizChapter 13: Electronic Navigation and RadiotelephonesRadio Direction Finder (RDF)Loran-CGlobal Positioning System (GPS)RadarRadiotelephonesChapter 14: AnchoringGround TackleHow to AnchorKedging-OffWeighing AnchorChapter 15: Sailing in Heavy WeatherCrew PreparationShortening SailBoat HandlingSquallsGalesChapter 16: EmergenciesPreparationRunning AgroundTowingSteering FailureDismastingCapsizeLife RaftsLeaks and SinkingFireDistress SignalingEvacuationChapter 17: Equipment and MaintenanceRunning RiggingStays and Their EquipmentGoing AloftThe Hull and InteriorThe EngineWinterizingTools, Tape, and LubricantsChapter 18: Traditions and CourtesiesUnder WayFlag EtiquetteClothingYachting HistorySailing TodayAppendix I: Required EquipmentAppendix II: The Coast Guard and Other Boating OrganizationsAppendix III: Cruising and RacingAppendix IV: Children and SailingGlossary of Sailing TermsA Sailor's LibraryIndexReview Quiz AnswersAcknowledgments and Credits
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