The Practical Encyclopedia of Boating: An A-Z Compendium of Seamanship, Boat Maintenance, Navigation and Nautical Wisdom

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'Vigor is one of the finest boating writers of our time' - "Cruising World". From A to Z: A complete compendium for every boating situation. So many things go into the pastime of boating. Whether it's boat maintenance, navigation, handling in all kinds of weather, or the physics of how boats function, every sailor and powerboater needs a comprehensive reference to rely on as the go-to source for specialized information. Now you have it - with "The Practical Encyclopedia of Boating".In an easy-to-use format, you'll have the information you most need at your fingertips - written by acclaimed boating writer John Vigor. "The Practical Encyclopedia of Boating" isn't simply an essential addition to your library, but also a delight to browse and read. Five hundred concise entries in alphabetical order address virtually every aspect of powerboating and sailing. It covers seamanship and boat handling, navigation, routine boat maintenance, boat design and building, and nautical reference data. It ranges from vital techniques - such as recovering overboard crew and measuring distances off - to essential concepts like reading the water and sky and evaluating a boat's seaworthiness. It also covers traditional nautical wisdom as well as modern developments. It includes delightful nuggets of sea lore such as how to rename a boat without incurring bad luck.An extensive bibliography points you to further sources of information. Numerous cross-references and an exhaustive index direct you to the right entry quickly and unify related topics. "The Practical Encyclopedia of Boating" will give you sound guidance for practically any boating situation you might encounter.

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"Vigor is one of the finest boating writers of our time" - Cruising World; "Vigor presents an incredible amount of information in a very clear way" - Ocean Navigator; "Well organized and easy to read. It should be on every vessel" - Ensign review of Boatowner's Handbook; "An invaluable resource. Vigor's practical wisdom gives you the know-how and confidence to prepare your boat for the sea" - Cruising World review of Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat

About the Author:

John Vigor has been sailing more than 40 years in boats ranging from 11 to 72 feet, logging 15,000 miles of ocean voyaging. Born in England, he emigrated to South Africa as a boy. In 1987 he left South Africa in a 31-foot boat with his wife and son and sailed to a new life in the U.S. A journalist, he has written for major metropolitan newspapers in Britain, South Africa, and the U.S., and contributes articles to Cruising World, SAIL, and Yachting Monthly. He is the author of five other books, including International Marine's Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge, The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat, and Boatowner's Handbook.

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