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By Elizabeth Ginns Britten — January 2004
The 64th edition of one of the boating world’s most respected references, Chapman Piloting & Seamanship, has just been released from the Sterling Publishing Company.
The most recent edition of the nearly 100-year-old reference guide, standard text for private boating school courses and recommended by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for its own classes, runs 928 pages (about 250 pages longer than the previous edition), with 1,500 full-color illustrations and charts. It was reportedly designed to be more “user-friendly and accessible.”
Although there are some “if you don’t know this already, you shouldn’t be boating” segments in the guide, just about any boat owner will benefit from it, especially the sections outlining current boating laws, communication and navigation, and an in-depth discussion of weather, tides, and currents.
Considering all the information packed between the two hard covers, the $49.95 retail price is just a drop in the bucket. It’s available in most major bookstores and marine retailers nationwide.
Hearst/Sterling Books Phone: (212) 532-7160. www.sterlingpub.com.
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This article originally appeared in the December 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.