The Annapolis Book of Seamanship: Fourth Edition.pdf

The Annapolis Book of Seamanship: Fourth Edition.pdf


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.

John Rousmaniere has written more than fifteen technical and historical books. A former contributor to Yachting and Sailing World magazines, he has lectured at hundreds of Safety-at-Sea seminars sponsored by the US Sailing Association and West Marine. He lives in New York City.




New in This Edition

Seamanship and Romance

Chapter 1: The Boat

The Parts of a Boat

Bending on Sails

How Boats Work

Boat Dimensions

The Lines Plan

Boat Selection


Construction Materials

The Rig

Traditional Rigs

Sail Furling

Chapter 2: Getting Under Way

The Points of Sail

True Wind and Apparent Wind

Basic Sail Trimming

Changing Tacks

Stopping the Boat

Personal and Boat Preparations

Getting Going

Boat-Handling Drills

Rules of the Road

Coming Back In

Maneuvering Under Power

Tips for Better Boat Handling

Chapter 3: Sail Trim

Sail Controls

Sail Materials and Design

Sail Types

Sail Shape

Determining Wind Direction

Sail Trim in Light to Moderate Conditions

Depowering in Fresh and Strong Winds

How Boats Balance

Boat-Handling Drills

How to Measure Weather Helm

Upwind Sailing Techniques

Downwind Sailing Techniques

The Spinnaker

The Asymmetrical Spinnaker

Sail Care and Repair

Chapter 4: Weather

The Daily Weather Cycle

The Prevailing Southwest Wind

The Thermal Effect

Trade Winds

Highs and Lows


Low-Pressure Systems

A Classic Storm



Weather Forecasting

Weather Signs and Sayings

Waves and Tides

How Hard Is It Really Blowing?

Chapter 5: Sail-Handling Gear and Knots

Line and Rope


Wire Rope

Line Maintenance


The Preventer, Vang, and Topping Lift


Blocks, Tackles, and Shackles


Chapter 6: The Sailor's Health

Roles on Board


Foul-Weather Gear

Medical Problems

First Aid

Chapter 7: Personal Safety

Life Jackets

Staying on Board

Safety Harnesses

Crew-Overboard Rescue

The Lifesling System

Chapter 8: Rules of the Road

The Rules in Summary

Navigation Lights

Maneuvering in Collision Situations

Chapter 9: Navigation Aids




Other Publications

Chapter 10: The Magnetic Compass

parMagnetic North and the First Compass

Magnetic North and True North


Parts of the Compass

Compass Types


Correcting Compass Error

Chapter 11: Plotting and Position Finding

A Navigator's Tools

Magnetic or True?

The Log Book and SOP

The DR

Setting the Course

The EP and LOP

The Fix

The Running Fix

Indirect Courses

Review Quiz

Chapter 12: Special Piloting Techniques

Position Finding with One Aid: Distance-Off

Danger Bearings and Circles

Piloting with Soundings

Tide and Current

Guidelines for Safe Piloting

Introduction to Celestial Navigation

Review Quiz

Chapter 13: Electronic Navigation and Radiotelephones

Radio Direction Finder (RDF)


Global Positioning System (GPS)



Chapter 14: Anchoring

Ground Tackle

How to Anchor


Weighing Anchor

Chapter 15: Sailing in Heavy Weather

Crew Preparation

Shortening Sail

Boat Handling



Chapter 16: Emergencies


Running Aground


Steering Failure



Life Rafts

Leaks and Sinking


Distress Signaling


Chapter 17: Equipment and Maintenance

Running Rigging

Stays and Their Equipment

Going Aloft

The Hull and Interior

The Engine


Tools, Tape, and Lubricants

Chapter 18: Traditions and Courtesies

Under Way

Flag Etiquette


Yachting History

Sailing Today

Appendix I: Required Equipment

Appendix II: The Coast Guard and Other Boating Organizations

Appendix III: Cruising and Racing

Appendix IV: Children and Sailing

Glossary of Sailing Terms

A Sailor's Library


Review Quiz Answers

Acknowledgments and Credits

Completely revised and updated to address changes in technology and safety standards, this new edition is the definitive guide to the art and science of sailing.

Since the publication of the 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, it thoroughly and clearly covers the fundamental and advanced skills of modern sailing.

Rousmaniere 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 since the Third Edition: ereaders and computers have replaced paper maps, new types of anchors and sails have been developed, safety skills and gear are vastly improved, and many more women are commanding boats. But for all these modern developments, the basic skills and spirit of sailing remain the same.

From navigation and seamanship to boat and gear maintenance, from pleasure cruising to heavy weather sailing, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship 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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