Complete Guide to Boating and Seamanship: Powerboats - Canoeing and Kayaking - Fishing Boats - Navigation - Water Sports - Fishing - Water Survival - Electronics - Boating Safety - First Aid For Boaters

The most complete boating instruction book ever to be published.
From the author of the award-winning Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia, this volume will prove to be the most indispensable guide for anyone interested in boating and seamanship. This monumental guide to being safe on the water is produced in full color, featuring more than 600 photographs, diagrams, and illustrations. This complete resource offers in-depth coverage of hull design, canoes and kayaks, boat construction, motors, trailers, boat maintenance, preparing for winter storage or spring launching, boating electronics, anchors and moorings, safety procedures, avoiding seasickness, and first-aid advice. Coverage of seamanship extends to include all nautical skills from knot tying to dead reckoning. The book also details in-depth navigation and complete U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
Complete Guide to Boating and Seamanship clearly explains and illustrates the most successful techniques for skippering any vessel—from kayak to offshore powerboat. This book is a must-have reference guide for both novice and experienced sailors and boaters, as well as any person planning to be on the water— whether freshwater or marine—for the first time.

About The Author

Vin T. Sparano is the author of Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia. He is editor emeritus of Outdoor Life and has written and edited eighteen books about the outdoors. In 2009, Sparano was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Fisherman’s Conservation Association, and in 2013 he was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

  • Publish Date: March 14, 2017
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Category: Sports & Recreation - Water Sports - Boating
  • Publisher: Universe
  • Trim Size: 7-1/4 x 9
  • Pages: 336
  • US Price: $35.00
  • CDN Price: $47.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-7893-3287-5


"An Essential Reference. Experienced or not, at some point every boater will face challenges on the water. Shifting tides, changes in depth, unpredictable weather, technical failures—there is always something to keep boaters on their toes. When you can’t get reception on your cell­phone, there is veteran out­doorsman Vin Sparano’s Complete Guide to Boating and Seamanship. With hundreds of full-color photographs, diagrams and illustrations, this is an easy-to-use reference book. It covers boat construction, engines, trailers, maintenance, launching, navigation and first aid."
Soundings Magazine

"Boating novices and experts alike will benefit from this newest offering by award winning author Vin Sparano. This paperback edition contains 336 pages of useful information and 600 color photographs that will help you navigate any type of vessel, how to make your boat safe, and bring you up to date on electronics. Complete Guide to Boating and Seamanship should get you well on your way to hours of enjoyment on the water, be it river, lake or ocean. Vin Sparano's books set the standard in excellence. I know because I've had the pleasure of reviewing several of them and I can promise you that each one is loaded with valuable information, colorful photos, tips galore and wonderful stories.”
Snug Harbor Bay

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