Chapman is the foundation reference for all boaters and sailors with essential information on boat handing and seamanship skills on coast and inland waters.
With three million copies sold, Chapman Piloting & Seamanship is the one comprehensive resource boaters at all levels of experience trust for everything they need to know to set out on the water. It addresses the best traditions of seamanship with cutting-edge practices, gear, and technology. Along with 1500 color photos, charts and drawings, this edition includes:
Navigating by day or night in any weather
Getting underway or returning to a marina or mooring under power or sail
Anchoring and weighing anchor
Operating a gas or diesel engine—inboard, outboard, or sterndrive
Using radar and communicating by radio
Sharing the water with other boats
Handling lines and making them fast
Reading the weather and keeping your crew safe with the latest advice on safety equipment
The 4,200-entry index makes it easy to quickly access any topic, and the glossary and source information directs the reader to vital information on weather, tides, and aids to navigation.
Used and recommended by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Power Squadrons, and other boating educators, Chapman is today—and has been for more than a century—the boating book of record.
About the Author
Chapman has been an indispensable, trusted resource for boating under power and sail for more than a century. Jonathan Eaton developed, edited, and published 400+ boating books throughout his career as editor and publisher of McGraw-Hill's International Marine imprint. He has created books and reference guides for the U.S. Power Squadrons, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the American Sailing Association, and West Marine.
First published almost a century ago, “the bible of boating” has changed with the times. Updated and expanded over the decades, Charles F. Chapman’s book continues to be an essential resource for both new and experienced boaters. The book covers all aspects of boating. Its color-coded end pages make it easy to find the information you need. It includes 1,500 color photographs plus graphs and tables to illustrate points made in the text as well as thorough appendices and a superb index. —C. Henry Depew, The Ensign, the official publication of United States Power Squadrons
"This . . . classic reference used by boating schools and recommended by the Coast Guard Auxiliary covers every imaginable topic related to both powerboats and sailing ships . . . information is presented in an easy-to-understand text and a user-friendly design." —Publishers Weekly, praise for previous editions
“Chapman is still the gold standard by which all other boating books are judged. It has all the information you need to safely use and enjoy your boat. Read it and then keep it on board for future reference. You'll be glad you have it.” —Peter A. Janssen, Editor, Cruising Odyssey
For decades, Chapman has been a comprehensive resource for any sailor or boater looking to learn or refresh their knowledge and skills. It’s the resource for anyone who spends time on the water and has been my go-to for years. I’m always surprised at just how helpful and complete it is with everything from safety and best practices, to navigation and more. —Trevor Richardson, in-shore racer & coastal cruiser