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    1. Chapman Piloting & Seamanship
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    2. Boatowner's Mechanical & Electrical
    $45.00 $29.99
    3. Chapman Piloting: Seamanship &
    $23.96 $18.02 list($29.95)
    4. The Fiberglass Boat Repair Manual
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    5. The American Practical Navigator:
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    6. Learning to Sail: The Annapolis
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    7. Under the Black Flag: The Romance
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    8. The Surfer's Guide to Costa Rica
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    10. Manual of Freediving: Underwater
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    13. Get Your Captain's License, Third
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    14. Surf Science: An Introduction
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    16. Total Immersion : The Revolutionary
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    17. The Encyclopedia of Surfing
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    1. Chapman Piloting & Seamanship (Chapman Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling)
    by Elbert S. Maloney
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    Asin: 1588160890
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
    Publisher: Hearst Corporation
    Sales Rank: 30429
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book "manufactured" and edited in China
    This is a great book. It has almost everything. What it does not have, I have not found.

    I do have a problem with the book. The number of "typos" is huge. It appears that whoever proofed this book was not fluent in English. The words appear to be spelled correctly; they are just the wrong words. It v. if? "United State" v. United States. I don't know if past editions had this problem, but this one shure does. ... Read more


    2. Boatowner's Mechanical & Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems
    by NigelCalder
    list price: $49.95
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    Asin: 007009618X
    Catlog: Book (1995-11-01)
    Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
    Sales Rank: 4764
    Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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    Do yourself a favor: if you own a boat, you should also own theBoatowner's Mechanical & Electrical Manual. Written in a simple,accessible style, the Manual is aimed at helping the nonexpert solveproblems in marine systems--think of it as a friendly mechanic. AuthorNigel Calderexplains how the systems work, helps you troubleshoot and identify problems, andpresents clear and concise instructions on how to repair them. Best of all,Calder also offers helpful advice on how to prevent future system failure.Absolutely indispensable for boat owners. --M. Stein ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Wait For a Problem
    This book needs to be in your boat, along with Chapman Piloting. This book also needs to be in your hands before you buy, rent, or take responsibility for any boat. It will save you money and time. Most importantly, it may well save your life! Electricity and fuel are not happy together, and this comprehensive reference will tell you how to install or repair any part of your boat's electrical system to make it safer and more efficient.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BUY IT
    I don't give out many 5 star reviews. But this one definitely qualifies. If you have an electrical or mechanical problem start here. Lots of good, well explained information for those of use who are not experts. This book was a great help in redoing my electrical system, as well as helping me understand numerous systems on my boat. Calder covers how things work, limitations, purchase and design considerations, integration with other systems and practical pros and cons. Would I buy this again? ABSOLUTELY-I can recommend this book with no limitations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If You Could Only Have One Boating Book, this is the One
    If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and could only take one CD with you, which one would you take and why? Years ago I used to listen to a program on the BBC that asked famous guests that question, only they said record, not CDs. Well I suppose I'd take Bob Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks" if I were in that fix. And if I were to go to sea on a cruising sailboat and could only take one book with me, it would have to be this excellent, well written book by Mr. Calder. It's big, heavy, expensive and if you need it, you'll be glad you have it and you'll think it's worth it's weight in gold.

    5-0 out of 5 stars RV Repair Guide too.
    This is a very good book. Too many books only explain what is wrong and then instruct to perform a service without explaining specifically how. This book shows how with lots of illustrative photos and test data and detailed instructions for using test equipment. Practically everything in this book also applies to maintaining RV vehicles and trailers as well. I use it for my boat and RV.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for Cruisers
    Having completed the our first year as full-time live-aboard cruisers, currently in the Sea of Cortez, we find that this book to be essential reading. The information is presented in easily understandable terms and sufficient detail to assist in solving most mysteries of marine systems. By it and take it with you! ... Read more


    3. Chapman Piloting: Seamanship & Boat Handling (Chapman Piloting Seamanship and Boat Handling, 63rd ed)
    by Elbert S. Maloney, Charles Frederic Chapman
    list price: $45.00
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    Asin: 0688168906
    Catlog: Book (1999-12-01)
    Publisher: Hearst Books
    Sales Rank: 8312
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    When Chapman Piloting lands on your doorstep--all 656 pages ofit--it's easy to feel daunted. Have faith, sailor. Now in its 63rd edition,Charles Frederic Chapman's masterpiece is a boater's bible. Indeed, oneAmazon.com customer raves, "if you could take a class called Boating 101, thiswould be the textbook." It's more than just a basic text, however; it's acomplete curriculum of nautical knowledge, from knots to navigation, docking todistress calls, plus etiquette, protocol, and terminology for powerboaters andsailors alike. Accessible to the beginner, Chapman Piloting is anessential reference for even the most experienced sailor. A necessary componentof any nautical library. Highly recommended. --M. Stein ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A reference to all nautical books outhere.
    This book teaches you the basics, and beyond on every nautical subject you can think of. It is used as a reference for other nautical books outhere. It's fully ilustrated with pictures, diagrams, and drawings. Many people think this book is the bible of boating. Safety, rules of navigation, docking, and navigation are thoroughly covered. Although you won't find specifics as to electrical or other specialized subjects, it does give you the basics, and priciples behind it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Leave Home (or the Dock) Without It!
    Our most frequently asked question: "What's the one book you'd recommend for a boater?" Our answer every time: "Chapman's."

    Whether you're a new boater just getting started or an old salt needing a little refresher, this is your dependable one-volume reference. When we need material for our "Boating/PWC Basics" course, this is where we go.

    The book is continuously updated and fresh, with new information on topics like GPS and how to use it and Digital Selective Calling (DSC) for your marine radio. It continues to present essential and complete information on preparing to get underway, operating and navigating your boat, the practice of good seamanship, docking or mooring your boat, and how to put it away for the winter (which some of us have to do!).

    Chapman's has been a fixture in our library (and on our boats) since the 50th edition in 1972. And even though we pay a little more for it now than the $8.95 price in 1972, you'll still find it a great value at Amazon's price shown above.

    Our advice: Don't leave home (or the dock) without it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bible of Boating, but maybe you just need a little prayer.
    If you could only buy one book on boating, this would be it, but it's overkill for a beginning recreational boater. The newcomer to boating will get lost in all the detail if he tries to use this as a practical manual. With all the books on boating, it might be better to label this as an intermediate-advanced reference book. Sure, it's got everything, but most weekenders don't need to know everything, just the basics.

    5-0 out of 5 stars an absolute boater's neccessity
    Chapmans is the must-have for any boater who wants to do things the right way. I regularly go to this book. Easy to read, organized and practical. A bit big to bring onboard, however.

    5-0 out of 5 stars We Cannot Recommend A More Important Book About Boating
    I know the cost is high, but you cannot go without this book. Go and look at it in the library if you need to in order to be convinced, but save yourself the time and just buy it.

    I was taught sailing at the old age of 19 by one of my 12 year-old YMCA campers. Since my first 5 minutes on the water I have been hooked.

    Since then, I have sailed, raced, motored and flated thousand of miles on all types of boats and in all kinds of conditions. My advice, buy this book and read it. Then read it again.

    It is not the kind of book you can sit down and read straight through. You need to have it handy so when you are wondering about something, you can get right to it and learn. Just try not to do it when you are wondering if you have the right of way... ... Read more


    4. The Fiberglass Boat Repair Manual
    by Allan H. Viatses, Allan H. Vaitses
    list price: $29.95
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    Asin: 0071569146
    Catlog: Book (1988-10-01)
    Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
    Sales Rank: 36233
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    "This book will save you money and grief before you can say woven roving."--Sailing

    "A comprehensive and accurate work that should benefit almost any owner of a fiberglass boat."--SAIL

    "This book will prove a valuable addition to the library of any boat builder or owner who is seriously interested in doing his own repairs, as well as intercepting minor problems before they become major projects."--Boatbuilder

    Are there hairline cracks in your boat's deck or topsides gelcoat? Have her color and luster faded over the years? Does she have deck leaks? Has she been holed? Is her hull oilcanning in a sea? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, this book is for you. This is the definitive guide for fiberglass boat repair and beautification, covering not just cosmetic dings and scratches, but also major repairs of structural damage to hull and decks. It will show you how to:

    • replace deteriorated gelcoat, or repair the flaws in an existing gelcoat and recoat it with polyurethane or marine alkyd enamel paint;
    • strengthen a weak and overly flexible hull or deck;
    • tab in loose hull liners and joinerwork;
    • make templates from the good side of a hull to reshape large shattered or missing areas on the other side;
    • repair or replace water-saturated deck cores;
    • repair keels, rudders, and centerboards;
    • rebed and refasten underwater and on-deck hardware;
    • rebed, refasten, and strengthen hull-to-deck joints;
    • fix broken hatches, and make new ones when necessary;
    • treat the symptoms and causes of overstressed hulls.

    That beautiful craft swinging at anchor or nestled dockside, her topsides reflecting water and sky like a polished mirror, could be yours. Here's how. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars I think there are better books out there . . .
    This is a good book. It is complete, to be sure. For the expert fiberglass repair person, I cannot speak, but it is certainly difficult to read for an amateur. Generally, a bit much to swallow. I think that other books have similar information more elegantly stated. The fault is not with the content, but the presentation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Also Valuable When Buying A Used Boat!
    Of the many boatbuilding and repair manuals I have seen, I would consider this to be the best reference for fiberglass boat repair. The pictures on the dust-jacket alone indicate that a serious treatise is contained within. It would appear that no matter how bad it looks, there is no problem beyond the scope of the competent fiberglass repairman. (Caution - some of the color photos of repairs-in-progress between pages 118 and 119 are not for the faint-hearted!)

    Mr. Vaitses has been at this for a long time and with experience in the world of wooden boats (all boats have wood in them somewhere) as well as having been a player in the fiberglass revolution, is able to offer a well-rounded perspective. His honest, no-nonsense approach to problem-solving is refreshing.

    Besides the obvious background info and how-to descriptions, this book can be an invaluable asset when examining a used boat. Mr. Vaitses is currently working as a marine surveyor (a person who inspects and evaluates the condition of boats for prospective buyers). All used boats need some kind of work and the challenge then becomes evaluating the nature and scope of needed repairs, e.g. distinguishing structural and safety issues from cosmetics and determining whether one can affect the repairs oneself vs. how much it will cost to have someone else do it.

    Studying this book allows one to communicate more effectively with the surveyor and to describe problems more accurately to repair facilities in order to estimate projected costs. We recently completed the evaluation and purchase of a 1974 36-foot fiberglass cruiser. I can honestly say that the knowledge and confidence I gained from this book made the entire process a good bit less nerve-racking than it might have been! ... Read more


    5. The American Practical Navigator: "Bowditch"
    by Nathaniel Bowditch, National Imagery and Mapping Agency Staff
    list price: $49.95
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    Asin: 0939837544
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-25)
    Publisher: Paradise Cay Publications
    Sales Rank: 43537
    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    This is a new edition of The American Practical Navigator, "Bowditch," offered by Celestaire and Paradise Cay Publications. This new edition is the most recent update of Bowditch, the definitive work on navigation.

    Nathanial Bowditch first published this encyclopedic work in 1802. During the last two centuries over 75 editions, almost 1,000,000 copies, of Bowditch have been published by the US Government. It has lived because it has combined the best technologies of each generation of navigator. This new Bicentennial Edition includes the latest advances in electronic navigation and digital charting technology. It also covers nonelectronic navigation such as celestial, plotting and dead reckoning. Bowditch contains numerous tables which have been valued for years by practicing navigators.

    Bowditch is carried on the bridge of every U.S. Navy ship and should be the mainstay of any serious navigator’s library. Paradise Cay and Celestaire’s commercial edition of Bowditch is a complete copy of the latest Government edition. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best overall nautical reference book ever written
    If you could have only 2 books onboard your ship, this should be one of them. (The other, of course, would be a current Nautical Almanac.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT PAY THIS PRICE!
    This is a government press. and I believe it may even be against the law to charge more than twent percent of cost. I am a graduate from a merchant marine academy and was required to buy these books. EXECELLENT book however. There is a new volume (combined)and it is not as good as the two seperate volumes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars King of navigation
    Although it appears intimidating, it's actually quite readable. It happens also to be the very pinnacle of all marine navigation guides; all others refer to it and every navigator/pilot should own a copy.

    But (a) it's enormous in both physical volume and weight and (b) it does get updated. What to do? ...

    A search on "nga bowditch" will provide you with the current pdf version, chapter by chapter on the web.

    5-0 out of 5 stars an essential text, but don't waste your money
    unless you want the book so it'll look cool on your bookshelf, don't waste the money to buy it. it's available for free download in pdf format from NIMA, along with several other publications.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Free online version available
    Great classic book! Even if you hardly read it this can be a good book for your personal nautical library. However, if you just want to get some technical knowledge from the book free on-line version in pdf format is available at http://pollux.nss.nima.mil/pubs/ ... Read more


    6. Learning to Sail: The Annapolis Sailing School Guide for Young Sailors of All Ages
    by DianeGoodman, IanBrodie
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    Asin: 0070240140
    Catlog: Book (1994-04-01)
    Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
    Sales Rank: 144650
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This book is about learning to sail. It follows the techniques perfected at the world-famous Annapolis Sailing School, where thousands of people just like you have learned to take tiller in hand and harness the wind. You'll learn your way around a boat--what its parts are called, what they do, and how to use them to ride the wind wherever you want to go.

    Read this book, spend some time on a boat, and practice your new skills, and pretty soon you'll be a sailor, one of a select group of people who think there's nothing finer than hiking out to windward in a close-hauled dinghy--racing against friends or a neighboring sailing club, or alone and just for the fun of it. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Learning to Sail: The Annapolis Sailing School Guide
    Learning to Sail: The Annapolis Sailing School Guide for Young Sailors of All Ages by Di Goodman, et al, is a good informative reference for beginning sailors of all ages.

    I ordered a used copy of this book through Amazon.com from ZEBOOKWORM and found its condition to be accurately described on this site. I am very satisfied with my purchase and ZEBOOKWORM's service.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for all ages.
    This book was selected for use by the Lake Saint Louis Youth Sailing Academy after our lead instructor and our top student (age 10) both selected the same book from a group of 10 potential class text books. The kids found it easy to follow, and the adults found it easy to establish a lesson plan based on the structure of the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect place to start.
    Never mind the reviews that claim this is the best book for young sailors just starting out. At 40 and in my first boat in 20 years, it is the perfect match. Every thing I need to get my feet wet without having to read volumes of nautical tactics. The illustrations are every bit as valuable, making the whole adventure a lot less overwelming. Thinking about getting your first boat, but your're unsure of what to do? Start here! ... Read more


    7. Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life among the Pirates
    by David Cordingly
    list price: $14.00
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    Asin: 0156005492
    Catlog: Book (1997-09-15)
    Publisher: Harvest Books
    Sales Rank: 4481
    Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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    "This is the most authoritative and highly literate account of these pernicious people that I have ever read." -- Patrick O'BrianPirates are so much a part of legend that it is easy to forget they actually existed. UNDER THE BLACK FLAG tells their story in a rollicking account of the golden age of piracy that is packed with history, anecdote, and above all adventure. Here are the true stories of such bloodthirsty legends as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, Anne Bonny, and the fearsome Mary Read. And here are rousing descriptions of what ships pirates sailed, what punishments they exacted, what they really wore, and how they flourished--or perished. From the smoky havoc of shipboard battle to the loneliness of a fugitive's life at sea, this spellbinding narrative vividly brings the brutal world of pirates to life.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Aaargh, shiver me timbers, matey!
    UNDER THE BLACK FLAG is the perfect read for anyone who, as a kid, dressed up as a one-eyed pirate and went around waving a cardboard cutlass saying, "Aaargh, speak up bilge rat; where be the treasure?" Or anyone who enters company staff meetings with, "Ahoy tharr, scurvy dogs, shark meat ya'll be." Or, "Are ya feeling lucky, punk?" (Well, perhaps that last is from a more recent era.)

    Since he's writing for Western audiences, Author David Cordingly focuses on the pirates, buccaneers, and corsairs of European background, who infested the waters of the Atlantic and Indian oceans and the Caribbean during the 17th and 18th centuries. The book's twelve chapters reveal everything you've ever wanted to know about swashbuckling pirates and piracy: the ships, pirate flags, buried treasure, recruitment, plunderings, pirate violence, famous captains (e.g. Kidd, Blackbeard, Morgan, Rackam, Vane, Roberts), women pirates, pirates' women, pirate life on land and sea, marooning, walking the plank, pirate islands and haunts, pirates in the media (books, stage plays, films), pirate trials and executions, wooden legs and, yes, parrots.

    Upon finishing UNDER THE BLACK FLAG, I tried to think of a reason not to award five stars, and couldn't. The volume is extensively researched, well organized, written with the popular audience in mind, eminently instructive, and not without humor. Sixteen pages of photographs complement the text. If you're interested in the topic, I can't recommend it too highly. Aaargh!

    By the way, what does "shiver me timbers" mean, anyway?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative overview of piracy
    This book gives an overview of the lives of the pirates of the 1700's (mostly). It covers the careers and untimely demises of the most famous (Capt. Kidd, Blackbeard, Calico Jack, and Black Bart Roberts), talks about a number of less famous pirates, and covers some of the semilegal (depending on your nationality) exploits of the privateers (like Capt. Morgan). The book deliberately limits itself to those pirates associated with the Atlantic Ocean/Caribbean Sea, although many of these pirates also operated in the Indian or Pacific Ocean, so there is a wide variety of locales to compliment the wide variety of people.

    The descriptions of the pirate life and details of their exploits are well written, using a number of primary sources (logbooks, journals, newpaper articles). They give a good feel for the "reality" of life among the pirates. But what of the "romance"? It's here as well, comparing the real pirates of history with our modern romantic view of pirates, based on Erol Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks, Captain Hook and Long John Silver, and the Pirates of Penzance.

    It is an entertaining and informative book, especially for someone (like myself) whose previous exposure to piracy has been through Stephen Spielberg's movies and Sid Meier's computer games. I suspect the serious naval historian may find the text someone cursory, but still useful because of the wealth of references. Anyone interested in a general overview on pirates (and privateers) in this era should find this book an enjoyable read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Aarrr! Good tale of pirates, if a little disorganized
    Whenever historical figures such as pirates are so common in popular culture, I often wonder how accurate the representation is. This book engagingly answers these questions. Not surprisingly, there is some truth to the modern image of a pirate. For example, they often dressed with scarfs, lots of guns, and even kept parrots as pets. On the other hand, they were largely brutal criminals, not jovial, romantic figures usually portrayed in stories.

    With such a fragmentary history, the big challenge is to present a coherent picture of pirate history. Cordingly doesn't always pull this off. I found the book disorganized in places, and some of the chapters have fairly loose threads holding the material together. A lot of the excursions into analyzing popular culture are not particularly insightful, and interfere with the strength of the book, telling the story of pirates.

    Overall, a fun and interesting read on a criminal class that is well recognized, if not well known.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pirates Ye Be Warned
    Ahoy, reader, the pirates you know today from movies and stories are not too far from the originals, but are wonderful and romanticized caricatures of the buccaneers and corsairs of the 18th century. This we learn from the excellent book Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly, in which the author tells the stories of the lives of real pirates of old. Cordingly goes into great color and detail about the reality of pirates and their history.

    In the first chapter, entitled Wooden Legs and Parrots, Cordingly describes the actual appearance of buccaneers and corsairs. From the stories of Robert Louis Stevenson we first accepted the image of pirates personified by Long John Silver and Captain Hook. Pirates were linked with, pirate maps, black schooners, tropical islands, and one legged seaman with parrots on their shoulders. Cordingly identifies peg legs, parrots, filth, and harsh captains wearing dashing clothes.

    Who were these lavishly-dressed, smelly, unkempt, vagabonds of the sea? David Cordingly catergorizes pirates in two ways. Buccaneers were pirates from the Carribean and Corsairs were pirates from the Mediteranean.He also goes into depth about specific people such as, Bartholomew Roberts, Sir Francis Drake, John Hawkins, Henry Morgan, and Captain Kidd.

    In to battle and back to the sea, this is the life of a pirate; David Cordingly elaborated well on this fact in his book Under the Blak Flag. By reading his book you can tell he is an experienced writer and a more-than-credible authority on pirates. He uses sources and quotes very well in this book, and organizes the main points rather well. His writing style is easy to read and you find yourself being caught up in his stories of pirate history and legend. I found that on some points he strayed a little of subject and drew my attention away from the emediate points. Nonetheless I enjoyed his descriptions of the pirates' appearance, their background, and their history. I would suggest reading David Cordingly's Under the Black Flag for all those who idolize, ador, and dream about pirates.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally an interesting history book!
    For anyone that's interested in the lifestyles of pirates, this is your book. This book is both a good read and informative. Almost everything you want to know is compiled here. I'm currently writing a novel about pirates, and this book is a wonderful reference. It goes into detail about pirate myths and truths, why we think of them the way we do, and what life was REALLY like for these swashbuckling blackguards. Highly recommended. ... Read more


    8. The Surfer's Guide to Costa Rica
    by Mike Parise
    list price: $21.95
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    Asin: 0967910005
    Catlog: Book (1999-12-28)
    Publisher: Surf Pr Pub
    Sales Rank: 6416
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    The most comprensive guide for surfers traveling to Costa Rica. Details over 70 breaks on both coasts and over 100 hotels nearest the breaks. Includes a helpful tips section including what to pack and how to pack surfboards. Many maps and helpful driving directions. A down-and-dirty backpack ready guide. If Indiana Jones surfed, this would be his guide to this most perfect of surf destinations. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars If you surf, don't even stop to think about it...just buy it
    It's nearly impossible to put a price on the value of the information in this book if you surf. So at $21, it's an absolute steal.

    The book is simply crammed with detailed, up to date information on where to surf, stay and eat in Costa Rica. And in a country that's tough to get around, Parise's information can save you tons of wasted travel time.

    I can't recommend this book enough if you're planning a trip to Costa Rica to surf. Trust me...you'll be thankful to have this incredibly informational resource in your possession.

    4-0 out of 5 stars indispensable for the serious tico surf traveller!
    it is written in common parlance, and therefore it is easy to understand. I can tell when reading this that the author speaks from experience. he mentions many things to avoid, and important handy tips that will make your surfing stay much more enjoyable. he also realizes the importance of getting as much "surf time" as possible by delineating routes that will minimize the time driving, and maximize time in the tube.
    also it is written in a lighthearted fashion that reminds you that you are on a surf trip, and helps you forget the stresses of being in completely different country.
    on the downside, there are a few comments in this book that are not the most considerate. for example, this book somehow assumes that the reader is a man and tackles the subjects of jock itch, balls (testicles), and lugging your girlfriend/wife around. a female friend who surfs found this aspect a tad inconsiderate. however, these trespasses are a mere annoyance, which does not discredit this from being an overall very good book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome book a must for costa rica
    My hat goes off for Mike Parise, job well done. A super book for anyone wanting to ride waves. a lot of other great information as well about being able to survive in a different culture. Made my trip much more enjoyable and was a book that I picked up the first day in Costa Rica at a surf shop. Great work period.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth its weight in gold if you're surfing CR
    If you're planning on going down to Costa Rica to surf, the only two books you need are this one (a must have to learn about all the breaks) and the Moon Handbooks: Costa Rica by Christopher P. Baker. Forget the others. I bought them and found them useless.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't surf CR without it
    I took this book with me to Costa Rica a couple of years ago and it was worth every penny and them some. Everything including the tips on packing, where to stay, and where to surf was good, solid, useful information. The maps were a little crude, but there are driving instructions on how to get to the breaks. (To be fair, the author does not claim that this is a map book and recommends a company that specializes in road maps.) The book focuses on those issues and needs from the perspective of a traveling surfer, nothing in here about kayaking or bird watching. There are several charts, organized by location, showing dozens of places to stay with information about prices and amenities. Like most surfers, I don't like to commit to a place and time weeks in advance, so it really helps to have a handy reference to local lodging (especially in a foreign country). Given how hard it is to describe how a spot will break at all times on all tides, the description of the surf breaks was generally accurate (at least on the dozen or so spots I did visit). If you're traveling to Costa Rica to surf, take this book. ... Read more


    9. The Complete Sailor: Learning the Art of Sailing
    by DavidSeidman
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    Asin: 0070571317
    Catlog: Book (1995-03-01)
    Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
    Sales Rank: 35417
    Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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    The Complete Sailor takes the reader from the first sail to a mastery of small-boat handling. Weaving his writing around 600 drawings by noted marine illustrator Kelly Mulford, David Seidman has created a book in which each double-page spread invites the eye and communicates volumes of information. The Complete Sailor goes beyond other learn-to-sail books to cover navigation, boat design, and seamanship. Encyclopedic in scope yet warm in style, it conveys the magic as well as the techniques of sailing. Among the other topics covered: anchoring, ropework, rigging, weather, fog, squalls, currents and tides, rules of the road, trailering, and working the winds. The book is a gentle introduction for those just starting out, and a guide to new horizons for those who already sail. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Basic Sailing by M. B. George
    An excellent first book to read. It covers all the key topics in simple language using simple, clear illustrations. It's a quick read that prepares the beginner to understand and appreciate more complex treatments.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for beginner through intermediate
    After sailing for 30 years, I was looking for a book for my children to use to give them a solid foundation. I ordered another 5 star book recommended by sailing schools, but ran across this one at the library.

    This book is head and shoulders above the other. It covers all the basics in an easy to read style, and the huge number of detailed drawings are both beautiful and incredibly informative.
    In addition to the basic stuff you need to know to sail a small boat, it also has a wealth of deeper information, about everything from bouyancy and balance, to boat construction and history.

    I'm buying a copy for each of my kids, and recommending it to my sailing friends. As for the other books, I will probably either return them, or leave them to gather dust on a shelf.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than Sailing For Dummies for dummies like me.
    I wish I had gotten this before I bought Sailing For Dummies. Sailing For Dummies somehow left me with a lot of unanswered basic questions about sailing. Complete Sailor answered those questions. Complete Sailor also has more illustrations that provide a clearer understanding of just what the heck the author's talking about.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific intro
    This is it, your basic instructions for small boat sailing. It covers what you need to know for your first crewing, training course, or rental boat. Written with straight talk and without condescension, this slim book is suitable for all ages of beginning sailor. Opening with a photo of a complicated sail rig, by the end of this short sweet book you will know the function of every line visible (only practice will train you how to USE them). Chapters are organized in practical order, from preparation and unmooring, through sailing against and before the wind, to mooring or anchoring again, just like your first voyage. Although the beginner will want to keep this booklet handy, it is far too large to be carried aboard in a pocket.

    George is very good at gently telling you how to avoid doing something stupid, cracking your skull, or capsizing. He is particularly adamant that sailing with wind astern--what seems easiest of all--carries great danger in boats, due to the potential for accidental jibing, or disastrous boom-swing, if you don't pay minute attention to the wind. If you are a lubber who only knows the difference between starboard and port as fixed directions, pay close attention to the opposite sense when tacking, for this controls rights of way (and "road rage") on the water. What George says in the chapter about sailing and sail trim is of special interest for model sailboaters, who have much less control and timely adjustment available. Numerous well chosen b/w illustrations are provided, although several photos are too dark to see the detail to which attention is drawn. The book concludes with useful sections on law, equipment, reading the wind, and a glossary of terms. You will soon want to learn more knots, rules of right away, racing tactics, or larger boats than covered here, although George includes only one suggestion for further study.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great first sailing book
    A few years ago, I became interested in sailing, and came across this book at a local bookstore. I'm glad I did; it's a great introduction. It includes a lot of useful information presented in a straightforward manner, and also gives a good feel for nautical tradition (without being the least bit preachy). I've since done a bunch of sailing. I still think highly of this book, and have occasion to refer to it on questions of nautical terms and techniques. ... Read more


    10. Manual of Freediving: Underwater on a Single Breath
    by Umberto Pelizzari, Stefano Tovaglieri
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    Asin: 1928649270
    Catlog: Book (2004-09)
    Publisher: Idelson Gnocchi Pub
    Sales Rank: 58617
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    This is the definitive guide, illustrated and up to date, for the aspiring apneist.From theory to practice this manual will accompany the reader in the discovery of a fascinating sport.

    It is a manual that should not be missing from the itinerary of any diver (apneist or otherwise) who wishes to improve their techniques of respiration, swimming and diving whilst broadening knowledge and theory. ... Read more


    11. Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors
    by NigelCalder, Nigel Calder
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    Asin: 0071350993
    Catlog: Book (2001-05-07)
    Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
    Sales Rank: 11728
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The most comprehensive and helpful guide ever written for selecting and equipping a cruising sailboat

    Whether you’re a coastal or offshore cruiser, you’ll find your most pressing concerns treated with the know-how that makes for skillful, confident cruising in Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook. The author -- one of the most respected marine how-to authors on either side of the Atlantic, and author of the universally admired Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual,-- walks you through all key technical and practical aspects of modern cruising systems and equipment, providing you with a summary of the skills necessary for safe, enjoyable sailing.

    The first half of the book includes an easy-to-use tabular method for evaluating a boat's suitability for cruising; ideas for workable deck and interior lay-outs and organization; how to choose and configure suitable boat systems for cruising; and how to install gear for trouble free operation.

    The book's second half teaches you boat handling skills; core navigational expertise; anchoring techniques; weather understanding; heavy weather expertise; and specific skills for long-term and long-distance cruising. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A very complete reference
    The strength of this book is its readability. Calder writes very well, and he organizes this book in a way that makes it something one can read from cover to cover. Reading his work actually makes you want to be sailing.

    His treatment of yacht design is a fantastic walk through the desireable characteristics of yachts for cruising. If you are buying a boat, read this book before you finalize your decision. Calder acknowledges that every boat is a compromise, and he clearly favors traditional design over modern lines (he repeatedly expresses his distaste for wing keels, for example).

    The book then progresses through different sailing and cruising skills and issues. His discussion of anchoring is one of the best I have seen, and he does an admirable job of explaining marine weather.

    The one thing to keep in mind about this book is that it is rather "blue sky". He describes the ultimate cruising yacht (which looks remarkably like his own) and tends to overcook some of the concerns with "lesser" designs. Not everyone can afford to have a brand new Pacific Seacraft 40 built for them from scratch, but this is the boat Calder essentially lists as the perfect cruising yacht.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's a Beauty
    Nigel has great credibility and this book adds to this. His approach to writing about the stuff cruisers need to know is clean, clear and spare. The illustrations are good. The index is outstanding.
    This book is a great add-on for those who already have his earlier maintenance book

    5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive Cruising Book?
    Ordinarily,I would not get too excited about another new cruising book,even one by so eminent an author as Calder, whose previous work: Boatowner's Mechanical And Electrical Manual, has become an icon on both sides of the pond. While the cruising genre is a particular favorite of mine, recent offerings seem to have grown a bit redundant for those of us striving to keep abreast of the field.

    This book of Calder's is a whole new ball game.

    First of all: It's a very big book both physically, and in terms of it's diverse subject matter. At just under six hundred pages in an 8 ½ x 11inch format, it is not something I would refer to as a "handbook" unless speaking to a gorilla. The word "encyclopedic" springs to mind, as it is truly monumental in scope and execution...

    McGraw-Hill did a commendable job of putting it all together. It looks like it might last, even in the marine environment where it will most assuredly find a home. It features a water resistant cover and flexible spine, designed to lie flat when opened, a wonderful feature on a pitching chart table, far at sea, where information is scarce and time of the essence.

    It covers nearly everything. It covers it in exquisite detail. It covers it in a manner anyone can understand. There are chapters relating to most any conceivable contingency a cruiser might run in to, from boat selection, equipage, and maintenance, to the more esoteric areas of daily life on a cruising sailboat (and much more than I wanted to know about navigational history).

    Calder remains the quintessential "systems" man and his section on surveying a prospective purchase, with it's attendant checklist, is, alone, worth the price of the book. The section on weather and prediction should be required reading for every television forecaster in the country. There are up to date chapters on shipboard health, and disease prevention criteria for every sector of the world. Nearly every page is clearly illustrated, and at the end of each technical chapter a "worksheet" so that you may evaluate your own vessel or system. Here is a man not afraid to infuse his material with the very latest in technological know how, even though it may at some point appear dated. For the mathematically inclined there are charts, graphs and formulas enough to satisfy the most gifted. And all this, is just the tip of the iceberg.

    I have read this book cover to cover and word for word (it took a very long time). Is it the proverbial "One Book Cruising Library" - the definitive work on the subject?

    I think it may well be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Really good!
    This book covers multiple sailors' topics of interest, not just for the serious cruising sailor, but for anyone with a sailboat who weekends. (There isn't much about "racing" as in optimizing speed, racing tactics, etc. though.) I really recommend it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the book you need!
    This book goes into the detail necessary to outfit a cruising boat. The pictures and diagrams make the concepts very clear, and easy to implement. Many books have a few great ideas, but Calder concetrates them in one spot. The 18 page "Checklist of Desirable Features" at the end of the first section is worth the price of the book alone! ... Read more


    12. IntracoastalWaterway Chartbook : Norfolk, Virginia, to Miami, Florida
    by John J. Kettlewell, LeslieKettlewell
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    Asin: 0071387994
    Catlog: Book (2002-02-13)
    Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
    Sales Rank: 21299
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    An extraordinary value at the price, this compact, easy-to-use reference offers boaters a complete set of full-color navigation charts for the 1,090-mile Intracoastal Waterway, running from Norfolk to Miami, as well as charts for all the major Atlantic inlets en route. This edition has been fully updated through late 2001 and now features a larger size to allow chart segments to be presented at the same scale as the original NOAA charts from which they are reproduced.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent source... More than a set of charts!
    Very usable in it's small page spiral format. Flipping pages as one cruises north or south is easy, and takes very little space at the helm. The annotations indicating marina locations save looking in separate guides when a stopping point is desired. Some obvious side trips (e.g. Banana River) are omitted and would have helped increase usefulness if included.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent up-to-date reference
    The charts are well organized and very reliable. Only a minimum number of aids were missing or changed in number. Some of the bridge info is a little dated but generally did not cause any navigational problems. ... Read more


    13. Get Your Captain's License, Third Edition
    by CharlieWing
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    Asin: 0071383158
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-16)
    Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
    Sales Rank: 28253
    Average Customer Review: 2.62 out of 5 stars
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    Get Your Captain's License offers the best test-prep resource available for the U.S. Coast Guard captain's exams. This fully updated and greatly expanded new edition covers the exams for the most popular captain's ratings, including the "Six-Pack" charter boat license and the 100-ton Masters license.

    Includes an interactive CD-ROM for unlimited, random practice testing; written text coving all 9,000 questions/answers that could appear on the Six-Pack and 100-ton exams; and 200 additional pages of tutorials on seamanship and navigation.

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    2-0 out of 5 stars You'll need more than this book.
    This book is frustrating because the learning consists of taking tests. There is not enough how to information. Also, the cd is supposed to randomly search the database and give a new test each time. However, after many practice tests I found that the cd did not access all the questions. Only because I also went through the written questions did I discover this. If you don't know this, you will not see all of the questions and you may need them all. On the plus side, the diagrams are what you will see in the real tests and the rules of the road are in the back of the book. I think it is very useful for drilling, not learning. This book should be considered a supplement. I recommend The Coast Guard License by Budd Gonder along with Chapman's and Dutton's for learning, and this book for practicing

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good But Be Advised:
    I used this book and CD to prepare for an inland master's exam. The CD is very helpful and allows you to rapidly practice the exam and receive a score. Two major warnings:

    1) The "master and mate inland rules of the road" practice exam on the CD doesn't really test the USCG "inland only" questions. You have to set it up to do a "custom" exam and select inland only.

    2) All the navigation problems on the CD were just course - speed - time problems not involving a real chart. On the real exam the problems were specific to an actual chart as in "Starting from a point two miles due East of Ferndorf Light plot a course......". You are therefore probably going to need some other source of training on the navigation problems besides this book and CD.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't be tempted by the included CD
    The software not only is simplistic, but also is unstable.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Start
    No single text is going to allow you to ace the test, but this should be one of the ones you use. This is the second edition and supposedly updated as of 2000. While much of the information is available on the Coast Guard web site, Wing does a good job of "packaging it" to make it much more readable. I found the light and signal summaries worth the price of the book. Without these two summaries, memorization of the many, many lights and signals would be much harder. Another plus is a "plain english" version as well as the original rules - much more readable and easier to learn.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Truth in advertising
    From the intro: "The instructional text and illustrations provide an answer to an estimated 95% of the questions". Nonsense. Maybe 65%, in sketchy outline at that. But either you're just cramming answers to the questions, (which are available online for free) and can use the somewhat awkward CD or you are a serious student of the sea and will have or want a complete reference library to back this volume up.
    So, it's a valuable book, but not as valuable as they say it is or as it could be. ... Read more


    14. Surf Science: An Introduction To Waves For Surfing
    by TONY BUTT
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    Asin: 0824828917
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-30)
    Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
    Sales Rank: 49474
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    Have you ever wondered where waves come from? What makes every one different, why some peel nicely and others just close out? Why, some days, waves come in sets of six and others in sets of three, and what factors affect the behavior of a surfing break? If you have, this book is for you. Now in its second edition, Surf Science is the first book to talk in depth about the science of waves from a surfer's point of view. It fills the gap between surfing books and waves textbooks and will help you learn how to predict surf. You don't need a scientific background to read it--just curiosity and a fascination for waves. ... Read more


    15. Sailing for Dummies
    by J. J.Isler, PeterIsler
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    Asin: 076455039X
    Catlog: Book (1997-05-23)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 13521
    Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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    Attention landlubbers: If you don't know your port from your starboard, tacking from jibing, then you need to experience clear sailing with the Dummies. With the usual cargo of good humor and demystifying tone, this mast in the Dummies armada lifts the fog on confusing nautical language, teaches the basics about maneuvering a sailboat from dock to open ocean, floats important safety information, and offers advice and info on a variety of related issues (knots, racing, sailboards, how to buy a sailboat). Whether you want to learn to sail or just talk like a sailor, Sailing for Dummies is your anchor to life on the water. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sailing for Dummies
    This is an excellent sailing textbook - as the cover states it's "A Reference for the Rest of Us!" That is, it can be used as a beginner's book and then kept for use as a reference manual. I have read and re-read this book several times and each time I re-read it, something I didn't understand or fully comprehend "jumps out at me" and I become a better sailor because of the information contained within and imparted by this book.
    Also, some people know their subject but are unable to teach others what they know. Both JJ and Peter not only know their subject, sailing, but are also very adept at transferring that knowledge to their readers, sailors and wannabe sailors!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, Simple and Interesting ... a great beginners book
    I used this text as a secondary supplement for an American Sailing Association "sailing certification" , and I found it refreshingly helpful. Well known today, and with hundreds of titles, the "For Dummies® Books" collection offers you valuable basic information on hundreds of subjects, from "Accounting for Dummies" to "Yoga for Dummies".

    "For Dummies® Books" strive to make a subject enjoyable to read, interesting and simple enough to understand so anyone can grasp the concept . In "Sailing For Dummies", J. J. Isler and Peter Isler accomplish just that: enjoyable, interesting and simple. This is a very basic text for the first 140 pages, then, for the remainder of the book, the Islers add to your foundational knowledge of sailing ending with subjects such as: sailboat racing, chartering and buying a boat.

    "Sailing For Dummies" is livened up by the use of cartoons, interesting quips and quotes and engaging icons found throughout the book in the margins. The icons denote sections of information that promote "tips", "safety", "danger", "nautical words", "sailing stories", etc. Add the above with b&w photos, great diagrams and an excellent index, and you have a book valuable to any novice who wants to know more about sailing. Recommended.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not the best for THIS dummy.
    The authors have maybe a bit too much expertise and experience to effectively write for "dummies" like myself. Somehow after reading this, I had just as many questions as before. Part of the problem is this book is way too comprehensive, covering such topics as sail-boarding. I would rather have had more in depth explainations of the basics and more diagrams/illustrations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well-organized and incredibly useful
    Hard to beat this book if you're just getting your hands on the mainmast for the first time. A wealth of info on every topic you'll need to know, presented in pictures and entertaining quotes and headlines. There are sections that deal with all the tricky details of actually getting the boat out of the dock and into the open sea, as well as a crucial section on what to do if, well, your sailing experience doesn't exactly go as planned. Pay attention to what the Islers say here-- you'll protect yourself from the most common (and often dangerous) mistakes beginners make if you've barely dipped your feet into water, and you'll improve your skills to a surprising extent even if you're more advanced.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Should Skip This
    If you want a basic book with good pictures and diagrams on how to start, you don't want this book.

    It's useless, no information in detail on how a sailboat works, how to set up. Compared to others I have read, not a good place to start. ... Read more


    16. Total Immersion : The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier
    by Terry Laughlin
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    Asin: 0743253434
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-08)
    Publisher: Fireside
    Sales Rank: 6142
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    Swim better -- and enjoy every lap -- with Total Immersion!

    Terry Laughlin, the world's #1 authority on swimming success, has made his unique approach even easier for anyone to master. Whether you're an accomplished swimmer or have always found swimming to be a struggle, Total Immersion will show you that it's mindful fluid movement -- not athletic ability -- that will turn you into an efficient swimmer. This new edition of the bestselling Total Immersion features:


    A thoughtfully choreographed series of skill drills -- practiced in the mindful spirit of yoga -- that can help anyone swim more enjoyably

    A holistic approach to becoming one with the water and to developing a swimming style that's always comfortable

    Simple but thorough guidance on how to improve fitness and form

    A complementary land-and-water program for achieving a strong and supple body at any age


    Based on more than thirty years of teaching, coaching, and research, Total Immersion has dramatically improved the physical and mental experience of swimming for thousands of people of all ages and abilities. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Physics makes sense!
    This book gives me so much more insight into swimming than any other book I've ever read about it. And the best part is; it makes sense! Mr. Laughlin taught me something someone should have taught me long time before, and he gives a sound, scientific reasoning behind it. For example, why we should swim like a fish (well, isn't it a common sense, but someone have never told me about that before..) on our side instead on our stomach.
    If you are like me, wondering why does the pro swim so effortlessly and with so much speed, this book tells you all about it.
    The drills are easy eoungh to follow without a coach. I get in and out of the pool with minimum fatique and maximum result.
    This is a book for someone, mainly, who knows how to swim already, not a total beginner. Also, Mr. Laughlin deals mostly with freestyle and how to improve your stroke efficiency (i.e. how to swim faster without moving your arms and legs more). I look forward on how he applies his techniques on other swimming strokes.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bad technique = frustrated swimmer
    What a useful book! I was a swimmer in the 70's and decided to start swimming again to rehab my broken ankles. BEFORE I started doing the drills I swam for 15 minutes to test my fitness--I swam 6 laps. A month of drills and my lap counter reached 12.

    This is my second month of drills and I can tell that my body is gliding easier over the surface. It's still not a perfect technique but the drills have made for much more enjoyable workouts. The goal is to swim effortlessly.

    I wish they had color pictures with arrow indicators pointing to the key areas of the body to concentrate on a particular drill. I'd recommend that you get the Total Immersion video for freestyle to complement the book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars the book and its drills are obsolete
    The total immersion website explains why. There is also a review dated May 12, 2003 which indicates the same. Don't buy this book.
    There is a new book (it has new drills).

    5-0 out of 5 stars This method made me a competent, confident swimmer in 1 week
    SHORT VERSION

    -This method is incredible and works.
    -Don't buy this book. Instead buy the updated version "Swimming made easy." It contains significantly improved drills.
    -To really make it easy to learn this method, the DVD is gold. A moving image is worth more than a thousand words in this instance. The DVD contains the same drills as the book "swimming made easy."

    LONG VERSION
    First I have to point out that while this method is incredible, this particular book is not the one to get. Terry's book "Swimming made easy" contains almost identical material in the first several chapters but the drill portion has been improved dramatically. I originally bought this book and mastered the balancing drills but when I started working on the later drills I didn't understand how all the pieces fit together. With Terry's new drill sequence the drills naturally work you into a complete swimming stroke. In addition, "Swimming made easy" also includes drills for the backstroke, butterfly, and breast stroke."

    If you want to improve your stroke even faster, I highly recommend the DVD "Freestyle made easy." Being able to see the stroke in action and the resulting propulsion from body rotation makes it much easier to grasp the overall concept. A picture is worth a thousand words in this instance. I purchased the book and dvd at the same time and don't think I would have progressed as fast as I did without the dvd. If you can only buy one thing I would recommned the dvd. You can get a large portion of the conceptual information from the Total Immerssion web site which has segments of the book free for download.

    Now for my story. I'm an aspiring triathlete with my first one scheduled in about 3 months. The open water swim had me a bit concerned. I've always known how to swim but have never swam freestyle more than a few feet. I went to the pool for the first time and proceeded to expend a lot of effort while feeling like I was creeping along with almost no forward momentum. Upon the recommendation of a friend I went the next day and bought this book. That same day I went to the pool and tried the balancing drills and was amazed by the ease with which I could float on the water. Anxious to learn more I ordered the dvd "freestyle made easy" and book "swimming made easy" (I ended up returning the "total immersion" book). I must have watched the dvd at least 3 times the day I got it. I was amazed to see people glide along the water with very little effort. I went to the pool everyday for a week doing 2-3 drills each time and by the end of the week was able to easily swim the triathlon distance of half a mile. I didn't do it in record time by any means but I could do so confidently without any worry of fatigue or drowning (in open water). Because this method teaches you how to let the water support you with almost no effort, whenever you feel like you need an extra couple of breaths you can simply role to your "sweet spot" (roughly on your back) for as long as you need.

    It's been about a month now since starting to learn this method and I've shaved four minutes off my half mile time. My stroke is continuing to get more efficient and I literally feel like I'm cruising with little effort. A couple of days ago I shared a lane with a gentleman who was going about the same speed as me but expending probably more than twice the effort. The drills teach you how to get propulsion from core body rotation rather than the traditional idea of kicking harder and pushing the water back with your hands. In fact, with this method you use your legs very little which is great for triathlets in that they can save their leg strength for the bike and run.

    This method teaches three basic things
    -How to stop struggling against the water and let it support your body.
    -How to streamline your body in the water and reduce drag/resistance.
    -How to use core body rotation as the main method of propulsion rather than your arms and legs.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Midwest triathlete
    While I am a big fan of the Total Immersion technique, the improvements that Laughlin has made in later books renders this version very obsolete. I highly recommend "Triathlon Swimming Made Easy". In TSME, the author starts the drills by floating on the back, not the front. Starting on the front is difficult since the author does not address proper breathing technique until later in the book. Laughlin has an excellent technique, however the drills in TSME are much better than in this book. ... Read more


    17. The Encyclopedia of Surfing
    by Matt Warshaw
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    Asin: 0151005796
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-06)
    Publisher: Harcourt
    Sales Rank: 1970
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    What's that sound coming from the beach? That's the rustle of pages turning, as would-be immortals look themselves up in The Encyclopedia of Surfing, surfing's first comprehensive reference book. The Encyclopedia of Surfing chronicles nearly every bit of wave-riding--its history, places, mythology, champions, tragedies, in-jokes, and minutiae. Author Matt Warshaw, former editor of Surfer magazine, and his fellow researchers took three years to put together this prodigious tome. The most surprising thing about the book is its terrific readability. Though the 1,500 entries are organized in typical encyclopedic style, one after the other alphabetically, none of them--not a single one--is completely boring. Not even the one on the technicalities of fin placement. In fact, the book is a trap, leading unsuspecting readers on a wandering journey from pioneer surfer Duke Kahanamoku to the development of hollow boards to the lifeguards who used them to lifeguard Eddie Aikau to his home in Waimea Bay to.... Suddenly, hours have gone by and there's still the huge entry on Gidget to read. Illustrated like a dictionary, this book has only one or two small black-and-white photos every couple of pages. A history of surfing introduces the entries; at the end, a bibliography, round-up of surf contest results, and lists of movies, magazines, and music provide the big finish. Though Warshaw's first three books (SurfRiders, Above the Roar, and Maverick's) were entertaining looks at surfers and surfing, this one makes him the official Kahuna of surf lore. Surfing is a multi-billion-dollar industry, flinging hordes of people and buckets of money into the waves each year. The Encyclopedia of Surfing is its new bible. --Therese Littleton ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A top pick for any interested in the fine art of surfing
    Matt Warshaw's Encyclopedia Of Surfing is a top pick for any interested in the fine art of surfing. From different surfboard developments and the history of different cultures involved in the surfside sport, to legendary surfers and their achievements, the Encyclopedia Of Surfing is packed from cover to cover with "user friendly" A-Z reference material.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Like Surfers Journal... almost
    I surf almost every day and can never seem to quench my thirst. My favorite read, by far, of all books and periodicals is The Surfers Journal. It truly captures the many angles of the sport. This book is somewhat in the same vein. It's exhaustive, comprehensive and true to the roots. If you love the history of the sport buy it. If you read Surfing, have never ridden more than one type of board or never traveled to pursue a new wave... don't (do those things instead... THEN buy it). Good bedside book... alongside my Bible.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Really IS and Encyclopedia
    For the record, let me state that I've been surfing for 20 years and got the bug, along with most others my age, watching The Endless Summer and getting captivated by the energy and beauty of the sport. This compilation, while very complete, really IS an encyclopedia...page, after page, after page. There are some useful tidbits of information strewn among the lengthy volume but a large majority of the book seems filled with fairly uninteresting, small, black and white photos, and biographies of just about anyone in the world who ever attempted to stand up on a board. Avoid this snore-fest and put your money into a nice hardcover coffee table book filled with glorious color shots of the world's tube riders...and leave all of the trivia to the wannabes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece
    as thorough a work on surfing as you'll ever find...all questions answered, no stone unturned...if you love surfing you're going to love this book, and learn a lot as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Complete source for all information
    if you want to find almost everyone, every place, every thing associtated with surfing...this one book is the place... ... Read more


    18. Ashley Book of Knots
    by CLIFFORD ASHLEY
    list price: $75.00
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    Asin: 0385040253
    Catlog: Book (1944-06-21)
    Publisher: Doubleday
    Sales Rank: 6476
    Average Customer Review: 4.94 out of 5 stars
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    The Ashley Book of Knots takes us back to a time when knots saved lives and put dinneron the table. Whether out at sea or in a pioneer cabin, knots were a part of daily life, one that is nearly losttoday. But in this attractive, well-organized archive of more than 3,900 different knots--presented through7,000 illustrations--the art of knot tying lives on, both as a historical reference and a reservoir of handyknowledge. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Knots as objects of beauty and utility
    This book is the fruit of a live passion for knot tying; it contains approximately 3900 knots, sinnets and splices accompanied with individual explanations and 7000 drawings.

    The involvement of Mr. Ashley with knots began as he relates, in his early childhood when his two uncles that were whaling captains taught him the first lessons in knot tying, after this he began the gathering and practical study of every kind of knot that crossed his path. The result is this imposing book that took him 11 years to finish.

    The book presents in an organized way knots of general utility, and others that are used in more particular circumstances as fishing or camping. You can find and discover scores of very interesting uses for knots from simple ornamental to practical and useful purposes. The sections that I enjoyed the most are the one about occupational knots and the section about tricks and puzzles, one can spend hours and hours navigating through the book that is so full of interesting details and curiosities.

    If you are like me a beginner in knot tying, you could find some of the illustrations and directions a little difficult to follow at first, but I can assure you that if you keep trying, in a short time you will get the knack of it, and you will agree with the author when he says: "To me the simple act of tying a knot is an adventure in unlimited space."

    5-0 out of 5 stars knot kidding.
    This book has to represent the best value on the market today for anyone interested in knots, splices and fancy ropework. I worked in the Merchant Navy and have spent most of my life living on and around yachts, and I sincerely wish that I'd discovered this book 35 years ago. The Ashley Book of Knots is a treasure trove of useful information and instruction for anyone, from novice to expert, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Jim Briggs. Gold Coast, Australia.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Just look it up in Ashley's!"
    THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS (c.1944) by Clifford W. Ashley, is the definitive reference work on knots, splices, and ropework in general. Born in 1881 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Clifford W. Ashley was an antique dealer and artist, who spent eleven years writing his magnum opus, THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS, and died three years after its 1944 publication.

    In his pursuit of ropework, Mr. Ashley spent six months at sea on the whaling bark SUNBEAM; and six weeks on a Delaware Bay oysterman called a 'bugeye'. He interviewed tradesmen, such as: steeplejacks, cobblers, truckdrivers, butchers, electric linesmen, and boyscouts as well as sailors and sea captains to document each nuance of knot unique to its trade. He was taught a few knots by Mr. Ringling himself of circus fame; and taught a knot to Mr. DuPont, a captain of industry.

    The result of Mr. Ashley's research was a significant collection of 7,000 drawings of 3,900 knots and their application in a 620 page knot tyers tome which has become a veritable bible for rope workers the world over. In just about any capacity that a rope can be utilized has found its way into THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS. Mr. Ashley has covered: netting, lashings, block & tackle, splices, hitches, and bends. He went from purely decorative knots with no practical value to knots applied to industrial use. He included a whole chapter on rope tricks and puzzles. There is an amusing catalog of small figures the author drew to rate the quality of each knot described, such as a deuce of clubs to designate 'unimportance', or an kedge anchor to indicate 'reliability'.

    Equally important as the knot's description was their utilization on incidental equipment. Mr. Ashley fortuitously included a description of a rope's application on fairleads, belaying pins, H-bitts, cleats, thumb-cleats, fife rails, pin rails, pin racks, and timberheads; as well as escoteric equipment such as euphroe blocks and crows foots.

    The book also includes the important distinction between the kevel (or cavil) and the quarter cleat. The glossary in the back makes another refinement by distinguishing the knot from the sinnet, splice, hitch, and bend. Thus clearing up any misassumptions in knot application (such as that Knot Theory is a branch of pure mathematics and has nothing to do with Knot Tying!) - THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS settles any disputes in nomenclature.

    The only short-coming to this significant work is that the drawings are unclear and vague in some instances, making it impossible to tye a knot in the example given. The book is dated in respect to splicing modern power braids such as Liquid Crystal Polymer, Spectra, or Kevlar; and makes no mention of the type of knot or splice found in an Astronaut's tether.

    Still this can be tolerated in view of the wealth of information and history on knots, splices, and rope contained within its pages. And THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS has gained a further importance in its power of verification. For when some nimrod claims to have invented a new knot or splice, immediately the universal response is: "Just look it up in Ashley's!"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ashley Book of Knots
    If I were to have to chose a book to be the Bible of knot tying this one is it. It covers many of the aspects of Marlinspike Seamanship and just about anything knot tying you might ever be interested in.

    There may be books with easier to follow directions for different knots, but this one is relatively concise and once you puzzle out how his nomenclature works you are well on your way to tying just about any knot in the book.

    This book is expensive but is well worth the price. It is a main stay of my personal reference library.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Above all other knot books...in weight only.
    I gave this book a 4 for just one reason, a lack of detailed drawings. Although it is the most extensive book of knots known to man. A must for any extreme mariner or avid boatswain mate. ... Read more


    19. The ANNAPOLIS BOOK OF SEAMANSHIP : THIRD EDITION, COMPLETELY REVISED, EXPANDED AND UPDATED
    by John Rousmaniere, Mark Smith
    list price: $40.00
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    Asin: 0684854201
    Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Sales Rank: 5608
    Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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    First launched in 1983, Annapolis remains the sailor's bible, a comprehensive chapter and verse guide to all aspects of seamanship from the simplest ABC's to the most advanced skills and latest electronics. And while much of the original edition has been left in dry dock to make way for the many changes on the water since 1983--like multihull vessels, satellite tracking, and the reality that while all ships remain "she," there is no longer the assumption that it's a "he" at the helm--Rousmaniere still emphasizes what he's stressed from the first tack: the importance of mastering sailing's fundamentals. This means knowing every inch of your boat and how to handle her, understanding the importance of safety on the seas and preparing for all emergencies, reading the weather, learning to navigate, knowing essential boat maintenance, and being aware of the traditions every sailor steps into whenever he or she sticks feet in a pair of topsiders. Clearly organized and presented, cleanly and smoothly written (given how much technical information he presents, Rousmaniere's prose is blessedly jargon-free), and thoroughly illustrated with photos and drawings, Annapolis is as essential as a good wind, perhaps the one volume no sailor should leave port without. --Jeff Silverman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Thorough, well-written, and nicely illustrated
    John Rousmaniere has created a comprehensive text on the sport of sailing and seamanship which is enjoyable to read and very authoritative. By their nature, sailors have strongly held opinions on most subjects, but virtually every sailor I know of who has read John's book holds it in very high regard. The illustrations are clear and not too busy to get in the way of showing the frequently complicated topics which are inherent in the sport. I also find that Seamanship is not just a repeat of tired old sailing methods of 30 years ago, but rather 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.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Want To Have More Detailed Information On A Sailing Topic?
    Have you forgotten some of the terminology or manovers you learned in a sailing course last year? Are you an experienced sailor but would like more detailed information on a subject?This book has all the answers to the questions many novice sailors have; from parts of the boat, commands, moanovering in a harbour to sailor terminology. Themes also go into great detail on the subject matter accompanied with excellent illustrations to re-enforce your learning of a subject. It doesn't matter if your are a seasoned salt or new to the world of cruising. It belongs on every sailors book shelf.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" for all Sailors
    When I started sailing my 27 foot sloop, I knew very little about sailing. I bought this book and used it to teach myself to sail. Now years later I still refer to it from time to time. I definitely think this is one of several books that all sailors should have on their bookshelves. I keep The Annapolis Book of Seamanship handy on my boat at all times.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Annapolis of Sailing
    I just finished a ton of sailing classes,starting w/the Laser & moving on to bigger and better, but NOT WITHOUT the help of this book!!YOU wanna SAIL?FOR REAL?BUY IT!READ IT!LEARN IT!LIVE IT!You can't lose...or drowned!

    5-0 out of 5 stars If You Are A Sailor, You NEED This Book!
    As a sailor on every type of floating scrap of wood, fiberglass, steel and aluminum you can think of, I have sailed thousands and thousands of miles. I continually turn to this book as a source of reference and it is never out of close contact.

    Even now, as I have no boat but race quite often, I pick up the book because I have questions or ideas about something. It is a wonderful source and the most complete reference I have ever seen.

    This book would be especially useful to beginning sailors, but NOTHING can teach you like getting on the water. Use this book to be prepared, but get out there!

    I have recommended this book even to some power boaters whom I thought I might convert. They have all enjoyed it and felt it was worth the money.

    If you are on the fence, just trust me and buy the book. You will not be disappointed. Worst case scenario is that you put it on your coffee table for your guests to enjoy! ... Read more


    20. The Certified Diver's Handbook: The Complete Guide to Your Own Underwater Adventures
    by ClayColeman
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    Asin: 0071414606
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-22)
    Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
    Sales Rank: 15297
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The real-world guide for divers who want to enjoy their sport to the fullest

    More than half of the 1.5 million people who achieve scuba certification each year are stymied in their pursuit of the sport because they lack time and money to enjoy the exotic diving experiences they've read about, and don't want to be confined to group dives. The Certified Diver's Handbook is the only guide to help them create their own diving adventures on any budget, on any schedule, in waters local or distant, and without the restrictions of group demands. Thirty-year diving veteran and photojournalist Clay Coleman provides the insider's tips and how-to advice divers need to equip, plan, and execute their own diving expeditions. Divers will learn how to:

    • Buy or rent the best SCUBA equipment at the best prices
    • Plan dives to maximize enjoyment and safety
    • Find great diving sites close to home
    • Master underwater rescue procedures and shore- and night-diving techniques
    • Explore wrecks, reefs, and underwater caves
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
    Being a newly certified diver, I had the question "Now what?" This book is like having an experienced diver as a constant friend who never tires of giving advice (and sharing some great anecdotes!) I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read and learn to get the most out of your C-card
    Learn to maximize those diving skills you were taught and truly make your diving adventures what they should be; safe and fun. Clay Coleman has put together his experience, skills, and plenty of helpful hints that go far beyond what you can ever learn in a dive course. Be ahead of the pack while developing your skills and planning your dive adventures. This book is a must for new divers as well as experienced divers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Your "other" dive buddy.
    This diver's handbook is truly another buddy and maybe your best one. It's packed with information and wisdom it would take many years and dives to learn all condensed and categorized while written in a relaxed and friendly manner. Who doesn't want to learn from that salty, experienced diver you come across on your adventures in diving? Here are all those questions answered and some you would not have thought of asking. Not a book to read and pass on but to be kept as a quick reference. SAFE diving!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A bugle blast to grab the gear!
    A comprehensive diving course--but you won't be dozing through this class, I ga-ron-tee! Here's an ode to the sport. Here's a bugle blast to grab the gear and head for the water. By page five you're panting to suit up. Many dive books educate. This one also ROCKS!!

    Humberto Fontova

    5-0 out of 5 stars Please tell the newbies to use this book!
    Students get Certified everyday without really knowing how to dive, much less dive safely. Some become multi-card newbies, collecting more Certifications without learning much more, but most simply drop out when they realize they don't know what they're doing, what to shop for, where to go, and so forth. SCUBA diving would be much safer and more fun for all involved if more newbies would spend so little to learn so very much, and - it's a fun read. ... Read more


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