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Stapleton's Powerboat Bible: The Complete Guide to Selection, Seamanship, and Cruising

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How to Select, Outfit, and Operate a Boat for Coastwise Cruising or Long-Distance Voyaging

Stapleton's Powerboat Bible is the equivalent of talking with dozens of experts: naval architects, boatbuilders, maintenance and repair professionals, dealers and brokers, bankers, insurance agents, plus experienced powerboat owners and skippers. For more than thirty years, Sid Stapleton has traveled all over the world in a wide variety of powerboats and motor yachts. The accumulated wisdom he presents in this book will make your voyage a relaxing adventure instead of a nerve-racking, expensive ordeal. With Stapleton's Powerboat Bible you get practical, no-nonsense information on:


  • Shopping for, buying, financing, and insuring the right boat for you
  • Choosing the equipment you need, from GPS receivers to water makers and anchors to medical kits
  • Navigating and communicating
  • Boat handling in routine and emergency situations
  • Seamanship in coastal waters and offshore
  • Long-distance and international voyaging
  • And much more

Stapleton's Powerboat Bible will prepare you for the challenges and excitement of the cruising life.

"Sid has written a much-needed book for anyone who is buying a boat and wants to go cruising."--Bruce Kessler, West Marine's Passagemaker of the Year for his powerboat circumnavigation, 1990-93

"Don't even think of buying and outfitting a powerboat for long-term cruising until you've read this book."--Milt Baker, trawler yacht liveaboard and founder, Bluewater Books & Charts

Sid Stapleton has been a powerboat cruiser and marine journalist for more than three decades. In 1993-94, he and his wife, Anne, made a 15,000-mile voyage from Maine to Alaska via the Panama Canal in American Odyssey, their 49-foot Grand Banks motor yacht.

Synopsis:

""Don't even think of buying and outfitting a powerboat for long-term cruising until you've read this book cover to cover."" "--Milt Baker, trawler yacht live-aboard and founder, Bluewater Books & Charts" Written for owners of large powerboats (more than 35 feet long), this book picks up where other references leave off. It is one of the most ambitious and far-ranging references ever offered to powerboaters.

Synopsis:

How to Select, Outfit, and Operate a Boat for Coastwise Cruising or Long-Distance Voyaging

Stapleton's Powerboat Bible is the equivalent of talking with dozens of experts: naval architects, boatbuilders, maintenance and repair professionals, dealers and brokers, bankers, insurance agents, plus experienced powerboat owners and skippers. For more than thirty years, Sid Stapleton has traveled all over the world in a wide variety of powerboats and motor yachts. The accumulated wisdom he presents in this book will make your voyage a relaxing adventure instead of a nerve-racking, expensive ordeal. With Stapleton's Powerboat Bible you get practical, no-nonsense information on:

  • Shopping for, buying, financing, and insuring the right boat for you
  • Choosing the equipment you need, from GPS receivers to water makers and anchors to medical kits
  • Navigating and communicating
  • Boat handling in routine and emergency situations
  • Seamanship in coastal waters and offshore
  • Long-distance and international voyaging
  • And much more

Stapleton's Powerboat Bible will prepare you for the challenges and excitement of the cruising life.

"Sid has written a much-needed book for anyone who is buying a boat and wants to go cruising."--Bruce Kessler, West Marine's Passagemaker of the Year for his powerboat circumnavigation, 1990-93

"Don't even think of buying and outfitting a powerboat for long-term cruising until you've read this book."--Milt Baker, trawler yacht liveaboard and founder, Bluewater BooksandCharts

Sid Stapleton has been a powerboat cruiser and marine journalist for more than three decades. In 1993-94, he and his wife, Anne, made a 15,000-mile voyage from Maine to Alaska via the Panama Canal in American Odyssey, their 49-foot Grand Banks motor yacht.

About the Author

Sid Stapleton (Winston-Salem, NC) has been a powerboat cruiser and marine journalist for 30 years and is a longtime contributing editor for Motor Boating and Sailing magazine. In 1993 through 1994, he voyaged from Maine to Alaska via the Panama Canal in a Grand Banks 49, a voyage of some 15,000 miles.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to the Dream

Part 1. Choosing a Boat

Chapter 1. Starting with the Basics

How much boat do you need?; Hull and engines come first; Diesel engines and turbochargers; Engines: single versus twin; Engine vibration dampeners; Hull materials: what's best?; Are stabilizers necessary?

Chapter 2. Selecting a Functional Layout

Main deck layout; Cruising cockpits; Upper deck layout; Interior layout; Below-decks accommodations; Engine room layout

Chapter 3. Choosing the Right Basic Systems

Fire extinguishing systems; Alarm systems; Steering systems; Engine synchronizer systems; Electrical systems

Chapter 4. Determining What It's All Going to Cost

Boat-buying budget; Budgeting for boat operation; New or used?; Domestic or import?

Chapter 5. Finding the Cruiser of Your Dreams

Searching for a new boat; Searching for a used boat; Performing the initial sea trial

Chapter 6. Negotiating the Purchase

Buying a new boat; Buying a used boat; Arranging for the marine survey; Negotiating a trade-in; Financing the boat; Insuring the boat; Documenting, numbering, registering, and titling the boat; Registering a tender

Part 2. All the Bells and Whistles

Chapter 7. Buying Marine Accessories

Buying from a dealer; Buying from a specialty retailer; Buying from a marine catalog

Chapter 8. Choosing a Marine Navigation System

GPS; Electronic charting software; Radar; Autopilots; Depth-sounders; Interfacing electronic navigation equipment; Integrating electronic navigation equipment; Marine compass options; Selecting a navigation system: magnetic or true?; The Loran-C navigation system; Sound-signaling equipment

Chapter 9. Communicating while Cruising

How marine radios work; Propagation; VHF marine radio; Single-sideband marine radio; Digital Selective Calling; Marine satellite telephones; Marine cellular telephones; Weather receivers; Ham radio in cruising

Chapter 10. Choosing Anchoring Equipment

Bow pulpits; Cruising anchors; Anchor rodes; Windlasses; Anchoring accessories

Chapter 11. Selecting and Using Tenders

Hard or soft?; Tender power; Tender registration, sales taxes, and insurance; Tender anchors and rodes; Tender security; Tender davits; Tender towing

Chapter 12. Cruising Safely

Rigging for a blow; Fire protection; Lightning protection; Safety and survival equipment

Chapter 13. Preparing for Medical Emergencies

Emergency medical training; Emergency medical supplies and equipment; Emergency medical reference; Scuba diving emergencies; Immunizations; Medical checkups; Emergency medical communications

Part 3. Boat Handling

Chapter 14. Getting Under Way

Taking an initial shakedown cruise; Planning a daily cruising schedule; Everything shipshape?; Engine starting tips; Leaving the dock

Chapter 15. Handling Routine Operations Under Way

The Rules of the Road; Aids to navigation; Bridges; Locks; Engine room check under way

Chapter 16. Operating Smoothly in Special Running Situations

Heavy-weather handling; Inlet running; Night running; Operating in reduced visibility; Responding appropriately if you have an accident

Chapter 17. Arriving at a Dock

Dealing with dockmasters; Docking alongside a pier; Entering a slip

Chapter 18. Anchoring

Selecting an anchorage; Using anchoring hand signals; Using good anchoring technique; Keeping watch at anchor; Anchoring in tropical storms or hurricanes; Retrieving an anchor

Part 4. Navigating and Communicating

Chapter 19. Understanding Coastal Piloting and Eyeball Navigation

Using paper nautical charts; Reading the bottom

Chapter 20. Using Marine Navigation Electronics

Navigating by GPS; Navigating by Loran-C; Navigating by radar; Navigating by knot meter - distance log

Chapter 21. Using Cruising Communications

Using VHF marine radio; Using single-sideband marine radio; Troubleshooting marine radios

Chapter 22. Predicting the Weather

Understanding basic weather patterns; Obtaining basic weather pattern information; Interpreting weather information; Reading local weather signs

Part 5. Emergency Preparedness

Chapter 23. Using a Marine Radio during Emergencies

Keep calm; International radiotelephone alarm signal; Automatic distress calls; Make an urgency or distress call immediately; If you receive a Mayday distress call and message; Emergency medical communications

Chapter 24. Reacting to Loss of Power or Steering

Common problems and solutions; Tips on towing and being towed

Chapter 25. Knowing What to Do If You Go Aground

Extricating a grounded vessel with an assisting vessel; Understanding the legal aspects of accepting and providing assistance

Chapter 26. Handling Crew Overboard Situations

Advance COB preparation; Basic COB procedure; Tips for conducting a COB search

Chapter 27. Assessing and Reacting to Severe Hull Damage

Finding the source; Assessing the damage and taking action; When to call for help

Chapter 28. Fighting Fires Afloat

Tips on fire defense; Engine room fire; Galley fire; Electrical fire; Accommodations fire; Deck fire

Chapter 29. Handling Medical Emergencies

Assessing the victim; When to provide assistance; The ABCs of emergency medical care; Understanding the types of medical emergencies; When to call for emergency evacuation; Conducting emergency evacuation

Chapter 30. Understanding Abandon-Ship Procedures

Tips on life raft survival; Tips on air-sea rescue; Life raft inspections

Part 6. The Cruising Life

Chapter 31. Handling Money and Mail

Covering the home front; Keeping a cruising kitty; Forwarding mail

Chapter 32. Maintaining the Essentials

All systems; Engine maintenance

Chapter 33. Cruising Securely

Securing your vessel; Filing a float plan; Avoiding trouble spots and pirates; Refusing to board a stranger; Choosing whether to carry weapons; Behaving appropriately if you are boarded

Part 7. Preparations for Voyaging

Chapter 34. Assembling Spares and Preparing for Repairs

Assembling a cruising tool kit; Gathering spares; Performing routine maintenance; Taking a shakedown cruise; Analyzing engine oil

Chapter 35. Planning Cruises

Considering the weather; Checking out celebrations; Collecting charts and cruising guides; Acquiring and updating passports and visas; Scheduling guests; Provisioning; Setting a daily cruising schedule

Chapter 36. Understanding International Buoyage, Lighting, and Chart Systems

Buoyage systems; Aids to navigation lighting systems; Charting systems

Chapter 37. Keeping Legal in Foreign Ports

Leaving U.S. waters; Entering foreign countries; Operating marine radiotelephone and amateur radio abroad; Understanding vessel lighting regulations; Departing foreign countries; Returning to U.S. waters

Epilogue: Just Do It!

Appendices

1. Powerboat Hull Forms

2. Marine Diesel Engines

3. Recommended Medical Supplies

4. The Cruising Tool Kit

5. Spare Parts and Supplies

6. Resources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780071440547
Subtitle:
The Complete Guide to Selection, Seamanship, and Cruising
Publisher:
International Marine Publishing
Author:
Stapleton, Sid
Subject:
Boating
Subject:
Boating - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Publication Date:
July 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
442
Dimensions:
9.20x7.38x.89 in. 1.99 lbs.

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Product details 442 pages International Marine Publishing - English 9780071440547 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , ""Don't even think of buying and outfitting a powerboat for long-term cruising until you've read this book cover to cover."" "--Milt Baker, trawler yacht live-aboard and founder, Bluewater Books & Charts" Written for owners of large powerboats (more than 35 feet long), this book picks up where other references leave off. It is one of the most ambitious and far-ranging references ever offered to powerboaters.

"Synopsis" by , How to Select, Outfit, and Operate a Boat for Coastwise Cruising or Long-Distance Voyaging

Stapleton's Powerboat Bible is the equivalent of talking with dozens of experts: naval architects, boatbuilders, maintenance and repair professionals, dealers and brokers, bankers, insurance agents, plus experienced powerboat owners and skippers. For more than thirty years, Sid Stapleton has traveled all over the world in a wide variety of powerboats and motor yachts. The accumulated wisdom he presents in this book will make your voyage a relaxing adventure instead of a nerve-racking, expensive ordeal. With Stapleton's Powerboat Bible you get practical, no-nonsense information on:

  • Shopping for, buying, financing, and insuring the right boat for you
  • Choosing the equipment you need, from GPS receivers to water makers and anchors to medical kits
  • Navigating and communicating
  • Boat handling in routine and emergency situations
  • Seamanship in coastal waters and offshore
  • Long-distance and international voyaging
  • And much more

Stapleton's Powerboat Bible will prepare you for the challenges and excitement of the cruising life.

"Sid has written a much-needed book for anyone who is buying a boat and wants to go cruising."--Bruce Kessler, West Marine's Passagemaker of the Year for his powerboat circumnavigation, 1990-93

"Don't even think of buying and outfitting a powerboat for long-term cruising until you've read this book."--Milt Baker, trawler yacht liveaboard and founder, Bluewater BooksandCharts

Sid Stapleton has been a powerboat cruiser and marine journalist for more than three decades. In 1993-94, he and his wife, Anne, made a 15,000-mile voyage from Maine to Alaska via the Panama Canal in American Odyssey, their 49-foot Grand Banks motor yacht.

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