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Basic Plotting Guide
Basic Plotting GuideThe Basic Plotting Guide is an excellent summary and overview of charts, navigation and plotting in a concise format. It is in color, 30 pages, and richly illustrated.



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Boat Insurance Guide
Boat Insurance GuideDo you really know what marine losses are covered by your insurance policy? Don't be blind-sided by exceptions that come to your attention only after you suffer a loss. Know what you're buying. Here is what you need to know when you shop for boat insurance. 
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Compass Adjusting Guide
Compass Adjusting GuideCan you trust your compass? Will it guide you home safely? Maybe, if it's properly adjusted. If not, it may give you a false sense of security and actually lead you into danger. Don't take chances. Here are the instructions for accurately adjusting your compass.

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BGMDSS and Marine Radio Guide
BGMDSS and Marine Radio GuideThe new Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) is revolutionizing emergency communications and international search and rescue at sea. In recognition of this leap forward, all new marine radios are now equipped with digital selective calling (DSC). The Boat owner's Guide to GMDSS and Marine Radio explains clearly and concisely how this revolutionary maritime 911 equipment works and describes the enormous advantages of digital VHF radio for ordinary communications with fellow boaters. Including an interactive CD-ROM.
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How To Fly Flags Guide
How To Fly Flags GuideWhat's the best and most nautically-correct way to fly flags on your boat? This colorful little booklet shows you everything you need to know: flying the US Ensign on any boat; displaying an officer's flag or a yacht club or squadron pennant; dressing ship for a parade or celebration; and more. You'll also see the correct way to display flags ashore—indoors and out.
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Knots, bends and Hitches for Mariners
Knots, bends and Hitches for Mariniers Published by International Marine/ McGraw-Hill and richly illustrated with 200 fine drawings, this handy little how-to has something for every mariner. The essentials of the boater’s repertoire are here—the bowline, the sheet bend, the clove hitch, etc.—but so are such lesser-known gems as the hawser bend, the cow hitch, and many more.
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Knot Tying: The Basic Knots CD
Knot Tying: The Basic Knots CDPublished by International Marine/ McGraw-Hill and richly illustrated with 200 fine drawings, this handy little how-to has something for every mariner. The essentials of the boater’s repertoire are here—the bowline, the sheet bend, the clove hitch, etc.—but so are such lesser-known gems as the hawser bend, the cow hitch, and many more.
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Marine Amateur Radio Guide
Marine Amateur Radio GuideFor anyone interested in using amateur radio on-board their boat this guide explains how to study for and obtain a license, how to select equipment and install it on board your boat, how to operate your radio for voice or Morse code communications, how to link up with onshore signal repeaters to extend your range and make personal phone calls, how to find and use ham marine radio nets to make position reports or request assistance, and even how to send and receive e-mail using ham radio. Ham radio offers many advantages to the recreational boater, and this well illustrated guide succinctly explains how to make the most of those advantages.
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Predicted Log Guide
Predicted Log GuideHow does your boat handle and perform? Nobody knows better than you do, if you know how fast it travels at various engine/propeller speeds under different conditions. Predicted log contests pit your knowledge and skippering skills against the clock. How closely can you pre-determine the time it will take to travel each leg of a course? Competing against yourself and comparing your skills to those of other boaters, this fun competition hones your boat-handling skills.
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Plotting and Labeling Standards Guide
Plotting and Labeling Standards Guide How do you move your boat from here to there? Via the safest route? In the least time? With accurate, consistent, and rock-solid knowledge of your position? And, how can you reconstruct and repeat your passage, or tell the oncoming watch the course to steer, speed to make, and bearings to take? Plotting and labeling your course using standard symbols, labels, and abbreviations is the way to go. In easy-to-understand form, here they are and how to use them.
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Navigational Astronomy Guide
Navigational Astronomy GuideEvery mariner who ever put to sea has marveled at the millions of tiny lights in the night sky. Can they guide your passage? See what early sailors saw, share their wonders, dream their dreams, all with the help of this fun-packed, non-technical guide to stars, planets, and major constellations of the Northern Hemisphere.
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Sailing, Introduction to
Sailing, Introduction toEver wonder how a sailboat moves into the wind? Why some sailboats are faster than others? The basics of sailboat handling and performance are here in easy-to-understand language that will pique your curiosity and make you eager to set sail soon.

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Sight Reduction Method Guide
Sight Reduction Method GuideCelestial navigation using the sun, moon, stars, and planets to plot your position and course is still a vital skill for every ocean-going yachtsman, even in this day of GPS navigation. Here is a guide to five important methods for converting your observations into the meaningful data that tells you exactly where you are.
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USPS Nautical Glossary Guide
USPS Nautical Glossary GuideYou're reading an interesting book about boating and come across a new word or phrase. Where do you find the correct definition? This handy reference provides the definitions of over 1300 nautical words and phrases used by boaters, including those found in USPS courses and publications. It's easy to read and worth keeping handy.
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Water Sports Guide
Water Sports GuideBoating is fun, but there’s a lot more you can do on the water! Like skiing and windsurfing, to name a few. But, even these have safety rules, special equipment, procedures, and hand signals. Some seem so basic that it’s hard to find them in writing, but it’s important to know them to enjoy these sports safely. Here they are, in a booklet ready for use by long-time enthusiasts and beginners alike!
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