Piloting Seamanship and Small Boat Handling by Charles F. Chapman 1979 Hearst Books

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Set sail with confidence with Piloting Seamanship and Small Boat Handling, the 1979 edition by Charles F. Chapman, published by Hearst Books. This hardcover guide is your comprehensive manual to mastering the seas. Whether you're maneuvering a canoe or captaining a yacht, this book stands as the quintessential resource for navigators of all levels.

Crafted by Charles F. Chapman, the renowned small-craft enthusiast and editor of Motor Boating magazine, this classic text delves into every aspect of nautical knowledge. From the rules of the road and vessel operation to understanding the expectations of fellow boaters, Chapman's guide educates in a clear and logical manner, making it accessible to even the most novice sailors.

Illustrated with precision and detail, Piloting Seamanship and Small Boat Handling is not just an instructional manual; it's a visual journey through the art of boating. It's a fun, informative read and a handsome addition to any book collection, offering the invaluable wisdom that has guided generations of boaters.


  • Author: Charles F. Chapman
  • Publisher: Hearst Books
  • Year: 1979
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 640
  • Dimensions: 11x9x1 inches
  • Condition: Good, with minor cover wear

Four Key Features:

  1. Comprehensive Coverage: From basic seamanship to advanced piloting skills.
  2. Illustrated Instructions: Well-detailed diagrams and photos aid in understanding.
  3. Expert Authorship: Written by a pioneer in small-craft boating.
  4. Universal Appeal: Essential for both beginner sailors and seasoned mariners.

Beyond The Final Page:

Whether you're charting a course for the first time or refining your nautical expertise, Piloting Seamanship and Small Boat Handling is your all-in-one navigator. This book's timeless advice ensures safe and knowledgeable sailing, making every voyage a well-informed adventure.


This vintage book shows signs of wear consistent with its age, including minor cover wear. Please refer to the photos for a detailed look, and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or additional pictures.

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