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Boater's Pocket Reference

Your Comprehensive Resource
for Boats and Boating

By Thomas McEwen

800 pages, 435 illustrations, 94 photographs, index,
ISBN 978-0-9774052-0-6, Fifth printing,
Anchor Cove Publishing, $14.95

Handy, Fact-Filled New Boating Guide

offers handy, how-to-do-it information and reference facts, figures, formulas, graphs, and tables about boating in a book small enough (about 3" x 5" x 1") to fit in your pocket.


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Check out the excellent reviews we are getting from boating magazines and readers! Also check out the look inside page to see sample pages from the book.

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Currently out of stock! See note below.


We are currently out of print.
Currently, as of January 2016,
we have no specific plans to re-print.
When we know more,
we will post our plans here.

We normally sell online through Amazon but are currently out of stock. We see other book vendors selling Boater's Pocket Reference there at various prices that we have no control over.

Why another book on boating?

It's not just another book, it's unique. The author wanted to buy a book like this, but couldn't find one, so he wrote it himself.

Who needs this book?

  • New boaters: This book provides an extensive introduction to all aspects of boating.
  • Experienced boaters: A great reference and memory jogger.
  • Everyone who wants to make their boating safer and more enjoyable.


  • Piloting and Navigation—including the use of charts, GPS, radar, and sonar.
  • Communications—VHF, SSB, satellite.
  • U.S. and Canadian boating regulations
  • International, U.S., and Canadian Navigation Rules (Collision Requlations).
  • Understanding aids to navigation
  • Understanding weather—air movement, fronts, clouds, weather maps.
  • Boat types, design, and construction as well as boating terminology
  • The essentials of good seamanship—the basics of operating a boat.
  • Marlinespike seamanship—lines and knots—including 50 different knots.
  • Mechanical—engines and propellers.
  • Electrical—circuits, DC and AC wiring, batteries, chargers, inverters, lightning.
  • Boat trailering tips, techniques, maintnenance, wiring.
  • General reference tables—time zones, holidays, weight and volume of liquids, and more.
  • Extensive unit conversion tables
  • Boating resources—organizations, phone numbers, web sites.
  • Glossary of marine terminology.


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