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MyBoatsGear.com: Boater's Pocket Reference App
The app version of the book of the same name by Thomas McEwen, published in 2006.
The small handy book is an inch thick and almost 800 pages. This is a tiny book
that will fit in your pocket, hence the name. The print is necessarily small so
if you're like me you will need some reading glasses.
The App contains well over 1,000 pages. The Pocket Reference does not have yearly
data like tides, it mostly concerned with data that is not time sensitive.
Looks like most of the content from the Pocket Reference Books is handled in the
App. If you like capitalism and free enterprise you must like the apps business
model. Anyone can make an app and if it has an audience and is good you can make
As more and more apps get released, we are now seeing a maturity in them. The
demand for apps is huge and so the good developers and most popular apps are
getting more and more refined. The Pocket Reference app is in its 3.2 revision
so we can see the app is being updated over time
From MyBoatsGear.com website: June 2013
Sail Magazine: Bigger isn't Better
If you want a comprehensive reference library on your boat but don't want the
extra weight and bulk that come with it, the Boater's Pocket Reference
may be the answer. This roughly 3-by-5-by-1-inch book is a thorough guide to
all things nautical. The product of a lifetime of research and boating-course
notes, it includes guides to navigation and piloting, step-by-step knot-tying
instructions, conversion tables, weather charts, trailer-maintenance tips,
and a glossary of boating terms. It covers a range of topics, from boatbuilding
and design to systems maintenance, and includes a plethora of facts and figures
necessary for routine sailing tasks. The depth and breadth of information
available in this one small book seem boundless.
Rebecca Waters—Reprinted From the September 2006 issue of
Power & Motoryacht Magazine: Pocket Protector
When you' re running your boat, you don't want to be digging around for
reference books every time you have a question. That's exactly why I really dig
this book. At 3"x5" it's small enough to fit in your pocket, and its
800 pages are jam-packed with information on everything from hull design to
navigation rules, how to interpret various weather patterns, troubleshooting
electrical systems, and more. Of course, its small packaging does translate to
small type, so you may want to keep a magnifying glass handy as well.
By Elizabeth Ginns Britten—Reprinted From the September issue of
Power & Motoryacht Magazine.
Latitudes and Attitudes Magazine: BoatBooks—
Boater's Pocket Reference
This small but knowledge-packed guide has 800 pages of information about boats
and boating. Wondering what kind or size of anchor is best for your boat?
Looking for flag rules or a national flag? This and a whole lot more at your
fingertips with this very industrious pocket book for the boater. Easy to use,
—Reprinted from the August 2006 issue of Latitudes and Attitudes
Cruising World Magazine: Good Books—
Boater's Pocket Reference
Only 5 3/8 inches by 3 1/4 inches, this 768-page softcover book, ruggedly
bound to withstand cruising-boat rigors, is packed with techno-data on every
facet of boating, from design and construction to piloting and navigation to
electrical circuitry and power plants. What sold us, though, were the 24 pages
containing 117 conversion tables, catalogued and cross-referenced
—Reprinted From the September issue of
Cruising World Magazine.
Houseboat Magazine: BIG IDEAS-SMALL PACKAGE
The Boater's Pocket Reference: Your Comprehensive Resource for
Boats and Boating could just as appropriately be titled the Boater's Bible
or Boating Beyond A to Z. That's because its author, Thomas McEwen took his
years of experience as an avid boater and member of the Boulder Valley Power
and Sail Squadron in Colorado to research and answer the questions he had
asked himself. In preparation of this book, McEwen spent years reading books
and attending seminars and classes about boating.
The result is a three by five-inch reference packed with 800 pages of
boating information for any situation, anywhere. The book, which pertains to
both U.S. and Canadian boating begins with a chapter on boat design and
construction, then sails into a chapter on boating rules and regulations.
Navigation rules, seamanship, and piloting and navigation are also covered
in the text. A detailed chapter on ropes, lines and knots is followed by a
section on weather. The next two chapters are more technical and discuss
mechanical and electrical issues in depth. Communications and boat trailering
are given a thorough examination as well.
—Reprinted from the July 2006 issue of Houseboat Magazine
—Reprinted from the August 2006 issue of
Pontoon and Deckboat Magazine
Boat & Motor Dealer Magazine: Small pocket reference guide helps
new and experienced boaters
As an avid boater and member of the Boulder (Colo.) Valley Sail and Power
Squadron, Thomas McEwen always wanted a small reference book on boating that
was both comprehensive and small enough to carry along on boating trips.
When he couldn't find what he was looking for, he wrote the book himself.
Boater's Pocket Reference is 800 pages of valuable boating
information. It is not designed to be read from cover to cover, but rather
to be referenced by boaters for specific facts and information ranging from
very basic to advanced. The pint-sized guide, which measures 3-inches by 5
inches by 1 inch thick, is a virtual bible on boating.
—Reprinted from the June 2006 issue of
Boat & Motor Dealer magazine.
Lake Sailing Magazine: Book Reviews,
Boater's Pocket Reference
This book is fantastic AND it fits in your pocket. It is only 3 x 5 x 1, but
it is chock full of goodies. Small it is, but still very readable even without a
magnifier. It has all the nuts and bolts of sailing, literally. It talks about
boat design and construction and heavy weather sailing. Along with information
to do weather forecasting. I think it is a MUST have. Take it on the boat for
reference. Carry it with for reading pleasure when you have a few minutes wait.
Or wherever you do your reading. I do.
—Reprinted From the December 2006 issue of
Lake Sailing Magazine
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You have done a great job capturing all the essential elements of these
topics in a very well-organized and easy-to-understand fashion. I
definitely plan to keep a copy of your book with my gear when I go
—Don Buddington, Boulder, Colorado
You were nice enough to send me a copy of your publication. I just wanted to
tell you I think this Pocket Reference is dynamite. Really nice. I’m out
of boating. I will keep this. I appreciate it. I wish you nothing but
happiness and success. I can’t believe you can put a book this good
together for only $13.95. You must have found one heck of a good printer.
—Dennis Whittaker. Cleveland, Ohio, Author of Great Lakes Waypoints
What a little gem of a book! A must have for every boat on the water! Tom has
thought of everything and this little boat book has it all! Thank you Tom,
this book will save a life, whether you are in a crisis or your wallet has
been lost at sea -- Tom has all the information you need for every situation
imagined. Both, my semi-pro fisherman husband, Mike and I love it!
—Stacey Kannenberg, Fredonia, Wisconsin
We were amazed at the amount of information in such a small volume.
It is well organized and easy to find what you’re looking for.
Even though Boater’s Pocket Reference is an American publication,
the author has included relevant information for Canadian boaters.
—Steve and Kris Millan, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
The subtitle says it all, "Your Comprehensive Resource for Boats
and Boating." The 15 chapters range from Boat Design and
Construction to Boating Glossary. There's way more information than can be
covered in a short review, but Tom's book is certainly aboard Romso for our
—Ron Schwiesow, Boulder, Colorado
After 50 years of boating adventures, I have just reviewed Tom McEwen's "
Boater's Pocket Reference". It has consolidated an amazing amount of
information in a useable sized reference that you can easily carry with you.
Everything about boating that you will ever need quickly is right here.
I've spent hours just checking out the interesting facts and information.
This book is a "must have" for every boater.
—Sincerely - Jack Anderson, Henderson, Nevada
Tom, I've been a professional mariner for over 20 years now and with this
book, which I received last night, you have managed to cut the weight of the
reference manuals I sail with daily way down. This is the best reference
manual I've laid my hands on in years. Good job and thanks Skip
—Skip Shankle, Burke, Virginia
I just wanted to let you know I love the book. I have a hard time putting it
down even when major priorities beckon. It is small enough to carry everywhere
I go, and I bring it out when I have to stand in line, or wait at a stop light,
etc... I hope it sells well. This would be a better world to boat on if more
people understood the basic physics and rules of the water. Take Care, Gary
—Gary Call, Blackfoot, Idaho
Since I’m a casual boater, and often forget such things as who has
the right-of-way and what a particular buoy symbol means, I found this book
answers all of my questions and is laid out so that I can find out what I want
quickly. It is amazing how much information is packed in this pocket sized book.
When the fish aren’t biting, this book is a great read for learning more
about such things as knot tying, navigation, weather, etc. The book caters to
all levels of boating expertise, and for the price, there is no reason not to
have it onboard. I also found the book’s excellent web site full of
additional information and free downloads
—Fred Kelsey, Evergreen, Colorado
Great book! Thanks again for signing two of them for me last night. Peter.
P.S. Your timing could not have been better...as I only just started trying
to collect all of these little sailing secrets and details over the past 5
years in my Palm so that I can look them up on short notice. Now I have
your book which won't fail when the battery dies!
—Peter Galvin, Boulder, Colorado
Don’t Leave the Shore Without It.
This is a great pocket reference guide to boating. It is amazing how much
information can fit into one small book. It is 3"x5"x1" and
has 800 pages. So you really can fit it into your pocket. The reference
guide is organized so that you can easily find information. The topics
include: Boat design and construction; rules and regulations; navigation
rules; boat operating and seamanship; piloting and navigation; ropes,
lines and knots; weather; mechanical; electrical; communication; boat
trailering; general reference tables; conversion tables; boating
organizations and bibliography; and a glossary. Really what more could you
There is an easy to find color coded quick reference guide to navigation.
I think that this will be the most valuable section for a boater. There is a
section in this part on national and international boating flags. This would
be really helpful to have around if you are going into a different area and
not familiar with all of the signs. As a novice boater, I like the idea of
having this book handy so that I can refer to it as questions arise. I don't
have to keep asking someone. I think that an expert boater would appreciate
as well, because they might just find the one piece of information in here
that they need, but don't know.
This book would make a great gift for the boating fan that has everything.
—Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (6/06)
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