A comprehensive manual that covers all aspects of boating from the initial purchase to building a cruise library. Along with basic AB Seamanship pointers such as ""Don't hot rod in heavily trafficked areas"" the book offers definitions of rules and regulations, explains how to chart from a compass or work the jib or use a sheet of aluminum foil as a radar reflector when lost. Each type of boat is discussed, procedures for each particular sailing area- rivers vs. lakes etc., are dealt with. There are recommended lists for further reading in more specific areas; tips on trailers, and there is a breakdown of available materials and their sources for cruise planning. An excellent handbook for the Sunday Sailor.