For the novice, this will prove a nice nautical introduction to boating, fresh water and salt, and will serve as a reference and a guide to all types of information needed. For it is a complete log of this sport, from a short but important list of the terminology, to the fitting of a boat to your needs whether it be new, used or custom or kit built. Vital words on motors, out and inboard, on the care, maintenance and repair of hull and motor, on the rules and regulations to be obeyed when cruising. Guidance on navigation and piloting, on weather forecasting and signals, on every aspect of maintaining a safe craft. And all this before trips are even discussed, which they finally are --in regard to planning, equipping, organizing the crew, while an alphabetical state index to cruising waters follows. There is an appendix of boat and motor manufacturers, and of dealers in marine equipment.