Are you new to boating? Want to buy a boat? Sell one? This book provides prospective and existing power and sail boat owners the information needed to safely operate and maintain their vessels while enjoying the cruising life. Use this keep-aboard guide as a reference for reviewing the procedures in buying and selling a boat, trip planning, safe navigating and secure docking, and servicing and maintaining critical boat systems. The reader will learn the best way to handle a boat in foul weather or in aground or sinking situations. Included is detail on navigating unique situations, such as bridges and canals, as well as information on chartering, boat transport, and crewing.
• Make smart buying and selling decisions
• Enjoy cruising local destinations and beyond
• Learn to operate and maintain a boat
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Joy Smith has spent over 35 years ensconced in the boating life. She and her captain have owned a fleet of boats ranging from a 14-foot powerboat to a 50-foot sailing yacht. In addition to spending summers cruising coastal waters out of her Connecticut port, Joy has logged over 5,000 miles of ocean sailing, which included the Caribbean via Bermuda and Gulf Stream crossings. Over the years, she has shared her experiences by writing how-to articles and books intended to help fellow boaters enjoy their time on the water safely and comfortably.