The textbook used by the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to educate America's boaters updated to meet the needs of current and future mariners. . Before you take to the waters, know the basics from America's largest boating educator. . Learn the fundamentals of boating from the U. S. C. G. Auxiliary's cornerstone how-to guide, Boating Skills and Seamanship. The perfect book for beginning boaters, it covers the basics of choosing, equipping, trailering, and handling a small to mid-sized powerboat. It also addresses line handling and knot tying, chart use and navigation, engine and drive train selection and maintenance, the rules of the nautical road, the basics of weather on the water, and radio communications.