Notable New Books: Boatowner’s Illustrated Electrical Handbook

This is a texbook; it says so in the introduction, which was written by American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) instructor and curriculum designer Ed Sherman, who uses the book in his seminars. That the book is endorsed by such an august body is promotion enough, but the book is also easy to read and enjoyable (for those who find beauty in the order of things). The author guides the reader from the very beginning with Ohm's Law (with enthusiastic salvos: "I believe you will find electricity to be fun.") and an introduction to basic circuitry. He then builds upon…
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Notable New Books: Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook

This is a texbook; it says so in the introduction, which was written by American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) instructor and curriculum designer Ed Sherman, who uses the book in his seminars. That the book is endorsed by such an august body is promotion enough, but the book is also easy to read and enjoyable (for those who find beauty in the order of things). The author guides the reader from the very beginning with Ohm's Law (with enthusiastic salvos: "I believe you will find electricity to be fun.") and an introduction to basic circuitry. He then builds upon…
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Fiddler’s green

EMIL "BUS" MOSBACHER, JR. America's Cup Skipper and OpSail Chairman Two-time America's Cup winner Emil "Bus" Mosbacher, Jr., died August 13, 1997, at the age of 75. Raised on Long Island Sound, where he was an eight-time International One Design champion in the 1950s, Mosbacher skippered the 12-meter Weatherly to victory over Australia's first Cup challenger, Gretel, in 1962. Two challenges and five years later, Mosbacher was at the helm of the Intrepid when she swept Australia's Dame Pattie in four races. The opposing helmsman in both series was Jock Sturrock, who also died this year. (In 1970 the same…
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Notable new books for the holidays (Part I)

The Riddle of the Compass By Amir D. Aczel The compass is so commonplace that few of us are really aware of what a revolutionary instrument it actually was in the history of maritime trade. Most of us vaguely understand variation and deviation and know the difference between magnetic and true, but how many know the fascinating history of this tool that all sailors rely on? Most important, who would've thought it could be so interesting? Aczel's premise is that the rise of maritime commercialism in Europe during the 13th century, in places like Venice, Spain and Britain, was the…
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Notable New Books: The Barefoot Navigator

The Barefoot Navigator is a cleverly written little book that combines the history of the ancient art of navigation with the practical application of those techniques today. Author Jack Lagan explores the achievements of the ancients - the Polynesians, Phoenicians, Arabs, Vikings and Chinese. He discusses methods they employed before even the most rudimentary technology was available. Lagan demonstrates how ancient navigators used wind, swell, sun and stars, along with birds and even marine mammals to estimate their position and hold course until they made safe landfall. The book is filled with entertaining quotes and historical snippets. In addition, it…
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