View Full Version : Good Book For A New Boater?

07-16-2005, 02:38 PM
Hey guys, I'm getting my first boat in a few weeks and was wondering if any of you could suggest a good book for someone who's never owned a boat before.

The boat is a 14 ft Gregor with a 25 hp outboard, and I'm interested in fishing in lakes, rivers, and the delta.

Thanks! :)

07-17-2005, 05:37 AM
Diego, This may not be a bad place to start

07-17-2005, 01:22 PM
Thanks AF! I just downloaded the 124 page Safe Boating pdf file and have some reading to do!

07-17-2005, 03:20 PM
umm if ur looking for books try...uh...i dont know www.amazon.com ;D ;D ;D

07-17-2005, 04:41 PM
The boat is a 14 ft Gregor with a 25 hp outboard, and I'm interested in fishing in lakes, rivers, and the delta.

Holy smokes! My 14' with a 15hp goes as fast as I want to go. If you are by yourself that boat is going to flat out fly!! Unless I'm missing something you will need to be very careful till you get a feel for it.

07-17-2005, 07:45 PM
I thought the 25hp was just about right for the 14footer, you do have to hold on and watch out for wakes from other boats and chop when haulin balls tho.

07-18-2005, 12:51 PM
I have a 14 ft. Crestliner with a 30 Honda 4 stroke. Was out on Eagle when the wind and chop came up :o. Handled well and it was pretty ruff according to the fellow who was with me. This is my first boat also and think this summer will just be used getting used to it. I purchased a finder and downriggers but don't think I'll even mess with them. This winter I'll put the boat in the garage and take my time installing them. Then next year "WATCH OUT" ;) I only live 8 miles from Eagle and 20 miles from Almanor and I'm retired ;D


07-18-2005, 02:55 PM
I've looked on amazon but you all know how books about fishing are: most look good but few really are good!

Yeah, I'm going to take it slooooow to start! No speeding around for me until I get the hang of it :)

Hey Jim that pretty much what I'll be doing this winter too. Sonar, GPS, trolling motor, all the frills ;D

07-18-2005, 03:46 PM

You've got to get the stuff mounted for the Pyramidfest this October...not far from you....on the dark side... ;D ;D

Great...more retired folks to make us workerbees feel....overworked ;D

07-19-2005, 11:20 AM
If you are still looking for a book try one called;

Chapman Piloting: Seamanship & Boat Handling (Chapman Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling)

It covers everything about boats

Here is a link to it at Amazon

07-19-2005, 05:21 PM
That's what I'm talking about, Sockey!

When Chapman Piloting lands on your doorstep--all 656 pages of it--it's easy to feel daunted. Have faith, sailor. Now in its 63rd edition, Charles Frederic Chapman's masterpiece is a boater's bible. Indeed, one Amazon.com customer raves, "if you could take a class called Boating 101, this would be the textbook." It's more than just a basic text, however; it's a complete curriculum of nautical knowledge, from knots to navigation, docking to distress calls, plus etiquette, protocol, and terminology for powerboaters and sailors alike. Accessible to the beginner, Chapman Piloting is an essential reference for even the most experienced sailor. A necessary component of any nautical library. Highly recommended. --M. Stein

Sold!!! ;D


07-20-2005, 01:36 AM
Yeah, I'm going to take it slooooow to start! No speeding around for me until I get the hang of it

Come on now, you know you'll be itchin to move throttle a little bit more untill you got it all the way :D

07-20-2005, 02:49 PM
Who, me? ::)

07-21-2005, 05:56 PM

Go to WASHOESAR.COM and then to their Courses&Info tab There are a couple of boating and navigation sites that you can then go to.


07-22-2005, 01:17 PM
Hey B, that site is great! Someone really spent some time on this. And, they recommend the book I just ordered, which is encouraging ;D

07-23-2005, 12:44 AM
hmmm, my recommendation panned out...what a surprise ::) ;)