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I concur. Basic Keelboat by USSA, or Sailing Fundamentals from ASA/USCG AUX, both simple and basic, will work fine. Thing is, to get them, I think you have to enroll in one of the sailing courses. Not that that's such a bad idea. In general, USSA is more racing-oriented, and ASA more cruising-oriented.
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Steve Sleight's "Complete Sailing Manual" is also a good source.
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I second Annapolis Book of Seamanship. That is the second sailing book I bought after the ASA 101 book I received with my course. It is loaded with information but is easy to understand and nicely broken down into chapters for the very beginner up to more intermediate stuff. Like you, I knew pretty much nothing about sailing when I bought the book and had no problem following along.
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"Your First Sailboat" is also pretty good.

http://www.amazon.com/Your-First-Sai...e=UTF8&s=books
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Chapman's is more of a reference than a teaching book... not really all that well written if you're trying to learn to sail. Seidman is far better.

Best of Sail Trim is for racing, and if you don't know the basics, all it will do is confuse you. Have to have a foundation before you can start to finish the roof.

Damn - now you tell me - I just bought Sail Trim, the ASA 101 book and the Complete Sailor by Seidman - I'll put Sail Trim on the back burner.
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Well the Coast Guard here in San Diego offers free classes and I believe the book they use is – Boating Skills and Seamanship – United States Coast Guard Auxiliary – As taught to 3.5 million boaters.
Free classes from the Coast Guard? I wonder if they do that here on the East Coast - I'll be signing up for the ASA 101 course in a few weeks for ~ $300.

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Since he is probably too modest to promote his own work...may I suggest John Rousmaniere's Annapolis Book of Seamanship as the place to begin.
I mentioned that one in an earlier post that sounded like it would be good - I'll bump that one higher up on my list.
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Free classes from the Coast Guard? I wonder if they do that here on the East Coast - I'll be signing up for the ASA 101 course in a few weeks for ~ $300.

Wow look into it, because the USCG Auxiliary of San Diego teaches

Course Descriptions

Boating Skills & Seamanship – BS&S

This eight-lesson course is directed toward the power boater, but also has applications for the sailing enthusiast, emphasizing safe boating practices. The course covers such topics as boat characteristics and structure, nautical nomenclature, legal requirements and necessary equipment, boat handling, aids to navigation, navigation rules, marine radiotelephone and trailering.

Boating Skills & Seamanship II – BS&S II

This five-lesson course is designed for boaters who already have a basic knowledge of water safety practices, boating equipment, boat handling, aids to navigation, and rules for vessel travel upon the water. This course is particularly valuable for those who leave the bay for open water where an understanding of weather, radio procedures, engine reliability, and basic navigation skills are critical to safe boating. Completion of this course will better prepare boaters for advanced coastal navigation and extended cruising training.

Basic Coastal Navigation – BCN

Basic Coastal Navigation covers coastal (within sight of land) navigation, proper use of the mariner's magnetic compass, course plotting and dead reckoning, using nautical charts, and one session on electronic navigation systems. It does not cover the use of a sextant or celestial navigation. This is a 7-lesson course.

Navigating With GPS

This four-lesson course provides an introduction to the Global Positioning System. It is not intended to teach the operation of or endorse any particular GPS receiver.

Advanced Coastal Navigation – ACN

This 13- to 15- lesson course covers the same topics as BCN, but more in depth. Advanced Coastal Navigation provides additional instruction in the use of tide and current tables, extended outer waters and offshore navigation, radio instruments for use in navigation, radar, and GPS. Other topics covered include the full use and characteristics of navigational lighting.



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okay - we need the Mods to deltet this obvious spammer - do they actually ever accomplish anything?
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USCG - nice - found this - looks like I'll have to drive to MD but that beats spending $300:

Interactive / Self-Study Courses Length of Class Audience
America's Boating Course (ABC) - On-Line/CD-ROM Self-Paced All boaters
Multi-Lesson Classroom Courses Length of Class Audience
America's Boating Course (ABCM) - Multi-Session 2-4 sessions All Boaters
Navigation (NAV) 6-12 sessons All Boaters
Boating Skills & Seamanship (BS&S) 8-13 sessions Power Boaters
Let's Go Sailing (LGS) 4 sessions Sailors
Seminar (One-Day) Classroom Courses Length of Class Audience
America's Boating Course (ABCS) - Seminar 8 hours All Boaters
GPS for Mariners (GPSFM) 4-6 hours All Boaters
How To Read A Nautical Chart (HRNC) 3 hours All Boaters
Personal Water Craft Safety (PWC) 1-2 hours All Boaters
Suddenly In Command (SIC) 4 hours All Boaters
Classes For Kids Length of Class Audience
Boating Fun (BF) 1 Hour 4-9 Year Olds
Waypoints (WP) 1-3 Hours 10-12 Year Olds
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