The Practical Mariner’s Book of Knowledge: 460 Sea-Tested Rules of Thumb for Almost Every Boating Situation is described by Amazon as, “either the most useful boating book ever designed to entertain or the most entertaining book ever designed to be useful .
It’s 274 pages and laid out alphabetically like a dictionary/encyclopedia for terms, definitions and descriptions.
Throughout the book the entries are full of rules of thumb (he even explains where the term comes from) and formulae that will be useful to keep at hand. There is an appendix of Useful Tables and Formulas, and a bibliography of all the other works that he refers to in his own entries.
Definitely a good book for newbies like us and worth having on hand as a reference book in the future. I can’t compare it to any other similar books, as I have not read any yet.
There is a Kindle version available, but as I write this it’s only $3 cheaper that the paperback version, which I prefer.