The Inland Voyager's Handbook: How to Cruise the Inland Waterways in Safety and Comfort

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-10-05
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press

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Table of Contents


How this book can help you

What are the Inland Waterways?

Part One: Boats for Inland Voyaging

Chapter One: The Desire to Own a Cruising Boat

Steel, Fiberglass, or Something Else?

New Boats or Used?

Fuel and Propulsion Issues

Pre-Ownership Resources

Chapter Two: Accommodations




Inboard Engine Noise

Trawler and Sailboat Saloons

The Head

The Galley

The Engine Room

Chapter Three: Boat Engineering

Fiberglass History

A Look at Four Different Boat Styles

Design Ratios and Engineering Considerations

Hulls and Designs

Developing the Basic Design

Out-of-Bounds Extremes

Chapter Four: The Business of Buying a Boat

Working with a Broker


Surveyors and Sea Trials


The Boat that Did Not Finish

Chapter Five: Upgrading Your Boat

Thoughts on Upgrades

Prop Pullers


Deck Lights

Chapter Six: Cruising on the ICW

Schuckers and Thompsons: Two Lesser-Know Boats Worth Consideration

Chapter Seven: Ropes, Lines, and Rigging

Chapter Eight: Where Will I Store the Boat?

Yacht Clubs



Seasonal Storage

Peculiarities of Sailboats and Their Care

Steering Systems

Through-Hulls and Seacocks

Lightning Protection

Boatyard Time

Chapter Nine: Life Aboard

Provisioning: Buying Strategies

Housekeeping Tips

Money and Mail

Part Two: Inland Boating

Chapter Ten: Boater Safety

Boater Training

Safety Gear

Life Jackets

Vessel Safety Check

Mixing People and Water

Chapter Eleven: First Lessons

First Time at Sea

Boat Stores

Chapter Twelve: Impediments to Life Aboard Ship

The Biggest Cruising Problem

Electrical Power: Generation and Storage


Chapter Thirteen: Anchoring Systems

How Anchors Work

Selecting Anchors

Problems with Stock Type Anchors

Anchor Sizing


Anchor Chain

Fitting the Chain on the Boat

Refining the Ground-Tackle System


The Art of Weighing Anchor

Where to Anchor

Anchoring Choices and Your Cruising Style

Cruising Guides

Water Depth

Boat Behavior on the Hook


Chapter Fourteen: Weather

Weather Basics

Weather Patterns

Clouds and Forecasts

Weather Reports

Chapter Fifteen: Communications

VHF Radios

VHF Range

VHF Radio Safety Features

Safety Issues

A Case of Search and Rescue

Information Sources

Radio Types

 Radio Etiquette

Chapter Sixteen: Navigation

Dead Reckoning


Navigating When You Can't See

Chapter Seventeen: Rules of the Road


Chapter Eighteen: Bridges

Bridges that Open

Running the Bridges

Wet Road Rage

Chapter Nineteen: Locks

Transiting a Lock

The Industrial Canal Lock

Avoiding the Industrial Canal Lock

Part Three: The Inland Waterways

Chapter Twenty: Cruising on the Waterways

Cruising Speed

Meeting and Passing

Stopping Along the Way

Firearms On Board

Chapter Twenty-One: Memorable Trips and Lessons

The Great Loop Trip

The Hudson River

The Okeechobee Waterway

Offshore Delights

Offshore Seas

European Canal Cruising

Favorite Places

Seafaring Lessons Learned



A: Suppliers and Resources

B: Tools and Maintenance Supplies

C: Reference Books

D: Sample Contract

E: Sea Spirit (ex-Digger's Dream) Survey

Sea Jay Survey


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