What's New?

It’s not new, but it’s become available again:  our square-rigger friends will be pleased to learn that the Naval Institute’s valued Seamanship in the Age of Sail is back in print.

It’s hard to believe, but this is the 100th anniversary of Chapman Piloting and Seamanship, the thorough and authoritative guide for the recreational mariner, whether novice or veteran. The 2017 68th edition is in final preparation and is expected in October.  We’ve put details in the website, and we’ll repeat this announcement when we have the book in hand.

The Coast Guard's Inspections and Compliance Directorate has issued Safety Alert 07-17: CO2 Hazards are Nothing New, but we'd like to remind you of what not to do! It describes how some recent inspections revealed that safe and proper procedures for testing and maintaining CO2 systems are often being neglected. The full text of the bulletin is included in our NoticesPlus. discs and flash drives.

When the dreaded call "Man Overboard!" is heard on a large ship, the bridge officers have been taught to immediately go into the "Williamson Turn," or the "Buttonhook Turn."  In this high-stress emergency, who can be sure to remembering the rules for shifting the helm, and who can be sure to get the arithmetic right?  The new Weems & Plath Man Overboard Wheel  makes it easy, fast, and error-free.  Just dial in your initial compass heading and the Man Overboard Wheel guides you through the sequence.  It's a small thing, but it can make a large difference.


For the last decade several of our customers have subscribed to our Notices Plus service, a weekly or monthly mailing of Notices to Mariners and up-to-date Coast Pilots, Light Lists, and other navigational data.  The sources are official government web sites which are authentic and up-to-date, but not always easy to access. NoticesPlus makes it easier for you, giving the information at any time, even when you cannot connect to the internet.  Until recently we put the information on CD-ROMs, but because new computers and remote devices may not have CD drives we are now adding to our line the NoticesPlus Flash-Drive Option, using the handy little data holders in common use today. 

In earlier days ships and boats used one kind of cordage, three-strand manila.  A sailor learned once how to tuck in a splice, and did it the same way for the rest of his life.  Nowadays we are treated to a bewildering variety of man-made materials and novel constructions that demand new knowledge and new skills.  We reported last year on one expert's offering, Splicing Modern Rope, but the book very quickly went out of print, and we were not able to obtain more.  The publisher has issued a new printing, and we're pleased to announce its renewed availability. 


Another book returns!  For years the meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated Seamanship in the Age of Sail  has been the standard reference for latter-day square-riggermariners.  We're pleased to report that the Naval Institute Press has made a new printing and this favorite is available once again.