Nautical knowledge from how to make a paddle to fending off a shark can be found in "The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon: And 101 Other Things for Young Mariners to Build, Try and Do on the Water" ($24.95, McGraw Hill, 2010) by David Seidman and Jeff Hemmel. The sturdy maroon hardcover provides indoor and outdoor activities that allow children (and adults, too) to get the most out of their experiences near and on the water.
Topics include how to make a ship in a bottle, how not to get seasick, how cats can serve as weather aids and how do boats float anyway? The book also features black-and-white photos, an index of boating terms, as well as diagrams to help the reader along.
Seidman is the former executive director of Boating magazine and is the author of "The Complete Sailor." When he is not out on the water with his two young children, Seidman lives in New York City.
Hemmel is a boating journalist and resides in St. Pete Beach, Fla.
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This article originally appeared in the October 2010 issue.