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Seamanship authority is updated

Safety at sea never goes out of style. "The Elements of Seamanship: Third Edition" ($12.95, Flat Hammock Press, 2009) was first written by Roger C. Taylor more than 25 years ago and has been updated to be more relevant to the boaters of today.

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The slim paperback volume features an updated introduction to the book by the author, as well as including the appendix, "Keeping a Civil Tongue at Sea," which was present in the original hardcover edition, but taken out in the paperback's second edition. Topics covered include avoiding collisions, maintenance and the chapter, "Keeping the Water Out."

Taylor has taught seamanship at the WoodenBoat School in Maine and has delivered yachts between Southern waters and Maine. Taylor and his wife, Kathleen Carney, live aboard a 32-foot Dutch steel motor cruiser named Water Lily along with their black Labrador, Jack. They cruise through the rivers and canals of Holland, Belgium and France aboard the vessel. For information, visit

This article originally appeared in the November 2010 issue.