The Boat­ing Bible

Power & Motor Yacht - - WATERFRONT -

There’s a good chance you know the book but don’t rec­og­nize the man. Charles F. Chap­man— known af­fec­tion­ately as “Chap”—built a pres­ti­gious ré­sumé over his life­time that in­cluded Com­modore of the New York Mo­tor Boat Club, Chair­man of the Amer­i­can Power Boat As­so­ci­a­tion, and Chief Com­man­der of the United State Power Squadrons. But his great­est con­tri­bu­tion to the boat­ing world may in fact be Chap­man Pi­lot­ing & Sea­man­ship, the 68th edi­tion of which was pub­lished last year.

Since 1917, when the first edi­tion was pub­lished, “The Boat­ing Bible,” as it’s known, has been in con­tin­u­ous pub­li­ca­tion. “There was noth­ing like it at the time,” says Power & Mo­to­ry­acht’s Ed­i­tor-at-Large and Co-Ed­i­tor of the book, John Wooldridge. “And I don’t think there’s been any­thing like it since.”

To­gether with Co-Ed­i­tor Jonathan Ea­ton, Wooldridge— a nearly life­long fan of Chap­man’s— was tasked with up­dat­ing the new edi­tion to ac­count for trends and tech­nolo­gies like out­board propul­sion and mul­ti­func­tion dis­plays.

For now, Chap­man’s will stay in its weighty tome form, ac­cord­ing to Wooldridge— there are no plans to make it avail­able on­line. “If you found your­self in a You Must Take One Book sit­u­a­tion,” says Wooldridge, “this would be the one.” —Si­mon Mur­ray

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