Chapman Piloting & Seamanship, published by Hearst Books, a Division of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. is a leading reference book for both power and sail boaters for nearly 100 years. Known as "the Bible of Boating", more than 3 million copies have been printed. The 65th edition has 928 pages, 1,500 full-color illustrations and charts, and exploded views and cutaways and updated with information on federal laws, regulations, and fees. Covers the newest technology — especially in the area of communications and navigation electronics equipment, such as GPS, radar, depth sounders/fish finders, chart plotters, and other gear.
It contains authoritative information about boating rules, weather, tide, currents, and navigation, seamanship for powerboats, small craft, and boats under sail; anchoring, communications, and navigation; inland boating, marlinespike seamanship, and boating customs. It is often used as the text for private boating schools throughout the U.S.; officially recommended book for the U.S. Coast Guard's boating education classes and many local United States Power Squadrons.
The result was Practical Boat Handling, the first edition of which was published in 1917 with 144 pages, 5 in x 7 in. From this, the book evolved through subsequent editions into Piloting, Seamanship & Small Boat Handling. The book title has now been shortened to Chapman Piloting & Seamanship. Charles Chapman also became one of the original founders of the United States Power Squadrons.
The current editor of Chapman Piloting & Seamanship is Elbert S. "Mack" Maloney. The book is published by Hearst Books, a Division of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York, N.Y.