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01.01 – Early History. T
01.02 – Recent History. T
01.03 – Modern Vessel Types. T
02 – BOAT BUILDING‚ OUTFITTING‚ REFITTING & REPAIR: (Incl. DIY). T
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02.05.04 – FRP & GRP Composites: Fiberglass‚ Carbon Fiber‚+. (Strengths‚ Weakness‚+). TD
02.06 – Boat Equipment: (Vendors‚ Specs‚ Manuals‚ Reviews‚ Recalls‚+). TD
02.06.01 – Steering & Thrusters: (Mechanical‚ Electric‚ Hydraulic‚+). TD
02.06.02 – Stabilizers & Trim Plates: (Mechanical‚ Electric‚ Hydraulic‚+). TD
02.06.03 – Dewatering Devices: (Bailers‚ Bilge Pumps‚+). TD
02.06.04 – Galvanic Corrosion Protection: (Active‚ Anodes‚+). TD
02.06.05 – Hull Penetrations & Openings: (Thru-Hulls‚ Scuttles‚ Skylights‚ Hatches‚+). TD
02.06.06 – Deck Hardware & Equipment: (Cleats‚ Railings‚+). TD
02.06.06.01 – Ground Tackle: (Anchors‚ Rodes‚ Chocks‚ Winches‚+). TD
02.06.06.02 – Commercial Fishing Gear: (Pots‚ Nets‚ Lines‚ Winches‚ Reels‚ Rods‚+). TD
02.06.07 – Rigging: (Rig Types‚ Standing Rigging‚ Running Rigging‚ Vendors‚ Riggers‚+). TD
02.06.07.01 – Sails: (Sail Types‚ Aerodynamics‚ Vendors‚ Sailmakers‚+). TD
02.06.08 – Propulsion Machinery: (Types‚ Configurations‚ Features‚ Control Systems‚+). TD
02.06.08.01 – Engines: Systems & Brands A∼Z: (Manufacturers‚ Marinizers‚ Resellers‚+). TD
02.06.08.01.01 – Engine Mechanical: (Pistons‚ Rods‚ Crankshafts‚ Cylinders‚ Heads‚ Valves‚+). T
02.06.08.01.02 – Engine Lubrication: (Splash‚ Forced‚ Oil‚ Filtration‚ Additives‚ Oil Analysis‚+). T
02.06.08.01.03 – Engine Aspiration & Fuel: (Petrol/Gasoline/Benzine‚ Diesel‚ CNG‚+). T
02.06.08.01.04 – Engine Electrical: (Cranking‚ Charging‚ Ignition‚ Instrumentation‚+). T
02.06.08.01.05 – Engine Cooling: (Air‚ Liquid (Raw Water‚ Fresh Water‚+). T
02.06.08.01.06 – Engine Exhaust: (Dry‚ Wet‚ w/Separator‚+). T
02.06.08.01.07 – Engine Mounting: (Hard‚ Soft‚+). T
02.06.08.02 – Engine-to-Marine Gear Interfaces: (SAE Specs‚ Damper Plates‚ Jackshafts‚+). TD
02.06.08.03 – Marine Gears: (Reversing‚ Reduction; Mechanical‚ Hydraulic). TD
02.06.08.04 – Shafting: (Propshafts‚ Couplings‚ Seals‚ Bearings‚ Struts‚ Keys‚ Nuts‚+). TD
02.06.08.05 – Propellers: (Types‚ Materials‚+). TD
02.06.09 – Electrical Systems: DC & AC (Direct Current‚ Alternating Current‚+). TD
02.06.09.01 – Auxiliary Generators: (Diesel‚ Gasoline‚ Natural Gas‚+). TD
02.06.09.02 – DC-to-AC Inverters: TD
02.06.10 – Navigation & Communication Systems: TD
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02.06.12 – Domestic Systems: TD
02.06.12.01 – LPG & CNG Systems: TD
02.06.12.02 – Cabin Heating & Cooling: TD
02.06.12.03 – Galley Appliances: (Refrigeration‚ Galley Stoves‚+). TD
02.06.12.04 – Water & Waste Systems: TD
02.06.12.05 – Trash Disposal: TD
02.06.12.06 – Furnishings: (Cabinetry‚ furniture‚ Coverings‚ Entertainment‚ Weather‚+). TD
02.06.13 – Personal Equipment: TD
02.06.13.00 – Diving: (Commercial & Sport). TD
02.06.13.00 – Fishing: (Sport). TD
02.06.13.00 – Racing: (Sail‚ Offshore Power‚ Powerboat‚ Hydroplane‚+). TD
02.06.13.00 – Sailing: (Foul Weather Gear‚ Safety Harnesses‚+). TD
02.06.13.00 – Watersports: (Surfing‚ Skiing‚ Boarding‚ Tubing‚+). TD
02.06.14 – Boat Tenders: T
02.06.15 – Boat Trailers: TD
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02.08 – Boat Building‚ Outfitting‚ Refitting & Repair Schools: (Incl. DIY). TD
02.09 – Boat Builders: A∼Z w/Vessel Types & Locales. TD
02.09.01 – Boat Builders by Country: (US‚ GB‚ CA‚+). D
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02.11 – DIY Boat Building‚ Outfitting‚ Refitting & Repair. (Maintenance‚ Troubleshooting‚+). T
03 – BOAT MARKETING: (Online Classified Ads‚ Free Magazines with Ads‚ Price Guides). TD
03.01 – Boat Shows: D
03.02 – Boat Dealers & Yacht Brokers: (CAN‚ GBR‚ USA‚+). D
03.03 – Importing & Exporting: T
03.04 – Auctions & Sales: (Government‚ Seizure‚ Foreclosure‚ Repo‚ Insurance‚ Donation‚+). TD
03.05 – DIY Boat Sales: (Buyers & Sellers). T
04 – BOAT INSPECTION: T
04.01 – Types of Marine Surveys: T
04.02 – Marine Surveyors: (CAN‚ GBR‚ USA‚+). D
04.03 – Marine Surveying Schools: TD
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05.01 – Boat Titles & Registration: TD
05.02 – Vessel Registry: (Documentation‚ Licensing). T
05.02.01 – Vessel Title Companies: (CAN‚ GBR‚ USA‚+). D
06 – BOAT FINANCING: (Conventional Creative+). TD
06.01 – Banks: TD
06.02 – Credit Unions: TD
07 – BOAT INSURANCE: T
07.01 – Types of Insurance Policies: T
07.02 – Insurance Carriers‚ Agents & Brokers: (CAN GBRUSA‚+). D
07.03 – Claim Processing: T
07.03.01 – Filing a Claim: T
07.03.02 – Repair Facility Claim Procedures: T
07.03.03 – Claim Resolution: T
07.03.04 – Subrogation: T
07.03.05 – Claim Cases: TD
08 – BOAT TRANSPORT: T
08.01 – Boat Transport by Sea: T
08.01.01 – Piggyback: D
08.01.02 – Delivery Skippers & Crews: D
08.01.03 – Towing: (Tugs‚ Towboats‚+). TD
08.02 – Boat Transport Over-Land: T
09 – BOAT HAULING & LAUNCHING: T
09.01 – Drydocks‚ Ways‚ Lifts‚ Cranes & Hoists: (CAN‚ GBR‚ USA‚+). (Incl. Elevators‚+). D
09.02 – Boat Launch Ramps: (CAN‚ GBR‚ USA‚+). (Public & Private). D
10 – BOAT MOORAGE & STORAGE: T
10.01 – Moorage & Storage Builders: (Moorings‚ Marinas‚ Docks‚ Racks‚ Stacks‚ Lifts‚ Rails‚+). TD
10.02 – Anchorages: (CAN‚ GBR‚ USA‚+). D
10.03 – Marinas: (CAN‚ GBR‚ USA‚+). D
10.04 – Yards‚ Racks & Stacks: (CAN‚ GBR‚ USA‚+). D
11 – BOATING ORGANIZATIONS: (Cruising Clubs‚ Educational‚ Gov-Aux.+). TD
11.01 – Yacht Clubs & Sailing Clubs: (CAN‚ GBR‚ USA‚+). TD
11.02 – Paddling Clubs (Canoes‚ Kayaks & SUPs): TD
11.03 – Boat Owner Associations: TD
12 – BOATING & TRAVEL: T
12.01 – Events by Counrty: (CAN‚ GBR‚ USA‚+). (Festivals‚ Rendezvous‚ Cruises‚ Races‚ Derbies‚+). D
12.02 – Destinations: (CAN‚ GBR‚ USA‚+). (Moorings‚ Attractions‚ Food‚ Lodging‚+). D
12.03 – Weather & Tides: (Sun & Moon‚ Rise & Set). TD
12.04 – Boat Rentals & Charters: (CAN‚ GBR‚ USA‚+). (Fishing‚ Barefoot‚ Crewed‚+). T
12.05 – Licensed Masters: (Crewed Charters‚ Sea Trials‚ Deliveries‚+). TD
12.06 – Commercial Passage: (Cruises‚ Freighters‚ RV Barge Cruises‚+). TD
12.07 – Member Voyages:TD
13 – BOATING & MARITIME EDUCATION: (Operator Qualification‚+). D
13.01 – Recreational Boating Seamanship Training: T
13.01.01 – Boating Safety Classes by Country: (Pleasure Craft Operator’s Cards‚+). TD
13.01.02 – Seamanship Schools by Country: D
13.01.03 – Sailing Schools by Country: D
13.01.04 – One-On-One Training by Country: D
13.02 – Maritime Schools by Country: (Ship's Master‚ Crew‚+). TD
13.03 – Boating Safety: (Accidents‚ Prevention‚ Man-Overboard‚ Search & Rescue‚+). T
14 – MARINE LAWS & REGULATIONS: (International‚ National‚+). T
14.01 – Admiralty Law: (incl. International Treaties‚+). TD
14.02 – Marine Laws & Regulations: (CAN‚ GBR‚ USA‚+) (Operator‚ Vessel & Equipment Requirements‚+). TD
14.03 – Lawyers: (CAN‚ GBR‚ USA‚+). D
14.04 – Investigators‚ Consultants & Expert Witnesses: TD
14.05 – Actual Cases: TD
15 – DO-IT-YOURSELF (DIY): T
15.01 – DIY Boat Building‚ Outfitting‚ Refitting & Repair (Incl. Maintenance & Fault Finding). T
15.02 – DIY Boat Sales (Buyers & Sellers). T
15.03 – DIY Boat Inspections (Pre-Survey‚ Pre-Purchase‚ Pre-Sale‚ Pre-Voyage‚ Sea Trials‚+). T
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