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How to Avoid Huge Ships

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  22 reviews
You are the owner-captain of a luxury fifty-foot trawler motoring across the bay with your family and a few friends one balmy summer evening. Off in the distance, beyond the bridge spanning the waterway, you can make out the lights and shape of a containership moving down the channel. Have you ever wondered what action you must take to keep clear of that fast-approaching ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Cornell Maritime Press (first published December 1982)
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May 14, 2014 marked it as holy-grail-unicorn-tamerlane
this book is 112 pages long.

apart from "look up occasionally while sailing," what do you suppose the other 111 1/2 pages offer as advice?

is why i need this particular book
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thank god I was able to find and read this book. Before, I was being blasted by large ships on an almost daily basis. Now, I only get hit by huge ships about once or twice a month. Still having trouble with small ships. The end of this book left on a cliffhanger...maybe how to avoid moving houses next? *crosses fingers*
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was annoyed that after reading the book, I showed up for a 4 day cruise, and the ship wasn't there.
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Okay, I admit it, when I first heard about this book, I chuckled at the title. Of course it's obvious how to avoid huge ships... just don't get in their way. But then I started wondering what could actually be in this neat little volume that would have made a second edition necessary. I started checking local libraries for a copy. I didn't find any, because it's fairly obvious we don't have many (or any) huge ships here in Utah. Curiosity got the better of me and I started looking for a copy at ...more
Jun 02, 2014 marked it as to-read
Well, yes--- people laugh about this, and a few will buy it as a joke. But I am a sometime academic, and I'm always angry at people who mock highly specialized books because the title seems hilarious. (I'm especially angry at articles--- usually by right-wingers or "social conservatives" ---that mock titles on micro-history or small-scale social history or the history of marginalized groups) I have no problem with deadpan jokes about the title here--- "How To Avoid Huge Ships" ---but let's make ...more
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I haven't actually read this, but I have read the reviews of it on Amazon and they are dam funny.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I placed this book on Inter-Library Loan after being unable to resist reading the book so many have posted fake, but humorous reviews for online. So, for once, this is an actual review of the book. At least, it's the best review someone who has never captained a personal boat and certainly has no need to avoid huge ships can provide.

This is a surprisingly entertaining book. Captain Trimmer has a very casual, but distinct voice and sprinkles his text liberally with anecdotes about his own service
Cormac Healy
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book really is one of the best huge ship avoidance references I've come across, not just for the effective methods it teaches as to avoiding huge ships, but also for exploding some of the huge ship avoidance myths that many of us take for granted.

For example:
- Do not charge the huge ship at full speed in an attempt to scare it off. This may work with coyotes, but it is less effective with huge ships.
- Similarly, do not roll your boat over and play dead. Unless the huge ship is captained by
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
THANK YOU CAPTAIN TRIMMER!!!!! My 95th paddleboard has survived for a record of one week! Those idiots in their big boats always fail to notice me suntanning on my board. Thanks to this book, my daily escapades with death have ended. Now I can suntan in peace while taking a few warning shots at any idiots that dare approach me with the new Laser Cannon Paddle included in Captain Trimmer's book.
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Indispensable; whether you dwell in the slums of Bombay or in the high rises of New York, this book will be equally useful.
Germanio Puglio
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
I followed his advice and am now soaked and covered in seaweed and my arm is broken. Not only did I not avoid huge ships but the small ones got to me as well. Sorry, this advice does not work, even if he is a ship captain. I can't remember the number for the hospital either and my cell phone is wet.

Steve Wiggins
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was bought for me as a joke, but I took it quite seriously. I loved it. The advice here works on many levels, for landlubbers as well as sea dogs. See what I mean at: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.
Nagel Sullivan
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dave Harlow
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't sail, but I thought this book might be useful anyway. It is - since reading, I haven't been hit by a single huge ship.
Tommy Blomqvist
I live very close to the mediterranean Baltic sea with many large ships and I Think this book has helped me many times.
I have not had any problems with huge ships since I read this book.
Devon Kelly
Jan 27, 2009 is currently reading it
I'm slowly mastering big ships, light water craft still a problem.
Megan Wilkinson
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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If ever there was a book for people who have run-ins with huge ships, this is that book.
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How to Avoid Huge Ships by John W. Trimmer (1993)
Mar 03, 2009 marked it as to-read-3-seems-promising
It's coming right for me!
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Mostly skimmed. Giggled a lot. I feel much more confident about huge ships now.
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