10 Of The Most Rid*cul*us How-To Books

10. How to Avoid Huge Ships

Written in 1982 by Captain John W. Trimmer, this book does exactly what it says on the tin! Trimmer, who was a small boat captain, self-published the first edition of the book from his home in Seattle. The book, whose subtitle is “Or: I Never Met a Ship I Liked”, was written from the perspective of Trimmer’s experience of coming into contact with smaller ships. The smaller boats, often out too far into the ocean, would not realize that their boats were much slower than that of the bigger commercial ships and would frequently be run down. Trimmer, clearly annoyed by this recurring issue, wrote this instructional book to help the less knowledgeable of sailors get out of his way.
10. How to Avoid Huge Ships