"People who know me understand that I am a "nut" for sailing and all other types of boating. But few boat owners designate time throughout the year to review basic safety procedures, emergency gear and basic first aid should something happen. Unfortunately, people will spend more time planning the food and drink for a weekend boating trip than safety and first aid over a over 5 years of boat ownership. Then when anything bad happens, they scream for the Coast Guard to solve all problems. Having spent half my life on the water and even teaching sailing and boat rescue, I know how important it is for you to learn the information in this book.