Vin T. Sparano is the author of Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia. He has been an outdoor editor and writer for more than 50 years. He is editor emeritus of Outdoor Life magazine, having served as editor-in-chief from 1990 to 1995, and previously as the executive editor for more than 10 years. Sparano has written and edited 18 books, including Northeast and Southeast Guides to Saltwater Fishing and Boating, Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia, Complete Guide to Fresh and Saltwater Fishing, and Complete Guide to Camping and Wilderness Survival. In 1996, Sparano was awarded the United States Department of the Interior Conservation Service Award by Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt. In 2003, Sparano was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Metropolitan Outdoor Press Association for his extraordinary accomplishments and contributions to outdoor journalism, conservation, and children's fishing programs. In 2009, Sparano was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Fisherman's Conservation Association. In 2013, he was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.
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-- Soundings Magazine "Boating novices and experts alike will benefit from this newest offering by award winning author Vin Sparano. This paperback edition contains 336 pages of useful information and 600 color photographs that will help you navigate any type of vessel, how to make your boat safe, and bring you up to date on electronics. Complete Guide to Boating and Seamanship should get you well on your way to hours of enjoyment on the water, be it river, lake or ocean. Vin Sparano's books set the standard in excellence. I know because I've had the pleasure of reviewing several of them and I can promise you that each one is loaded with valuable information, colorful photos, tips galore and wonderful stories."
--Snug Harbor Bay