When I studied for AB the only thing I studied was the USCG "Rules of the Road" insruction book and tihs:
(it was the size of a TV Guide, I carried it around in my back pocket and studied it whenever and wherever...)
The Cornell Manual
Able Seamen, and Qualified Members of Engine Department, Second Edition
John M. Keever
Based on the earlier edition by William B. Hayler, John M. Keever, and Paul M. Seiler
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2004 | 175 pp | Illustrations | Black-and-white photographs | References | Appendices | 4.5×7 | Paper | 978-0-87033-559-4The Cornell Manual was first published in 1984 to replace CG-175, a small handbook issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. Over the last two decades it has become a standard manual for those who choose to follow the sea and who want to prepare themselves for the Coast Guard examinations. The second edition of the manual has been updated to reflect current information and procedures, and includes for the various ratings requirements for documents.
The Cornell Manual describes safety practices—lifeboat operations, survival procedures, rescue and evacuation details, firefighting, and first aid—that should be understood by all mariners. Of particular value are the sample multiple-choice questions and answers for both the lifeboatman and able seaman Coast Guard examinations.