One book I'd strongly urge anyone interested in the water
to own, read cover to cover, and then re-read is Chapman's book on small boat handling and seaman ship. Nothing better has ever been written on the subject that I've seen.
First copy I had of that book was, maybe, a half inch thick. Last one I saw had to be closer to 1.5 inches thick with all the added material. Great read, and the "bible' on small boat handling.