LAPWARE Ebook Store
Lapware Study Aids Book Store
Online Book Store Study aids and reference ebooks for all levels of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) exams.


LAPWARE, LLC is a program developed in 2001 and posted on the web in 2002 for the study and preparation of taking the U.S. Coast Guard DECK license exam. In March 2010 the ENGINEERING database of questions was posted. All exam questions and illustrations available are those posted by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) National Maritime Center (NMC). None of the information on this website is allowed to be distributed for use by others without written permission from Richard Plant. Prior to the purchase of any eBooks or files it is recommended that users download and install the free proprietary Copy Safe PDF Reader to better understand the use of the Reader. Users are encouraged to download and review the SAMPLE EXCERPT files for each eBook so they know what they are purchasing. ALL purchases are final.

LAPWARE stands for License Advancement Program software and is used as a primary aid for the preparation of license exams in the United States. This Study Aids sever was generated to allow authors to better provide files for sale that will better aid mariners in their goal of obtaining USCG license. These file are not only beneficial to mariners preparing for their exam but for practical usage while at sea. LAPWARE is operated by Richard Plant, retired and who has 27.5 years of teaching experience and Captain Joseph Murphy, over 30 years of teaching experience at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Captain Murphy also produces and sell the “Murphy Deck Guide Books” for Deck officers.

We are offering to other authors the opportunity to create and post other merchant marine study aids for sale to mariners. Any one interested in doing this should contact Richard Plant.

About our Book Store
  1. The files on this server are 100% Windows based encrypted files and eBooks. MAC versions of these files are being created in iBooks and will eventually be made available through APPLE, Inc. or another source.
  2. To view ANY of these files you must download and install the "FREE" Copy Safe PDF Reader that protects encrypted documents and eBooks from being copying, printed, screen captured or distributed thus protecting the author’s work. Any files can be viewed from cache but it is recommended that they be SAVED AS and stored in a folder on your computer for faster viewing.
  3. For other then SAMPLE EXCERPT files, Internet Access is required to verify authorization of the user being allowed to view the file. The file is linked to your Computer ID so that distribution to another computer is not permitted and the file cannot be viewed. In the future, a new program will be developed that will NOT require Internet Access to view the files. This program will not be available until about mid-2014.
  4. New users do have free access to the SAMPLE EXCERPT folder to download excerpt files of eBooks being sold but the PDF Reader must be downloaded and installed in order to view the files. This will aid the user in learning how the "FREE" PDF reader works prior to purchasing any eBooks. Since the files are encrypted for protection purposes no other PDF reader can view these files.
  5. These Study Aids are initially aimed at Merchant Mariners in the United States who are sitting for their U.S. Coast Guard license exam. Other mariners around the world might find them beneficial as well. Presently we have Stability, Rules of the Road in two versions. We do plan on developing other eBooks such as Engineering license exams questions and illustration books as well as copies of the Code of Federal Regulations (33, 46 and 49 CFRs) which will have to be generated yearly based upon regulatory changes. Other study aids will also be developed based upon user feedback and the need as determined.
  6. Access to LAPWARE for Deck mariners is found at www.lapware.org. Access to LAPWARE for Engine mariners is found at www.lapwareengine.org. Lapware stands for License Advancement Program software and is presently used by all U.S. State and Federal maritime academies, most maritime labor training facilities, other smaller schools and community colleges and by hundreds of individual mariners yearly. LAPWARE is based upon the latest USCG NMC question database. The addition of this server is simply a means of allowing the provision of additional manuals for study for the license exam or practical usage while at sea. Remember, presently Internet Access is required to view these files.
  7. The CopySafe PDF Reader has been found to be the most secure means of protecting files from copying, screen capturing, printing and distribution.
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