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Getting Started in Powerboating

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Get the most from your new powerboat from day one!

Theres nothing like the thrill of skimming over the waves at the helm of a fast powerboat. And the thrill is even greater when youre driving the boat thats right for you and handling it with skill and confidence. This third edition of Getting Started in Powerboating gives you all the information you need to select the boat of your dreams, maneuver it like a master, and understand the rules and conventions of powerboating.

Thoroughly updated with new developments and technologies, this new edition of the bestselling guide in its field covers all powerboatsbig and small; single-engine, twin-engine, outboard, and sterndrive; trailerable and nontrailerable. Youll discover the difference between a planing hull and a displacement hull, learn to compensate for the effects of wind and current, and master high-speed techniques. Plus this third edition features new photographs that illustrate key techniques and maneuvering sequences, including turning, backing, docking, and more. Must-have information includes:

  • The latest on four-stroke outboards
  • Jack plates, jet drives, and bow thrusters
  • Piloting and navigation basics
  • Anchors and anchoring techniques
  • An updated market survey of popular powerboats
  • State licensing requirements

Synopsis:

Getting Started in Powerboating is a friendly beginner's guide that concentrates on what you need to know when you first take the helm. This second edition includes a revised gallery of good powerboats, new material on basic safety, preparations to go offshore, and improved illustrations of tricky maneuvers.

Getting Started in Powerboating covers all powerboats--big and small; single-engine, twin-engine, outboard, and sterndrive; trailerable and non-trailerable; fast planing hulls and slow but seaworthy displacement hulls; and everything in between. It can help you decide what kind of boat is right for you, and it describes fully the characteristic handling and behavior of each type.

Bob Armstrong tells you how to dock any boat under any conditions of wind, current, and crowding, and how to leave a slip with a minimum of fuss. He explains how to handle docklines, how to execute close-quarters maneuvers, how to anchor, run inlets, adjust trim for a better ride, and cope with heavy weather. He offers hints for judging the quality of a boat, tips for quick mastery of a boat you've never handled before, and an expert's views on the types of powerboats available--from runabouts to motoryachts to houseboats, jetboats, and catamarans--and what to expect from each.

About the Author

Robert J. Armstrong, a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Master Mariner, has been a captain since 1962 and a boating journalist and professional yacht deliverer and skipper since the mid-1970s.

Table of Contents

Preface

Part 1 Choosing the Right Boat

Chapter 1 No Boat is Right for Everyone

Chapter 2 Displacement Hulls

Chapter 3 Planing Hulls

Chapter 4 Semidisplacement Hulls

Chapter 5 Comparing the Three Hull Types

Chapter 6 Drive Systems

Chapter 7 How to Read Boat Reviews and Tests

Chapter 8 Twenty Questions to Codify Boat Selection

Part 2 The Whys of Powerboat Handling

Chapter 9 Why Boats Don't Behave Like Cars

Chapter 10 The Twin-Screw Advantage

Chapter 11 Transom Power

Chapter 12 The Influence of the Wind

Chapter 13 What Current Does

Part 3 The Hows of Powerboat Handling

Chapter 14 Know Your Boat

Chapter 15 Boathandling in Wind and Current

Chapter 16 Docking a Single-Screw Inboard

Chapter 17 The "Impossible" Moves with a Single-Screw Boat

Chapter 18 Docking a Twin-Screw Inboard

Chapter 19 Docking Transom-Powered Boats

Chapter 20 Using Springlines for Maneuvering

Chapter 21 Using Docklines

Chapter 22 Anchors and Anchoring Techniques

Chapter 23 Inlet Running

(and more...)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780070030954
Author:
Armstrong, Bob
Publisher:
International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
Author:
Armstrong, Robert J.
Location:
Camden, Me. :
Subject:
Health and physical education
Subject:
Boating
Subject:
Sailing
Subject:
Boats and boating
Subject:
Motorboats
Subject:
Boating - General
Subject:
Sailing - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Series Volume:
no. 48
Publication Date:
20050414
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.19x7.41x.56 in. 1.04 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Getting Started in Powerboating is a friendly beginner's guide that concentrates on what you need to know when you first take the helm. This second edition includes a revised gallery of good powerboats, new material on basic safety, preparations to go offshore, and improved illustrations of tricky maneuvers.

Getting Started in Powerboating covers all powerboats--big and small; single-engine, twin-engine, outboard, and sterndrive; trailerable and non-trailerable; fast planing hulls and slow but seaworthy displacement hulls; and everything in between. It can help you decide what kind of boat is right for you, and it describes fully the characteristic handling and behavior of each type.

Bob Armstrong tells you how to dock any boat under any conditions of wind, current, and crowding, and how to leave a slip with a minimum of fuss. He explains how to handle docklines, how to execute close-quarters maneuvers, how to anchor, run inlets, adjust trim for a better ride, and cope with heavy weather. He offers hints for judging the quality of a boat, tips for quick mastery of a boat you've never handled before, and an expert's views on the types of powerboats available--from runabouts to motoryachts to houseboats, jetboats, and catamarans--and what to expect from each.

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