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Getting Started in Powerboatingby Bob Armstrong
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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:
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
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
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