All About Powerboats: Understanding Design and Performance

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9780071362047: All About Powerboats: Understanding Design and Performance

What's the difference between a deep-vee hull and a modified vee? A planing hull and a displacement hull? Find the answers to these and scores of other frequently asked questions in All About Powerboats. Writing for any boater seeking a better understanding of modern powerboat design and handling, author Roger Marshall provides a well-illustrated, clear introduction to small powerboats (18 to 30 feet long) from the perspective of use. His practical advice on hull shape, engines, construction methods, steering systems, comfort, and safety gives today's boaters a thorough grounding in powerboat selection, use, and lore.

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"Clear, insightful, easy to understand. This book is a must for powerboaters."--Bill Sisson, editor, Soundings

"Roger Marshall shares three decades of accumulated boating knowledge so you can cut years off your learning curve!"--Dean Clarke, executive editor, Sport Fishing

Your plain-language guide to powerboat design and performance

What's the difference between a modified-V and a deep-V hull? Or a planing hull and a displacement hull?

Why does boat A have flared topsides and not boat B?

How can I tell if a boat is adequately powered?

How do I judge a boat's seaworthiness just by looking at it?

What are the advantages or disadvantages of twin engines or a stern drive?

Get answers to these and all your questions about powerboat design and performance in All about Powerboats.

If you want to know what makes a boat fast, slow, stable, unstable, seaworthy, comfortable, or ideal for the things you want it to do, here's a perfect place to start. Longtime boat designer Roger Marshall tells you what you need to know about hull design, engines, drive trains, steering systems, comfort factors, safety features, and construction methods. He translates the jargon, explains the key concepts, and offers a wealth of insights into what makes powerboats tick.

About the Author:

Roger Marshall is the technical editor for Soundings. After designing for the renowned firm of Sparkman & Stephens, he founded his own design company, where he has designed boats from 15 to 165 feet. He has written extensively for the boating press and is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including recent first-place awards at the annual Boating Writing International marine journalism contest. He is the author of ten boating books.

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