Sorensen's Guide to Powerboats: How to Evaluate Design, Construction, and Performance

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Sorensen’s Guide to Powerboats schools readers in the principles of powerboat design, construction, and performance. It acquaints readers with all the major powerboat types over 20 feet, explaining what each type does well or poorly and what to look for in each. Also includes more than 100 rigorous, unbiased technical reviews of new and used boat models and shorter reviews of 200 more.

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"The clearest, simplest description of how and why boats work anyone has ever written."--Dean Travis Clarke, Sport Fishing Magazine

The all-in-one guide that gives you the know-how of a boat designer and the market savvy of a broker

The first part of Sorensen's Guide to Powerboats discusses the theory, engineering, and practice underlying good powerboat design, including hull form, seaworthiness, construction methods and materials, propulsion and steering systems, topside safety, helm station ergonomics, and accommodations. In the second part, Sorensen applies theory to reality, and provides reviews of representative fresh- and saltwater boats, giving you the tools you need to assess design, construction, performance, comfort, and safety. Sorensen's Guide to Powerboats will help you become an expert judge of a boat.

"A solid, thorough look at powerboats. Eric Sorensen provides practical, real-world examples to illustrate the theories behind hull design and propulsion. Valuable to anyone in the market for a powerboat, new or used."--Bill Sisson, editor, Soundings magazine

"An excellent resource for the powerboat owner. Sorensen helps you understand how powerboats tick, from the 17-foot runabout to the 75-foot motor yacht."--Christopher Landry, editor, Powerboat Reports

"An exhaustive and informative look at powerboat design."--Winn Willard, president, Hunt Yachts Inc.

About the Author:

Eric Sorensen has been on the water since the 1960s in all manner of commercial, pleasure, coast guard, and navy vessels. Eric is the founder of Sorensen Associates, a Cape Cod - based consulting firm specializing in analyzing pleasure boat and yacht design, construction, performance, and safety. His boat reviews and articles have appeared in many major consumer and trade boating publications, including Boating, Power and Motoryacht, Professional BoatBuilder, WoodenBoat, Yachting, and Yachts International. He also offers boat reviews and related services on his Web site, www.boatrite.com.

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