Catamaran Sailing: From Start to Finish

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Fast, inexpensive, versatile, and exciting, catamarans are one of America's most popular pleasure crafts. Here is a complete course in catamaran sailing for the beginner and the semi-experienced sailor who wants to become more skilled in the arts of tuning, handling, and racing cats. Included are sections on buying a cat, learning the basics, heavy weather sailing, racing tactics, surfing, and more. Includes a new chapter on how to use high-performance sails.

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A catamaran sailing vessel provides the speed-hungry sailor with a perfect combination of a light-weight craft, the minimum amount of hull beneath the water and a large sail.

Phil Berman's revised edition of his original 1982 publication includes updated information of names and numbers of catamaran models, new photographs and a whole new chapter on the modern phenomenon of performance sails.

In part 1 he guides the reader through the initial stages of buying a catamaran and basic sailing techniques useful to any novice sailor. Part 2 takes the reader one step further, introducing spinnakers, racing tactics and surfing with the concluding third part concentrating on maintenance and safety. Throughout the book photographs and diagrams illustrate the text and the useful glossary helps the beginner understand the many unusual terms used by sailors.

Berman has produced a very informative and readable book. The chapters on racing are particularly informative with Berman explaining some or the tricks and tactics used by helmsmen. These chapters would be useful to anybody who is interested in dingy sailing as much of the advice would also be relevant to single hull vessels as well as catamaran sailors. --Steven Payne

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Phil Berman has been sailing and racing catamarans since 1969. A past winner of the Hobie 14 World Championships and second-place finisher in the Hobie 18 Worlds, he has also written Catamaran Racing: From Start to Finish (Norton).

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