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All About Powerboats: Understanding Design and Performance Paperback – March 26, 2002

3.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (March 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071362045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071362047
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,746,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John S. Kasper on January 5, 2007
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If you are thinking about building a boat from plans, or even designing a boat on your own, it's important to understand how the shape of a hull moves through the water. This book gives an in depth, non-mathematical description of hull performance.

It covers many hull shapes and describes ideal conditions and speeds for each type. This is a must-have for anyone seriously thinking about building a boat. It will give you a better appreciation of the boat that is really right for you. And, for the price, you can't go wrong!
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this book is for serious, but not too serious, boaters. for me it opened the door to understanding why certain hull designs do diffeent things, why different marine engine technologies offer different advantages and disadvantages. I wish I had read it before I bought my first boat. But then again, now I know enough to appreciate the depth of understanding on the pages of this book.
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I'm stuck between 3 and 4 stars. I didn't read the contents description closely enough, and bought it looking for more information on boat handling. That said, it does cover the basics of how design and performance interact. I learned most of this information from Dave Gerr's "The Nature of Boats", so was looking for something more as to operation and handling of powerboats. The treatment of the information it does cover is more concise and compact than Gerr's book, but also less entertaining in style (not that it isn't well written, it isn't the 'romantic' approach that "The Nature of Boats" takes). A good book, and information that will make you a more knowledgeable boater, for sure. If you have the time and love the lore, then get Gerr's book. If you just need to know, and need to know now, then this is the book to read (or at least, the book to read first). The best solution may be to read this first, then get Gerr's book!
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It is a very interesting book, for people begining in the boat field.

Very easy to understand, without technical fireworks.

I strongly recommend it for beginers or not technical background persons
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Useful only for somebody who's never noticed that a speedboat has a different shape than a fishing trawler. I was looking for some more technical, that would be guide to design a powerboat hull, so I'm very disappointed.
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Limited understanding. Lacks any in depth information that interests me such as;. surface drive systems, Stepped hull types, placement and sizing of lift strakes, high speed racing boats, planing center pod catamarans, wing in ground effect boats, out-rigger hydroplanes, etc.. All in all, basic info for the novice.

I will be more cautious when claims are made about a book.
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