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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Revised Edition edition (April 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039331880X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393318807
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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If you need to learn terms and techniques, this is the book for you.
A. Steineke
This book offers good advice for anyone new to sailing catamarans in an easy to understand, and often amusing, manner.
Pearl Mosher Ashley
This book is a great tutorial on everything you need to know about sailing and racing a catamaran.
Jim Lowell

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Billy Geers (WFGeers@msn.com) on November 8, 1998
Format: Paperback
Before I read this book, I knew almost absolutely nothing about sailing. However, after reading it I was able to easily handle a Hobie 16 without previously ever having been on one. The book explains from buying your first boat all the way to advanced sailboat handling. It is a must read for anyone considering taking up catamaran sailing as a hobby.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jim Lowell on June 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is a great tutorial on everything you need to know about sailing and racing a catamaran. It assumes you know nothing and covers all the information necessary to buy, rig, sail, and store your cat. Geared towards smaller cats and not cruising cats (Hobie, Prindle, Nacra, etc.) I highly recommend it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan W. Robie on August 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
My wife and I knew how to sail a Sunfish, and when we went shopping for a boat, we bought a Prindle catamaran. It quickly became apparent that we didn't know how to handle it in heavy weather. Catamaran sailing really is a bit different.
This book was exactly what we needed. It starts at the very beginning, and the early chapters were a bit *too* basic, but the later chapters fill in the level of detail we needed. It is written by someone who clearly knows how to teach and how to write. I don't know a better book to start with.
I do wish this book had an index, but that's my main complaint.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Endre B. Gastony on March 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for the beginner and the intermediate catamaran sailor. It covers all aspect of the subject well -- catamaran sailing, equipment, maintenance, and even trailering. Some previous knowledge on the subject helps, but it is not necessary. It even contains special chapters on racing and heavy-weather sailing conditions. The illustrations are helpful, but somewhat mediocre, but the photos are good. Anyone interested in the subject should buy this book, because it's worth much more money than the paperback price. It was created by experts. Good catamaran sailing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Sturm on August 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is aimed at a novice sailor, covering all the basics about sailing, such as various points of sail and tacking and gybing. I did find information that I wanted in 2 chapters about sailing cats off the beach and surfing cats. So if you are a novice, a very good book, if you are experience, seek other sources.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Chandler on August 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm a relatively inexperienced sailer and just getting into catamarans, and have read several other sailing books (and many web sites) but still learned a ton from this one. This one really does focus in closely on things that are unique to cats rather than monohulls. Berman covers almost all the questions I had, and then some, and with clear, concise language and occasional very detailed lists of stuff you need or steps to take, which were extremely helpful. Minor complaints: 1) the pictures are low quality and often shot from too far a distance or in lighting (or print quality?) that makes it tough to see what you care most about or what the caption is talking about; 2) Last revision was 1999 so it doesn't say much about what's different about the newer Hobie rotomolded hull boats I'm looking at (Getaway and Wave), or some of the more modern accessories I see in sailing catalogs. But overall, unless you're a veteran cat sailer, I'd bet you could benefit from many things in here... and if somewhat new to it, this is absolutely a great resource.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Acosta on June 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you are considering buying a cat or have never sailed, this is a fine book. Info on standing up the mast putting the sails on, etc. If you know anything about sailing (can leave a spot and hit land somewhere else), this isn't the book for you. Tons of generic information on buying a boat, sailing and turning a boat. Hardly any specifics on any boat. I was very dissappointed. I was expecting a little bit on batten tension, rig tension, etc. Book briefly covers mast rake, shifting gears, and other itermediate set up techniques, but does not give much specific information on "if you do this, this will happen"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Steineke on March 5, 2009
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This book is the best guide out there for cat sailing. If you need to learn terms and techniques, this is the book for you. It doesn't have a ton of detail on trimming and racing, but a great guide to learn how to sail a cat.
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