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Getting Started in Powerboating By Robert Armstrong

Getting Started in Powerboating
by Robert Armstrong

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Gives you the information you need to select the boat of your dreams, maneuver it like a master, and understand the rules and conventions of powerboating. This title covers various powerboats - big and small; single-engine, twin-engine, outboard, and sterndrive; and, trailerable and nontrailerable.
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Getting Started in Powerboating by Robert Armstrong

Get the most from your new powerboat from day one!

There's nothing like the thrill of skimming over the waves at the helm of a fast powerboat. And the thrill is even greater when you're driving the boat that's right for you and handling it with skill and confidence. This third edition of Getting Started in Powerboating gives you all the information you need to select the boat of your dreams, maneuver it like a master, and understand the rules and conventions of powerboating.

Thoroughly updated with new developments and technologies, this new edition of the bestselling guide in its field covers all powerboats-big and small; single-engine, twin-engine, outboard, and sterndrive; trailerable and nontrailerable. You'll discover the difference between a planing hull and a displacement hull, learn to compensate for the effects of wind and current, and master high-speed techniques. Plus this third edition features new photographs that illustrate key techniques and maneuvering sequences, including turning, backing, docking, and more. Must-have information includes:

  • The latest on four-stroke outboards
  • Jack plates, jet drives, and bow thrusters
  • Piloting and navigation basics
  • Anchors and anchoring techniques
  • An updated market survey of popular powerboats
  • State licensing requirements

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About Robert Armstrong

Robert J. Armstrong, a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Master Mariner, has been a captain since 1962, operating everything from outboard-powered skiffs to 600-passenger cruise vessels. Diverted from boats by only a few years as a television writer/producer/director, Bob has been a boating journalist since the mid-1970s, specializing in boat reviews and seamanship articles. He has worked as a delivery skipper and has taught seamanship and boat handling in the classroom and on the water. HOMETOWN: Miami Beach, FL

Table of Contents

PrefacePart One: Choosing the Right BoatChapter 1. No Boat Is Right for EveryoneChapter 2. BoatspeakChapter 3. Displacement HullsChapter 4. Planing HullsChapter 5. Semidisplacement HullsChapter 6. Comparing the Three Hull TypesChapter 7. Drive SystemsChapter 8. Picking the Proper PropChapter 9. How to Read Boat Reviews and TestsChapter 10. Twenty Questions to Codify Boat SelectionPart Two: The Whys of Powerboat HandlingChapter 11. Why Boats Don't Behave like CarsChapter 12. The Twin-Screw AdvantageChapter 13. Transom PowerChapter 14. The Influence of WindChapter 15. What Current DoesPart Three: The Hows of Powerboat HandlingChapter 16. Know Your BoatChapter 17. Boathandling in Wind and CurrentChapter 18. Docking a Single-Screw InboardChapter 19. The "Impossible" Moves with a Single-Screw BoatChapter 20. Docking a Twin-Screw InboardChapter 21. Docking Transom-Powered BoatsChapter 22. Using Springlines for ManeuveringChapter 23. Using Thrusters for Maneuvering?Chapter 24. Using DocklinesPart Four: Enjoying Your BoatChapter 25. A Matter of SafetyChapter 26. Rules of the RoadChapter 27. Boating and the LawChapter 28. Introduction to NavigationChapter 29. Getting UnderwayChapter 30. The Tools and Techniques of TrimChapter 31. Anchors and Anchoring TechniquesChapter 32. Inlet RunningChapter 33. How to Handle Heavy WeatherChapter 34. Offshore BoatingChapter 35. Practice Makes PerfectAppendix: A Gallery of PowerboatsIndex

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Getting Started in Powerboating by Robert Armstrong
Robert Armstrong
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International Marine Publishing Co
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