Catamarans: The Complete Guide for Cruising Sailors

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McGraw Hill Professional, Oct 8, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages

The modern cruising catamaran has arrived

The arguments are over and the verdict is in--cruising catamarans comprise a rapidly growing percentage of the cruising fleet worldwide. Their advantages of space, stability, speed, and handling under power are truly compelling, and modern cats are every bit as reliable as monohulls. This long overdue, in-depth guide will help you choose and cruise the right catamaran for your needs.

“An authoritative guide for novices and experienced sailors; the best book written on the subjects since the early 1990s.”--“Trimaran” Jim Brown, renowned multihull designer

“In Catamarans, Gregor Tarjan shares his enthusiasm for yachts with two hulls, based on years of sailing all types. An excellent introduction.”--Dick Newick, legendary catamaran and trimaran designer

“If you are contemplating spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a cruising catamaran, the small price of this book is probably the best investment you could possibly start with.”--from the Foreword by Charles K. Chiodi, publisher of Multihulls Magazine

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
10
Foreword
12
Introduction
14
History
18
Present Environment
24
Part 1 Multihull Characteristics
42
Part 2 Multihull Parameters
90
Part 3 Multihull Seamanship
162
Appendix 2 Long Range Cruising Equipment Checklist
254
Appendix 3 General Vessel Maintenance
256
Appendix 4 Beaufort Scale
263
Appendix 5 Photography Gilles MartinRaget
264
Photo Credits
266
Bibliography References
268
Glossary of Terms
272
Index
290

Part 4 Noteworthy Multihulls
202
Appendix 1 Offshore Survival Gear Checklist
252

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About the author (2007)

Gregor Tarjan is founder and president of Aeroyacht Ltd., one of the world’s top brokers of large sail and power catamarans. He is a USCG licensed captain and a veteran of dozens of ocean crossings.

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