Catamarans: The Complete Guide for Cruising Sailors

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McGraw Hill Professional, Oct 8, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
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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 Abbreviated
18
Present Environment
23
Part 1 Multihull Characteristics
43
Part 2 Multihull Parameters
91
Part 3 Multihull Seamanship
163
Appendix 3 General Vessel Maintenance
256
Appendix 4 Beaufort Scale
263
Appendix 5 Photography
264
Photo Credits
266
Bibliography References
268
Glossary
272
Index of Illustrations and Tables
288
Featured Catamaran Index
289

Part 4 Noteworthy Multihulls
203
Appendix 1 Offshore Survival Gear Checklist
252
Appendix 2 LongRange Cruising Equipment Checklist
254
Index
290
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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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