Complete Guide to Choosing a Cruising Sailboat

Complete Guide to Choosing a Cruising Sailboat




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Complete Guide to Choosing a Cruising Sailboat

Roger Marshall

Do you hear the siren song of the sea? Prepare for your dream voyage - by finding your perfect sailboat. It's not as hard as you think . . . when you have a master naval architect at your side.
In this one-of-a-kind book, leading boat designer Roger Marshall walks you through the process of choosing the perfect boat for your sailing lifestyle. Along the way, you will acquire a deep understanding of the many factors that go into a boat's performance, comfort, and seaworthiness, and learn how to choose among them to meet your requirements and preferences. Marshall takes you step-by-step as he conceives and develops five prototype sailboats with widely varying design objectives: a Weekender, a Cruiser, a Voyager, a Single-Hander and a Cruiser/ Racer.
The 200 illustrations 'take you aboard', showing you clearly how the choices and compromises of boat design are made and what they mean to performance. You'll learn about the features that make for a good cruising sailboat, from the basic choices - inshore or offshore, weekend or long-term cruising, occasional racing or nonracing - all the way to the finer points of hull shape and sail plan. And you'll gain a solid understanding of your sailboat-to-be: what it will do, what it won't do and why. Seakindliness, performance, handling characteristics of different rigs, comfort on passages or weekends - it's all here, in clear language.

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