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The Nature of Boats


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Acknowledgments A Note on Metrics Introduction Part 1. Boats to Note--Designs and Types Worth a Noodle 1. The Earliest Yachts--a Gift from the Dutch 2. The Dory--The Seaman's Sea Boat 3. Sharpshooters--The Catboats that Never Were 4. Sea Skiffs: Sea Bright and Otherwise 5. The Best of Both Worlds 6. A Cruise Aboard Crackerjack or an Imaginary Cruise in a Dream Boat 7. Presto and Sharpie: The American Answer to the Dutch 8. A Tug of the Heart Strings 9. My Own Double-Enders 10. The Ultimate Sportfisherman 11. The Sutherland Paddle Boat 12. Nester Dinghy and the Terribly Trying Dinghy Dilemma Part 2. Theory for Everyone or Why Boats Do What They Do 13. How Big Is She Really? 14. Displacement and Shape--the Practical and the Forgotten 15.The Great Stability Mystery 16. Flotation and Trim Part 3. Shaping Her Up or What's Hull Form About, Anyway? 17. Defining Her Shape 18. Reading Between the Lines 19. Speaking Volumes Part 4. How Fast Will She Go? 20. Power Yardsticks 21. So You Like to Sail Fast? Part 5. Fads, Trends, and History 22. Thanks to the Rule . . . 23. Speed with Style Part 6. The Iron Breeze 24. Engine Lore 25. Let's Talk Torquey 26. The Care and Feeding of a Power Plant 27. The Case of the Boat that Shook or Engine Nightmare 28. Outboard Info Part 7. Electricity and Water Sometimes Mix 29. The Case of the Boat that Burned 30. Controlling the Flow, Keeping Electrons on the Straight and Narrow 31. Comprehensible Corrosion: Keeping Your Electrons from Jumping Ship Part 8. Analyzing the Eggbeater 32. Power to the Propeller: Propeller Selection You Can Understand 33. Understanding the Sailboat Propeller--The Art of Compromise 34. Getting the Shaft, Pulling the Prop, and Taking Its Measure 35. Speed Demon Drives 36. The Boat that Wouldn't Fly Part 9. Catching the Wind: Sailing Simplified 37. Getting a Lift 38. Lift from Cloth: Sails and Their Workings 39. Rigging Rules of Thumb: Demystifying the Rigging Game 40. The Delicate Balance 41. Homemade Self-Steering 42. Miracle Rope! Part 10. You Built Her of What? Construction for Everyone 43. Even from Cheese Whiz (Almost) 44. Scantling Rules of Thumb 45. It's Only Plastic 46. Secrets of Space-Age Hulls 47. Believe It or Not, Wood Is Best 48. The Ring of Metal--Boats from the Smithy 49. Home-Built Boatyard Part 11. People Power or Your Boat Should Fit Like a Glove 50. Room Enough? The Human Dimension 51. At the Helm: Steering Station Ergonomics 52. Staying Afloat Part 12. Getting Where You're Going 53. Rudders, Hitting What You Aim For 54. Controlling the Rudder Suggested Reading Index

About the Author

Dave Gerr (rhymes with "bear") is a naval architect who designs both yachts and commercial vessels. Gerr Marine has been in business since 1983 and has designed everything from dinghies to 60-foot around-the-world racing sailboats, an 82-foot aluminum voyaging motoryacht, and currently, redesign work on the U.S. Navy's nuclear submarines. Gerr is a contributing editor with Boatbuilder, Yachting, and Offshore magazines. HOMETOWN: New York, NY


"It's sort of a cross between David Macaulay's The Way Things Work and a volume of Andy Rooney essays. Which means it's fun and educational at the same time." Practical Sailor "If you are not not nautically obsessed prior to reading this book, you will most certainly be afterword." Sailing "It's quite obvious Gerr understands the weaknesses of those of us afflicted with a passion for boats. Furthermore, he trades on our insatiable appetite for nautical tidbits. And he does it well. There's hardly an aspect of yacht design, construction, and operation that he doesn't touch on in his cheerful, chatty manner." Sea

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