Catamarans : The Complete Guide for Cruising Sailors

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This is the definitive book on cruising catamarans - beautifully illustrated with glorious four-color photography and diagrams. From the technical details to the luxurious lifestyle, "Catamarans" covers every aspect of cruising cats, giving you a "dream book" combination of how-to manual, buyer's guide, and coffee-table showpiece. Alongside stunning full-color photos, the expert author reviews basic concepts of design, construction, and performance; discusses the latest catamaran developments; provides detailed guidance on sailing and seamanship techniques; and, shows you how to compare, rate, and evaluate different models. The book also includes an illustrated catalog of noteworthy production boats. A total package, this book is an invaluable reference guide for anyone interested in owning a more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 220.98 x 276.86 x 30.48mm | 1,360.77g
  • International Marine Publishing Co
  • Rockport, ME, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 0071498850
  • 9780071498852
  • 348,495

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From the technical details to the luxurious lifestyle, Catamarans covers every aspect of cruising cats, giving you a "dream book" combination of how-to manual, buyer's guide, and coffee-table showpiece. Yacht designer and expert sailor Gregor Tarjan reviews the basic concepts of multihull design, construction, performance, and handling and discusses the latest developments in this important and comprehensive book. Full of informative illustrations, graphs, and spectacular photos, Catamarans examines multihull seamanship and how it differs from sailing a ballasted monohull, revealing little-known tricks to get maximum speed from a cruising cat. You'll discover desirable attributes of multihulls and what to look for when purchasing your own. There is even a catalog of noteworthy production catamarans that will help you compare, rate, and evaluate different types. This gorgeously illustrated book is the perfect introduction to the possibilities of these exciting sailing machines and an invaluable owner's guide. Gregor Tarjan is a USCG-licensed captain, a merchant marine officer, a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and founder and president of Aeroyacht Ltd. (, an internationally recognized brokerage specializing in cruising multihulls and large luxury catamarans, both sail and power. He has sailed more than 80,000 miles on multihulls and monohulls, performed dozens of offshore deliveries and transatlantic crossings, and crewed with such sailing luminaries as Dennis Connor and Yves Parlier on boats ranging from America's Cup yachts to 120-foot monster cats. His professional background includes a degree in yacht design and a career as project manager for builders of large yachts. He is the author of numerous technical and seamanship articles for boating magazines and is considered one of the world's leading experts on multihulls. He lives with his wife and two sons on Long Island, New York. 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 Magazineshow more

About Gregor Tarjan

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 more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Foreword Introduction History Abbreviated Present Environment The Big Picture Current Perception of Multihulls Modern Pioneers Objective & Mission Profile Part 1. Multihull Characteristics Multihull Advantages Catamaran vs. Multihull Speed Efficiency Stability Safety Draft No-Heel Environment Space Boat Handling Desirable Attributes Seaworthiness Construction Design Critical Issues Load Carrying Cost Part 2. Multihull Parameters Design & Dynamics Configuration & Basic Types Class 1 - Open Bridgedeck Catamaran Class 2 - Partial Bridgedeck Catamaran Class 3 - Bridgedeck Catamaran Class 4 - Superyacht Catamaran Evaluation & Coefficients Bruce Number (BN) Sail Area to Wetted Surface (SAWS) Hull Fineness Ratio (HFR) Stability Coefficient (SC) Diagonal Stability & Beam to Length Ratio (BLR) Hull Shape & Resistance Appendages Keels vs. Daggerboards Rudders Rig Configuration & Types Mast Sails Construction Composite & Aluminum Part 3. Multihull Seamanship Sailhandling - Monohull vs. Multihull The Magic of Apparent Wind Manuevers Under Sail Upwind Sailing Reaching Downwind Velocity Made Good (VMG) Battens Reefing Daggerboards Tracking Stall Recovery Gybing Docking & Under Power Motorsailing Anchoring Heavy Weather Tactics Part 4. Noteworthy Multihulls Atlantic 55 Blubay 100 Broadblue 435 Catana 52 Dolphin 46 Fountaine Pajot - Eleuthera 60 Gemini 150Mc Gunboat 49 Lagoon 410 Leopard 40 Maine Cat 41 Manta 42 Outremer 42 PDQ - Antares 44 Privilege 495 Seawind 1160 St Francis 50 Switch 55 Voyage 500 Jaguar 36 Yapluka 70 Appendix 1. Offshore Survival Gear Checklist Appendix 2. Long-Range Cruising Equipment Checklist Appendix 3. General Vessel Maintenance Appendix 4. Beaufort Scale Appendix 5. Photography Photo Credits Bibliography & References Glossary Index of Illustrations and Tables Featured Catamaran Index Indexshow more

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