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Catamarans : The Complete Guide for Cruising Sailors

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 220.98 x 276.86 x 30.48mm | 1,360.77g
  • Rockport, ME, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 0071498850
  • 9780071498852
  • 402,806

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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. (www.Aeroyacht.com), 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 Magazine
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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
Index
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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 crossings.
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