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Catamaran sailing : from start to finish
Berman, Phillip L.
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Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., [1999]

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xv, 219 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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GV811.57 .B46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Fast, inexpensive, versatile, and exciting, catamarans are one of America's most popular pleasure crafts. Here is a complete course in catamaran sailing for the beginner and the semi-experienced sailor who wants to become more skilled in the arts of tuning, handling, and racing cats. Included are sections on buying a cat, learning the basics, heavy weather sailing, racing tactics, surfing, and more. Includes a new chapter on how to use high-performance sails.

Author Notes

Phil Berman has been sailing and racing catamarans since 1969. A past winner of the Hobie 14 World Championships and second-place finisher in the Hobie 18 Worlds, he has also written Catamaran Racing: From Start to Finish (Norton).

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Choice Review

This book takes a conventional approach and is written in an easy, conversational style by an experienced catamaran sailor. Although written especially for catamaran sailors, most of the book is also relevant to monohulls. Part 1 includes information on purchasing a boat and parts, the theory of and points on sailing, how to trim (with details beginners do not need), rigging, maneuvering, and heavy weather sailing. Some references in this first section are to terms that are not explained until a later chapter; other sections use terms that are either never explained, or explained only in the glossary. The word navigatable is used in error for navigable. Part 2 includes fine tuning and racing information (a small part of which in outdated), and part 3 has sections on safety, maintenance, and transport--topics often omitted from similar texts. An appendix contains information on relevant publications, manufacturers, and class associations. There are illustrations but no index. Figures are hand drawn, pen-and-ink style, and occasionally either these or the many photographs (almost all of which show male sailors) do not clearly illustrate the point being made, or they precede (by a page) the narrative designed to accompany them. Suitable, with these limitations, for general readers and lower-division undergraduates. S. H. M. Reekie; San Jose State University