The Complete Guide to Choosing a Cruising Sailboat Hardcover – 1 May 1999
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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. Beyond the basics, you will learn how to judge any sailboat, new or used, including: how to pick the best keel shape for your sailing area; what the subtle and not-so-subtle signs of comfort are; what makes a cockpit pleasant and functional; when a pilothouse makes sense, and when it doesn't; how to estimate the total cost of buying a boat (not the cost the salesperson gives you); and why some boats sail better under almost all conditions than other boats, and why that may not be important.Plus, you'll learn how to determine in advance how much blood, toil, tears, and sweat your dream boat will cost you in maintenance (so small thing). Best of all, you'll find Marshall's 12-page comparison table of production sailboats from all over the world, packed with information about 130 boats - length, beam, draft, displacement, ballast, sail area, fuel and water capacities, performance ratios, capsize and comfort ratios, and more, all tabulated for convenient and revealing comparisons.With this book's help, you will board your own "ideal" vessel, satisfied that you're familiar with your boat from the masthead down and certain that it will bring you years of sailing pleasure.
From the Back Cover
Are you searching for a sailboat? Follow master yacht designer Roger Marshall's advice and find the one that's right for you!
The right sailboat is a job, but the wrong sailboat can be a source of unmitigated grief. The acid test of any boat is how it behaves underway--and whether it's the right boat for how you sail and how you live on board.
In this illustrated guide to cruising sailboat design, Roger Marshall shares the benefit of his designing and seagoing expertise to help you understand your options and make the right selection. Find out how to judge . . .
- The effect of hull shape on performance
- Seaworthiness, comfort, and ease of handling
- Deck design and interior layout
- Ease of handling the rig and sail plan
- Ease of maintenance
Marshall even includes a 12-page table rating 130 popular production sailboats for speed, seaworthiness, comfort, and other attributes.
The Complete Guide to Choosing a Cruising Sailboat will provide you with a thorough understanding of how cruising sailboats are shaped by their intended uses. Its clear, expert guidance will help you choose a boat that fulfills your sailor's dreams.See all Product description
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The downsides? It's an American author to examples and dimensions are aimed at a US market but this is easy enough to cope with. The pictures used are ok but at times could be better - it has the feel of an old text book at time. More colour images and better quality graphics would make it feel fresher. This doesn't take away from the content though, so I'd highly recommend this if you want to understand what makes yachts work, which in my view will help your sailing.
This book is quite frankly the best book I have read that allows a novice to understand why a boat can only go at a maximum speed. Why the Rudder is where it is on different boats, different hull types, keel types, mast/sail layouts, stern of boats, how the cockpit is laid out ...etc
The book starts by asking you what you want to do with the sailing boat and then walks you through the Pros and Cons of each type and layout, length, beam and draft (novice, I sound like an old salty sea dog, Oh arr mee Hearties:)
I can't really do an explanation of this book to do it justice. Suffice to say I loaned it to another person who is doing her RYA Day skipper and she said it was some of the technical and practical stuff even she hadn't considered (she kept it for 3 months)
Well worth the price for the Hard Back, get it before you go and spend your money on your dream and end up picking the wrong boat for the wrong reasons.
All the Best.
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It does that, and also discusses a large amount of models and their various pros and cons.
It’s also a nice coffee table book
Marshall develops concept boats for five categories. The first boat is a "Weekender" of 20 to 26 feet with "sail in the bay" kinds of systems. The second category is the "Cruiser" that is 34 to 36 feet long that doesn't range beyond 30 miles from the coast. The third boat Marshall talks about is the"Voyager" that's a very comfortable 45 to 47 feet long (Are we beginning to sense the missing bits?). Then we encounter the "Single Hander," a 45 to 50 foot boat that seems specifially designed for the Around Alone racing crowd. And finally, the "Racer/Cruiser" with a design of 32 to 36 feet and seems to be a reasonable assessment of the kind of boat that will be appreciated by those that want to race with the yacht club and still enjoy some coastal journeys.
The missing chunk relates to blue water cruising or offshore sailboats of less that 45 feet. It's a disappointing omission. Especially if you consider that the average size of a sailboat that cruises away from the coast is getting larger, but only from about the 35 or 36 feet range to about 38 or 39 feet. If you are looking for a cruising sailboat that has offshore and passage capabilities and can't afford the 45' or larger "Voyager" category, you'll have to do a lot of interpolating between Marshall's design categories to glean the knowledge you're hoping to find.