by Richard K. Hubbard
Since 1802, when Nathaniel Bowditch first produced the navigator’s bible which now bears his name, sailors turned to his ultimate authority. Over the years “Bowditch” has become a technical volume for the professional mariner.
Richard Hubbard has written the Boater’s Bowditch for the small boat navigator in clear concise language. Color photographs of waves, sea states and cloud types, as well as useful illustrations give the reader a visual idea of the concept of navigation. Hubbard brilliantly covers all types of navigation used today, from dead reckoning to coastal piloting, navigating by radio, satellite, Loran-C, GPS, and celestial reckoning. He also gives modern coverage of the weather systems and movements that affect a boat’s course. This is truly the navigational reference book the small-boat sailor needs to have on board.
#287 Hardcover, 400 pp, 700 illustrations …Eur 34,95
24 Easy-to-Build Boats that Go Fast with Low Power
by Thomas Firth Jones
A wide variety of boats and construction techniques are covered in this book. Plans, philosophy, and building instructions are all included. The range of boats include: Flat-water kayaks, Garveys, Daysailers, Long and narrow powerboats, Sailing pocket cruisers, Power pocket cruisers, and multihull sailboats – 24 boats in all. All designs are based on the same principles – Ease and Simplicity. Tom Jones is a professional boat builder, designer and writer.
#254 Softcover, 7 3/8" x 9 1/4", 243pp, Many b&w photos, plans, and illustrations …Eur 27,20
Book of Cruising: Volume 1
Introduction to Cruising
This is the first of two books, which contain the best cruising stories that MM published in its first 17 years.
Vol. 1, the introduction, has a general overview of the subject of cruising.
It starts and ends with mood-evocative articles written by a young man who grew up aboard his parents’ multihull, and then set off single-handed.
The gamut of possible life styles on a cruising multihull is covered: how to manage it on a tight budget; how to incorporate all the amenities you’re used to in a land-based life; and how-to hints on cruising within the large middle ground between these two extremes.
Food is, of course, considered. Sensible ways of planning a galley, efficient ways of managing one’s time in cooking, and food types most suited for use on a boat, particularly on a multihull, all have chapters allotted.
There’s not only a review of the serious question of piracy, but also pro and con opinions about carrying weapons. Customs, immigration, and quarantine procedures are discussed.
And the question of how to handle the children’s education aboard is reviewed, both from the parent’s and the child’s perspective.
Interspersed with the more serious articles are humorous ones about: what goes through one’s mind during a passage; medical emergencies; and working in a foreign cruising ground.
The articles deal with the wonderful, and exciting subject of cruising aboard multihulls. Each one was written by those who were out there doing it, so you know that each story is authentic.
#202 Softcover, 51/2"x81/4", 148pp, illustrations …Eur 12,50
Book of Cruising: Volume 2
Join intrepid multihull sailors in their triumphs and agonies as they circumnavigate the earth from west to east. Some of the boats were trailered to the water, some were sailed along rivers, through canals, and across oceans.
It includes: catamarans from 16 1/2' to 58', and trimarans from 19' to 60'’. They were designs by Brown, Cross, Crowther, Horstman, Kelsall, Piver and Wharram... a great variety.
You will meet novices, charterers, vacationers, and liveaboards who have sailed oceans for years.
Visited areas: around the Horn, West Africa, the Mediterranean, Europe, the Far East, western North America, and many other places. All the stories were written by those who are out there doing it. The armchair sailor and budding cruiser will learn from and enjoy their experiences.
#400 Softcover, 51/2"x81/4", 464pp, maps and photos …Eur 24,95
by Rick White and Mary Wells
(reviewed by Bruce Blalock)
Reading the book on cat racing was like bumping into an old friend: There’s so much that’s familiar, but new wrinkles have been added. It starts up with the basics, as did the Rick White book of the 80s with which we’ve all grown comfortable. This work expands the horizon and adds specific suggestions about individual classes. Of added interest to me were the guest contributors’ sections, which let prominent racers from different classes discuss the boat with which they’re most familiar. It was a look at the course through the eyes, and over the crossbeams, of the big names in our sport.
As in almost any joint effort, there are a few errors. Fortunately, these are minor and have little effect on the quality of the publication. At the time of publication, the most obvious errors related to the Tornado. The International Tornado Association had not voted to increase the sail area, nor allowed double trapezing. Flying a hull on downwind legs was developed by the Australians, and was subsequently demonstrated by Mitch Booth and John Forbes in a very convincing manner with their 1989 World Championship win.
One chapter, called “Revival” (written by Mary Wells), seemed to me to be the heart-and-soul of all that we like about competitive sailing. It provided many suggestions as to how to interest people in sailing, and then in racing. Our sport has been in a decline for the recent few years. Eventually, this could prove fatal if not turned around. The most accurate statement in the book came from this chapter: “going fast and winning races is only important when there are other people to race against.” Not only were the suggestions important, but the attitude portrayed in this chapter is one that, hopefully, will catch on. It must, to insure the catamaran-racing community a future for everyone who cares to participate.
The book begins with basic boat-handling, and takes the reader through everything from weight distribution to sail trim. Then the real meat of the matter gets served: how to plan and organize a race and a regatta. It covers basic tactics and strategies of each leg of the course, as well as the start and finish. There are helpful “Notes to the Crew” scattered throughout the book which help to focus the attention of the forward person on the boat. (I believe that the crew is the real secret to a competitive boat.) These provide some useful insights into the management of the race and the ongoing concerns of the competitors.
In addition to the chapters on specific class boat hints, there’s a chapter on weather. So many times the speed of the competitors is so similar that the best way to gain any advantage is to be better able to predict weather changes, which requires recognizing/understanding weather conditions. This is an especially enjoyable section which should stimulate more research. The book is easy to read, interesting, and loaded with good information for the advancing competitor.
#296 Softcover, 6" x 9", 337 pp, graphs …Eur 39,95
CATAMARANS, Every Sailor’s Guide
by Gregor Tarjan
The title says it all.
You don’t have to be a catamaran sailor to enjoy this book.
Author Gregor Tarjan has done an incredibly great job in conceiving and putting together this “Technical Coffee Table Book.” Yes, I know that this description is an oxymoron, but it is true: the book has lots of solid technical information, decorated by some of the most beautiful catamaran photographs I have ever seen, by famed French photographer Gilles Martin-Raget.
This 300-page book has four major parts:
1. MULTIHULL CHARACTERISTICS: dealing with Multihull Advantages; Desirable Attributes; and Critical Issues.
2. MULTIHULL PARAMETERS: Design & Dynamics; Evaluation & Coefficients; Hull; Appendages; Rig; and Construction.
3. MULTIHULL SEAMANSHIP: Sail Handling, Monohull vs. Multihull; The Magic of Apparent Wind; Maneuvers Under Sail; Docking & Under Power; Anchoring; and Heavy Weather Tactics.
4. NOTEWORTHY MULTIHULLS: Twenty-one different boats, by all means only a fraction of the total in existence, are shown but not evaluated (that would take many volumes).
The book starts out with Acknowledgements, a Foreword, Introductions, History and a description of Present Environment; and ends with Appendix 1-5; a Bibliography & References; Glossary of Terms, and a very comprehensive Index.
Each Chapter starts with an incredible, two-page spread photograph. There are many full-page pictures of different boats, boat parts, accommodations, sails and rigs, as well as graphs and drawings to supplement the text that they illustrate. One of the many drawings shows the advantages of why multihulls benefit from tacking downwind instead of sailing the way monohulls do. Another illustration compares the different multihull hull shapes and the different wetted surfaces at the same displacement. Instead of spending pages and pages here to describe all the information in this book and still fall short of its value, we strongly suggest to put one on your coffee table (after you’ve read it), on your book shelf and, perhaps, also one in your boat’s library to show off to your visitors.
It is truly a wonderful catamaran book, long awaited (and overdue), that no sailor should be without.
#101 – CATAMARANS, Every Sailor’s Guide, by Gregor Tarjan, 300 pages, hardcover………Eur 48.95