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Sailing Designs – Sail and Power
A Portfolio of Multihulls
Kurt Hughes Sailing Designs
Up-to-date, uncompromising multihulls available today; designed by builders, sailors and cybertech-heads. Explaining the wonders of computer-aided design and drafting and the many applications and uses realized from it.
shows designs galore: Daysailers, economy cruisers, 23'-60' catamarans and
trimarans, high-performance multis, power multis, and charter catamarans.
It even features a 150' ferry. Trailerable designs (other than beach cat
sizes) range to as large as a 32-foot trimaran. KHDS also was the original
developer of the Cylinder Mold construction method which is explained in
#208 Softcover, 9" x 11", 185pp, Design drawings and b&w photos galore
How to Sail Better, Faster, Smarter, and Safer
Randy Smyth, Olympic Silver Medalist:
“The many mysteries that are discussed on the way home from regattas now have an answer. Rick White has virtually dissected the art of sailing into individual skills. By using time-tested, on-the-water drills, he has provided this book to elevate any sailor’s proficiency. I used these drills daily while preparing for my Silver Medal win in the 1992 Olympic campaign. Now, I’ve introduced the ’96 U.S. Olympic Team hopefuls to Rick’s methodology.
Thank you, Rick White.”
Eric Sharp, Detroit Free Press:
“In the course of 20 years of writing about sailing, I’ve met most of the world’s top skippers. I’ve also met a handful of sailors who don’t compete in high-profile events, like the America’s Cup or the Whitbread-Around-The-World Race, but whose skills are the equal of the famous guys.”
Rick White is one of these unheralded masters, a man best known for his exploits on multihulls, but who can climb aboard virtually anything with sails and get it from Point A to Point B faster than just about anybody else. He is also one of the world’s great sailing instructors. People who thought they were hotshot club racers come away from his seminars, after several days of intensive on-the-water drills, with some impressions:
First, they weren’t as hot as they had thought.
Second, they’ve learned a tremendous amount and are far better skippers than they were three or four days earlier.
Third, that the new knowledge is just the basics of what White knows. It would take virtually weeks to pass along all of his tricks.
That’s where Sailing Drills comes in. Distilled into 160 pages is the wisdom
of years of experience, and in a form that will allow novice and expert
skippers alike, to hone their skills through practice, practice, and more
#468 Softcover, 6" x 9”, 160 pp …Eur 37,40
Around the World on a Catamaran
When Alayne Main agreed to sail around the world with her husband, she could only find blissful travelogues and macho how-to books. There weren’t any books that told her what it was really like; so she wrote her own book that explores much more than just the countries she visited.
She was 28 years old with an exciting medical career and minimal sailing experience, but she lived up to her sailing promise. She and her husband quit their jobs, bought a 33-foot Prout catamaran and blithely sailed away...
Only to find that the challenges were immense with the storms at sea and the physical hardships, a collision with a whale, and the threat of pirates, but the greatest challenge was the emotional turmoil that their adventurous and uncertain lifestyle created.
With her relationship deteriorating, Alayne was forced to deal with her fears and understand what drove her to continue sailing across vast and unpredictable oceans – with only her husband to turn to.
After four years, they came home circumnavigators – and still married.
#385 Softcover, 5 1/4" x 8 1/4", 296 pages; b&w and some color photographs …Eur 22,50
The Illustrated Adventures of a Single-Handed Sailor
Eager for adventure on the high seas, David left his desk job to sail alone through the Caribbean on his 32-foot PDQ. In Sailing Through Paradise, Harris takes the reader along on his sometimes exhilarating, sometimes frightening cruise through the West Indies. His delightful writing style enlivens descriptions of his day-to-day experiences while sailing through the waters near:
• The Bahamas
• The Turks and Caicos
Those who are considering a similar trip will find the book informative. It touches on topics of interest such as:
• planning a route
• anchoring and anchorages
• clearing customs
Cruisers who have traveled the Caribbean will enjoy revisiting many spectacular locations through the pages of this book, and for those who only dream of ocean adventure, Sailing Through Paradise is dedicated to you.
This book is beautifully illustrated with David Harris’ color photographs,
and with maps of each leg of his voyage.
#387 Softcover, 6" x 9", 223 pages, many color photographs and maps
With this book anyone can learn to design, make, repair, improve and maintain sails.
Chapters include the theory of sail shapes; how they are made; making your own; caring for and maintaining; repairing and restoring; and much more. The author is a long-time sailor and sailmaker with good advise on how to buy new and used sails; getting the most out of sails; trimming and adjustments; “hardware” and “software” of sails; and rigs and sails.
Black and white drawings illustrate tools of the trade as well as the
details of how to make different sails. Tables show aspect ratio,
proportions of selected sail types, cloth uses, reef point specifications,
headboard sizes, and much more.
#288 Softcover, 480 pp …Eur 30,15
“The Multihull Bible” is back, with a new updated version. With over 150
multihulls featured (66 sailing catamarans, 20 sailing trimarans, and 27
power cats) including its designer’s and builder’s information, this book
proves to be a valuable source in a one-stop reference. Sections also
include: Characteristics of a Cruising Multihull – Boat Classification,
Cruising vs. Racing Multihulls, Good Cat/Bad Cat, Modern Concepts, Multihull
Seaworthiness, Cruising Considerations; Chartering a Cruising Multihull –
The Charter of Choice, Multihull Term Chartering; Getting Your Own Cruising
Multihull – Buying a New Multihull, Buying a Used Multihull, Building a
Multihull; Owning a Cruising Multihull – The Charter Management Option,
Co-Ownership, A Marine Survey, Multihull Insurance; and Multihull Seamanship
– Sailing a Cruising Multihull I, Sailing a Cruising Multihull II,
Maneuvering Under Power
#424 Softcover, 488pp, …Eur 36,50 (2nd Edition: ... Eur 25,00)
by C.A. Marchaj
(reviewed by Dick Newick)
Anyone with a long-standing serious interest in how and why boats sail fast is probably familiar with “Tony” Marchaj’s classic two previous books on the subject. They are big and expensive volumes, full of superb graphics, illustrations, photos and well-written text. This latest book has the same format, bringing the fortunate reader up to date on Marchaj’s research and interests since the publication of “Aero-Hydrodynamics of Sailing” in 1979, and a revised and expanded edition in 1988. Those books will not be obsolete for a long time, so sailors may be curious about how they could possibly be improved. At the same time, based on the quality of the author’s previous work, we can assume that whatever Marchaj has written about sailboats deserves study. As a young man, he was the Polish national champion in the Finn class. Much of his working life has been spent at Southampton University’s test tank and wind tunnel. This reviewer is leery of raw wind tunnel data interpreted by non-sailors who can be unaware of the major changes in wind direction of the masthead of sailboat on a rough sea. No problem here. Marchaj combines the practical background of a sailing champion with the latest theoretical research results from tank and wind tunnel. This book will help designers, builders, and sailors make boats more efficient and faster.
Multihull sailors will be especially pleased to see the results of theoretical and full-sized comparisons in Chapter 11 of six different small boat rigs. Bermuda sloop, Lateen, Sprit, Gunter, Dipping Lug and Crab Claw. Without the modern go-fast gadgetry available to racing sloop sailors, the research show that the crab claw rig as developed on Pacific island multihulls hundreds of years ago is the most efficient of those tested. Those old salts evolved a rig that benefited from the vortices it created. All the other rigs are less efficient because of vortex drag. They had more to teach us than simply the number of hulls they used to explore more than one fifth of the world’s surface.
Chapter headings in all of Marchaj’s books start with pertinent quotations from a wide variety of literature. For instance, Chapter 11 mentioned above, starts with this from Oscar Wilde: “It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.” So this reviewer should only say how much he admires and relies on Marchaj’s work.
To start the chapter on sail trim, we have something written by Thomas Spratt in 1667. “So easy is the passage from one extreme to another, and so hard it is to stop in that little point wherein the right does consist.” Other quotes from Joseph Conrad, Lord Byron, Sophocles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and others enliven the text.
The book is divided into three parts. 1. Yacht Evolution, rating formulae and speed performance. 2. Aerodynamics of sails, and 3. Steady and unsteady wind, plus four appendices, of which this reviewer found Reynold’s numbers and “scale effect” particularly helpful.
The technical subjects analyzed so well in this book are rendered understandably to readers without a mathematical education, largely because of the superb illustrations and graphs on almost every page, clearly related to the text. Sailors who concentrate more on what happens afloat than the design process will find part 3 “Steady and unsteady wind,” most helpful in racing or cruising situations.
his Preface the author quotes Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate physicist “...
the test of all knowledge is experiment. Experiment is the sole judge of
scientific truth.” We are fortunate that Marchaj has done so many important
studies of boats, and has the ability to describe them well.
#252 Hardcover, 8” x 10 3/4”, 401 pp. b&w graphs, charts, formulas …Eur 68,70
Michael Badham and Robby Robinson
Sailors’ Secrets, offers the seagoing experience of its authors, Mike Badham and Robby Robinson, along with hundreds of contributors. The names listed sound like a “Who is Who in Sailing.” Most are so well-known they are household names for multihullers and monohullers.
The tips and suggestions range through virtually any imaginable topic associated with boats... you name it, and it’s likely to be in there.
Some references and snipped quotes come from works by such authors as: Jim
Brown (The Case for the Cruising Trimaran), Steve Callahan (ADRIFT- 76 days
lost at sea), Alain Colas (Around the World Alone), John Glennie (The Spirit
of Rose Noëlle), Garry Hoyt (Ready About*), Will Kyselka (An Ocean in
Mind*), John Letcher (Self-Steering for Sailing Craft), Dr. David Lewis (We
the Navigators*), C.A. Marchaj (Aero-Hydrodynamics of Sailing), John
Rousmaniere (The Annapolis Book of Seamanship & Fastnet Force 10), Eric
Tabarly (Pen Duick) and Chris White (The Cruising Multihull*), and many
more. Among the contributors are such noteworthies as: Dennis Conner
(America’s Cup), Meade Gougeon (WEST System), Walter Greene
(designer/builder), Peter Isler (ASA), John Marples (designer), Dick Newick
(designer), Bob Rice (Weather Window), and Phillip Steggall (multihull ocean
racer), and many more.
#258 Hardcover, 7 1/2" x 9 3/4", 309 pp, b&w photos and drawings …Eur 37,50