Bow Thrusters For Sailboats

In World War II, aboard the aircraft carrier Saratoga, Captain Robert Beebe dreamed of one day retiring and cruising the world in a small boat. At that time world cruisers voyaged exclusively in sailboats. But sailboats are confined to narrow lanes of predominantly favorable winds - the same sea lanes sailors have used for centuries. Those famous tradewinds also turn most oceans into one-way streets, and miss some areas of the globe entirely. And sailing in the trades can be difficult and unpredictable, with dead calms or howling gales as likely as a steady 15-knot breeze. Beebe wanted to cross oceans in his slippers and robe, not seaboots and oilskins. He wanted to arrive at distant ports relaxed and on time, not grizzled, battered, and two months late. He wanted to voyage under power. Back in the 1940s, no suitable long-distance powerboats existed. Beebe literally had to invent modern powerboat voyaging from scratch. The design parameters he developed for long-distance powerboats are still in use by naval architects today. The resulting boat, Passagemaker, was home to the Beebes for many years and more than 60,000 ocean-crossing miles. What Beebe learned in those years of voyaging became, in 1974, Voyaging Under Power still the most important and influential book ever published on long-distance powerboating. Now, under the able pen of world cruiser Jim Leishman, Beebe's classic Voyaging Under Power has received its first complete overhaul. This thoroughly revised third edition is one of the most anxiously awaited boating books of the 1990s. The core of the book is vintage Beebe; his designs, his research, and his wonderful cruising stories remain intact. What's new are details of theadvances of the past twenty years: electronic wizardry for navigation and communication; efficient new engines that wring more miles out of a gallon of diesel fuel; active roll-prevention devices that virtually eliminate seasickness; propeller nozzles and bow thrusters that improve man


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