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Fast Powerboat Seamanship


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Introduction Chapter 1: Fast-Boat Design Hull Designs The Technical Side of Fast Boats Chapter 2: The RIB Concept Design and Construction of RIBs How the Inflatable Tube Affects Performance Alternative Tube Designs Interaction Between Tube and Hull Water Drainage Seating Chapter 3: Fast-Boat Features Seating Footrests and Toe Straps Handholds Seat Belts Windshields (Windscreens) Helm Station Antennas Chapter 4: Engines and Propulsion Engines Propulsion Gearboxes Slow-Speed Maneuvering Chapter 5: Fast-Boat Controls Throttle Trim Tabs Interceptors Power Trim Steering Control of Directional Stability Balance Chapter 6: Wind and Waves How the Wind Generates Waves Wave Basics Types of Waves Inshore Waves Sea Conditions and Fast Boats Weather Chapter 7: Driving the Boat Performance in Reserve Driving in Head Seas Driving in Beam Seas Driving in Following Seas Running an Inlet Spinout Concentration and Special Skills Longer-Term Tactics Chapter 8: Driver and Crew The Driver's Role The Navigator's Role The Rest of the Crew Communication on Board Personal Equipment Fatigue Seasickness Chapter 9: Navigation Navigation Before You Leave Navigation on the Water Radar Steering a Course Visual Navigation Communications Chapter 10: Emergencies Major Emergencies Towing Chapter 11: The Future Monohulls Catamarans Trimarans Hovercraft Flying Machines Ride Control Fast-Boat Engines Fast-Boat Propulsion Into the Future Index

About the Author

Roderick Douglas "Dag" Pike is a fellow and ex-member of Council of the Royal Institute of Navigation, a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, and a member of Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (USA). He has extensive boating experience - particularly with high speed craft, including gas turbine boats that typically reach speeds of 130 mph. In 1986 he was the navigator of a successful transatlantic speed record attempt by Virgin Atlantic Challenger II. Dag has won numerous prestigious events and has more than 25 years of offshore powerboat racing at the highest levels. HOMETOWN: UK

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