Author(s): Gregor Tarjan


The modern cruising catamaran has arrived ! The arguments are over and the verdict is in - cruising catamarans comprise a rapidly growing percentage of the cruising fleet worldwide. Their advantages of space, stability, speed, and handling under power are truly compelling, and modern cats are every bit as reliable as monohulls. This long overdue, in-depth guide will help you choose and cruise the right catamaran for your needs.


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Gregor Tarjan is founder and president of Aeroyacht Ltd., one of the world's top brokers of large sail and power catamarans. He is a USCG licensed captain and a veteran of dozens of ocean crossings.

AcknowledgementsForewordIntroductionHistory AbbreviatedPresent EnvironmentThe Big PictureCurrent Perception of MultihullsModern PioneersObjective & Mission ProfilePart 1. Multihull CharacteristicsMultihull AdvantagesCatamaran vs. MultihullSpeedEfficiencyStabilitySafetyDraftNo-Heel EnvironmentSpaceBoat HandlingDesirable AttributesSeaworthinessConstructionDesignCritical IssuesLoad CarryingCostPart 2. Multihull ParametersDesign & DynamicsConfiguration & Basic TypesClass 1 - Open Bridgedeck CatamaranClass 2 - Partial Bridgedeck CatamaranClass 3 - Bridgedeck CatamaranClass 4 - Superyacht CatamaranEvaluation & CoefficientsBruce Number (BN)Sail Area to Wetted Surface (SAWS)Hull Fineness Ratio (HFR)Stability Coefficient (SC)Diagonal Stability & Beam to Length Ratio (BLR)HullShape & ResistanceAppendagesKeels vs. DaggerboardsRuddersRigConfiguration & TypesMastSailsConstructionComposite & AluminumPart 3. Multihull SeamanshipSailhandling - Monohull vs. MultihullThe Magic of Apparent WindManuevers Under SailUpwind SailingReachingDownwindVelocity Made Good (VMG)BattensReefingDaggerboardsTrackingStall RecoveryGybingDocking & Under PowerMotorsailingAnchoringHeavy Weather TacticsPart 4. Noteworthy MultihullsAtlantic 55Blubay 100Broadblue 435Catana 52Dolphin 46Fountaine Pajot - Eleuthera 60Gemini 150McGunboat 49Lagoon 410Leopard 40Maine Cat 41Manta 42Outremer 42PDQ - Antares 44Privilege 495Seawind 1160St Francis 50Switch 55Voyage 500Jaguar 36Yapluka 70Appendix 1. Offshore Survival Gear ChecklistAppendix 2. Long-Range Cruising Equipment ChecklistAppendix 3. General Vessel MaintenanceAppendix 4. Beaufort ScaleAppendix 5. PhotographyPhoto CreditsBibliography & ReferencesGlossaryIndex of Illustrations and TablesFeatured Catamaran IndexIndex

General Fields

  • : 9780071498852
  • : McGraw-Hill Education
  • : McGraw-Hill Education
  • : 1.452
  • : September 2007
  • : 276mm X 215mm X 25mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gregor Tarjan
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 797.1
  • : 304
  • : col. Illustrations