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Old 19-02-2008, 10:52   #1
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Good Books on Cruising Catamarans?

I am a cruising catamaran newbie and am trying to learn as much about modern catamarans as possible. Are there any recent books on catamaran design and sailing that you would recommend? Older books would be fine if the information is still relevant to newer boats. I have been sailing all my life so I am not looking for books on how to sail although books on how to sail large modern catamarans would be helpful.

I went to the library and pretty much only found books on how to make your own boat out of plywood and fiberglass or ferro cement that were pretty old as well as books on how to sail Hobie type small cats. (I used to own and race a Hobie 18.) The local Barnes and Noble bookstore had nothing on the subject of cruising catamarans. I found one book written by the ASA about catamarans at the library but the information was for people with virtually no boating experience...explaining how to tie fenders etc. I have had a few naval architecture courses so something at that level I think could understand.

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Old 19-02-2008, 11:06   #2
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The library won't usually have much...

Try bluewaterbooks.com

They have *everything*. I just bought Gavin LeSueur's "Multihull Seamanship" from them at their retail location in Ft Lauderdale. They ship worldwide though...
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[quote=David M;135864]
Are there any recent books on catamaran design and sailing that you would recommend? Older books would be fine if the information is still relevant to newer boats. I have been sailing all my life so I am not looking for books on how to sail although books on how to sail large modern catamarans would be helpful.


I have them all and one of the best is written by Gregor Tarjan. I recommend it. You can search his name on Amazon to get the exact title. Beware, there are two versions of the same book out...one goes for approximately $30 and the other $50. They are identical. I bought them both thinking one was the updated version.
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Thanks Sullivan and Mike for the good ideas.
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I agree with Mikemak on Gregor Tarjan's book on Cruising Multihulls - it includes not only general information on design and construction , but also a useful section on sailing and anchoring the modern cruising cat.

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I agree that Gregor Tarjan's book is excellent.

Charles Kantor's book is also worth a read - he sells thru his web site at Sailco Press
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I have them all and one of the best is written by Gregor Tarjan. I recommend it. You can search his name on Amazon to get the exact title. Beware, there are two versions of the [U
same[/U] book out...one goes for approximately $30 and the other $50. They are identical. I bought them both thinking one was the updated version.
I second MikeMak, I don't know about the difference in the two book prices mentioned. But even Gregor got a few technical points wrong in the first edition of his book, I believe they were to be corrected in the second edition now published by (McGrawHill?). And a number of established catamaran designers didn't make it in to this book, pity!
Still an excellent book.
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Chris WHite's "The Cruising Catamaran". It's not new, but it's mostly up-to-date.
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I am just now finishing Chris White's book for the third time. Although sometimes I think he is a wee bit prejudice in his writings. Still good reading............
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Charles Kanter has written a couple of books on this subject. The latest was just published.

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I have them all and one of the best is written by Gregor Tarjan. I recommend it. You can search his name on Amazon to get the exact title. Beware, there are two versions of the same book out...one goes for approximately $30 and the other $50. They are identical. I bought them both thinking one was the updated version.
Interesting. I was wondering if the books were different. I read the older hardbound expensive version. Good Book.

I read Kanter's older version, "Cruising in Catamarans". Buy the updated version "Cruising Catamaran Communique". If you buy directly from the publisher, appears to be Kanter's company, Cruising in Catamarans by Charles Kanter, AMS I assume he'll autograph it for you and ship it to you, at least that's what he did for me. He also offered to talk to me on the phone when I ordered the book and answer any questions that I had about catamarans.

Both good books and worth buying in my opinion.
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Yeah and anyone who has a white beard and wears a hat like Charles must write a mean catamaran book.

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Yeah and anyone who has a white beard and wears a hat like Charles must write a mean catamaran book.

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Let me get this straight. If a guy has gray hair, this cancels his 30 years of catamaran sailing experience? I think you might need to explain this remark.
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Let me get this straight. If a guy has gray hair, this cancels his 30 years of catamaran sailing experience? I think you might need to explain this remark.

Uhhh, you said that, not I, nor did I imply that.

I was just noticing his rather Motley appearence.


I presume his catamaran books are A-OK and I would suggest you lighten up, old feller'.:cubalibre

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While I value all the books mentioned some that I think are more than worth the money and effort to locate are: Multihull Voyaging by T. F. Jones, Catamaran Sailing by Derek Kelsall, Design for Fast Sailing by the American Yacht Research Society, Multihulls for Cruising and Racing by Derek Harvey and Multihulls Offshore by Rob James. While most are out of print they are worth the broad and thorough foundation they provide, IMHO. Most can be found through Amazon. John Shuttleworth used to sell his own design booklet but he has taken it off the market. If you could locate one of his I would advise that one as well.

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