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The Nature of Boats

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The Nature of Boatsby Dave Gerr
Subtitle 'Insights and Esoterica for the Nautically Obsessed'.
The author is a Naval Architect and author of The Propeller Handbook and Elements of Boat Strength.
This a slightly difficult book to classify, but I think it will mainly interest designers, boatbuilders and students but it is presented in such a way as to be of interest to leisure boaters who want to learn more about boat design. The format is to take specific aspects of design or performance and explore their significance using practical examples from the author's own experience. The chapter headings can be a bit journalistic in style, for instance a chapter entitled 'The Boat That Shook' is an essay on engine mounting and the importance of properly designed engine-bearers. However the content is serious and presented in manageable chunks which makes it a good book to dip into, rather that a cover-to-cover read.