This is the thoroughly revised edition of Robert Beebe's classic book on long-distance powerboating. All the late Capt. Beebe's designs, research, and wonderful cruising stories remain intact, but world cruiser Jim Leishman has updated the book with the current technical advances of the past years. This remains the definitive guide for those who wish to expand their cruising horizons, crossing oceans with speed and comfort.
The passagemaking bible updated to help you live your long-distance voyaging dreams.
First published in 1975, Robert Beebe’s Voyaging Under Power revolutionized long-distance cruising, encouraging powerboaters to enjoy what was once exclusive to sailboats and their crews: crossing oceans to exotic, interesting, and beautiful places in comfort with a minimum of problems and expense. Now power-cruising couple Denis and Mary Umstot, whose interest in power voyaging was ignited by Beebe’s work, have updated Voyaging Under Power for the twenty-first century. The much anticipated Voyaging Under Power, Fourth Edition, includes Beebe’s original wisdom and philosophy of passagemaking, as well as his groundbreaking thoughts on vessel stability and fuel monitoring. Fourteen new chapters provide insights into a range of additional topics vital for ocean passages and passagemakers, including:
Seaworthiness, stability, and other design concepts
Options for stabilizing passagemakers including paravanes, active and passive fins, and antiroll tanks
Selecting and understanding the critical systems for long-distance voyaging
A decision process for choosing a new boat or analyzing the suitability of a used boat
An examination of passagemaking models from Nordhavn, Kadey-Krogen, Seahorse, and Dashew, as well as the designs of Stephen Seaton, Michael Kasten, George Buehler, Dave Gerr, and others
Highlights of successful and proven passagemakers of the past, including examples from eleven builders and designers
First-hand accounts from passagemakers around the globe, including the Mediterranean, Black Sea, South America, South Pacific, Madagascar, and beyond
Tips on understanding and predicting weather and waves and what to do in a storm
Understanding offshore safety issues, including how to avoid trouble and cross oceans in comfort
Choosing and training crew as well as communication tips for a better cruising experience
Preparing for and resolving maintenance problems at sea and in distant anchorages