The Propeller Handbook: The Complete Reference for Choosing, Installing, and Understanding Boat Propellers / Edition 1

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On the surface, choosing the correct propeller for a particular boat seems simple. But one factor affects another, which then affects another factor, leading many boaters to believe that propeller selection depends more on black magic than logic.

All the questions are answered in this complete reference, the first of its kind. This clear, easy-to-use handbook for all small boats is written not for Ph.D.s seeking the latest wrinkle in high-tech propeller design, but as a practical aid for the average mechanic, engineer, boatbuilder, fleet operator, serious yachtsman, or naval architect.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071381765
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/11/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 423,961
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Gerr is a naval architect specializing in the design of yachts and commercial craft to 180 feet. He has worked on vessels ranging from 440-foot cruise ships to a 60-foot BOC racer, a 60-mph jet-drive runabout, a 7-knot, 25-foot cruising motor launch, 100-foot aluminum motoryachts, and an assortment of 40- and 50-foot auxiliaries and motorsailers.

Owner of his own design firm, Gerr is a graduate of Westlawn School of Yacht Design and has studied physics at New York University and industrial design at Pratt Institute. He has a particular fascination with the relationship between science and art, function and beauty, and finds in naval architecture a rewarding harmony among these.

Dave Gerr's articles on boat design have appeared in Cruising World, Ocean Navigator, SAIL, Yachting, and WoodenBoat. He is a contributing editor for Boatbuilder and Offshore magazines. He is the author of The Nature of Boats and The Elements of Boat Strength, both published by International Marine.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Power: Understanding Engine Performance

Chapter 2. Estimating Speed: Effects of Power, Weight, and Hull Type

Chapter 3. Propeller Anatomy: Parts and Definitions

Chapter 4. Blade Characteristics: Blade Shape, Cavitation, Special Propellers, and Rules of Thumb

Chapter 5. Crouch's Propeller Method: The Empirical Method for Calculating Propellers Using Slip

Chapter 6. The Bp- Method: The Power Factor Method for Calculating Propellers

Chapter 7. Installation Considerations: Blade Clearances, Shafting, and Propeller Weight

Chapter 8. Tugs and Trawlers: High-Thrust, Variable-Loading, Controllable Pitch, and Ducted Propellers

Chapter 9. Sailboats, Outboards, and Go-Fast Wrinkles: Propellers for Special Applications

Appendix A. Measuring the Hull: Procedure for Determining Displacement

Appendix B. Measuring the Propeller: Procedure for Finding Diameter and Pitch

Appendix C. Shaft Taper and Coupling Dimensions

Appendix D. Decimal Exponents

Manufacturers and Suppliers


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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2010

    The best book for boaters switching props.

    Dave Gerr's book is a one stop source for anyone not satisified with their boat's performance, and considering changing propellers. As expensive as some props are, this book is a low cost, sure fire way to select the correct propeller for your boat, carrying your typical load.
    Highly recommended, and much cheaper than buying a propeller that still just doesn't "cut it".

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    How To Upgrade your propeller

    I found how to upgrade your propeller and how to prop outboard and how to prop mercuriser for a buck at tgosell alot easy to understand.

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