Why Book of Sailing: The Curious Sailor's Guide to the Science of Sailing and Seamanship

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Sailors know that Nature's forces are always at work, affecting the boat and its surroundings in countless ways. The Why Book of Sailing examines these laws and how they come to bear on the sailboat, with intriguing, surprising, and entertaining answers to such questions as these: Why does it get ever harder to make your sailboat go ever faster? Why are golf balls dimpled but hulls are smooth? Why do boats float higher in salt water? Why are tsunamis nearly undetectable at sea? ... and many more. The Why Book of ...
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Overview

Sailors know that Nature's forces are always at work, affecting the boat and its surroundings in countless ways. The Why Book of Sailing examines these laws and how they come to bear on the sailboat, with intriguing, surprising, and entertaining answers to such questions as these: Why does it get ever harder to make your sailboat go ever faster? Why are golf balls dimpled but hulls are smooth? Why do boats float higher in salt water? Why are tsunamis nearly undetectable at sea? ... and many more. The Why Book of Sailing takes the helm to look at everything from vectors to leverage, the physics of floating and the science of navigation, the laws of electricity, optics, waves and more, in a book that will intrigue and delight every sailor.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781580801461
  • Publisher: Burford Books
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 989,996
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     viii
Foreword     ix
Introduction     xi
Floating Alone-Archimedes     1
Moving Through Wind and Water-Using Vectors     9
The Nature of Force-More Vectors     25
Torque-A Leveraged Deal     51
Navigation and Piloting-Old and New     67
Batteries and Lightning     101
Waves     125
Optics, Illusions, and Rainbows     143
Conservation and Cruising     159
A Final Word     171
Index     175
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