Power Boating for Dummies by Randy Vance

By Randy Vance

Energy Boating For Dummies is a advisor to strength boating for either new and skilled boaters. It advises readers of important boating provides, defense issues and kit, add-ons, and comprises destinations of cruising amenities, and the way to securely pilot the send.

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Mandatory, mandatory. Use the Cheat Sheet at the front of this book and Chapter 3 as your sea trial guide, and get a professional to go over the boat you’re falling in love with before you tie the knot. ✓ Check the engine. If your boat surveyor isn’t a mechanic and can’t render an opinion on the engine, hire a qualified marine mechanic to check out the engine. A mechanic can catch obvious signs of neglect that can lead to catastrophic engine failure. ✓ Check the trailer. Have a mechanic inspect the trailer, too.

Inboard arrangements are slower at top speed and less efficient due to the downward angle of the prop. This also makes them ride rougher than outboards or sterndrives of comparable size. Tooling around with outboard power Outboard power combines the engine, drive shaft, and propeller in one unit that bolts to the transom at the back of the boat (see Figure 2-3). Outboard power is most popular on small boats. Figure 2-3: Outboard units hang on the transom outside of the boat. indd 33 Trim range Tilt range 1/27/09 12:15:03 AM 34 Part I: Getting On the Right Boating Track An outboard has a tilting mechanism used to raise or lower the motor, changing the angle of the prop.

They’re known for their fast acceleration and rock-steady, straight-line tracking at riding speeds of 20 to 30 mph. A ski boat usually has the engine in the center of the boat to balance its weight for a minimal wake. A wakeboard boat has the engine in the back to create a larger wake. If you go in for skiing or wakeboarding in a big way, you care about only three things: a great wake, fast acceleration to get quickly on top of the water, and plenty of space for your riding friends. Both boat types feature plush carpet, ample seating, and almost always the most rockin’ stereo possible.

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