Powerboating: A Woman's Guide by Sandy LindseyPowerboating: A Woman's Guide by Sandy Lindsey

Powerboating: A Woman's Guide

bySandy Lindsey

Paperback | July 15, 2000

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For the past decade, women have been the fastest-growing segment of the powerboating population. This latest book in the popular Ragged Mountain Press Woman's Guides series delivers a timely, top-to-bottom introduction to powerboating. Addressing a vast range of issues that concern women particularly, author and veteran boater Sandy Lindsey covers everything readers need to know, from getting started and driving the boat to reading weather and mastering the art of anchoring. Powerboating also considers the details of effective maintenance. Best of all, readers are presented with a rich spectrum of perspectives, opinions, advice, and anecdotes from many powerboating women, each of whom has loads of real-life experience.
Sandy Lindsey (Hollywood, FL) is the author of Quick and Easy Boat Maintenance (International Marine). A contributing editor for Boating Magazine, she has also written for SAIL, Good Housekeeping, Sports Afield, Midwest Outdoors, and Sailing.
Title:Powerboating: A Woman's GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9.28 × 7.42 × 0.35 inPublished:July 15, 2000Publisher:International Marine & Ragged Mountain PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0071357025

ISBN - 13:9780071357029


Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Women and Powerboating

A perfect fit for women

The rewards of powerboating

Women powerboaters and how they got started

Chapter 2: Getting Started

Learn before you cruise

What to expect the first time

Stepping aboard

Normal apprehension

Chapter 3: Getting Comfortable with Your Boat

The parts of a powerboat

How a powerboat moves through water

The basics of driving a powerboat

Types of powerboats

Chapter 4: Leaving the Dock and Returning

Anticipating your first powerboat cruise

Preparing the boat for departure

Casting off

Leaving the dock

Getting under way

Turning to port and starboard

Understanding prop walk

Going in reverse


Fending off and making fast

Knots for docking

Chapter 5: Weather and Navigation Basics

Weather forecasting basics

Tips to avoid being caught in a storm

What to do if you're caught in rough weather

Do I need a compass?

Using charts

GPS units and other electronic tools

Tides and currents

Navigation aids

Who has the right-of-way?

Lights at night

Speed limits

Chapter 6: Essential Equipment

Boat-buying basics

Choosing between a new and a used boat

What you really need on board

Communication afloat: why you need a VHF radio

Tools and spare parts

Anchors and anchoring

Clothing for more comfortable powerboating

Chapter 7: Trailering Your Powerboat

Trailer anatomy

Hitting the road

Backing up

Launching from the trailer

Retrieving the boat

Chapter 8: Safety and Comfort

Staying in touch

How do I use a VHF radio?

Required safety and emergency equipment

Fuel safety

What to do if something goes wrong

Crew overboard and what to do

EPIRBs and when to use them

Float plans and how to file them

First-aid equipment and knowing how to use it

Personal comfort

Chapter 9: Basic Maintenance and Minor Repairs

How to tell whether your powerboat is operating properly

Choosing a good mechanic

Minor repairs you can make yourself

Preventive maintenance

Chapter 10: Powerboating with Friends and Family

Sharing the joys of powerboating

Bringing the whole family

Taking vacations afloat and extended cruises

Further adventures

Chapter 11: Resources


From Our Editors

More and more women seek the thrill of having the wind blow through their hair as they speed across a lake on a bright, sunny day. Powerboating: A Woman’s Guide offers information specific to women with only a few tips for all boaters. Sandy Lindsey includes information on getting started, driving the boat, reading the weather, and mastering the art of the anchor. In this guide, you’ll also find some maintenance tips as well as advice, opinions, perspectives, and anecdotes from female power-boaters.