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This book is totally dedicated to blue water type outboard boats, not jet boats, I/O’s, pontoon boats, bass boats or mega yachts. You won’t be just reading part of it and disregarding the rest. Or paying for something that is irrelevant. What I mean by “blue water” type boats are boats that are sea worthy for heading out into larger bodies of water, not just small lakes and protected bays, etc. Buyers’ Guide to Outboard Boats strives to be relevant to both the novice and more experienced boat owner by addressing the real world issues he faces based on the hundreds, perhaps even thousands questions I’m asked by customers when I do surveys for them. Many people want to totally simplify the matter by asking, “Which boat should I buy?” Ah, if life were only that easy! No one can answer that question since no one but the buyer knows completely what he wants and can afford. Illustrated with over 140 real life photos and drawings New Boats – Used Boats Learn to make your own assessment of boat quality What constitutes good design and bad design Why so many boat builders make serious mistakes. What to look for and how to avoid them. Sea worthiness: The right boat for the right waters. Performance Issues: Why do some boats perform better than others? How to avoid trim problems. Ergonomics: The art of designing products that fit your body size. Nowhere is it more important than with a boat. Navigating the turmoil of the outboard motor market. Choosing the right power options: Outboard, inboard or stern drive. Critical elements of boat rigging Stress cracks: What do they mean? How to research prices and market values
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Probably should read this book before buying a used boat. By S and N Websteron August 9, 2016
I bought this book used. It has excellent information if you’re looking to buy a used outboard boat. I would recommend it to anyone who does not have a lot of experience in boating, or who are buying used boats. The safety design flaws he explains are worth reading alone. The material on outboard motors is useful but dated. He predicts where the state of the art of outboard motors will be in the future and he is correct, but this book was produced in 2002. The information on design construction and even maintenance of the boat is excellent and I believe almost anyone can benefit.
Has some negatives. By James B Cooperon March 2, 2016
David Pascoe is a genius on boats. This book is very informative and beneficial even if you already own a boat. That said, the author is not a “writer” and his book is filled with misspellings and grammer mistakes. The book is loaded with photos that have nothing to do with what is on that page of text. The photographs are also not well done and it is hard to tell what the point of the photo is. David Pascoe should have enlisted the help of people who are in the “book” business before he set out to sail those waters.
- Perfect Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: D. H. Pascoe & Co., Inc. (June 10, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965649628
- ISBN-13: 978-0965649629
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
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About the Author
David Pascoe has performed over 5,000 marine surveys, both pleasure craft and commercial.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio where he began training as a marine surveyor with his father’s firm of Lovell, Pascoe & Botton at the age of sixteen. There, he trained in pleasurecraft and commercial marine, as well as general insurance adjusting in the years 1965 through 1972. He gained experience with yachts, cargo – including commodities, and bulk cargoes – as well as CGL and seaman’s injury claims. In 1971 he was appointed as a Correspondent to the American Institute of Marine Underwriters and was certified by the National Association of Marine Surveyors in 1973.
The firm opened a Fort Lauderdale office where he was transferred in 1972 and developed a specialization in yachts. He spent several years as an Official Measurer for the North American Yacht Racing Union and then spent two years studying with the Westlawn School of Yacht Design. He crewed extensively on the ocean racing circuit, including the notable maxi-racers WINDWARD PASSAGE and SOUTHERN STAR.
Among his major construction projects were the supervision of the 106′ Denison “ASTRA DEE,” the 96′ Broward “FELICITY” and 98′ Custom yacht “BLACK SHEEP.” In addition, he has been involved with refits on numerous smaller boats and yachts.
His work has led to extensive travels throughout the U.S. Bahamas, Caribbean, South America and to Japan and the Pacific Rim where he performed survey work for a major Japanese Company.
David Pascoe has been a guest lecturer at Florida International University on the subject of marine surveying in 1989 and 1990 and is the author of many magazine articles over the years. He traveled to Japan in 1993 at the invitation of Nippon Ocean Racing Committee (NORC), where he gave an address titled “Marine Surveying in the U.S.”
He is a former South Atlantic Regional Vice President of the National Association of Marine Surveyors.
David Pascoe is the author and publisher of books: “Surveying Fiberglass Power Boats” (2001), “Buyers’ Guide to Outboard Boats” (2002), “Mid Size Power Boats” (spring 2003) and “Marine Investigations” (Nov. 2004).
In September 2005, “Surveying Fiberglass Power Boats” 2nd Edition was published.
In 2012, David Pascoe has retired from marine surveying business at age 65.
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