Neither the saga of one extraordinary sport nor merely a record of exceptionally brave and sometimes reckless racers, this book serves as a tribute to the engineering ingenuity and innovative logic behind a century of incredible racing machines. The book is remarkably illustrated with rare and mostly never-before-published images.
Brand: Motorbooks International
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you are interested in this subject, you will find this a good historical record, interestingly written. Copious illustrations, good printing. Obivously much research. Over 200 large format pages to hold your attention, and to give you considerable information about the subject. I found the data on equipment to be of noticable personal interest.
Two items of noticable shortcomings: I can't imagine why the editor chose the type for the lightly printed, hard to read captions for the illustrations! Also, the general editing was very poor in places with many instances of poor word order, missing words, extra words, and poor sentence construction. The reader can usually figure out what the author wanted to say, but sometimes with difficulty. These problems seemed to increase in the last couple chapters of the book, as if someone was getting tired of editing.
The cover picture is outstanding. My only complaint is there is no chapter devoted to setting up for maximum performance for "your" hydro; outboard angle, prop, height, or how to race. Also, no acknowledgement of the fact that you can buy plans and kits,[ Clark Craft ] but no new engine, nor quickie lower unit. Except for formula, the biggest engines, the sport is dead. Roy
Kevin Desmond has done well to begin and end his history of outboards with electrics motors. While Desmond focuses on exploding engines, as he must to be historically accurate, he begins with Gustave Trouve on the Seine River in Paris in 1880. Trove's 11-pound motor was placed in a boat 18 feet long. He achieved a speed of 6.7 mph. This was the first outboard motor of any kind. Toward the end of the book, Desmond writes "At the very beginning, "the world's first outboard was electric...With increasing concerns for the environment, a small and eccentric number of people have thought the impossible - that one future solution for the outboard sport would be to run again battery-electric motors." Desmond's attractive book is a well-written and well-researched history. It would be a valuable addition to any nautical library
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