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:.
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. Scott Welty is a recently retired teacher of physics and now full-time cruiser aboard his foot sailboat Enee Marie.
A lifelong sailor, he writes for Sailing, Ocean Navigator and other publications. 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: What is happening when I "fly my tell tails"?
How do levers and pulleys work?
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How do I plot an accurate course? How did people navigate before modern electronics? How can I avoid getting hit by lightening on a boat in the middle of the ocean? How do I troubleshoot an electrical problem? How do batteries work? What prevents a boat from going faster than its "hull speed"?
What is a rainbow? How do polarizing sunglasses work, and are they worth their price? How can I conserve water and electricity? My only complaints with the book have to do with the editing.
In particular, simple grammatical and spelling errors are mixed throughout the text, as well as the occasional repeated word word sic. There are also some photographs of charts with awful contrast which are difficult to see. Fortunately these complaints are minor and easily ignored, and do not in any way detract from the usefulness of the book. I will be reading this one again, and frequently sharing it with others.
Feb 07, Jen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Any question that you can dream up about physics, as it relates to sailing, will be answered in this book. I am one of the most curious sailors or people that I know, and this book has been able to slake most of my curious wonderings. It is a great book to keep aboard, seeing as most questions about sailing arise while under sail. The examples are always relevant and fun, and Welty includes many excerpts from his own log which gives the book a human element that many physics books lack. Also, co Any question that you can dream up about physics, as it relates to sailing, will be answered in this book.
Also, coming from a retired physics teacher it is very credible. I would not categorize this as a physics book but rather as a humorous look into the workings of a sailboat and its watery world. Nov 16, Jason rated it it was ok. Great idea for a book; poor execution.
Layout, editing, and diagrams are all pretty unprofessional. Welty's attempts at humor fall far short. Initial topics are completely elementary. There are more interesting topics later in the book. Jan 26, Brian rated it it was amazing. Awesome book; lots of good physics and good humor Biased review: Awesome book; lots of good physics and good humor.
Dec 11, Johannes Kristian rated it liked it. It was very interesting, but I think I'll reread it when I'm older and know a little more about the words. Paul Poloniewicz rated it really liked it Jan 28, Adela rated it liked it Jun 25, Colin rated it liked it Oct 12, Paul Harrington marked it as to-read Feb 07, Gabrielle added it Mar 25, Richard Kastelein marked it as to-read Oct 26,