Randy Vance's Power Boating for Dummies PDF

By Randy Vance

Strength Boating For Dummies is a consultant to energy boating for either new and skilled boaters. It advises readers of worthwhile boating offers, security issues and gear, add-ons, and comprises destinations of cruising amenities, and the way to soundly pilot the send.

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And because the prop is situated perfectly parallel to the boat’s direction of travel, there’s no need to trim it up or down. Unlike an inboard with a prop tilted down, the pod drive loses no power to that inefficient angle. As of this writing, pod drives are only practical in twin applications on boats longer than 35 feet, and they’re expensive. Zipping about with jet propulsion power Jet propulsion uses an inboard engine to drive a propeller called an impeller that’s concealed inside a jet pump, as shown in Figure 2-5.

Sterndrive power is heavier than outboard power and harder and more expensive to maintain. Maneuvering with pod drive power Pod drives have been around for more than 75 years, but they’ve only been practical in pleasure boats (namely cruisers and small yachts) since 2003. That’s thanks to computer wizardry in boat engines that makes them easy to control. They’re actually a variation of sterndrive engines, but they have advantages so unique that they deserve a separate discussion. With this kind of engine, the propeller mechanism, called the pod, comes straight out of the bottom of the boat, instead of out of the back of the boat.

A 25-footer may be overkill — unless you’re thinking of a pontoon boat, which fits any waters with a launch ramp (Chapter 2 has more on pontoons). ✓ Rivers and other shallow waters: Rivers and other shallow waters have many obstacles in them, some of which are just 1 or 2 feet below the surface! That’s deep enough that you won’t see them but close enough to the surface that they could damage your boat if you strike them. Outboards are popular in these waters, and jet boats are growing in popularity.

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