This article is from the Boats FAQ, by John F. Hughes with numerous contributions by others.
I have been reading and saving selections from rec.boats for about 8
years, and operating various watercraft for far longer. I volunteered,
in August 1992, to maintain this Frequently Asked Questions list for
rec.boats, with help from many other people on topics where they know
much more than I do.
The contents of the posting below consist of the information sent to
me by many people; less than 1/4 of it is my own writing. I am
especially grateful to Michael Hughes (no relation) for providing much
of the bibliography.
If you have constructive comments please let me know. (I am John
Hughes, firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have additions you'd like to see,
please let me know.
Several people have asked that I mark the recent changes with some
sort of symbol to indicate the changed passages. As you can see from
the dates above, I'm finding it tough to keep up with the "every three
months" schedule as is, and I'm reluctant to add any more work to the
task. I've therefore not done what they have asked, alas. I've now
created an auto-posting program to send out the FAQ, as is, whether I
remember to do it or not, every three months. Someday I hope to edit
it thoroughly, removing the pleasantly dated "Should we split?"
section, and updating the sections on GPS. But I've just been too busy
to do so.
The information in this posting comes in three forms. There are facts
(addresses and phone numbers, etc.), generally accepted information
("How can I get into sailboat racing as a crew member?"), and opinions
("Is this magazine any good?"). Following a lead of Wayne Simpson,
I've put the initials of the provider of the information or opinion in
parentheses following the statement (e.g., (jfh)). There's a list of
contributors at the bottom. Since I only started doing this *after* I
had put together much of the list, a good deal of the information is
unattributed, especially in the book reviews. I apologize to the
original authors for this.
By the way, my own bias is towards sailboating. This means that the
powerboating information is scantier than the sailboating stuff.