This long awaited book has now been published and is the first book written on this challenging subject for a long time. It covers every aspect of the design and equipment on modern powerboats both fast and slow or planing and displacement and also contains contributions from some of the World’s top powerboat designers. This is a hardback book with lots of colour pictures and is destined to become a classic. It is available on many web sites as well as from the publishers Adlard Coles who are part of the Bloomsbury Group one of Britain’s top publishing companies. It established Pike as one of the top authorities on Powerboats.
My latest book How to Drive Lifeboats and Rescue Boats has now been published and has received very positive reviews. It was published by the prestigious Nautical Institute and is available from them through their web site. This book is a sequel to my Launch and Recovery of Lifeboats book also published by the Nautical Institute.
My book Powerboat Design and Performance is scheduled for a launch within the next couple of months.
Two new books written by Dag Pike are now completed and being readied for publication which is expected this autumn. One book is to be called Driving Lifeboats and Rescue Boats and it will be published by the Nautical Institute as a companion volume to the Launch and Recovery of Boats from Ships published last year. The second book is Powerboat Design and Performance which is an in depth look at how motor boats and powerboats are designed looking at the various options and how to drive them to get the best performance. This is being published by the Adlard Coles branch of Bloomsbury.
Dag Pike has been a member of the Royal Meteorological Society for a number of years but recently he has been elected to be a Fellow of the Society, the highest level of membership. The award is in recognition of his contribution to weather publications and weather innovation and research, mainly in the field of wind and wave forecasting over the ocean.
This is my latest book to be published and it is available from the publishers, Pen and Sword Ltd or from all good bookshops and on line of course. It cover the whole history of navigation right from the early days 5000 years ago through to the latest satellite systems with also a glimpse into the future. It was a fascinating book to research and write and is the first complete book on the subject for about 50 years.
This book has now been finished and is with the publishers with publication expected in September this year, In addition to the chapters that I have written covering all aspects of modern powerboats design it has short sections written by many of the top powerboat designers around the World so that the book offers a wide perspective on the design of both dislacement and planing powered boats. This is thought to be the first attempt in modern times to analyse all the factors that go into the design of modern powerboats and so the book should become a classic of its generation.
Just back from a trip to Svalbard in the High Arctic where I spent 5 days on a 20 metre research vessel cruising the coasts of this wild and inhospitable area. Despite it being summer the temperatures were in single figures and of course the sun never sets this far north in the summer. We were just 1000 miles from the North Pole and this was a fascinating new boating experience. I have been cruising in many parts of the World but have never been this far north. It is the farthest you can go north without encountering ice and the wildlife included polar bears and walruses
Dag Pike has today signed a contract to write a book about how to drive and handle ships’ lifeboats. It is a subject that has never been written about before and dag Pike will bring his extensive experience of boat driving to this subject. At this stage there is no date for the delivery of this book.
Dag Pike is on stand-by to appear as an expert witness at a manslaughter by gross negligence trial in the London court, the Old Bailey, next month.
We have a contract to help design and develop the helm position and crew positions for some fast RIB designs being developed by a German company.