1, The Coming of Power discusses the world as it was on the
eve of the practical, two-cycle marine engine and the impact made
by the first such engines on those who saw and used them. Also explored
is the debate that flourished for a decade about the comparative
virtues of two-cycle vs. four-cycle engines.
2 , Portraits, brings you the stories of Palmer, Lathrop,
Hawboldt, Boothbay, Fay and Bowen, and others.
3, The Art and Science of the Two-Stroke unravels the mysteries
associated with two-cycle design including the all-important layout
of the ports.
4, How They Built Them, takes you inside the factories like
Acadia's and others to explore the methods used to build these
stalwart, cast-iron machines.
5, Daniel and Charlie and the Atlantic Marine Engine tells
the story of one of Canada's longest-lived engines, the Atlantic,
built by the Lunenburg Foundry.
6, Daisy, tells the story of the restoration of a remarkable
Lozier launch powered by an original Lozier, one-lunger.
7 , Survivors, investigates the enduring appeal of old marine
engines for those who collect and restore them. Both museums and
individual collectors are discussed as are practical tips for
those who wish to use a one-lunger in a boat but need advice on
propeller sizing and engine installation.
8, The Catboat Mable Hawker, tells the story of a man who
decided to have a new one-lunger installed in his new, 18-foot
Cape Cod catboat and what the experience taught him.
9, In Retrospect -- the World of the One-Lunger, places the
engines in the context of the overall marine engine industry.
From New England to New Orleans to California, the one-lunger
played an important role even years after more modern, multi-cylinder
engines had been successfully developed.
includes several fascinating Appendices. Appendix A includes an
annotated listing of U.S. and Canadian marine engine companies,
some 800 in all. Appendix B describes the hilarious yet thought
provoking story of a fisherman and his first engine. Appendix
C presents the plans and commentary for a 14-foot skiff suitable
for a small (3 hp) one-lunger.) Appendix D provides practical
advice on the care and operation of a gasoline engine. Appendix
E includes a listing of marine engines in a variety of museum
collections around the country. A useful index is also provided.