Various boat designs across the years have reflected how boats are often used for work, pleasure, and for other specific purposes. Although there are no record's for man's earliest attempts to engage in rescue operations, it would be rational to assume that man was engaged in coastal search and rescue even before organized rescue services were initiated. The boats used for these efforts were those of traditional designs. While these were appropriate for the daily work of fishermen and shore boatmen, these were perceived to be unsuitable for rescue work especially in adverse conditions. Compared to the earliest known efforts of the Chinese, organized efforts in the Western Hemisphere are more recent since formal efforts began only in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. This book attempts to trace how design characteristics have developed and how various rescue crafts have adopted and improved these characteristics throughout the years.
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