Excerpt from Motor Boats: A Review of the Development and Construction of Marine Motors and Motor Boats, Their Advantages and Their Future Scope The most striking development of modern times is undoubtedly the development of the motor car on the road. While it is possible that there might have been an extension of mechanical traction with steam as a motive power on a small scale, there is doubt that the essential reason for the ermous extension which has taken place is the great improvement in the internal combustion motor, which has put into the hands of the user a very much simpler and lighter form of motive power than the steam engine, and one which is cheaper to build. As steam was already in use for marine work, the development of the internal combustion engine here has been slower than on the road, and, further, there have been some special difficulties to overcome. Nevertheless, it is quite possible that the marine motor may one day be quite as important as the road motor. I have therefore endeavoured in this volume to explain, in ntechnical language, the principles on which the marine motor works and the variation in requirements and working, at the same time showing its advantages over the steam engine and its possible scope. My thanks arc due to the various firms who have kindly furnished me with information and illustrations. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.