Principles of Yacht Design

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Principles of Yacht Design is both comprehensible to amateurs and comprehensive for professionals. It follows the design of a 40-foot cruising sailboat from the first sketch to the final weight, strength, and sail area calculations, with tables, charts, and diagrams to let the reader adapt the process to any design. This edition is revised and expanded to cover powerboats as well as sailboats.

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Principles of Yacht Design was the first book for mnay years to examine every aspect of the process of yacht design and was welcomed with open arms by owners of boats small and large, practising designers, naval architecture students and the boatbuilding industry as a whole. Now revised and expanded for its second edition to cover power boat design in more detail, it makes an even more valuable contribution to our understanding of the process of yacht design.

The authors have used a newly designed 40 foot performance cruiser to demonstrate the practical application of yacht design theory. Beginning with the yacht's specificaitons, the authors explain the geometry of the hull by means of lines plans and introduce CAD techniques. Hydrostatics and stability in calm water as well as waves are described in detail, as is the design of the hull, keel and rudder. Next the aerodynamics of the sails and the influence this has on the shape of the sail plan is examined. Methods are introduced for finding the balance of the yacht, and there is a short chapter on selecting the correct propeller and the engine. The special hydrodynamics of high-speed power boats is also addressed for the first time in this edition.

Structural aspects of the design are treated comprehensively for both sail and power boats. Loads acting on the hull and rig are identified and methods for computing them introduced. There is also a discussion of different fibre reinforced plastics, including sandwich laminates. Finally, practical matters such as the layout of the cockpit, deck and cabin are discussed, and a complete weight calculation is provided for the 40-footer.

The book is richly illustrated with explanatory diagrams, and although the subject is complicated, the authors treat it in a remarkably clear and concise manner, making it easily understandable for both professionals and amateurs interested in the principles of yacht design.

"This book is deeply fascinating . . . a must."--Classic Boat

"Here at last is a book that replaces Skene's Elements of Yacht Design as the yacht designer's bible."--Yachting Monthly

"A copy belongs in the collection of any aspiring designer."--Soundings

"Essential in understanding the new era in Yacht design."--WoodenBoat

"Bound to become a classic."--Cruising World

"A definitive work on yacht design."--Cruising

"A new bible on yacht design."--SA Yachting

"A sound and up to date manual of yacht design . . . a classic in its field."--Practical Boat Owner

About the Author:

Lars Larsson, a naval architect, is Professor of Hydrodynamics at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He is President of Flowtech International and was a scientist at SSPA Maritime Consulting from 1971-89. He has written around 100 papers on computational fluid dynamics applied to ship hydrodynamics, and has taught many academic and public courses in yacht design.

A sailor since birth, Lars Larsson was instructor in aero and hydrodynamics to the 1984 Swedish Olympic sailing team, was design consultant to the Swedish America's Cup team from 1975-80, the US America II team from 1984-87, and the Italian Il Moro di Venezia from 1989-92.

Rolf E Eliasson, a yacht design/construction engineer specialising in yacht structures, runs his own design company for both production and one-off yachts. More than 4000 yachts have been built from his designs over the past 25 years. Between 1976 and 1982 he won three international design competitions and was runner up in a fourth.

Rolf Eliasson has been a member of working groups within the EU since 1990, setting ISO standards for yacht safety, stability and scantlings. He has built six yachts himself--in steel, wood and using different GRP methods--and is one of the forerunners in using computer techniques for yacht design and for the evaluation of new designs.

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