BOAT AND YACHT DESIGN. Page one.


THE DESIGN PROCESS.



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and Kayaking and Canoeing

  • Principles of Yacht Design
  • Elements of Yacht Design
  • The Elements of Boat Strength
  • How to Design a Boat - Sail and Power, 4th Edition
  • Understanding Boat Design, 4th Edition
  • Understanding Yacht Design
  • Boats With An Open Mind
  • Aero-Hydrodynamics and the Performance of Sailing Yachts
  • Performance by Design: Hydrodynamics for High Speed vessels
  • Preliminary Design of Boats and Ships
  • Pete Culler's Boats
  • Pete Culler on Wooden Boats
  • The Gaff Rig Handbook
  • Practical Junk Rig
  • The Nature of Boats
  • The Boat Data Book
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    PRINCIPLES OF YACHT DESIGN. 4th EDITION
    By Lars Larrson & Rolf E Eliasson. Hardback, 202mm x 272mm, 350 pages.
    This book has now established itself as the standard book on the subject for practising designers, naval architecture students, discerning boat owners and the boatbuilding industry as a whole. Now revised and expanded for the fourth edition, it examines every aspect of the process of yacht and powerboat design.
    The authors have used a newly designed 41 foot performance cruiser to demonstrate the practical application of yacht design theory. Beginning with the yacht's specifications, the authors examine:
  • the geometry of the hull using lines plans and CAD techniques
  • hydrostatics and stability in calm water as well as waves
  • Design of the hull, keel and rudder
  • the aerodynamics of the sails and the consequential influence on the sail plan
  • How to find the balance of the yacht
  • selecting the correct propeller and engine
  • the special hydrodynamics of high-speed power boats
  • structural design aspects for both sail and power boats
  • loads acting on the hull and rig, and methods for computing them
  • different fibre reinforced plastics, including sandwich laminates
    The authors concluded by examining practical matters such as the layout of the cockpit, deck and cabin, and provide a complete weight calculation for the boat.
    Illustrated with many explanatory diagrams, the authors have succeeded in making this complex subject remarkably clear and accessible for professionals and amateurs alike.

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    ELEMENTS OF YACHT DESIGN, the Original Edition of the Classic Book on Yacht Design
    By Norman L. Skene. Pbk, 155mm x 235mm, 254 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings and plans.
    Skene's Elements of Yacht Design is one of the most famous yacht design books ever written. First published in 1904, Skene did several revisions, the last of which was published in 1938 - this is the edition reproduced here in its original form. In 1962 the book was completely revised by Francis S. Kinney. A last version was published in 1973 and it has long been out of print.
    Whilst this reprint may be looked on as a piece of history, to do so is to miss the main value of the book. The hydrostatic and aerodynamic principles described in this book in detail with tables and graphs, are basic principles and therefore timeless. They are as immutable in application as the method of working out a celestial position line. These sailing ship design elements are very well and concisely described; the book is warmly recommended to anyone interested in the tabular and quantitative information needed for yacht design. Hence presumably its popularity nearly 100 years ago!

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    THE ELEMENTS OF BOAT STRENGTH, for Builders, Designers and Owners.
    By Dave Gurr. Hbk, 190mm x 240mm, 368 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings and plans.
    The author is an acclaimed technical author and naval architect; he has created this unique system of easy-to-use scantling rules and rules-of-thumb for calculating the necessary dimensions, or scantlings, of hulls, decks and other boat parts, whether built of fibreglass, wood, wood-epoxy composite, steel or aluminium.
    In addition to the rules themselves this book offers their context: and in depth, plain-English descriptions of boatbuilding materials, methods and practices that will guide the user through all aspects of boat construction.
    This book has all of the formulas, tables, illustrations and charts needed to judge how heavy each piece of the boat needs to be to last long and voyage safely.

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    HOW TO DESIGN A BOAT - SAIL AND POWER, Fourth Edition.
    By John Teale. Paperback, 138mm x 217mm, 137 pages, monochrome drawings.

    This straightforward guide is designed to take the novice step-by-step through the stages of designing both power and sailing boats, explaining the reasons behind the procedures and using typical lines plans and working drawings to help understanding.

    Since it was first published, How to Design A Boat has proved itself something of a bestseller.

    The late John Teale designed cruising yachts, fast powerboats, motor cruisers and commercial craft. Virtually all his designs were one-offs and were built all over the world.

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    UNDERSTANDING BOAT DESIGN, 4th Edition.
    By Ted Brewer. Pbk, 0.29 kgs, 185mm x 235mm, 147 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings and plans.
    This book has long been the recognised easy-reading guide to the principles of boat design, and provides the answers to a score of questions about hull shape, rig design, keel configurations, engines, and safety aspects in stability. Used and recommended by the national boat-building school, it has eased tens of thousands of readers worldwide into the complex world of yacht design. It is an ideal introduction for backyard builders, students of boat design, someone looking to buy their first boat, or merely the armchair enthusiast.

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    UNDERSTANDING YACHT DESIGN.
    By Ian Nicolson. Paperback, 0.28 kgs, 170mm x 240mm, 126 pages, monochrome drawings. Reprinted 2015
    This book is for novice designers who want to use pencil and paper of Computer Aided Design. Most of the maths has been replaced by simple rule of thumb. It will be equally useful to boat owners who want to modify the hull, rig, deck layout or accommodation. It will be invaluable to boat buyers who want to answer questions like: how will she sail? How much will she cost? How easy is it to change things/ How can i reduce or increase sail area without upsetting the balance?
    Ian Nicolson has been a yacht designer for over 50 years, following the example of hs great grandfather who was closely involved in the design of the Cutty Sark the younger Nicolson built a 30ft sloop in Canada and sailed it back to Britain single-handed, celebrating his 25th birthday at sea. He is now a senior partner in the oldest yacht design/survey firm in the world (A. Mylne & Co). He lectures at two universities and has probably written more technical books and articles than anyone. He also races the family Sigma 33 and has been on various race-winning boats since 1945.

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    BOATS WITH AN OPEN MIND.
    By Philip C. Bolger, Paperback, 230mm x 185mm, 420 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
    The business of production boatbuilding operates within extraordinarily narrow confines. Go to a boatshow, and you are impressed by how much alike the boats look. Designs are distinguished not by unique attributes but by degree - how fast they supposedly go, how many people they sleep, the quality of craftsmanship, how much they cost. This is assuredly not because a tidal creek birdwatcher wants the same kind of boat as an ocean cruiser. Rather, it's due to the requirements of mass production. It wasn't always so; back before fibreglass made it possible to build multiple hulls from one mold, each boat was an individual creation and could be shaped to satisfy any combination of requirements, no matter how whimsical.
    Here are 75 novel and wonderful boats - some strange, some beautiful, all of them paragons of Philip Bolger's form-follows-function design philosophy. A planing microtrawler; a glass-galleried, beachable birdwatching boat; a fully enclosed ocean-cruising rowboat; cruising sailboats that take the ground at low tide; power, sail, and rowing boats from 6 to 95 feet - these are boats as only Bolger's unfettered imagination does them.
    This is the first collection of Bolger's work in almost 15 years. It is long, long overdue.

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    AERO-HYDRODYNAMICS AND THE PERFORMANCE OF SAILING YACHTS.
    By Fabio Fossati. Paperback, 192mm x 253mm, 354 pages, full colour & monochrome photos,line drawings and illustrations.
    Drawing on state-of-the-art performance testing techniques in wind tunnels and towing tanks, it provides invaluable new insights into how and why a sailing yacht behaves as it does. Fabio Fossati, a world expert in the field, has conducted years of research in wind tunnels, including work for several America's Cup campaigns, and his results represent the latest knowledge on the subject.
    This book presents a systematic analysis of the basic factors governing the behavior of a yacht under sail. Using simple mathematics and illustrating his findings with tables, graphs and helpful colour photographs, Fossati examines the principles of fluid dynamics applied to sailing yachts, and the main aerodynamics and hydrodynamic aspects that determine their behaviour under way.
    From the latest research in aerodynamics and hydrodynamics right through to performance prediction, this book covers:
  • Hydrodynamics of a sailing yacht - resistance components and scaling laws.
  • Hull and keel forms - thin airfoil characteristics
  • Sail aerodynamics - aerodynamic forces and moments
  • Dynamics of a yacht - velocity, heeling effects, steering performance and stability
  • Physical model testing - wind tunnels, towing tanks, scaling problems, close-hauled and downwind testing, sail plan optimisation, hull appendages
  • Performance prediction - Velocity Prediction Programs, forces modelling, hydro and aerodynamic models
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Boat hydrostatics
  • The ORC International Rating Rule

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    PERFORMANCE BY DESIGN: HYDRODYNAMICS FOR HIGH SPEED VESSELS.
    By Donald l Blount. Hardcover, 352 pages. 216mm x 280mm. 1.39 kg Published october 2014
    Although the primary audience for this book is undergraduate university students studying naval architecture and marine engineering, the content will certainly be of interest to most designers working with high-speed craft.

    Author Donald L Blount says, "My intent has been to share the technical information, decision criteria, rules of thumb, and the opinionated experiences which have helped me in making choices for developing marine craft intended to operate beyond displacement speeds. According to Blount, Chapter One is a reprise of his article "Original Speed," (Professional BoatBuilder magazine, June/July 2008) followed by nine chapters of "science, my skewed views of science, a few things I don't understand, definitions of things on which no two naval architects will agree, design criteria which have been my friend, and guidance on design procedures embracing technology."

    This book also includes numerous graphs, charts, tables, and formulas to clarify the material in the text

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    PRELIMINARY DESIGN OF BOATS AND SHIPS, A Veteran Desginer's Approach to Conceptual Vessel Design for the Layman and the Beginning Professional.
    By Cyrus Hamlin, N.A. Hbk, 180mm x 260mm, 294 pages, monochrome drawings.
    This book will help people who are not boat designers to bring the vessel of their dreams into reality. It is written by an experienced naval architect to prepare intelligent amateurs for creating conceptual designs ready for a qualified naval architect's finishing touches. Most naval architecture books deal with a single type of vessel whereas this volume covers a wide variety of watercraft. It can be equally useful if the reader is envisaging a modest cruising yacht or a sixty-foot commercial fishing boat.
    The book provides all the essential information, including a discussion of stability and trim. Mathematical applications are demystified in as far as possible.

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    PETE CULLER ON WOODEN BOATS.
    Edited By John Burke. Pbk, 215mm x 275mm, 386 pages, monochrome photographs and line drawings.
    Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, R.D. "Pete" Culler was one of a triumvirate of small-boat authorities - along with John Gardener and Howard Chapelle - whose writings kept traditional wooden-boat design and building alive in America. Culler was also a superlative boat designer and builder in his own right. His designs are classic melds of elegance and utility, and his workmanship is akin to artistry.
    Collected here is the best of Pete Culler, including the complete texts of his two classic books - Skiffs & Schooners and Boats, Oars and Rowing - along with articles from The Mariner's Catalogs and commentaries from Pete Culler's Boats: The Complete Design Catalog. A blend of clarity, good sense, insight, and wry humor. Culler's writing helped launch the wooden boat revival and inspired a generation of enthusiasts. He remains an unimpeachable authority on the design, building, and use of traditional small boats, and this collected wit and wisdom is a vital reference and a source of unending pleasure and fascination for builders and owners of small wooden boats.

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    PETE CULLER'S BOATS THE COMPLETE DESIGN CATALOG.
    By John Burke. Hardcover, 1.26kg, 218mm x 285mm, 295 pages, black and white photographs and line drawings. Published in 20120.
    If you are an admirer of traditional boat design - and if your idea of a good boat is a practical boat - you'll find an astounding windfall of designs in this book.
    The pillars of Pete Culler's design philosophy were simplicity, economy, and ease of use. He believed that designs based on the working craft of the past could fulfill today's boating needs - and do so with style - while recognizing that many of these boat types could be cumbersome, even burdensome, as required by the trade that spawned them. In the words of author John Burke, "Captain Pete's lasting contribution lay in his ability to refine and enhance these workboats for today's pleasure uses, without losing their applealing qualities."
    Pete Culler worked in a shop, not an office. He built boats, as well as designed them. His career as a boat designer was relatively short - the bulk of his design work was done in the 1960s and 1970s. Every design he ever put on paper - more than 100 in all - is included in this book.
    The boats range from the "Good Little Skiffs" to the sturdy, ill-fated schooners Integrity and John F. Leavitt. They include a wheelbarrow skiff, a fast gig, outboard workboats, a sharp wherry, a double-paddle canoe, a V-bottomed yawlboat, a Sharptown barge, a scow schooner, fast launches, a 26-foot tugboat, a dogbody, a Tancook whaler, a Baltimore clipper, an express cruiser, sampans, shallops, sharpies, and schooners.
    Author John Burke grew up in the shadow of Pete Culler's shop. His book is a labor of love, undertaken with the help of Pete Culler's widow. If you find it to be an inspiration, an appendix includes a list of all the boats built in the shop, and tells you how to order plans to build your own simple, economical and easily handled boat.

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    THE GAFF RIG HANDBOOK.
    By John Leather. Paperback, 210mm x 276mm, 240 pages, black and white photos and line drawings.
    To many, a well built wooden craft of superior traditional design, with gaff rig, is a thing of unparalleled beauty.
    From the humble waterman's boat to the sturdy North Sea fishing smacks to the great racing cutters of the late 19th century, gaff rig has proved effective, versatile, and greatly admired.
    Over the past 40 years, this book has become internationally regarded as the definitive reference for anyone designing, building, rigging or sailing either an existing gaff rigged craft or a new one. It outlines the practical aspects of the rig, masts, spars, sails, running and standing rigging, and contrasts the developments of gaff rig in Britain, America, Scandinavia and France.
    The Gaff Rig Handbook provides a fascinating insight into the design, history, techniques and developments of a rig which has evolved over centuries and which is strongly extending its use for pleasure sailing in the 21st century.

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    PRACTICAL JUNK RIG.
    By HG Hasler & JK McLeod. Softcover, 0.64 kg 220mm x 276mm, 243 pages, black and white line drawings. Reprinted 2011
    The fore-and-aft Chinese junk rig is incomparably safe, seamanlike and easy to handle. As such, it is particularly suitable for small boats and for shorthanded or family sailing in all weather.

    In this encyclopedic volume the late "Blondie" Hasler and his partner Jock McLeod, both pre-eminent in their field, have synthesized 25 years of research and development of the junk rig as adapted to western craft. It is a work which has been welcomed by the growing number of yachtsmen and designers throughout the world who already enjoy the benefits of junk rig or who wish to design one. First published in 1988, it has become the definitive work on the subject.

    Practical Junk Rig examines the design and aerodynamic theory behind junk rigs and discusses how best to sail them. It is not a historical treatise but rather a detailed analysis of the intricacies of the rig, which will be of absorbing interest to both amateur owners and professional designers. It examines the rig in detail, the principles that underlie it, considers possible alternative shapes and arrangements and, of course, performance, all assisted by a wealth of detailed line illustrations.

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    THE NATURE OF BOATS
    By Dave Gerr. Paperback, 0.73kg, 245mm x 200mm, 418 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    For the yacht designer, the owner who wants to know "why" or the person just interested, naval architect Dave Gerr has put together this collection of facts, graphs, stories and drawings which illustrate many of the more obscure details of why a boat performs (or doesn’t) the way it should. Written in an easy narrative style with a very wide range of information covered. This is a real treasure trove for anyone who enjoys thinking about boats. Recently released in a more economical paperback format.

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    THE BOAT DATA BOOK, 7th Edition.
    By Ian Nicholson. Paperback, 0.35kg, 155mm x 240mm, 216 pages, monochrome tables and diagrams. Published 2014

    An indispensable book for owners, charterers, builders, repairers, designers. A unique collection of hard facts and relevant figures in tabular form--data on fastenings, materials, spars, rigging, engines, and equipment, and conversion tables. This edition includes more tables of lengths, widths, and weights, and new data on high-tech development. Now in colour. If you want to find out...

  • What size winch to fit
  • The breaking strength of stainless steel rigging wire
  • The recommended size for seacocks
  • What length and size an anchor chain should be

    Then this is the book for you. The must have reference book for owners, crew, amateurs and professionals.

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    THE DESIGN PROCESS.



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    and Kayaking and Canoeing

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