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Over the last 30 years a revolution has taken place in yacht design. The evidence is plain to see, from a whole variety of cruising yachts right through to the ultra high tech racing machines. Simultaneously the impetus given to yacht research has been tremendous, stimulated partly by the demands of such high profile media events as the America's Cup, BOC or Whitbread campaigns. This book is the first for many years to examine every aspect of the process of yacht design. Throughout the book the authors have used a newly designed 40-footer to demonstrate the practical application of yacht design theory. Beginning with the yacht's specifications, 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 engine. Structural aspects of the design are treated comprehensively throughout. 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071487696
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/8/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Lars Larsson is a naval architect and professor of hydrodynamics at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Larsson is president of Flowtech International, a company specializing in hydrodynamic software for ship design. Visit for more information.

Rolf Eliasson is a yacht design/construction engineer who has seen more than 5,000 yachts built from his designs. Eliasson is one of the forerunners in using computer techniques for yacht design and the evolution of new designs.

Michal Orych is a PhD student in naval architecture and works with Larsson at Flowtech International AB.

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Table of Contents

List of Symbols
Introduction 1
1 Design Methodology 5
2 Preliminary Considerations 10
3 Hull Geometry 16
4 Hydrostatics and Stability 30
5 Hull Design 57
6 Keel and Rudder Design 96
7 Sail and Rig Design 132
8 Balance 155
9 Propeller and Engine 164
10 Rig Construction 182
11 Hull Construction 203
12 The ABS Guide 246
13 Layout 266
14 Design Evaluation 280
Appendix 1: Main particulars of the YD-40 291
Appendix 2: Weight calculation 292
Appendix 3: References 298
Index 300
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    An excellent modern book on designing yachts

    This book offers up-to-date information on the design of modern craft. It mostly contains information for the design of fiberglass high performance sailboats, although it does contain some material on power yachts. I found this book very pleasurable due to the quality and clarity of the engineering knowledge presented by the authors -- this book does not merely present traditional rules of thumb, but uses physics as well as experimental data for guiding design. I have some mixed feelings about it, but this book wisely avoids specific description of computer software - since any current computer technology will become obsolete decades before this book or the yachts described herein. This is an enjoyable and informative book; It made me sit down and work out a few designs!

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