The Forty-Knot Sailboat: Introducing the Aerohydrofoil, a revolutionary development in sailing craft that breaks the 5,000-year-old speed barrier

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The 40-Knot Sailboat is for boat designers or sailing enthusiasts looking to maximize their sailing speeds and improve handling. Although he originally published this book in 1963, Bernard Smith had such advanced thinking and technical insights that his work is still studied and important to anyone interested in creating the fastest sailboats.

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Overview

The 40-Knot Sailboat is for boat designers or sailing enthusiasts looking to maximize their sailing speeds and improve handling. Although he originally published this book in 1963, Bernard Smith had such advanced thinking and technical insights that his work is still studied and important to anyone interested in creating the fastest sailboats.

The 40-Knot Sailboat is divided into three parts:

  • Part one explains the history of the sailboat's problems.
  • Part two recounts developments relating to the Aerohydrofoil.
  • Part three focuses on the technical aspects of Smith's innovative designs, including both non-technical and technical (which include mathematical formulas) aspects.

The 40-Knot Sailboat is must reading for anyone serious about creating cutting edge sailboats.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626549302
  • Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
  • Publication date: 12/27/2013
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

    The Genius Behind Hydrofoils I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So

    The Genius Behind Hydrofoils

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So much so, that I started looking more into who Bernard Smith was. His origins are fascinating - without a high school education, he trained as a blacksmith, attended a meeting of the American Interplanetary Society at the height of the Depression, moved to California from NYC in 1935, and worked as a welder until he was accepted to Reed College, the only school to realize his genius. He went on to design rockets and later speed sailboats, which brings us back to the Aerohydrofoil.

    It really wasn't clear to me if this boat ever made it out of theory and into actuality... research has revealed to me that it indeed was built and sailed a 500-meter course at 47.26 knots (nearly 55 mpg) off the coast of Namibia December 3, 2008. Apparently it became airborne and back-flipped into the water - thankfully no one was injured. Then in 2013, the VESTAS SailRocket 2 achieved 65.45 knots (almost 75 mph)... To put this into perspective, the typical racing speeds of yachts and catamarans is 30-40 knots. These top boats all take advantage of hydrofoiling capacity, which I'm sure ties them to Bernard Smith somehow!

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