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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical; 3rd Revised edition edition (23 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713678550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713678550
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 2.8 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"ideal for budding designers and mathematically-minded yachtsmen."
-- Yachting Monthly (September 2007)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ajc Richardson on 3 Aug 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book that I have come across to stop me reaching for my old copy of Skene/Kinney when I have a problem. It is the most significant work on practical yacht design in my 40-odd years experience - comprehensive, well written always shrewd and insightful. As I said, a work of genius - and, like most works of true genius, accessible to anyone who actually wants to understand the problems involved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Another Customer on 26 Oct 2012
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An up to date book on yacht design, easy to read and well presented with good diagrams and clear explanation. A fine balance between understandable text and mathematical formula for doing the work, is beautifully achieved. Refreshingly free from bias or opinion it is an excellent basis for assessing an existing design or starting from scratch. The focus is strictly modern-day, regular cruising yachts so those with interests in rigs other than the bermudan sloop and materials other than fiberglass will have to supplement their knowledge elsewhere. Even then, it remains essential reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 April 2010
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For years I have looked for a book that took the reader through the entire process of sailing yacht design, from concept, thro' realisation, to the practicalities of build and fit out, and this is the best yet!
I don't know why I'd either not come across it before, or had chosen to ignore it, but having now purchased this book, it really is as good as the reviews say it is! Sure, by virtue of it's all encompassing nature, it cannot go into all the minutiae of the the subject, but it does give the reader an excellent grounding in all the main principles that would then enable the would be designer to research those areas of special interest with the benefit of a greater focus.
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