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5.0 out of 5 stars Basic maths and some engineering background helpful., 1 Jun 2001
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A.J.GREENAWAY (ERITH, KENT United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
I give this book 5 stars quite simply because anyone with and understanding of basic maths and some engineering background (even a good diy man)could build a worthy boat after reading this book. This book covers all the essential aspects of boat design and build without being complicated,being laid out in order of priority and explained in laymans terms.I have been involved in larger boats/ships in my working life as a welder/plater and found these writings very easy to follow and know that anyone with an interest in boats will find it equally as easy.
Tony (Erith Kent,S.E. London)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer!, 19 Aug 2009
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O. Lund (Sarasota, FL) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: How to Design a Boat: Power and Sail (Sailmate) (Paperback)
They should make two covers for this book: One called "How to Design a Boat", the other called "How to Understand a Boat Design" because you are getting an excellent two-for-one deal here. If you are a boatbuilder, interested in designing your own, or just want to better understand (or even improve or customise) an existing design, buy this book now!

In this relatively small book, Teale has written an outstanding primer on the process of designing a small boat and what the considerations, compromises and key factors that influence how the boat will behave in the water are. The book contains all the necessary information - without resorting to differential equations describing compound curves or otherwise making it overly complicated.

Yes, there are some shortcuts in the proposed design process but, unless you're building a 200ft gin palace or really pushing the performance envelope, they won't make a blind bit of difference to the finished product - they do, however, make the rather huge difference between reading this 1/4-inch thick book for fun and pleasure and taking a 4-year university degree in ship design and mathematical analysis.

I've built a number of boats over the years and am currently working on a wooden blue water cruiser - I only wish I had came upon this book 4 or 5 boats ago and can't recommend it enough.
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How to Design a Boat: Power and Sail (Sailmate) by John Teale (Paperback - 28 Feb 2006)
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