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How to Design a Boat: Power and Sail (Sailmate) Paperback – 28 Feb 2006

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical; 3Rev Ed edition (28 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713675721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713675726
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 802,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The third edition of this straightforward guide to designing your own craft. A bestseller since first coming out explaining procedures and using working drawings to give a clear explanation.' Gaffers Log (September 2006) 'There is no doubt that this publication is a mine of information and a copy should be kept on board at all times, especially when at sea.' Cruising (August 2006) 'This is the most straight forward guide to designing a boat ever published.' Boat Mart (November 2006) 'A useful book for those who want to understand the principles of design for both sail and powerboats.' The Little Ship (Spring 2007)

About the Author

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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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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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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exce for the boat builderllent book
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good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I read it again and again 21 May 2005
By Guzzi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have accumulated a lot of boat books over the years, mainly on building and design. I really love this book. Mr Teale gives you a concise course on how to design a conventional boat. He doesn't try to turn you into a naval engineer in this little book, he just gives you enough info with no guff and not too much jargon.

What this book will let you do is understand the desisions taken by designers, understand what people are saying when they talk about boat technicalities, and if you want to it'll show you how to design a conventional yacht or motor boat.

If I have one complaint I'd have liked a bit more on multihulls, which are my particular interest.

The book is small, and cheap. I'm an engineer and I have struggled with the bulk information in some of the more comprehensive books. This one isn't as detailed but it has the important stuff and I'd say most people could follow it.

Really good!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A difficult book on yacht design 6 Jun. 2003
By Juan M. Lleras - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mr. Teale made a mistake in the way he organized this book and in the way he presents the subjects. Not that he makes mistakes in the concepts, but rather in the form.
He has chosen to present numerical methods whose origins, uses and explanations are not presented. He uses graphs, without any clue as to their origin and he packs several issues with no clear order to the reader. For someone already acquainted with the basics of yacht design, Mr. Teale has some teachings, but over all this is a difficult and obscure book on that beautiful art of designing a seaworthy craft.
I would suggest you start with other books and later - perhaps - take the chance with this one.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for those interested in amateur boat design 17 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After restoring two sailboats, I think I am ready to design and build one. John Teale's book has been extremely helpful in providing me with the confidence to undertake this task. It is easy to follow and clear to understand. It would have been nice to have some examples on aspects like developable surfaces (in chine designs), or more background on the calculations to better understand where they come from. The book, however, flows through the design process with no difficulty.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black-and-white sketches and diagrams illustrate points 17 Nov. 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Now in its third edition, How To Design A Boat is a straightforward guide written by John Teale, a professional designer of cruising yachts, fast powerboats, motor cruisers, and commercial craft. Black-and-white sketches and diagrams illustrate points in this technical and engineering resource delineating necessary measurements, mathematics, and theory required to create a seaworthy craft. How To Design A Boat is an important asset to any personal or professional Nautical Library reference collection.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the beginner 7 July 2002
By Phillip L. Potter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Teale "presumes," "assumes," and "estimates" through much of the basic material, and refers to charts and graphs without a hint of where the data in those charts and graphs came from or how the charts were developed. Perhaps I'm below average in comprehensive skills, but I finished the book thinking the only people that can understand this book didn't need it in the first place. If you're starting from scratch as I am, it may frustruate you.
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