How to Design a Boat: Power and Sail (Sailmate) Paperback – 28 Feb 2006
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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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Tony (Erith Kent,S.E. London)
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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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.
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.