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Written primarily for the beginner, the book first gives directions for the use of tools, and suggestions for material and other equipment. Successive chapters cover specific problems relating to the preliminary design, the lines, construction and joiner plan, and sail plans, with full discussion and directions for the handling of the many problems involved. Of very real importance is the chapter describing in detail the complete process of drawing the lines of a yacht as it is done in actual practice. A chapter is devoted to the list of items that should be described in the specifications. The author has written a practical handbook which explains, with the help of many drawings and diagrams, methods as actually carried out in the drafting room. The book approaches the subject entirely from the point of view of American requirements and conditions.

About the Author

Howard I. Chapelle (1901-1975) was an American naval architect, and curator of maritime history at the Smithsonian Institution. In addition, he authored many books and articles books on maritime history and marine architecture, including Yacht Designing and Planning, Boatbuilding: A Complete Handbook of Wooden Boat Construction, The History of American Sailing Ships,The History of the American Sailing Navy: The Ships and Their Development, American Small Sailing Craft, and many more. Jon Wilson grew up under the heady influence of the ocean's forces and fragrances on the Rhode Island and Connecticut shores. Taking more naturally to New England's saltwater traditions than its academic ones, he became a carpenter and builder of wooden boats before launching WoodenBoat magazine from a cabin in Maine in 1974. In the wake of that magazine's international success and influence, Wilson sensed an opportunity to create a new magazine that could further thinking and dialog on the deeply human and personal aspects of challenging individual and social issues. He began working on ideas for Hope magazine in 1994, and launched the magazine in early 1996. He is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Hope.

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HASH(0x961c6480) out of 5 stars Yacht Designing and Planning : For Yachtsmen, Students, and 6 May 2000
By Joe Louis - Published on Amazon.com
Yacht Designing and Planning : For Yachtsmen, Students, and Amateurs is a well organized guide to yacht design for the amateur designer. It begins with the covering of tools for drafting and progresses from there. It covers conceptual design , line drawing, construction plans, sail plan and includes a table of references for woods, metals, and formulas for yacht calculations.
Howard Chapelle has done a wonderful job explaining and giving general guidelines for laying out a yacht on paper. It is suggested reading by most Yacht design schools and considering the wealth of information offered one does not have to ask why.
There is only one draw back, all formulas are for the US measurements. For those of us who prefer to use the metric system instead of the US, no conversion is offered. A slight draw back since more modern books will provide updated theories and Metric formulas on hull design. This book helps you understand what the more advanced books are talking about.
HASH(0x961c5138) out of 5 stars For Amateurs and Professionals Alike 19 Sept. 2011
By Simply Sailing - Published on Amazon.com
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Chapelle's advice and methods as described in this book can benefit yacht designers of every level. Beginners who are just getting started would be advised to read Chapelle first, before getting into bad habits that may be hard to break later on. Even professionals who have been designing boats for years may find that the "older" methods as described by Chapelle may have advantages over some of the newer, quicker (but not necessarily better) methods being taught recently. His "do it right the first time" ideas may take longer in the beginning, but in the end they make for a better all around design and boat.
HASH(0x961cec60) out of 5 stars Still up to date 26 Jun. 2007
By CM - Published on Amazon.com
Even if it was writen several decades ago still a must have to understand yacht design
HASH(0x968fc8fc) out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 May 2016
By Mary Cobb - Published on Amazon.com
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A classic work. A valuable contribution to all interested parties.
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HASH(0x960d39f0) out of 5 stars happy boater 2 Sept. 2009
By Fred - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was in very good shape and what I've seen so far verry informative and intresting.
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