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Principles of Yacht Design, 3rd Edition Hardcover – May 24, 2007


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'The standard book on he subject for practising designers, naval architecture students, discerning boat owners and the boatbuilding industry as a whole.' Yachting Life (May 2007) "ideal for budding designers and mathematically-minded yachtsmen." Yachting Monthly (September 2007) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Lars Larsson, a naval architect, is a professor of hydrodynamics at Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Rolf E. Eliasson, a yacht design/construction engineer specializing in boat structures, runs his own yacht design company.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/McGraw-Hill; 3rd edition (May 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071487697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071487696
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend it to all who wish to learn and are interested in yacht design.
Nicolas
This book is excellent to relieve you of many uncertainties by brief an well informed discussion of various aspects of yact design.
Nicolae Popescu
If you are interested in Yacht or sailboat design, you will get an aweful lot of this book.
Peter

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Titanicfanatic on September 12, 2011
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If you want to learn about how yachts are designed, what considerations are necessary, or what sort of forces, force balances or approximations are involved, this book will explain it in a very easy to read and comprehend manner, but without skimping on the technical details. This was the textbook for a course in yacht design for Naval Architecture students at the University of Michigan, but is quite honestly the most comprehensive and relevant book about modern yacht design available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rocketeer123 on June 23, 2013
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I'm a computer science student who's interested in boat/yacht design and building, as a hobby more than anything else. My interest lies exclusively in multihulls, so I knew going in that this textbook wouldn't be a perfect fit for me.

That said, the book itself is extremely well written, and for someone interested in monohull design I couldn't recommend it more highly. The explanations are clear, there are loads of figures and illustrations, and the book doesn't get bogged down in complex mathematical details. The equations require only basic algebra (no calculus at all), and are explained and applied to an example yacht which essentially is being gradually designed throughout course of the book. Essentially you go through the entire design process step by step.

The fact each chapter finishes with a walkthrough of how to do the relevant calculations / make the relevant decisions for their example racer-cruiser, gives you a very solid reference to go back to if you want to do the calculations yourself. I personally would have found a Q&A style better still, because it would invite you to do the calculations yourself, whereas just having the procedure outlined generally had me just skimming over it, but the How-To is there. If you want to know how to do the calculations, the book doesn't leave you hanging in the wind at all.

Another definite strength of the book is that despite covering all the essentials thoroughly, it's remarkably short. I read the 300-something pages in 3 months of pretty sparse evening reading, but if you've got lots of spare time on your hands then going through it cover to cover at lot less than that shouldn't be a problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicolae Popescu on December 10, 2009
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I have designed and built a 26 foot sloop starting 23 years ago as an amateur and helped others to complete their boats after.Right now I`m building a sailing dinghy by my own design. All this years I have compiled informations about yacht design and building technics and their evolution through the time. It`s a hobby for me but many times I felt to much uncertainty about some aspects in designing sailboats. This book is excellent to relieve you of many uncertainties by brief an well informed discussion of various aspects of yact design. The computational part is more than helpful.You won`t find informations about wing masts ,wide beam aft tendencies, but classical features are well and thouroughly discussed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter on January 29, 2013
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If you are interested in Yacht or sailboat design, you will get an aweful lot of this book. Seriously you can go from a newbie to someone who somewhat knows what they are talking about just by going through this whole book. We used it in my Naval Architect and Marine Engineering Sailing design class at the University of Michigan, and I had a great professor, so you KNOW this is THE book to get.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gui Goraieb on May 16, 2012
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Bought this book 2 years ago out for curiosity, turned out it was used in a yacht design class at my university (course which I have attended, within my naval architecture graduation). Anyway lets say what I think about it:

Very extensive, comprehends all the main aspects of yacht desing.
Ideal for begginers, with graduation on Naval architecture or amateurs who love the subject and want to know more about it, or even maybe build something in their garages.

Conslusion, It's worth the money if you're interested in yacht design.
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If you need a book that goes deep in the design analysis, this is the one. The authors should do one of that more specific for power boats, not that they don't discuss about it, but they are more detailed about sailboat.
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