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Sailing Yacht Design: Theory Paperback – January 25, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0582368569 ISBN-10: 0582368561 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman; 1 edition (January 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582368561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582368569
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,461,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Sailing craft form an expanding sector of the marine industry and events such as the America's Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race (formerly the Whitbread Round-the-World Race) are receiving increased public interest. The science and technology associated with the design, construction and operation of sailing yachts is developing at a rapid rate. New design tools based on computational techniques are emerging and the fabrication and construction materials technology is advancing very quickly.

This two volume set, Sailing Yacht Design: Theory and Sailing Yacht Design: Practice, provides a guide to the fundamental principles governing how and why a sailing yacht behaves in the way it does. It also provides an understanding of the physics involved and the mathematical modelling of yachts, The material was compiled for a WEGEMT School held at the University of Southampton in September 1998. WEGEMT is an association of European universities in marine technology.

Sailing Yacht Design: Theory
  • Contains the fundamental theory of hull and sail static force equilibria, shape definition and associated stability.
  • Discusses the aerodynamics and hydrodynamics of the sail, hull, keel and rudder, and their influence on the seakeeping abilities of the yacht.
  • Looks at the different materials used in hull construction.
  • Includes structural design techniques and mast/rigging design.
  • Describes the different computational and experimental techniques of good design.
  • Looks at how safety provides the overall backdrop for yacht design.

The three editors are all at the University of Southampton, which has pioneered the education of ship science students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels with specializations in yacht and small craft design.

The contributors are all internationally renowned authorities. They work in the fields of sailing yacht design, construction, design consultancy, classification societies, yachting associations. materials supply research establishments and universities.

About the Author

Dr Shenoi is Reader in Lightweight Structures, Department of Ship Science, University of Southampton. He is a specialist in high performance materials and lightweight structures and has published extensively in this area. He has wide-ranging research and industrial links with colleagues from around the world.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jan Mattsson on July 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
The book is written by multiple authors, one subject each. As a result, the book does not always proceed in a very logical order and the quality of the chapters is varying.
J.A. Keuning (Delft University) gives a very good review of performance prediction of yachts. The structural design part is also quite good, but there are some chapters which are of very little use, for example the mathematical background to fairing of hull surfaces.
At the end of each chapter is a list of references, which is very helpful since the book is too short to go into very detailed explanations.
The book is not a tutorial on the subject of designing yachts. It is more like a set of articles regarding different aspects of yacht design. To get the most out of this book some basic knowledge of basic naval architecture is required.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas N. Patch on May 10, 2010
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Given the cover and the price, the expectation was at the max - this would be the "must have" book on yacht design. Alas - it is expensive, but not due to any extraordinary value. What you are paying for is a smallish paperback that is printed on demand. Unless you are preparing for your orals for a PhD in naval architecture, don't waste your money here... There are lots of other excellent books on the subject of yacht design at every level of technical sophistication available from at a fraction of this book's price.
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