How to Design a Boat Paperback – September 1, 1998
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John Teale takes the reader step-by-step through the stages of designing both power and sailing boats, while also explaining the reasons behind the process. Sketches and reproductions of working drawings are used throughout to help understanding so that by the end of the book even a first time designer's effort can be translated by a builder into a sensible and workmanlike reality.
Since it was first published, How to Design a Boat has proved itself a bestseller. The second edition simplifies several calculations and introduces new designs.
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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.
Being a complete novice I would like to see a visual of the hull with all features named to ease reference.
I look forward to another read!
Top international reviews
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.