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Preliminary Design of Boats and Ships Hardcover – December, 1989
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The next step in the design process, though not covered by the book, would be detailed design. This is where serious mathematics, hydrodynamics and so forth would be used. Cyrus Hamlin does not go into these more advanced aspects of boat and ship design. Besides the physics and math being beyond most folks, many hundreds of pages would be needed for even a cursory review of detail design, so this is a good thing.
I am a Professional Yacht Designer and a Naval Architect and refer to this book fairly regularly. I also recommend it to customers and associates who are interested in yacht design. They usually find the book informative and helpful. It does a very good job of explaining the inter-related aspect of design and allows one to quickly realize what is practical and what is not.
In addition to his work as a designer Cy Hamlin has taught design to students at the Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design for many years. The text has been informed by this experience. The basic terminology, physics, mathematics, construction details, and aesthetics relating to boat design are described with enough detail and clarity that any one with a pencil, ruler, calculator and clean sheet of paper can create a preliminary design in which all the basic parameters of the boat are defined.
This is a great reference book for amateur designers, design students, and curious boat owners.