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Principles of Yacht Design Hardcover – January 3, 2014
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About the Author
Lars Larsson is a naval architect and professor of hydrodynamics at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Larsson is president of Flowtech International, a company specializing in hydrodynamic software for ship design. Visit www.flowtech.se for more information.
Rolf Eliasson is a yacht design/construction engineer who has seen more than 5,000 yachts built from his designs. Eliasson is one of the forerunners in using computer techniques for yacht design and the evolution of new designs.
Michal Orych is a PhD student in naval architecture and works with Larsson at Flowtech International AB.
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For example the text and graphs within Chapter 5 having to do with the effects on resistance due to the location of the LCB (which exist in all three prior editions of PYD) have - bizarrely - been deleted from this edition. A full five pages of text and valuable graphs... poof - gone - reduced to a few paragraphs. What were they thinking...? Granted this information can be found elsewhere, however as one who has taught the basics of yacht design it is in my view extremely important to retain all of the 'basics', not only for the sake of new students, but also for reference.
I lay this complaint firmly at the doorstep of the publisher, who in all likelihood decided that 'some things had to go' in order to make room for new content. Unbelievable! Perhaps if it is getting too big, it should be published in two volumes...
Why only three stars...?
Students and yacht designers alike should definitely own this book, however I recommend also finding the THIRD edition..!
The only significant downside for me is that I wish it had more (anything?) about multihulls and their specific design issues. Maybe the authors could co-opt a leading multihull designer to contribute a couple of specific chapters for a future edition.
I would also like to see more about rig design from a fundamental point of view rather than a scantlings rule based point of view.
Don't be scared off by math - the math is very approachable and anyone with algebra skills can understand it.
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