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Elements of Yacht Design


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Introduction Preface Chapter 1: General Discussion Chapter 2: Methods of Calculation Chapter 3: Relativity and Similitude Chapter 4: Displacement Chapter 5: Stability Chapter 6: Ballast Chapter 7: The Lateral Plane of Sailing Yachts Chapter 8: Design Chapter 9: The Sail Plan Chapter 10: The Rudder Chapter 11: Spars and Rigging Chapter 12: Cruisers Chapter 13: The Racing Yacht Chapter 14: Construction Chapter 15: Resistance Chapter 16: The Hydroplane Chapter 17: Screw Propellers Chapter 18: Yacht Models Index

About the Author

Norman L. Skene was one of America's foremost yacht designers. This book is his legacy.


A little gem, first published in 1904 which, in these days of standard hulls, fills a much felt gap in our knowledge. We know so little about hull lines that it is really valuable to have at hand what is a standard work of reference. There are bits that no longer apply but the principles of hull design and what keeps a yacht going in heavy weather and light are intensely satisfying; the more so as we no longer for the most part commission an architect to design a yacht and watch its construction. An absorbing and classic work, well worth the effort to assimilate. * Cruising *
Skene runs through many of the formulas used in yacht design, and their underlying principles. For the non-mathematician, it makes one realize how far off the mark most of our boats are. Buy this book and put your own boat s measurements into the formula. You will wonder how ever she stayed upright or went to windward. Whilst being a useful technical reference book on classic yacht design, this book is essential reading for those who want to make a meaningful contribution to the rig debate * Royal Naval Sailing Association *

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