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Understanding Yacht Design

How to design sailing and power yachts. Beginning with a rough sketch, Ian Nicolson explains how to draw the boat's lines by traditional methods and by computer. He covers materials and construction techniques, simple calculations, sail plans, deck plans, engines and cabin layouts. Finally he looks at costs, modifications and the expected performance of the boat.
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Table of Contents

Designing made easy. Part 1: How to Begin. Chapter 1 -- Good--looking craft. Chapter 2 -- Getting started. Chapter 3 -- Honing the specification. Chapter 4 -- Sketching the layout and appearance. Part 2: Designing the Yacht. Chapter 5 -- Drawing the lines. Chapter 6 -- Weight and displacement. Chapter 7 -- How will she perform? Chapter 8 -- Sail plan. Chapter 9 -- Construction. Chapter 10 -- Engines. Chapter 11 -- The cabin or accommodation plan. Chapter 12 -- The deck plan. Chapter 13 -- Costing a design. Part 3: Making Alterations to a Design. Chapter 14 -- Changing the sail plan. Chapter 15 -- Designing an alteration. Part 4: To Use Computer Aided Design or Not? Chapter 16 -- Computer aided design. Glossary. Bibliography.

About the Author

Ian Nicholson has been a yacht designer for over 50 years, following the example of his great grandfather who was closely involved in the design of the Cutty Sark. The younger Nicholson built a 30ft sloop in Canada and sailed it back to Britain single--handed, celebrating his 25th birthday at sea. He is now senior partner of A. Mylne & Co. -- the oldest yacht design/survey firm in the world. He lectures at two universities and has probably written more technical book and articles than anyone. He also races the family Sigma 33 and has been on various race--winning boats since 1945.

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