best boat design?

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  1. salzahrah
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    salzahrah New Member

    HEY im new to boats and all and i was just wondering, what is the best boat design for holding the most amount of weight without sinking? Are you supposed to maximize the volume of the boat or minimize it? If anyone can offer this old man some help it would be great! Thanks
  2. Leo Lazauskas
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    Leo Lazauskas Senior Member

    The minimum possible volume is zero, so I wouldn't go in that direction :)

    At its simplest, you want to minimise the power required to drive the vessel at its design "volume" and speed range while ensuring that the vessel is safe to operate.

    The fundamental problem in boat design is the provision of adequate freeboard. Some nerdy naval architects will probably disagree and we'll hear from them any minute now.

    All the best,
  3. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    Define best.
  4. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    The question is ridiculous simplistic. What is the best design house to hold the most carpet? What is the best design hair color for model without falling off the stage? How big can I make the wings to an airplane?

    I realize this is your first post, but you'll have to define you question a fair bit better then that, if you'd expect a serious reply.
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    jim lee Senior Member

    A ball?

    -jim lee
  6. apex1

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    a log!
  7. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    It all depends on the color.
  8. jehardiman
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    jehardiman Senior Member

    As has been pointed out, the question is a little too broad to be answered easily. My common response to "What is the best hull to ...." is to answer that there is never a "best" hull, only hull forms that better meet your needs.

    As a practical example, have you ever considered why a common 303 tin can is the size that it is? It is the size of cylinder that uses the minimum amount of metal to hold 1 lb of water. If you wanted a hull shape that used the minimum amount of skin material to hold the maximum amount of weight, then what you would have is hemisphere with a nominal freeboard strake. Of course this doesn't include internal structure, would be difficult to form, and hard to power. That is why barges look like they do, the rectangular shape is easy to form, moderate to power, and holds a respectable load for the material used.

    Tell us what your needs are and we could probabily point you in the right direction.

  9. kach22i
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    kach22i Architect

    The question has been answered as asked.

    Time to move on before it gets real ugly.
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