Best Software For Boat Design on OSX? (Sorry, didn't search)

Discussion in 'Software' started by CatBuilder, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. CatBuilder

    CatBuilder Previous Member

    What software would you use on OSX to design a small, tender size vessel?

    I'm looking to design a 16ft tender - long and skinny.

    I'd need to be able to define:

    *Stations
    *Curves at sheer and keel
    *Complex hull curve - skinny footprint when riding high, more displacement when loaded down to max load
    *Bulkheads/stringers

    I'd need to calculate:

    *Structural integrity of skin and framing system
    *Loading of ama and cross member
    *Hydrodynamic resistance for various hull shapes
    *Buoyancy
    *Static stability

    Any idea what software that works on OSX to use? Thanks.
     
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  3. hoytedow
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    I googled "os x drafting" and a whole bunch of stuff came up, including marketing sites.
     
  4. CatBuilder

    CatBuilder Previous Member

    Is that all I need? A drafting or modeling program?

    I figured I'd need some software that actually knows what a waterline is, no?

    Or... do I just do it all on paper for a small tender?
     
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    You can do a lot of it by knowing the weights of materials and machinery, etc. Knowing displacement of cargo you can adjust seating for trim and so on. Of course, I am not a naval architect so others can give a much more qualified answer.
     
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    Why hasn't anyone else chimed in on this? I am not to be the last word for this important question.
     
  7. CatBuilder

    CatBuilder Previous Member

    Thanks, Hoyt. Even a link to the correct thread with OSX pertinent boat design software would be good.

    Basically, I'm looking at building a "long and lean" dinghy for high speeds, but no planing. I think Gonzo first suggested it a year ago, now I'm on board.
     
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    Check out www.touchcad.com
    Runs on both Mac and Windows.

    The model is 100% TouchCAD generated.
     

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    Tack isn't just a sailing term. ;) Tack.
     
  10. CatBuilder

    CatBuilder Previous Member

    Thank you! I will try it out.
     
  11. Joe Petrich
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    Joe Petrich Designer

    Rhino has a usable OS-X version which is currently a Work In Progress. Until the final program comes out you can download it for free.

    http://mac.rhino3d.com/
     

  12. CatBuilder

    CatBuilder Previous Member

    Whoa!! Rhino! I will get that right now! Thanks!
     
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