Book recommendations please

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by TTTP, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. TTTP
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    I am thinking about designing and building a small daysailing trimaran using foam glass sandwich method. I have in the past reads some books about design and building including:
    - Kinney, Francis S. Skene's Elements of Yacht design
    - Marchaj, C. A.: SAILING THEORY AND PRACTICE
    - Phillips-Birt, Douglas: SAILING YACHT DESIGN

    These are at least 25 years old and I think I should read some newer ones. Our library has "Principles of Yacht Design", which I am going to read. I would like to hear opinions about other books that would be useful study material before final design and building.

    In Amazon.com there are following books I am considering:
    - The Elements of Boat Strength: For Builders, Designers, and Owners (Dave Gerr)
    - Multihulls for Cruising and Racing (Derek Harvey)
    - The Catamaran Book (Brian Phipps)
    - The Cruising Multihull (Chris White)
    - Fiberglass & Composite Materials (D. Aird Forbes )
    - Glass-fibre Handbook (R.H. Warring)
    - Fiberglass Repair and Construction Handbook (Jack Wiley)
    - The Art and Science of Sails: A Guide to Modern Materials, Construction, Aerodynamics, Upkeep and Use (Whidden)
    - Sail Performance : Techniques to Maximize Sail Power (C.A. Marchaj)
    - The Physics of Sailing Explained (Bryon D. Anderson)

    It would be nice to hear comments about these books and also if there are other books that you think would be useful.
     
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    Well, I am not going to get all of those books. I think I'll buy four or five of them. Hopefully I will get recommendations that help me choose wisely.
     

  4. kach22i
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    Maybe you can get permission to follow up on someone else's work and put a daysail cabin on it.

    I like the hulls Retired Geek recently posted for instance.

    Link:
    http://boatdesign.net/forums/showthread.php?t=18037

    And the hull in the article I posted is cutting edge as well.

    I'm just thinking that if you use a hull which works you can concentrate on the superstructure and or sails.
     
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