Help designing a boat

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Capt. Blake, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. Capt. Blake
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    Capt. Blake New Member

    Hey everyone. First time on the forum.
    Does anyone know where I can find books or information on boat building, design, and maby even some info on designing on rhino cad?

  2. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    Boatbuilding, by Howard Chapelle
    The Elements of Boat Strength, by Gerr
    Skenes Elements of Yacht Design, by Kinney
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    HYDROCAT New Member

  4. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Welcome to the forum, fellow Floridian.

    The first two books should be "The Nature of Boats" (Geer) and "Understanding Boat Design" (Brewer). Once you've adsorbed these two, you will not be ready to design, but will have a fair idea of the things you need to know and, more importantly, you'll know if you want to go further, into the more complex aspects of design work. If so, "Elements of Yacht Design" is the natural choice.
  5. Mr Efficiency
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    Mr Efficiency Senior Member

    You will get plenty of good advice here, unless your boat is a train-carrying submarine, which has been declared out of bounds ! :D
  6. NavalSArtichoke
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    NavalSArtichoke Senior Member

    Dang! Too late.

    What about the sailboat submarine?
  7. SamSam
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    SamSam Senior Member


    It's been tried...

  8. Capt. Blake
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    Capt. Blake New Member

    Thanks for all the suggestions I will check them all out.


  9. DCockey
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    DCockey Senior Member

    MacNaughton's Yacht Design School has a reasonable course on designing boats using Rhino:

    Principles of Yacht Design is intended as a textbook on sailboat design, and the 4th edition includes a chapter on planing boats
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