House Boat help

Discussion in 'Software' started by Mech, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Mech
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    Mech New Member

    I need help deciding which software to purchase to build a 80' by 60' houseboat, problem is, I figure out which software to use (all the forums recommend 15 different things).

    The hull's shape has been determined so I do think I need Maxsurf but I still need a program to create the design and FEA/hydrostatically test it. So my question is.

    What is a program/s that is better suited for my needs?
     
  2. J Feenstra
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    J Feenstra Junior Member

    i'd say Hurray for Hydromax, I don't know about the costs, but it's a good program for calculating the Hydrostatic stability. Why would you want to calculate the FEA for the ship?
     
  3. Mech
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    Mech New Member

    What program would I need to make the hull to test? The hull's shape isn't complex so I wouldn't think I need an expensive hull designer

    I just thought that FEA was required for boats this size. Something kinda like MAESTRO or Solidworks.
     
  4. Tad
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    Tad Boat Designer

    Mech,

    With all respect.....we have no idea what this vessel is (dimensions are unusual) or what it will be used for, how can you "test" it if you don't know what you are testing for?

    Far simpler and straightforward to talk with a qualified marine engineer than go blindly buying software hopping that will sort something out. If you don't know what the results should be it's silly to put faith in some program.......
     
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  5. Mech
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    Mech New Member

    Sorry to waste your time, I'll put together a more detailed list of the vessel and re-post after talking to a marine engineer
     
  6. Submarine Tom

    Submarine Tom Previous Member

    That shape is more indicitave of a float home than a house boat.
     

  7. WestVanHan
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    WestVanHan Not a Senior Member

    Please do..that 4800' home sounds interesting.

    Also please take the advice by Tad seriously.
    When I was a kid a guy in the area built his own houseboat-with no designer input- and on the first day it flipped over: of his kids drowned and the rest of the family barely escaped.

    Your huge barge will never flip,but a poorly designed/built one may break apart in bad weather.

    The cost of an engineer's time will be a drop in the bucket compared to the overall build cost.
     
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