How to learn boat design

Discussion in 'Education' started by Malibrodic, Dec 17, 2019.

  1. Ad Hoc
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    Ad Hoc Naval Architect

    Sorry for not being clear.

    I mean if you ONLY want to understand this field of engineering as a hobby - then what is there to stop you? Nothing would prevent you having cake making or beer making as a hobby, so why would you think learning naval architecture is any different? Just do need to be hesitant!

    Conversely the same is true.
    What is there to prevent you from pursuing this as a career?...nothing. If you don't apply you'll never know! And don't give up at the first rejection...if this is your passion and desire...keep going.
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  2. Ike
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    Ike Senior Member

    Well said. I have worked in the engineering field most of my life, even though I do not have a BS in engineering. I worked side by side with many really top-notch engineers and naval architects, several who were what I consider brilliant. Almost all of them have years of hands on experience. The worst engineers I dealt with did not have that kind of hands on experience. I can recall one who had never even been to the site of the facility he was doing the design work for, for a renovation of the site. Anyway, I learned early on to go out, get your hands dirty and see what it is you are working on. (a rather irate machinist made that painfully clear to me back in 1970, because he couldn't make what I had designed, and he was right) So, the education is important, but the hands on is just as important. Learn the fundamentals and then go see exactly how they work on boats. Besides, the hands on can be a lot of fun. Who doesn't like sailing or power boating?
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  3. TANSL
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    TANSL Senior Member

    I agree and I think that must be the process. Otherwise, understand how something works and why, without having the basic theoretical knowledge, I don't think it works.

  4. Malibrodic
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    Malibrodic New Member

    Thank you everyone for your time, encouragement and advice.

    Yeah, my family is working on ships through generations, from simple fisherman to captain of ocean tankers.
    It is interesting life, but I want to see anther side of coin.

    I look Westlawn course and it seems good introduction to NA. As you said it it is nothing like real degree in NA but with my background in ME, I think I will understand where is needed more learning.
    Unfortunately money is little bit tight currently and I didn't expected so spicy price. So my plan is to buy some books which you suggested, use university library and this site. We will see how that will progress. Long journey ahead.

    Now there's nothing left but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
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