Where to start when designing my first small sailboat?

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by trackie2, Apr 1, 2021.

  1. Kayakmarathon
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    Kayakmarathon Junior Member

    Test your design thoroughly; first on a lake with a light breeze, and eventually in the rough ocean. At least you will be able to recover the boat when the control system doesn't work as expected.
     
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  2. trackie2
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    trackie2 Junior Member

    I looked at the boats you mentioned and I see what you mean. I also took a look at the only other boat with a similar sail setup and it appears close-hauled, and you can clearly see it tacking downwind. Thank you for explaining the differences in such detail I really appreciate it. I'm realizing how much I have to learn!
     
  3. trackie2
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    trackie2 Junior Member

    Will do :) I'm lucky to have great locations for testing nearby
     
  4. trackie2
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    trackie2 Junior Member

    Thank you for the advice and book recommendations I'll give those a read :) Started with Principles of yacht design yesterday and I see why it's recommended so much. I appreciate the info on model building and software I'll look into that further too. I'm quite excited for when I start building!
     

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