Last Updated: May. 16, 2013
Small Craft Design
Format: World Wide Web
The fundamentals of naval architecture as practiced in small craft design are presented and a methodology developed for a variety of craft: tenders, lifeboats, planning vessels, dinghies, coastal cruisers and large, state of the art racing yachts. The emphasis is on recreational craft of all sizes, with special emphasis on sailing vessels. Special topics, such as choice of material of construction, scantlings, performance prediction, seaworthiness, tank testing, modern construction materials and techniques are covered. Specific design problems unique to small craft will be covered such as; mast design and sail area determination, and the state of the art in performance prediction. Students will do a design of their choice over duration of the course. Small weekly design studies will be required.
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