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"This book is intended to be a practical and concise presentation of some of the operations involved in designing yachts of all types. Cumbersome and impractical methods which are so often found in more pretentious works on naval architecture have been avoided. Those presented have been in everyday use by the author. The thirty-footer design used for purposes of illustration is obsolete in type, having been designed many years ago, but serves the purpose of illustrating the various operations involved in designing a yacht." Thus wrote Norman L. Skene in the preface to the fifth edition of Elements of Yacht Design.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Preface Chapter 1: General Discussion Chapter 2: Methods of Calculation Chapter 3: Relativity and Similitude Chapter 4: Displacement Chapter 5: Stability Chapter 6: Ballast Chapter 7: The Lateral Plane of Sailing Yachts Chapter 8: Design Chapter 9: The Sail Plan Chapter 10: The Rudder Chapter 11: Spars and Rigging Chapter 12: Cruisers Chapter 13: The Racing Yacht Chapter 14: Construction Chapter 15: Resistance Chapter 16: The Hydroplane Chapter 17: Screw Propellers Chapter 18: Yacht Models Index

About the Author

Norman L. Skene was one of America's foremost yacht designers. This book is his legacy.

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A little gem, first published in 1904 which, in these days of standard hulls, fills a much felt gap in our knowledge. We know so little about hull lines that it is really valuable to have at hand what is a standard work of reference. There are bits that no longer apply but the principles of hull design and what keeps a yacht going in heavy weather and light are intensely satisfying; the more so as we no longer for the most part commission an architect to design a yacht and watch its construction. An absorbing and classic work, well worth the effort to assimilate. Cruising Skene runs through many of the formulas used in yacht design, and their underlying principles. For the non-mathematician, it makes one realize how far off the mark most of our boats are. Buy this book and put your own boat s measurements into the formula. You will wonder how ever she stayed upright or went to windward. Whilst being a useful technical reference book on classic yacht design, this book is essential reading for those who want to make a meaningful contribution to the rig debate Royal Naval Sailing Association

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