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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Library Recommendation

Yacht Design According to Perry Not just another book on yacht design, and, not a promotion for his boats. Written for technical and non-technical readers. He gives interesting and funny accounts behind the design and production of some of his designs, including the "less famous" ones. Includes layman descriptions of technical terms used in yacht design, what they mean and how they shape a boat's "character" (terms like Ballast/Displacement, Sail Area/Displacement, Prismatic coefficients, etc). Even if you don't own one of his designs, reading this book will give you insight to help you understand how and why your own boat behaves the way it does. We keep a copy aboard our 28 foot sloop and I am always browsing it late into the night by kerosene lamp. While it includes some math, no calculator required!

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