Weight Control

Weight Control

Weight control is not sexy, but the consequences of ignoring it can be very scary. If we ignore weight control, we risk a potentially unusable ship. That is why proper weight control starts with the right attitude: understanding the risks and the necessity of a weight estimate.

Which Engineer

Which Engineer

Ships evolved to require a combination of expertise from highly specialized disciplines. If you want a modern vessel, expect a modern team of experts. So let’s meet all the different roles and learn who it takes to create a modern ship.

America’s Cup Hydrofoils:  Dangers and Solutions

America’s Cup Hydrofoils: Dangers and Solutions

No discussion of hydrofoils is complete without addressing their application to the 2013 America’s Cup yachts. Catamarans screamed across the ocean. But with all that excitement, we sometimes forget how the crew jeopardized their lives in every race. This article presents an engineering perspective on the America’s Cup hydrofoils of 2013, with options for improvement.

Six Steps to Evaluate Your Marine Consultant

Six Steps to Evaluate Your Marine Consultant

Hang in there.  You almost achieved your goal of hiring the best marine consultant.  You searched long and hard, and now you finally have a short list.  But how do you evaluate your options?  Consultants rarely provide commodity services.  Each consultant has...
Four Things to Consider in Size of Marine Consultant

Four Things to Consider in Size of Marine Consultant

Bigger is always better!  Biggest rock is best rock; biggest marine firm is best firm!  . . . But what benefit do we really get from a larger marine consultant?  And what are we paying for that increased size?  If you only have a $10k project, do you expect to get a...
Understanding Ship Model Testing

Understanding Ship Model Testing

Your beautiful new ship is launched from the shipyard.  She sparkles and shines.  The engine revs up for the first sea trials. . . . and disaster strikes!  The ship can’t make its design speed.  How could this happen?  How can you fix it? In this case,...