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,...
Finding Your Marine Consultant

Finding Your Marine Consultant

Marine consultants provide a valuable, and sometimes painfully expensive, service.  Like any valuable service, you want to comparison shop and ensure you get the best deal.  But with consultants scattered across the country, you can’t just open the Yellow Pages. ...
When to Hire a Marine Engineering Consultant

When to Hire a Marine Engineering Consultant

Do you hate it when someone answers a question with another question?  You ask, “When should I hire my marine engineering consultant?”  And I have to answer, “How do you want to work with them?”  By asking when, you showed great foresight, and...