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.

Hydrofoil Control: How to Stay on Foil

Hydrofoil Control: How to Stay on Foil

Why would an airplane company design a ship? When considering hydrofoil ships, aircraft share many of the same requirements. More specifically, every hydrofoil vessel needs a method of motion control, even sailing hydrofoils. This article discusses the problem of hydrofoil control and several solutions.

Stability Fails at Seakeeping

Stability Fails at Seakeeping

Stability and seakeeping are frequently misunderstood. To understand the limits of these sciences, we must unveil the motivation behind their development. How to guarantee ship safety on an uncertain ocean?

How do I Select the Right Hull?

How do I Select the Right Hull?

Monohull, catamaran, trimaran . . . so many choices.  Which hullform to pick?  Can we draw upon any science to guide our choices, or shall we beg Lady Luck to guide us?  Although hullform selection does involve some experience and artistic preference, naval architects...
Wave Power May Allow Skype for Sailors

Wave Power May Allow Skype for Sailors

Today, I invite you to imagine a wonderful new future for sailors:  a technology that delivers cheap and reliable vessel communications with land.  Bandwidth high enough for every sailor to enjoy daily video conferencing with their loved ones.  I see a possibility for...
Wave Macros Updated

Wave Macros Updated

You may have noticed that any files downloaded from the website returned blank zip files. This was an error with the downloads pointing to incorrect paths on the file server. It was not any attempt to deceive you or claim to have content which does not exist. I have...