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.

Splitting Waves and Hairs: Comparing X-Bow, Axe Bow, and More

Splitting Waves and Hairs: Comparing X-Bow, Axe Bow, and More

Axe bow, X-bow; slim size, thin size.  We currently enjoy an explosion of variety in bow shapes, each suited to a different task.  These may all look the same with a cursory glance, but don’t get fooled.  Nearly the same bow shape, used on a different vessel may work...
Why You Want a Trimaran: Pros and Cons of a Trimaran

Why You Want a Trimaran: Pros and Cons of a Trimaran

Three hulls are better than one!  That would be the adage of the trimaran.  It consists of one central hull with two smaller side hulls, called amas.  The average person conceives of the trimaran as something even more extreme than catamarans.  Lighter weight, higher...
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...