Improve Engineering Value

Improve Engineering Value

We all want to feel good about paying for engineering analysis. Sometimes the best answer drives us to maximize value, rather than minimize cost. In those cases, you do better to go beyond basic safety and search for enhancements. Today we discuss four engineering tasks where you can maximize your value. Extract every last drop of knowledge from your engineering project.

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...
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...
Go FAST Boat: Pros and Cons of a Planing Hull

Go FAST Boat: Pros and Cons of a Planing Hull

ZOOM!!!  No better way to describe planing boats.  They pack very fast speeds into a very small package.  Many planing boats achieve speeds well beyond the limits of larger craft.  How do they do it?  And what are the penalties for this extreme speed?  Discover if a...
Smooth Sailing: Pros and Cons of a SWATH Vessel

Smooth Sailing: Pros and Cons of a SWATH Vessel

Welcome to luxury cruising.  Glide above the waves without any jerky motions.  Walk about your accommodation deck, unhampered by nasty rolling motions.  If this temps you, come realize the dream of the SWATH vessel.  But it comes at a price.  Discover if this unique...
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...