The designer will usually find that there are significantly different ways of meeting the requirements and the 'best' must be chosen. Best is placed in quotation marks because what is meant by this is a matter of judgement. Design is always a compromise in which one aspect of performance can be improved at the expense of some other feature. It is finding the best compromise that makes the naval architect's task so interesting and rewarding, but also difficult.

Some of the most important decision on the general form of the ship must be taken early on. Thus, for a high speed ferry, the designer must investigate the relative merits of mono-hull and multi-hull forms and compare these with surface effect vehicles and hydrofoils, all of which have been used in the past. These days the designer has more freedom than in the past when designs were largely based on a successful design providing a similar service. The lack of prototypes led to a natural wariness of change. These days the computer, with advanced computer-aided design (CAD) systems, provides an ability to study alternatives in enough depth to give confidence in the final product. Features such as seakeeping and strength can be established with a high degree of confidence and what may be termed a virtual prototype can be produced. The prospective owner can be taken on a walk through of the new ship before it leaves the drawing board. Simulators can give a feel for the navigation of the ship in confined waters. However, these approaches can be expensive and a prudent designer still makes good use of data from an earlier successful design.

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.

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