Understanding Boat Design
There are lots of questions answered in this book:
If one boat has a round bottom and another's is veed, what difference does it make in the way they perform? What are the advantages of a cutter rig over a sloop? Why does one sailor swear by a full keel, while others won't have anything but a fin keel? Why does one powerboat have more flare in its topsides than another? How big an engine and propeller will it take to move that powerboat? What are the elements of a safe boat, or a comfortable cruising boat?