Principles of Yacht Design

Principles of Yacht Design
New and updated edition in 2014





















Lars Larsson & Rolf E. Eliasson and Michal Orych



American edition: International Marine, Camden, ME 04843, USA (2000, 2007, 2014)

Japanese edition: Kazi books, Japan (1997)

Korean edition: Dong Meyong Publishing Co (expected 2015)

Chinese edition: Harbin Engineering University Press (expected 2015)

Estonian edition: Tallinna Technical University Publisher (expected 2015)




  • Design methodology
  • Design considerations
  • The yacht’s specification
  • Hull geometry, including lines plan and computer aided design
  • Hydrostatics and stability in calm water and waves
  • Hull design
  • Keel and rudder design
  • Sail and rig design
  • Balance
  • Propeller and engine characteristics
  • High speed power boat hydrodynamics
  • Hull construction considerations for sail and power
  • Rig calculations
  • Cockpit, deck and cabin layout
  • Weight calculations
  • Design evaluation, performance prediction and tank testing


The book has established itself as the standard book on the subject for practicing designers, naval architecture students,

discerning boat owners and the boatbuilding industry as a whole. Illustrated with many explanatory diagrams and an example yacht, followed through the book, this complex subject is presented in a clear way and is accessible for professionals and amateurs alike.


From the yachting press


“This book is deeply fascinating…a must” (Classic Boat)


“A classic” (Cruising World)


“An expert exposition of the latest knowledge in the field” (Lloyds List)


“Here at last a book that replaces Skene’s Elements of Yacht Design as the yacht designer’s Bible” (Yachting Monthly)


“Covers every aspect of the yacht design process” (IBI Magazine)


“A definitive work on yacht design” (Cruising)


“A new bible on yacht design” (SA Yachting)


“A sound and up to date manual of yacht design…. A classic in its field” (Practical Boat Owner)