Hydrodynamics of large motor yachts: Past and Future Developments
Author Hooijmans, P. and Gaillarde, G.
Title Hydrodynamics of large motor yachts: Past and Future Developments
Conference/Journal 2nd International Symposium on design and production of motor and sail yachts (MDY06), Madrid, Spain
Month March
Year 2006

For luxury motor yachts, aesthetics, comfort and operability are of major importance. Designers and shipyards have to meet the challenge of realising the owner’s dream but at the same time they have to work within technical and financial constraints. Aesthetics of the superstructure and the profile of the yacht must go hand-in-hand with technical requirements related to the expected operation of the ship. A yacht owner must be confident that his vessel can sail freely and safely in any part of the world and that it will also be comfortable and be able to realise the required range and speed.

The Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) has a large track record with respect to the hydrodynamic research on motor yachts. This is partly due to the fact that a large amount of yards dedicated to yacht business is present in the Netherlands, sometimes called the Yacht Valley. Every year a number of motor yacht designs are investigated with respect to their powering, seakeeping and manoeuvring performances.

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