Offshore-capable sail training craft (STC) specifically designed and built for the United States Naval Academy (USNA) have been a cornerstone of its seamanship training program since 1939. Currently the fourth generation of these craft is under development and this paper summarizes research projects performed by eight midshipmen in the areas of parametric design criteria, structures, appendage development and analytical tool evaluation. While the results are oriented toward the new sail training craft, they are general enough to apply to any medium-sized offshore sailing vessel.
Keywords:strength, rudder, experiment, criteria, laminate, research project, knot, midshipmen, student, abs guide
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2003. The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers