Sail design involves two processes: first to determine the proper sail shapes for a given set of conditions such as sail plan, point of sail, wind range, sea state, and hull characteristics that will produce optimum performance; and second to design the panel curvatures necessary to reproduce these chosen shapes from an elastic material on the boat. This paper discusses the various approaches to these design steps, the problems confronted and various possible solutions by offering specific cases and showing a designer's thought process.
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Principles of Sail Design
Paper presented at the SNAME 3rd Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, January 1977.
Paper Number: SNAME-CSYS-1977-006
Published: January 15 1977
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Haarstick, Stephen. "Principles of Sail Design." Paper presented at the SNAME 3rd Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, January 1977. doi: https://doi.org/10.5957/CSYS-1977-006
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