A review is made of dinghy design parameters and practices that include: hulls, rigging systems, sails, rudders and centerboards. This is followed by an in-depth review of the International Fourteen class. The International Fourteen class was selected for design comparison because of its open design rules and its broad variation of past and present designs. A number of selected International Fourteen hullforms are computer modeled for performance characteristics and trends. From this data, correlations between primary shape driving parameters and performance are made. Fourteen structural design and construction methods are discussed. Topics include loading considerations and material selection. Design topics include hull skin, framing, decking, and rigging.

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