A new model for ship design calculations is presented that separates the graphical user interface (GUI) from the calculations (CALC). Design programs can now be defined as more than one interactive graphical user interface tied to one calculation. Several different GUIs can be created for one CALC engine and one GUI can be created to launch several CALC engines in sequence. The GUI of choice is a spreadsheet due to its availability, programmable customization, powerful analysis tools, cross-platform capability, and open code environment.

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