How Did Boat Design Develop?
How do new boat designs (including trimarams) come to be developed? Michael Waters, who is answering questions about trimarans at SmallTrimaranDesign.com, wrote a fascinating piece on this subject recently.
The article discusses a lot of things, but what is particularly interesting was the topic of testing small-scale boat models in water tanks as compared to full-sized watercraft. If you’re into technical subjects, including a bit of an historical recounting of the modern naval architecture, then this piece will be for you.
Apparently the expense of doing model testing in tanks precludes many trimaran designers from doing it. But one small tri designer told me the sophisticated marine software available nowadays does offer Hydrostatics Calculations.