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Re: Life Span of a Boat
... Flat surfaces need a lot more support than compound curves, something most design rules take zero consideration of, making them far less connected to reality. A compound curve results in a fraction the flexing of a flat surface, something modern designers seem to lack any understanding of , possibly because it takes a bit of instinct, and ability to see things in three dimensions, rather than the two dimensions their calculations are based on, and is not easily converted in to numbers. They tend to regard all hull surfaces as flat surfaces, making them largely irrelevant, when applied to more complex shapes.
Brent, today NA work mostly if not only in 3D using computer programs have a look at a basic one that has nothing to do with the ones that big NA cabinets use. Those cost more than a boat.
Last edited by PCP; 02-04-2013 at 07:30 PM.