Welcome to Yacht Design School, Eastport, Maine, U.S.A.
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Yacht Design School is primarily a distance learning institution, though we have had a few students in residence here.  Please read the material in the Brochure first and then browse the lesson contents pages for the curricula. This will suggest questions which you may find the answers to in our frequently asked questions. You may enroll and buy educational software using the buttons below. All books recommended for the school both in print and out of print can now be ordered through us if you wish. 

"The education, and career, that you don't have to go into debt for." - Tom MacNaughton

"Genius is learned behavior" - Tom MacNaughton

"I want to say to you that the decisions to change my work from building to designing ánd the choice of following the Yacht Design School for this, are the best decisions I have made ever!" - Evert Jan Boot, The Netherlands

Degree Program in Naval Architecture with a Specialty in Yacht & Small Craft Design
Lessions 1 - 11  Should be ordered in sequence & not more than 2 ahead of the lesson you are working on at a given time.    
Course Outline    
1. Introduction to Yacht Design $188
2a. Preliminary Design - Type, Size, Profile & Accommodations $375
2b. Preliminary Design - Ratios, Coefficients, Feasibility, & Midsection Development $375
3a. Understanding Round Bottom Lines Drawings & Lofting $375

3b. Understanding Chine Hull Lines Drawings, Lofting & Surface Expansion $375
4a. Theory & Practice of Developing Excellence in Hull Lines - Longitudinal Fairing $375
4b. Theory & Practice of Developing Excellence in Hull Lines - Section Shape Considerations, Fairing, and  Hull Resistance Reduction $375
4c. Theory & Practice of Developing Excellence in Hull Lines - Appendage Development and Fairing & Final Considerations in Developing Lines $375
5. Model Making as a Design Aid $375
6a. Flotation $375
6b. Stability $375
7. Artistry & Proportion in Design $375
8. Plank on Frame Wood Construction $375
9. Sheathed Strip & Cold Molded Construction $375
10. Steel & Aluminum Construction $375
11. Fiberglass Construction $375
Advanced Lessons - Please do not order these until all previous lessons have been satisfactorily completed    
12. Basic Principles of Material and Structural Analysis, Testing, & Scantlings Rule Development "A"  Order 12 & 13 together. $375
13. Basic Principles of Material and Structural Analysis, Testing, & Scantlings Rule Development "B" $375
14. Rig Design $375
15. Resistance & Powering $375
16. Accommodations Design Principles $375
17. Systems, Equipment Specifications, & Sources $375
18. Reserved for Future Use    
19. Business Management Part 1: The Small Design Office & Basic Investment Principles $375
20. Business Management Part 2: Larger, More Complex Firms and Advanced Business Techniques $563
  Ordering Software for Use with Our Curricula
  These packages are most often ordered bundled with the CAD Course as shown below.  However if you are not taking the CAD Course you can also buy these packages and bundles of Rhino and plug-ins below here.  All these are education license pricing for our students. Important: We can sell direct to you if your address is in the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.  If you are in other countries, email us on software and we will send you the appropriate order form for your area:
Rhino Version 5.0 CAD Package, Educational License, $195
Flamingo nXt, Photorealistic Rendering Plug-In, Educational License, $195
Penguin, Illustrative Rendering Plug-in, Educational License, $95
Bongo, Animation Software Plug-in, Educational License, $195
Brazil, Profession Hyper-Realistic Rendering Plug-in, Educational License, $195
Scan&Solve Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Plug-in, Educational License, $295
Rhino 5.0 / Flamingo nXt, / Penguin / Bongo Bundle, Educational License $495 Best Buy!
  Additional Elective Courses, Other Useful Schools, & Internships
Computer Assisted Design Course. This brief curriculum is now the most common entry point for most students to their studies with us before tackling the Yacht Design School main curriculum in yacht and small craft naval architecture.  It is not a formal prerequisite.  It is intended to teach the use of the Rhino CAD package in yacht and small craft naval architecture as thoroughly as possible.  This extraordinary design tool is the standard for yacht design firms world wide and is being rapidly adopted by all of us who teach yacht design as well.  Taking this course first and then doing the entire main curriculum using on screen design rather than using any manual drafting is now the workable choice and much less expensive than trying to find manual drafting equipment which is not made anymore.  You will use our PayPal based shopping cart system to order this course.  Complete Tuition $1,099.  Most student will buy one of our bundles of the course and the Rhino software.  If it is not a financial hardship this is a good time choose a bundle including the very useful plug-ins for advanced rendering and even animation at student prices.

Important Note on International Orders:  All "Computer Assisted Design Course" orders go through us.  If you live in the United States, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand you can also use the "bundle buttons" or separate buttons to order the software through us.  If you are outside our authorized software selling area, email or call us for the appropriate reseller in your area.

CAD Course bundled with Rhino Version 5.0 plus the Flamingo nXt & Penguin photorealistic and illustrative rendering plug-ins, along with the Bongo animation plug-in.  All of these with educational licenses.  This is the biggest "bang for the buck" bundle of CAD Course and Software.  This is the option most often chosen because of the enormous savings on the great rendering and animation software: $1,594

CAD Course bundled with Rhino Version 5.0 educational license.  If the lowest possible cost is needed, this is the minimum cost CAD Course and Software bundle:  $1,294

CAD Course only.  For those who already have either the Rhino educational or Rhino commercial software license:  $1,099

  Scan&Solve(tm) - We now are able to provide students with this Finite Element Analysis (FEA) plug-in for Rhino.  While we have not yet written a curriculum to teach Scan&Solve(tm) we do want to provide basic training in its use.  We are happy to suggest exercises, which students can work using Rhino and this plug-in and we will examine the results.  Eventually this will evolve into a curriculum which we can offer.  FEA allows you to design an object of structural interest in Rhino and then specify the loads on it.  "Scan&Solve" then computes the stresses on all parts of the object, revealing whether it will carry the loads, what the strains are, where it deforms and where stresses may concentrate.  This makes optimizing parts for the longest possible life much easier and more accurate than any hand method could manage in a reasonable amount of time.  Though NASA may use fancier FEA programs, we have at last found an FEA tool, suitable for the average yacht design office, and which is cost effective for students and professionals in this industry. Students will normally order the educational license for $295, using our PayPal based shopping cart system and the button below.  We fully support this plug-in and hope to offer an optional course as described below.  Those who are not students of our school can get an educational license from us, if they can document that they are in fact enrolled in another school for which this software is relevant.  Commercial users can purchase commercial licenses through the software section of our Pen and Anchor Publications. 

Scan&Solve(tm) Educational License:

  Finite Element Analysis Course - At present this we envision this course as amounting to a gradually expanding outline of what the functions of Scan&Solve(tm) the FEA plug-in for Rhino are, how to interpret these functions, and a gradually increasing number of projects of different types to test your understanding of how to use FEA in practical yacht and small craft naval architecture.  Lesson materials in addition to the manuals provided with the software at the moment consists of personal "one on one" tutorial time which will gradually expand to include both printed materials and video clips as we gain more students.  Because the newness of this curriculum will make the instruction process very rough at first we are not yet charging for this training for students in our main curriculum.  In the interests of keeping the eventual pricing as low as possible we will keep very careful track of the time we spend with each student.  As the instruction becomes more standardized we will price for new students to reflect actual instruction times.  Because this course will be paid for with a one time fee, once you have acquired it you will not be asked for more money if and when the rate goes up while you are working on the curriculum. Once we start charging for this training separately from the main curriculum graduates will receive a nice framed certificate recognizing your understanding of FEA as embodied in the Scan&Solve plug-in.
  The Boat School -  For those of you who want to learn traditional wooden boat building, modern wood and epoxy boatbuilding, fiberglass construction and construction in more exotic composites, this school will get you the education you need to get an entry level job in the field or the practical knowledge that is so helpful as a student of YDS.  Like YDS this is not a high priced school and has a lot of advantages.  This school is operated by a non-profit economic development corporation in Eastport, Maine.  Your YDS main curriculum primary instructor was the founding president of this organization until his retirement in 2010.
Khan Academy - Contrary to the belief of many aspiring students the math involved in yacht and small craft naval architecture is not very complex.  Most people will probably need more help in learning to be careful with their calculations and check their work, than actually needing much math instruction.  Of course we are always here to teach anything you didn't get in school at no addtional charge and our "Basic Math Primer" can be emailed to you free.  However for those who want to learn math from the simplest of addition problems up through quite advanced subjects, we recommend the Khan Academy www.khanacademy.org  This fully endowed online institution is absolutely free and amazingly good at teaching from the simplest concept to the most advanced.  Though they started with math they are well on their way to providing a complete university education without charging you a cent.  Though we teach in much more depth than they do we sure wish we could build an endowment like that so we could teach for free.
Internships & Entry Level Drafting Positions – We are now again in a position to encourage students to study as a residential student here in Eastport.  In addition students can participate in Internship programs where they do unpaid work in the office designed to broaden their experience.  Advanced students can, depending upon our work load, sometimes get paying work as entry level draftsmen.
  The Woodenboat School - This school teaches everything from sailing, and cruising courses, to survey, repair and construction, you can even learn to cast your own bronze hardware.  This is a great family experience and a wonderful way to spend summer vacations.  Virtually everything you would learn at this school would enhance the knowledge you need to be a truly great designer.  We highly recommend this school in addition to our curriculum.