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Donald L. Blount

With over 100 technical and white papers published in some of the most prestigious boating magazines and, in many cases, presented at major conferences sponsored by organizations such as IBEX, SNAME, and RINA in the short 30 years since our founding. Our hope in this library is to release quality and relevant information to anyone wanting to learn about naval architecture and marine engineering.

Donald L. Blount

Founder, DLBA

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Small-Craft Power Prediction​

Small-Craft Power Prediction

A valid performance prediction technique for small craft is an invaluable tool not only for the naval architect, but also for the operators and builders. This presentation describes the methodology for making speed-power predictions for hard-chine craft of the types found in the offshore, military, and recreational applications.

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Technical Feasibility of the 100 Knot Yacht

Donald L. Blount and Associates, Inc. has design cognizance over four of the world’s fastest fifteen megayachts. Included in the list of the fastest yachts are the gas turbine Motor Yacht DESTRIERO and the gas turbine Motor Yacht FORTUNA. GTMY DESTRIERO, length overall of 67.7m (222 feet), holds the record for the fastest Eastbound trans-Atlantic crossing at 53.09 knots.

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aluminum boats

Design and Production of Aluminum Boats

Due to reductions in materials costs and advances in fabrication technology, the marine industry has recently seen a proliferation of custom and semi-production aluminum boats. There always have been a number of large yacht builders who work exclusively in aluminum alloys, and they have been fairly price competitive alongside the well-known FRP custom yacht builders.

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