AUGUST 11, 2022
by Donald Blount & & Douglas Blount
Article from Professional Boatbuilder Magazine
Our Thoughts on this Paper
My father has always said – you can’t improve what you don’t measure. This phrase stuck with me through the years and while most of the time when he said it, I would roll my eyes; I have come to embrace it in recent years. The impetus for that shift in my appreciation of dad’s wisdom was seeing my boss, Donald Blount, do that very thing time in and time out. Donald was passionate about measuring and improving. Whether it be capturing data from boat test articles, evaluating, and refining resistance prediction methods, or tinkering with DLBA model test data over and over; he never stopped.
His focus, energy, and dedication led to his book, Performance by Design: Hydrodynamics for High-Speed Vessels. One piece of the legacy knowledge base generated by Donald is our pleasure boat database. The database provides an invaluable design reference with data on over 2,500 boats from 20’ to 150’ in length from boats test articles. Need to sanity check something? No problem…. Check out this article from Professional Boatbuilder Magazine to learn some tips and tricks on how to make and use a database of your own!
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