Overview of Naval Architecture for
(Formerly called Yacht Design Lite)
What Naval Architects Do
This overview of the Westlawn Yacht Design
those who need to understand the basics of yacht and boat design but who do not
intend to become professional designers, including mechanical and structural
engineers who need to gain a good grasp of the fundamentals of boat design.
This Overview course will be of primary benefit to marine-industry managers,
yacht and boat surveyors, industrial and interior designers, professional crew,
investigators and adjustors, boat builders, and others simply looking for an
expanded knowledge of job-related disciplines.
provides the student with a working knowledge of design principles, hull
dynamics and manufacturing technologies. This course will be of primary benefit
to marine industry professionals for whom this concentrated “cross training”
will lead to improved job performance, promotion opportunities, or simply
expanded knowledge of job-related disciplines. For marine surveyors
particularly, Overview is an invaluable tool that will both systematically
expand your knowledge of boat design and construction and enhance your
credentials. This course concentrates essential design principles—styling,
aesthetics and space utilization—in the context of structure and hull dynamics
to deliver a solid understanding of yacht design fundamentals.
Featured subjects include:
A comprehensive study
of the characteristics and values pertaining to the underwater form of a boat
of vessel weight, buoyancy, loading and external factors. Presented in two parts.
and their relationship to hull form and propulsion.
■ Drawing of
The elements and
process of creating a working document that precisely defines a hull’s shape.
arranging interior spaces for maximum utility and comfort.
Introduction to the
properties and capabilities of FRP materials, mold-making, lamination
processes, coring, and stiffening. Presented in two parts. On achieving a
passing grade in each of eight separate assignments, the student is awarded a
Certificate of Completion.
have a high school diploma or the equivalent and must have two years of high-school-level
mathematics in algebra and trigonometry. Applicants who do not have a high
school diploma or equivalent may be accepted if they can satisfy the faculty
that their experience and education have prepared them to pursue this course.
The applicant’s age must exceed the compulsory age for completion of high
school. Students need a computer and the ability to log on to the Internet to
Program Timing and
The entire Elements
of Technical Boat Design course requires about 280 hours of study and
assignment preparation. Working on a full-time basis, students should be able
to complete the course in six months or less. The tuition fee covers all
coursework expenses from the day of enrollment to the awarding of the
certificate of completion.
to view a detailed Overview course syllabus
Important: Overview of Naval
Architecture for Marine Professionals is not a substitute for the full Westlawn Yacht & Boat Design Program. Should a student
take the Overview course and thereafter decide to pursue the Yacht & Boat
Design Program, credit will be given for all subjects receiving a passing
grade. Overview includes almost no actual design work, so students will not
learn to apply this knowledge creatively on yacht designs, but can use this
knowledge critically to review the work of a naval architect. Under no
circumstances, however, should a student presume that completion Overview alone
qualifies him or her to design boats or yachts.
Those interested in
the full Yacht & Boat Design Program should download the course catalog at:
Yacht & Boat
Design Course Catalog
NOTE: Overview includes
a portion of the ID 201 course, “Interior Design Methods,” and also all of the
BC 401 course, “Fiberglass Boatbuilding: Materials & Methods.”
Click Here To
Download The Elements of Technical Boat Design Enrollment Form
(Be sure to download
the correct form, either U.S. or international and for Yacht Design Lite.)
Prerequisite: Applicants should
have a high school diploma or the equivalent and must have two years of
high-school-level mathematics in algebra and trigonometry. Knowledge of
descriptive terminology used in boat construction. A computer with reliable
Internet access and email is required.
Number of Lessons: An 8 lesson course
that can be completed in about 280 hours of study.
services, Westlawn textbooks, and study guide.
Tuition Fee: $4,500
plus $100 per month enrollment fee.
Award: Certificate of Completion
NOTE: Be sure to fill out
and submit all four pages of the specific Elements enrollment form.