Sailing Boat Design


Wooden boat "Wood Friender24"

Unlike the previous wooden boats this wooden24 has emerged as a new type. This project started from the contact of Mr.Umekawa who had strong passion to the wooden boat building with his concept. He resigned a wooden boat building company where he worked for a long time to achieve his passion. We talked a lot and made a decision to build a wooden boat which is as light as FRP boats, has good sailing performance with enjoyable characteristics, makes us conscious of the goodness of woods and has a cool deck shape having the traditional wooden atomosphere and the most advanced technology at the same time. One year later the final design plan was created.
Wood Friender


For the hull shape design the CFD simulation was applied to create a good performance hull. The shape looks quite different from traditional wooden boats. The keel shape was also designed to have smaller drag and the deeper bulb keel was applied. The mould was built by CNC machine to make the fin very accurate. The mast and rudder are made of carbon and the combination of the wooden hull and the carbon parts looks very new. The bow sprit can be made of wood or carbon. The hull structure was designed to follow the ABS rule and the boat could be sailed in offshore conditions. The stringers inside show the beauty of a wooden boat. The building method adopts the cold mould with the vaccum-bagged method to make a lighter and stiffer hull. The hull consists of three layers of wood laminated by expoxy.
Inside the boat a wooden texture is felt with Japanese papers on the wall, and there are presence of mind and the good confortableness in the space. Except the births in both sides there are no fixed interiors you can arrange inside freely. The engine can be located inside or outside.


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