Farr Yacht Design

Computer Tools used at Farr Yacht Design

AutoCAD by AutoDesk - The designers staple tool, this program is used to create all of our production drawings and details for all of our designs. Surface geometry for hulls, decks, keels and rudders that has been developed using tools such as FastShip and Pro/E can efficiently be imported to AutoCAD for final detailing before the drawings are shipped (or more often E-mailed) to the builder. AutoCAD is the CAD tool of choice in the marine industry presenting a very common file standard for electronic transfer of design information. http://www3.autodesk.com/adsk/

CFD Analysis - In order to design the most efficient appendage foil sections and bulb shapes for our designs we have developed a considerable in-house computational fluid dynamics capability. For 2D foil section designs we principally use the X-Foil and Eppler codes while PanAir allows us to perform some 3D hydrodynamic studies of bulb forms.

Custom Applications - In many instances we have developed our own custom software to meet specific requirements. These may range from rapid expansion and analysis of towing tank data to development of methods to compare full scale two boat testing results. Many of these programs have been written as Visual Basic Add-Ins to Microsoft Excel, LISP routines in AutoCAD or as free standing programs using Digital Visual Fortran or Microsoft C++.

FastShip by Proteus Engineering - A powerful surface modeling tool used in the development of all of our hull surfaces. It allows rapid calculation of hydrostatic information and efficient methods for mapping the fairness of a particular surface.  http://www.proteusengineering.com/

Mechanica by Parametric Technology Corporation - This is a structural analysis program that is coupled with Pro/Engineer to allow rapid analysis of structural scenarios in an effort to improve the strength-to-weight characteristics of a particular components. http://www.ptc.com/