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Yesterday my son Will received his diploma in Yacht and Powercraft Design with High Honours from Southampton Solent.

I wish he was allowed share some of his work here, some of it is quite stunning. He received one of the top thesis grades in the program and designed a brilliant boat, among other things. Sadly SSU doesn't allow sharing of these sorts of things to fight plagiarism, so we're all the poorer.

He's headed back to Betts Boats in Anacortes in August.

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Congrats Will!

 

And BJ, This is one of the milestones where it is appropriate to congratulate parents, so kudos to you and your wife for raising this fine young man.

(it amuses me when people get congratulated for having a baby, the appropriate thing then is to say "good luck, hope it goes well"...  this has gone well!)

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Ain't the internet grand? They also gave Jason Ker and a former Captain of the Queen Mary 2 honorary doctorates. And the closing remarks from the Chancellor - former First Sea Lord Admiral The Right Honourable Lord West of Spithead - were bboth heartfelt and amusing. A nice ceremony overall, and delightfully efficient getting everyone through.

 

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3 hours ago, B.J. Porter said:

I wish he was allowed share some of his work here, some of it is quite stunning. He received one of the top thesis grades in the program and designed a brilliant boat, among other things. Sadly SSU doesn't allow sharing of these sorts of things to fight plagiarism, so we're all the poorer.

Congrats to Will.

Is that a "forever" ban? Is there any loophole? Like maybe Bob could draw a cartoon of what Will did or something? Very curious what he came up with.

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BJ, Will has a very bright future ahead of him. I would hire him in a heartbeat to design a boat. You and your wife should be very proud. I will visit Will this summer.

 

For the record, I have seen some of his work and it is brilliant. He will be the next Bob Perry (only a bit quieter.)

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2 hours ago, kimbottles said:

For the record, I have seen some of his work and it is brilliant. He will be the next Bob Perry (only a bit quieter.)

Now I really want to see!

Wait, didn't that Perry guy design dangerously high-performance "cruisers" in his youth?

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Nice to hear about this great success. Congratulations to Will and the family (and extended family) that raised him.

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I can't share my work, but I can throw up a few renders. This is my dissertation, a 47 foot well performing livaboard cruising boat. VPP results suggest 220 mile days in 16 true on a reach. 

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Well done BJ. Also well done on clearly outpunting your coverage when marrying.

Congratulations to Will. I recently had the pleasure of meeting a couple of young naval architects who are on staff at Brooklin Boat Yard. Amidst all of the griping and complaining about "kids today", we sometimes lose sight of the many, many exceptional young people out there.

My summer intern this year is an extraordinary young lady, pre-med at Yale, who outperforms expectations at every turn.

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5 hours ago, Elegua said:

He's tall isn't he? Congrats and well done!

I look forward to hearing more about him as he advances his career and portfolio. 

It's the hat. He's only about 6'4".

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6 hours ago, DDW said:

Let me just say one word.....: "Plastics".

 

Yeah, I expected something completely different when I opened this thread!  Congratulations!

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10 hours ago, kimbottles said:

BJ, Will has a very bright future ahead of him. I would hire him in a heartbeat to design a boat. You and your wife should be very proud. I will visit Will this summer.

 

For the record, I have seen some of his work and it is brilliant. He will be the next Bob Perry (only a bit quieter.)

Does he play guitar?

:D

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12 hours ago, Uncooperative Tom said:

Congrats to Will.

Is that a "forever" ban? Is there any loophole? Like maybe Bob could draw a cartoon of what Will did or something? Very curious what he came up with.

Pretty much forever any many aspects of his work. No drawings, technical data, writeups, etc.

The thesis was literally 100 pages of incredibly detailed design work.

Renderings apparently are OK as they are not easily useful to be plagiarized.

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I cannot believe that is the young boy who passed through the Chesapeake some years ago. AMAZING! Well done!

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Congrats from an old Southamton grad....just seems a long time ago......enjoy it and you will learn something from every boat, every trip and every walk around a marina or boatyard.

(and I'll claim a tiny tiny tiny bit of credit for being the first in the original thread 'where should Will go to school' to suggest Southampton Solent.......)

 

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Well done Will. Seems odd that they are so worried about plagarism. So many good theses are online these days.

Nice job on the rendering too. I like the extra wide cabin top. 

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2 hours ago, Elegua said:

Hmmm......Maybe it's because I remember you as taller. :D

I was 6' even when I was Will's age, though I think I've lost a cm or two since then.

I'm actually the short guy in my family, though we run broad across the shoulders. Believe it or not Will's frame and height come more from his mother's side. She's tiny, but her brothers are both in excess of 6'4" and slim of build.

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2 hours ago, Zonker said:

Well done Will. Seems odd that they are so worried about plagarism. So many good theses are online these days.

Nice job on the rendering too. I like the extra wide cabin top. 

Yes, seems odd to me as well. There are loads of boring master thesis gathering dust in the hope that somebody might open it sometime and when it gets to boat porn we can't access it. So unfair!

Congratulations Will.

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12 minutes ago, Panoramix said:
2 hours ago, Zonker said:

Well done Will. Seems odd that they are so worried about plagarism. So many good theses are online these days.

Nice job on the rendering too. I like the extra wide cabin top. 

Yes, seems odd to me as well. There are loads of boring master thesis gathering dust in the hope that somebody might open it sometime and when it gets to boat porn we can't access it. So unfair!

Congratulations Will.

I suspect it's a school-wide policy affecting all disciplines with which the yacht design folks get swept up.

Given the size of the program and the familiarity of the professors with each student, if someone stole a drawing and tried to pass it off I suspect they'd get caught out pretty quickly.

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The really stupid thing about the policy is that students can access past dissertations through the library anyways. There is a whole database of them online. 

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Thanks for posting the renderings, willp. The plagiarism rules do seem a bit nonsensical if you can access them anyway.

Your cruiser seeks to combine the advantages of a flush deck with the nicety of having side decks. In both cases, well done and I like where you put them.

The area where they meet is, I'm sorry to say, Admirable. But I'm a huge fan of the Society so that doesn't bother me a bit.

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Will,  They are just using the term plagiarism to deflect attention from what they really mean,  that the university owns the content you produced using university resources.  Any intellectual property, revenue potential or publication rights are owned by the university.

The lead paragraph from their policy pretty much sums it up:    "The University needs to protect its investment and rights in teaching and support materials, so that they can be enhanced, developed and improved over time as teaching students is a core activity. Similarly, the university needs to protect its rights to exploit IP when university facilities or resources have been used to develop the IP."    https://portal.solent.ac.uk/documents/academic-services/policies-procedures-guidelines/intellectual-property-rights-policy.pdf

The university, and all universities, arrange deals with academic publishers to make the content available under controlled situations, like the databases you access in the library.  These methods further cement the provenance of the informatio, discoveries, and the rights of the university to profit from it should a commercial use arise.  They restrict your publication in open forums like this to prevent commercial entities from copying that work, building the products, and very legally defending that they used publicly available free information from the internet as the base of their work.

Ahhh, the dirty world of academic publishing and intellectual property ownership in academics...    History somehow got us here driven from financial interests in the university.  Students, and even more so, professors are losing here.  Professors are starting to make small gains, and demand publication rights before signing with universities.  Students do have a real beef here... In a commercial world, the claim would be that you paid the university for use of their facilities and your professors were your employees... so their contribution to your work is a work-for-hire.  And in government funded universities, that your taxes funded it as well.  

Unfortunately, students funding lawyers to challenge the university is so unlikely that these policies will continue.

Now, back to sailing.... Very cool looking design!

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12 minutes ago, teamt said:

Will,  They are just using the term plagiarism to deflect attention from what they really mean,  that the university owns the content you produced using university resources.  Any intellectual property, revenue potential or publication rights are owned by the university.

The lead paragraph from their policy pretty much sums it up:    "The University needs to protect its investment and rights in teaching and support materials, so that they can be enhanced, developed and improved over time as teaching students is a core activity. Similarly, the university needs to protect its rights to exploit IP when university facilities or resources have been used to develop the IP."    https://portal.solent.ac.uk/documents/academic-services/policies-procedures-guidelines/intellectual-property-rights-policy.pdf

The university, and all universities, arrange deals with academic publishers to make the content available under controlled situations, like the databases you access in the library.  These methods further cement the provenance of the informatio, discoveries, and the rights of the university to profit from it should a commercial use arise.  They restrict your publication in open forums like this to prevent commercial entities from copying that work, building the products, and very legally defending that they used publicly available free information from the internet as the base of their work.

Ahhh, the dirty world of academic publishing and intellectual property ownership in academics...    History somehow got us here driven from financial interests in the university.  Students, and even more so, professors are losing here.  Professors are starting to make small gains, and demand publication rights before signing with universities.  Students do have a real beef here... In a commercial world, the claim would be that you paid the university for use of their facilities and your professors were your employees... so their contribution to your work is a work-for-hire.  And in government funded universities, that your taxes funded it as well.  

Unfortunately, students funding lawyers to challenge the university is so unlikely that these policies will continue.

Now, back to sailing.... Very cool looking design!

It makes more sense now, I wasn't aware of this, it's a bit sad, originally academia was meant to better human kind, not to do private work. it is also grossly unfair to design consultancies who (quite rightly) have to pay for the labour of their engineers/architects.

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Higher Education is a $1.3 trillion industry, and scientific and technical academic publishing is a $25 billion industry with a staggering 35% or more profit margin for market leaders.

On the bright side, that makes a lot of potential customers for Will's most excellent designs.

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I've always found that if you ask the writer of an interesting paper, they will happily sent it to you. (Shout out to Arash Eslamdoost who published the paper below that is really helping me with a current project)

2018 Analysis of the thrust deduction in waterjet propulsion – The Froude number dependence

Nobody but dive support boats use waterjets on a boat that only goes 12 knots. Very hard to predict resistance I am finding because most displacement hulls don't have immersed transoms!

Back to the congratulations:  Will - if you ever get to Vancouver, look me up. I'll show you around our office of about 75 persons. Lots of very clever people designing workboats. 4 guys just in the CFD department and full time cluster than is running stuff 24/7...

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Well done!

Congratulations to Will, and to his parents for being supportive of his ambitions and achievements.  

While the photo shows BJ in a suit, I think there is some probability he is either in bare feet or beach sandals.   :)

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Congratulations to Will, BJ, his mother, and the whole herd of other folks who had a hand in guiding him.

May your future be bright!

Dave

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Good luck Will.

I think that rendering is pretty unique with the full width deck and the aft cabin. I wouldn’t be able to design anything as interesting.

Good job folks! This one won’t be languishing in your basement 

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