Designing the Best Catamaran

  • Thomas L. Saaty
  • Luis G. Vargas
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 34)


This chapter illustrates use of the Analytic Hierarchy Process in the selection and design of a sailboat. How does one bring together one’s ideas when designing a versatile sailing machine? Imagination plays an important role but is full of disconnected thoughts. The AHP was used to first choose the overall sailboat design, and then to select some fundamental hydrodynamic features of the newly designed boat.


Leeward Side Alternative Weight Sailing Performance Distance Racing Dual Track 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas L. Saaty
    • 1
  • Luis G. Vargas
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PittsburghUSA

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