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WINGS 10 New Features and Development

WINGS 10 is the next version of WINGS for Keel and Rudder Design to be released. It will replace all previous versions of WINGS including the current WINGS 32. The new version will include major improvements in display quality by supporting high resolution screens up to 4K. An all new Parametric Design Dialog will include a highly revised dialog screen with new input capabilities. We are also considering adding an image of the keel or rudder type that is being designed via the parametric design process. The next few images show the sorts of parametric design methods we are discussing that are specific to rudder design. Keel design parametric data will also include keel bolt locations, size and material strength. All calculations are per American Bureau of Shipping for Offshore Racing Yachts. We may add CE / IMO calculations as well for stock materials and dimensions for various classes of ocean applications.

Keel or Rudder design via “parameters” (parametric design) requires the entry of a few defining overall characteristics of the keel and rudder so that WINGS 10 can automatically create a preliminary design and draw it for the user instantly. This allows for the very rapid creation of a design without the tedious entry of individual curves, lines, corners etc that many CAD tools are based on. All of our Vacanti Yacht Design LLC software tools are based on the parametric design concept. Programs like WINGS then offer detailed editing tools that permit the detailed refinement of the original Parametric design to meet specific needs. This allows infinite design variation and optimization.

WINGS retains the same NURB (Non-Uniform Rational B-Spline) surface design that we made popular in PROLINES. The only imitation to the NURB surface is that we enforce the aerodynamic shape of the foils (NACA 00, 63, 64, 65, 66 Series and custom foils designed in FOIL 10). Other than that the overall shape and thickness distribution is entirely editable by the user.

WINGS 10 retains the ability to use any combination of foil shapes to achieve a desired volume distribution along the span of keels in particular. While it is not likely that a rudder might use more than one foil type a user many also modify the placement of any number of foil shapes as a function of span.

WINGS 10 will include the new STL (Stereo Lithography) file format that is now available in the PRO version of PROLINES 8. This STL file will permit 3D printing of scale models of keels and rudders, export to hull drag analysis packages such as HydroComp NavCad and permit 3D CNC machining of molds or finish milling for Keel and rudder manufacturing. STL files can also be used for photo realistic rendering of any keel or rudder design.

We are also working on new Rudder Design features such as rudder stock thickness distribution and rudder torque and bending calculations to permit safe design of steering gear and rudder stock material selection.

We invite comments and suggestions for desired WINGS 10 features and reports of existing bugs or fixes that may be needed in WINGS 32 so that we can address those issues before WINGS 10 release.

Cheers and all the best in Keel and Rudder design!

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PROLINES 8 Improvements Under Development

We have received some requests for changes and improvements to PROLINES 8 (all versions) that include use of the mouse wheel for zoom control in any view (once a view is active) and ability to rotate the perspective view by holding the Left Mouse button down and dragging. Both of these concepts are under review for incorporation in a future release of PROLINES 8.

We are also currently working on changes to the initial Parametric Design for a new Hull Design. We have added a new Catamaran Hull type that allows for the instant creation of a dual hull catamaran for power or sail. This new hull type will require changes to Hydrostatics and Stability calculations before it can be released. This is a significant change and will require considerable work to validate all calculations before the new version is released.

We are also considering the addition of a body view image of the selected hull type during the parametric hull design (File, New…) design dialog. This will better indicate the basic shape of the hull type that is being designed.

We plan other changes to PROLINES existing fairing tools to offer easier to use and understand data plots of curvature or slope of hull shape in various planes. We have already heavily improved the Edit, Visual Vertex feature in PROLINES and may add capability there as well.

Please write and send us your concepts for PROLINES features or comment on any issue you have found so that we can correct any errors.

Cheers and all the best for great boat/ yacht / ship designs with PROLINES.

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PROLINES 98, PROLINES 7, LOFT 2011 and FOIL 5 Versions are Now Obsolete

As of October 31, 2020 Vacanti Yacht Design LLC will no longer honor requests for License Keys or technical support for any version of PROLINES, LOFT 2011, FOIL 5 or older other than PROLINES 8, WINGS 10 and FOIL 10. All previous versions of PROLINES 5 (DOS), PROLINES 6 (Windows 3 Thru Windows XP) and PROLINES 98 or PROLINES 7, FOIL 5 and older will be obsolete. Due to changes in Windows operating systems 7,8 and 10 we can no longer offer support for these older versions of PROLINES, LOFT and FOIL.

We do offer low cost upgrades for each version of PROLINES, LOFT and FOIL that have been designed for Windows 7, 8 10 and beyond. We know that there are thousands of users of the older versions of PROLINES, WINGS and FOIL so we make an unlimited offer for an upgrade to the new version of PROLINES , WINGS or FOIL that will not expire with time.

In addition to adopting new Windows 10 technology features, PROLINES 8 now includes many new features for editing, new 3D CAD file export, direct integration with HydroComp NavCad that is an excellent Propulsion analysis tool for all PROLINES hull designs. Many more features will continue to be added to PROLINES 8 at no cost to existing owners of PROLINES 8. We encourage you to consider upgrading soon. WINGS 10 will also include STL file export as well as many other new features.

November 2020 Update on WINGS 32 / WINGS 10.

WINGS 10 is currently still in development with many major new features being installed and tested. New features include ABS calculations for Rudder Stock and Keel Bolts, Improved Parametric design tools, Improved display and tools and support for very high resolution 4K screens. WINGS 10 will offer separate parametric design entries for rudders and keels and separate hydrostatics calculations.

We will support WINGS 32 owners until WINGS 10 is released. No further unlock codes or other technical support will be provided for WINGS 32 once WINGS 10 is released.

New PROLINES, WINGS, FOIL Features Solicited

We encourage you to contact us and send requests for new features that could potentially be added to our software. Please us a Contact Us form to send your suggestions.

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Cruising in San Juan Islands of Pacific Northwest

August in the San Juan Islands brings warm weather, light winds and opportunity for enjoying the best of boat types. Our style is a North Pacific 39 pilot house trawler. Speeds to 9.5 knots but cruise at 8 allows needing just an hour or two to reach most destinations and up to 4 hours for longer trips. Many enjoy high speed cruisers that run in the teens and near 20kts. But they can leave huge wakes and cause problems for shorelines and other boaters.

Anchorages are protected and beautiful in the San Juan’s. Plenty of room for lots of boats of every description. The beautiful area compliments some lovely boats as well.

In these COVID19 days people are friendly and mutually respectful wearing masks when gathered on trails or small stores for supplies.

Shaw Island General Store has a long history and is the center of traffic on and off the island with a Washington state ferry terminal adjacent to the store.

Local Dungeness crab is a delicacy alone or added to any meal. Crab is readily caught with traps and requires little cleaning before being prepared for dining.

Choosing the right anchorage is critical to a good night’s rest when winds in the nearby Strait of Juan de Fuca can reach 30 knots overnight usually WSW but can become southerly and spread among the islands. Steep chop spaced close together can challenge any boat design at rest or underway.

Having boated in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years on 4 boats we owned and others we chartered has lead to an appreciation for many boat types and concerns about others.

Early mornings frequently are accompanied by ribbons of fog. As the sun rises it burns off and is replaced by warm sun and modest breezes.

Anchored in Parks Bay a research preserve on SW Shaw Island

The forecast is for rain and wind late tonight. So boats have gathered in Parks Bay to gain protection from expected strong Southerly and South westerly winds. The bay is open to the North but tall trees and rising hillside provide protection.

UW Research Dock

The south end of the bay shallows slowly after much of the bay is 45 feet deep. At the head of the bay a UW Research dock is graced by an older trawler that likely transports staff to and from nearby Friday Harbor where a large research facility is installed.

The head of the bay shallows to a more useful 20 to 25ft for anchoring.

High thin clouds and a steeply dropping barometer portends change is coming. In 72 hours the calm should return.

Sunset at Parks Bay

Sunset with gathering clouds was followed by a wonderful peaceful night with no wind in the bay despite a strong WSW wind blowing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca just a few miles south.

Early morning brought steady cool rain that ended just before departure at 9 AM for Island Marine Center in Fishermen’s Bay just 7 Nmi to the SE.

Our trip to Fisherman’s Bay on Lopez Island with a squall arriving was complicated by shoal draft of barely 5 ft at low tide in the serpentine entrance channel to the bay. Clearly we needed to plan for tide and wind conditions when choosing a departure time. We consulted our subscription to PredictWind weather service to note that winds would be lighter before 10 AM and that tides provided by Navionics charts confirmed a 10 AM arrival would be safest to navigate the entrance channel.

Entrance Channel

Planning was important because those 7 miles cross San Juan channel and are open to the wind from the adjacent Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Our planning proved accurate as winds were modest and depth in the approach channel was excellent. Shortly after our arrival winds increased dramatically and have been blowing well over 20 and gusting 28.

Wind in the harbor

Mostly clear blue skies accompanied the wind all day

Lopez Island looking West

Friday promises calm winds and a chance to explore nearby anchorages.

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November News Updates

Watch our Blog Section for information on Boating in the Pacific Northwest, Marine Radar and AIS and Progress on any of our software products

Work is continuing on WINGS 10 for a release very soon. We are also working on B-PLATES and ABS Construct versions for release and use with the new PROLINES 8 Rx.x editions (Basic, PRO and Student)

PROLINES 6, 98, 7, LOFT 2011 and older, FOIL 5 and older are now obsolete and are no longer supported. We encourage users of these programs that have been around for 10 to 20 years to consider upgrading to PROLINES 8, LOFT 2018 and FOIL 10 that offer many new features and will operate on WIN 10 and later.