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Tom P.

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  1. I have a version of it installed on my laptop. I can't say that I like it much. It is supposed to be based on the IntelliCad software (open-sourced?) that I used for years as a designer for engineered lumber. But in LibreCad the user interface, the way that it accepts input, is very clumsy. I've been reading on this site about other CAD programs, and I hear good things about DesignCad's interface. I'd be willing to pay for it, but I want to access a trial version first. Can't seem to find one of those for the latest version.
  2. I hope someone out there can help me a question relating to square and round tuck sterns. I'm trying to reconstruct what the Nina looked like - Columbus' ship. As a ship from the late 1400's, I read that she likely had a round tuck stern, that the square tuck became prevalent only in the next century. The earliest definitive evidence that I've found is the wreck of the San Juan in Red Bay Labrador, a Basque nao dated to 1565: she had a square stern. The recovery and preservation of this wreck was such that from the published photographs you can easily see the end grain issue discussed above. I understand that square sterns are easier to construct, but I wonder how they affected the efficiency of the rudder; would they have resulted in more turbulence / less efficiency? I ask this because the Nina and Pinta were reputed to have been good sailors. I would gladly hear anyone's thoughts on this topic. Thanks, Tom P.

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