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Bernard Smith (sailboat designer)

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Name  Bernard Smith
Role  Sailboat designer
Died  2010

Bernard Smith (sailboat designer) The 40Knot Sailboat Bernard Smith Susan Ida Smith 9781626549302
Books  The 40-knot Sailboat, Sailloons and fliptackers

Bernard Smith (1910 – February 12, 2010) was an US rocket scientist and speed sailboat designer, father of the Aerohydrofoil sailboat concept.



Smith was born in New York City, to Jewish Russian immigrants. He moved to California in 1935, where he worked as a welder for the Fruehauf Trailer company.

After World War II, with an honorary degree in physics from Reed College in Oregon, he started working as a civilian scientist in the US Navy, serving at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and later at the Naval Weapons Laboratory at Dahlgren , where he served as the technical director from 1964 until his retirement in 1973. He succumbed to liver cancer at age 99.

Sailboat design

  • The Vestas Sailrocket design was based on Smith's ideas.
  • Publications

  • Smith, Bernard, The 40 Knot Sailboat, Grosset & Dunlap, Inc., Publishers, New York NY, 1963, 140 pp, 52 illustrations. Library of Congress No. 63-18980
  • References

    Bernard Smith (sailboat designer) Wikipedia

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