"My purpose in writing “Performance by Design” was to share technical information, decision criteria, rules of thumb, and the opinionated experiences which have helped me in making choices for developing marine craft intended to operate beyond displacement speeds. Chapter one is a reprise of my early powerboat history article "Original Speed," published in 2008 in Professional BoatBuilder magazine. Following are nine chapters of science, my skewed views of science, a few things I don't understand, definitions of things on which no two naval architects will agree, design criteria which have been my friend, and guidance on design procedures embracing technology. The focus of contents of the book is about hydrodynamics of monohulls operating beyond displacement speeds. The presentation mostly highlights material not published in previous papers or about which I have changed my understanding of technical issues."
Mr. Donald L. Blount founded DLBA, a naval architecture and marine engineering design firm, in 1988.
The company is noted internationally for design and engineering of high-performance military, commercial and recreational vessels. Noteworthy vessels exceeding speeds of 60 knots include gas turbine powered vessels M/Y Destriero (222 ft, 1,000 mt), which established in 1992 the current Atlantic Ocean crossing record (58 hr 34 min) averaging 53.1 knots, and M/Y Fortuna (135 ft), the former Royal Yacht of Spain. Previously Mr. Blount was a civilian employee of the Dept. of Navy for 35 years. In the early years he conducted research and engineering programs relating to technology in the field of hydrodynamics. The later years were with the Navy’s Combatant Craft Department conducting research and designing and testing military craft, with the last nine as Department Head. In 2014 Mr. Blount published a book, “Performance by Design: Hydrodynamics for High-Speed Vessels,” and has authored
or co-authored more than 50 papers and articles for international technical societies. He is a professional engineer and is a Fellow of both The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and The Royal Institution of Naval Architects. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from GWU in 1963.