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Jim Russell is a professional engineer with a mechanical and aeronautics background. Currently living in Canada, he has done extensive aerodynamic research at University of Michigan, MI and University of Toronto, Canada and marine research at the NRC water channel laboratory in Ottawa, Canada. His published papers are highly acclaimed, and are specifically related to the aerodynamics and hydrodynamics of high performance catamarans, tunnel boats, modified vee-hulls, Vee hulls and Vee-Pad hulls; and has appeared on SpeedVision's 'Powerboat Television' as a guest expert on 'Tunnel Hulls', was performance/design technical consultant on National Geographic's 'Thrill Zone' TV show, and editorial consultant on Discovery Channel's 'What Happened Next' TV show. Russell has designed and built many tunnel boats. As a professional race driver, he piloted tunnel boats to Canadian and North American championships.  He is also a private airplane pilot.

For 35 years, he has written power boating articles for many worldwide performance magazines and has covered UIM and APBA powerboat races.  Russell is the author of the "Secrets of Tunnel Boat Design" book, "History of Tunnel Boat Design" book, and the "Secrets of Propeller Design." His company has designed and published the well-known powerboat design software, "Tunnel Boat Design Program©" and "Vee Boat Design Program©" software specifically for the design and performance analysis of tunnel boats, powered catamarans, performance Vee hulls and Vee-Pad hulls; and "PropWorks2©" software for propeller selection and speed prediction.

Jimboat is recognized for his advanced research and consulting on powerboat design, performance analysis, safety analysis, accident investigation & analysis.  He also lectures on engineering hydrodynamics, aerodynamics and powerboat design.

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Jimboat writes performance powerboat articles in many worldwide performance powerboat magazines...including: Powerboat, Hot Boat, Performance & RIB, Family & Performance Boating, RaceBoat International, World of Powerboats, Extreme Boats, Powerboat & Ski, Australian Powerboat, Yachting, RC Boat Modeler, Scream&Fly,, and other hi-performance boating magazines. Get your full, illustrated, 13th edition copy of the "Secrets of Tunnel Boat Design" book, with over 200 pages of powerboat history, design practices and formulae and over 15 0 photographs.

The publications "Secrets of Tunnel Boat Design©" book, "History of Tunnel Boat Design©" book, "Secrets of Propeller Design©" book, the "Tunnel Boat Design Program©" software, "Vee Boat Design Program©" software and the "PropWorks2©" software for speed prediction and propeller selection are available at the
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"Secrets of Tunnel Boat Design©" book   

"History of Tunnel Boat Design©" book   

"Secrets of Propeller Design©" book  

"Tunnel Boat Design Program©" software 

"Vee Boat Design Program©", software  

"PropWorks2©", software for propeller selection and powerboat speed prediction


Jimboat guest on Powerboat Television

Jimboat is powerboat design technical consultant on National Geographic special for "Thrill Zone" series...

Jimboat is editorial consultant for Discovery Channel's "What Happens Next - Boat Dynamics"


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"Secrets of Tunnel Boat Design" book!
history_sm.gif (53x73 -- 6480 bytes)"History of Tunnel Boat Design" book! "Secrets of Propeller Design" book!

"TBDP Version 8" Software                     "VBDP Version 8" Software                      "PropWorks2" software

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