How to Understand a Boat Plan


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Weston Farmer/A man builds his own boat for two reasons; to save money and have fun dong it. Here's some help!

by Weston Farmer

A man builds his own boat for two reasons: to save money and to bave fun doing it.

With such inducements, it is little wonder that boating each season sees new recruits. These newcomers to the sport usually smoke along under a full head of steam until they actually decide to build. Then they need a few words of advice on where to start. When you show them the rudiinents on how to interpret a boat plan, a great light seems to dawn, and they make out very well. The first question they usually ask is, “How do you read boat plans?” The next question is, “Why are they drawn that way?” Here are the highlights: A boat obviously is a three-dimensional structure. But the paper on which it is drawn is two-dimensional. The boat has form—length, breadth, depth. Paper is flat. It is the naval architect’s job to depict on two-dimensional paper the shape which his boat must have to become, at the hands of the builder, the formed thing the architect designs.

9 pages, 5 plate(s)


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