Amazed by plans coming to life...

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by jalmberg, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. jalmberg
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    jalmberg Junior Member

    I'm in the middle of building my first boat, and I must say that I am really amazed by how it is possible to transform a set of lines (in my case, the Atkin flat-bottom skiff, Cabin Boy), into a real boat.

    I have come to think of boat plans as DNA... the instructions for building the boat are encoded in the plans, just as the instructions for building a frog or a beautiful woman are encoded in DNA.

    I don't have enough experience to design boats, but I am amazed by designers and their craft.

    Back to cutting out my first planks!

    http://www.unlikelyboatbuilder.com
     
  2. TeddyDiver
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    TeddyDiver Gollywobbler

    Nice... I like this remark too "Final Lesson: Don't aim for perfection on your first build" :)
     
  3. Guest62110524

    Guest62110524 Previous Member

    I looked at your blog and I thought, um this guy must have sat in a chair all his life? cos I guess I,m abt your age and after a lifetime physically working , and buildings boats last 30 years, I am too knackered to write a blog:) Anyways keep up the work and blog:) and welcome
     

  4. jalmberg
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    jalmberg Junior Member

    Got it in one. Way too much time in front of a computer. My goal is to spend as much of my remaining time (hopefully, a lot!) outside, on wooden boats.

    As soon as I finish building my dingy, I'm going to drive it down to Florida where my wooden Blue Moon yawl is docked, and I'm going to set sail for New York. The Blue Moon has no inboard engine, so I'll be very short on electricity. I plan on using traditional navigation tools (sextant, chip log, lead line, paper charts, etc.) as my primary navigation tools, with hand held GPS as backup.

    In other words, back in the 19th century. :)

    Should be fun!

    -- John
     
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