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Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Wellington, Jun 26, 2018.

  1. Wellington
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    Wellington Junior Member

    Hello all. With so many thousands of posts to trawl through on this forum i thought it might be a good idea to invite people to post which ideas they think are the best boat ideas they have seen on this forum since it began. That way those new to the forum can quickly come up to speed in their research to find or build their perfect boat.

    regards

    Wellington
     
  2. Tink
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    Tink Junior Member

    Can we limit to one idea per person or .....
     
  3. SamSam
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    I'll start. No matter what size boat, or what it costs, or what it's intended for, or where it's to be used, or how many people are on it or how it's propelled, or any of the plethora of other relevant statement of requirements type questions, basically, that they float is a good number one idea I think.
     
  4. Angélique
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    By far the best idea in the boat building industry, and posted many times on Boat Design Net, is to build or buy a boat that fits your SOR best within the compromises that have to be made, since always some requirements are conflicting each other within the laws of physics and/or budget.

    The best fit to your SOR will be your perfect boat.

    The best advice I've ever seen on Boat Design Net is to write a comprehensive SOR and be faithful to it within the laws of physics and budget, this means a good SOR needs to be realistic, or needs to be changed into that to begin with, which often requires the help of a specialist already, if one's own self doesn't have those qualities.

    SOR = Statement of Requirements, my best advice is to start with that, for either buy new, or used, or build one yourself, or have this done for you.

    Good luck !
     
  5. SamSam
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    Now I'm conflicted on which might be a better idea, a good SOR or that it floats. I also think it's a good idea to be able to control it.
     
  6. SamSam
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    Beer. There must be provisions for cold beer.
     
  7. Angélique
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    That isn't a conflict in my view, since the #1 requirement in a good SOR should state that it floats or sinks (e.g. a sub or a flip) safely for its purpose.
    To be in control could be another requirement in the SOR, but it wouldn't be wise to go against advices of those with more expertise on the subject.
     
  8. Rurudyne
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    Statement of Requirements or SOR

    Perchance the very best idea when it comes to boats.

    The next one is like it: if you love it, and it works, it doesn't matter if every one else thinks it's ugly or old fashioned or weird. The world may not need steam launches, amphibious cars, paddlewheelers, or shanties but it would arguably be a less fun place without them.
     
  9. Angélique
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    My quoted above line is about controlling the process to get the boat.
    To be able to control the vessel itself in the way one wants should be in the SOR of course.
     
  10. Tink
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    Tink Junior Member

    Top point, there are so many posts on a number of forums that run and run because the OP does not define what they want
     
  11. SamSam
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    It was just my usual underhanded, sarcastic snottiness poking through, a clandestine comment on the vagueness of the question. My best idea for a plane is wings, my best idea for a car is wheels, etc. After the boats floats, being able to steer it may be handy. And beer. I was serious about the beer.
     
  12. Angélique
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    That means, just put the required cargo holds and cooling provisions in the SOR, together with the priority each requirement has, otherwise something might be forgotten, or to late to fill in, or be out of budget, or out of the space and carrying capacity of the boat.
     
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  13. Angélique
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    I'm just yanking your chain a bit by serious answers to what you obvious meant as jest ;), and because it offered a perfect opportunity to make clear to the OP that all requirements needs to be in the SOR . . :)

    P.S. - BTW, post #3 & #4 were near simultaneous posted with one minute difference, so I missed the statement of requirements was already mentioned in a short line.
     
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  14. Tiny Turnip
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    SamSam, Angel, you folks are making me giggle.
    SOR definitely - though sometimes when you are starting out, you don't even know what your requirements are, and talking and going sailing/boating with others is a really good idea to help find out.
    I was told that it doesn't matter what you buy for your first boat, because it will be wrong. I've recently sold my first boat, and am very happy with my second, having learnt a great deal from the first being wrong.
     

  15. Tiny Turnip
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    Some others:
    Rick Willoughby's (now a 'guest' as sadly he left the forum) ideas/possibly invention on the pedal powered boat thread: The flexible, unstayed propellor; the folding weed shedding propellor; the dipping rudder. I also learnt about long, skinny, possibly outriggered hulls for efficient low power applications
     
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