Best Free or Low Cost Marine Design Software? (2001-2005)

Discussion in 'Software' started by Admin, Jun 15, 2001.

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What is the best Free or low cost marine design software?

  1. Bearboat

    10 vote(s)
    10.9%
  2. BioDesign

    3 vote(s)
    3.3%
  3. Carene 40 / 50

    6 vote(s)
    6.5%
  4. Carlson Design Hull Designer

    23 vote(s)
    25.0%
  5. Free!ship

    40 vote(s)
    43.5%
  6. HullCAO

    7 vote(s)
    7.6%
  7. Hull Form Free Version

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  8. PolyCAD

    2 vote(s)
    2.2%
  9. SDN

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. sdroberts
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    sdroberts New Member

    Thanks Chandler, I'll take a look at Multi-surf

    Steven
     
  2. pro_user
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    pro_user Junior Member

  3. LP
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    LP Flying Boatman


    Steven,

    I've been messing around with Freeship and may have found a function that suits your needs. If you create a text file with your offset data, you can import that data. Initially, I tried the import lines function under the file menu, but I was getting bad data input. Ths scale was off and the control grid seemed a bit random around the general hull profile. However, there is a function under Tools/Markers/Import that imports your offset markers. Then finally, you can adjust the hull grid to match the marker set.

    It's a drawn out process, but it works. It looked like it was fairly accurate. You can place a curve at the desired station by selecting the control grid at that station and then hit Curve/New. Now you can pull the new curve into position over the markercurve with the control grid.

    Hope it works for you.
     
  4. Tactic
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    Tactic Junior Member

    Steven,
    Try Hullform,
    You can import a picture file of your existing bodyplan and create your design over the top of it.
    Hullform works well for both hardchine and round bilge hullforms.
     
  5. LP
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    LP Flying Boatman

    Apparently there is a bug in FREE!Ship 2.0 where the import surface command does not work. It'll be fixed in the next release.
     
  6. chandler
    Joined: Mar 2004
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    Location: U.s. Maine

    chandler Senior Member

    Hey lear.
    Thanks for the link to freeship.
    As with all cad software I'm muddling my through it. I like the fact that you can almost instantly create a hull shape, whether it's the one you want. :)
     
  7. JR-Shine
    Joined: May 2004
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    Location: Vero Beach, FL

    JR-Shine SHINE

    I downloaded Freeship 2.1 and played with it this weekend, am I learing. So far so good
     

  8. Admin
    Joined: Jun 2001
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    Admin Administrator

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