Books on line drawings

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  1. Bluwaterbrew
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    Bluwaterbrew Junior Member

    I did a search but didn't really come up with much. Can anyone help me find a book that covers how to create proper lines drawings?
  2. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    The art of drawing a boat's lines, is an education in yacht design. You can draw up the lines a number of different ways, but where to put each line, is the education part.

    Maybe it would be best to further define what you're looking to do. I'll assume you're still looking to self design a center console with a Carolina bow. There's no shortcut to developing a set of lines, though generating lines with software is pretty easy, the software doesn't tell you if it's well suited to your SOR or other desires in a boat.

    You have a good eye, so this is an advantage (lots of designers draw up ugly boats), but now you need to learn about the hydro and engineering aspects of the process. There are several good books on the subject of yacht design, most are available through the book store here. Read them through, until the information is fully absorbed, then see if your software package (SolidWorks?) makes more sense to you. You'll find you now comprehend all those little acronyms, that didn't mean much previously and that the ratios you've selected, shapes, etc., all need revisions. We all go through this, so you're in common company, but there's still no shortcut, sorry.
  3. Tad
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    Tad Boat Designer

    As PAR says, how useful any reference is will depend on what you are trying to draw and what you want the drawing for. But the best general reference on hand drawing hull lines is Howard Chapelle's Yacht Designing and Planning, first published in 1936, reprinted in 1971. This book does not touch on modern hull forms at all, but the basics of drawing lines are the same no matter what the shapes.

  4. SukiSolo
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    One things the Americans did dead right for lines drawings was 3rd Angle projection which is way easier to use than 1st Angle. Fortunately the world has followed this....;)

    Another way is to get a good engineering drawing book which covers curved objects in some detail ie aircraft, boats, other sculptural forms. You can draw stuff like the Airstream 'campers' in 2D if you know how...;) It does actually help when you move to 3D modelling as well. The maths of the hydro stuff for boats you'll have to find elsewhere but the better resources link stuff to make things a little more graphical not just a sheet of numbers.

    Clear, clean concise informative drawings are an art and a communication tool of value, not everything spat out of a CAD program can claim to be this.
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