simple cad program for drawing plans

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  1. frank smith
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    frank smith Senior Member

    High, I am looking for suggestions for a simple cad program that I can use to produce some boat plans . I have an old version of turbocad , but I dont like it to much. I am sure there must be an inexpensive progran that I ca export info from Freeships into and go from there.

    thanks frank
     
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    pamarine Marine Electrician

    Define inexpensive
     
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    Globy
    he uses Freeship already!
     
  5. frank smith
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    frank smith Senior Member

    what I am looking for is a straight cad program to produce plans .
    $200. or less is what I am talking about , but free would be ok .
    I may upgrade the turbocad that I have .

    thanks frank
     
  6. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    You need more then software to produce boat plans. Screen images of precisely dimensioned, boat like shapes aren't a set of plans. The hydrodynamic understanding and structural engineering behind the graphic representations, are boat plans. You could have the best software package in the world, but if you don't comprehend the structural elements, they're just pretty pictures of boat shapes, with exceptional dimensional accuracy. The software doesn't do the hydro for you, it just tells you the results of your efforts. Determining if those efforts are good or bad (weather it will drown you or not) is the education part.

    How do you rate your yacht design principles and concepts understanding? How do you rate your understanding of developing structures? Once you give yourself honest answers to these two questions, you'll be prepared to make the next steps.

    For what it's worth, my design and structure software package cost about 35 times the $200 you're looking to spend.
     
  7. frank smith
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    this thread is a request for information about cad programs . I am sure there is a start an argument thread somewhere for you to make comment on.
    So why respond to this thread if you are not going to address the question ?
     
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    liki Senior Member

    QCad perhaps?
     
  9. frank smith
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    frank smith Senior Member

    that could work .
    thanks
     
  10. Fanie
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    Fanie Fanie

    There is no such thing as the 'simple' cad program that will produce the flawless drawings. Boat shapes are complicated, to expect some simpel little el cheapo program to produce the results is like expecting easter eggs to peck.

    Why is it people want to spend $20 on something (and complain about it) yet expect the results to be worth millions :confused:
     
  11. frank smith
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    fanie , not to sure about that , but I will check it out later .
    Pragrams that were considered first line a few years ago , are now out of date ,
    but are still good today .
     
  12. Fanie
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    Fanie Fanie

    It depends what you want to do. It seems for most the problem is not to get the boat designed, but to get the boat into something practical that will produce the actual boat.

    Delft ship or free ship is quite nice to design a hull with, and it does produce the stations profiles. You still have to edit them in a cad to be able to get your machine files for cutout or markings on ie panels.
     
  13. frank smith
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    thanks , for the help . I think I'll head over to a cad forum .
     
  14. Manie B
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    Hi frank smith

    I started with TurboCAD 14 Deluxe and have steadily upgraded and i now have the new TurboCAD 16 Deluxe

    It is an excellent tool - easy to learn - and easy to operate with the CAD evironment

    I imported all my freeship designs into TC16 - no problem

    TurboCAD is basically cheap and it works - support is ok - nothing wrong - been using it now for about 5 years

    check out my website and here is the proof that all is good

    http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/boat-building/manies-microcruiser-27869.html

    i should be on the water by April 2010

    no problem - Freeship 3.1 and TurboCAD 16 Deluxe

    :D
    :D
    :D
     

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    baeckmo Hydrodynamics

    Have been using "CadKey" for a looong time now. It is differing in command structure from the Autocad clones, but i feel more comfortable with it. Also, it was affordable in cost back then. Files of most formats (dxf, IGES, aso) can be imported/exported.
     
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