Things I have learned from building and designing boats

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by David L. Dodd II, Mar 29, 2021.

  1. sharpii2
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    sharpii2 Senior Member


    Good is better than perfect, because at least it's possible.

    Perfection is that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

    Persuing it has probably killed vastly more projects than it has improved.

    Every boat designer and every builder is a clutz. But some are far more clutzier than others.

    Only with time and patience does the clutziness dissipate.

    I, myself, am on the high end of the clutz scale. This is because I lack patience and am somewhat undisciplined (I'm working on those).

    Realistically speaking, any boat I build of my own design will not be a masterpiece of craftsmanship, or even design.

    My hope is that it will be adequate, useful, and perhaps even a little interesting.

    After I finish it and test it, I plan on writing a book on it that will walk a prospective builder through the entire process, while pointing out my many mistakes in building the original.
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  2. Howlandwoodworks
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    Somethings I have learned and
    Somethings I should have learned:

    Don’t breath the foul air.

    If I don’t understand I should either be silent or learn.

    Make all of your mortise and tenons as large and as deep as possible.

    Keep your fingers connected to your hands at all times.

    If an old tool works best use that one.

    In your contracts in bold letters there should be a line that reads:
    All Change Orders must be submitted in writing, agreed upon and signed by both parties before said work can begin. Or something to that effect.
    This can be a double edged sword.
    If some miss fortune should befall you from any of these suggestion I take no responsibility for your bonehead actions.

    Keep a daily log book of these category and try to keep them in balance:
    Quality, Quantity, Relationships and Modality or at least make a note.

    Research something and make one of your tools better each day.

    I stoles most of these ideas from someone much smarter than I am.
    Retired from all that nonsense.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2021
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  3. Will Gilmore
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    Will Gilmore Senior Member

    I think that's the real pearl of wisdom to be gleaned from your post.
    "Don't let someone else's work evade your eyes, remember why the good lord made your eyes, so don't shade your eyes... only, remember to always call it 'reasearch'." -Tom Lehrer

  4. David L. Dodd II
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    David L. Dodd II Junior Member

    2 new rules:

    Boat Building Rule #27: The project isn't done until you have bled on it.

    Boat Building Rule #28: Anyone who offers to help will need your help, and lots of it. Accept anyway.
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