What should I be looking for in a new boat plans?

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by hue1234, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. hue1234
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    hue1234 New Member

    I'd like to build a 7m ski/cruising boat, and I've noticed that I'm terribly picky.

    I want a wooden runabout/classic style boat with a stern-drive engine. I've found a boat builder that has plans that are similar, but they're for a fiberglass or aluminum hull. He has offered to rework the plans to fit my request.

    He says that his plans will come with:
    The construction plans would include the approx. following detailed drawings;
    - General arrangement (plan & profile)
    - Hull lines & hydrostatics
    - Hull offsets, gunwale offsets

    - Hull & deck structure
    - Structural sections & details
    - Engine setup & details
    - Windscreen details
    - Fuel tank details


    Is this all I need? or should I make sure it has _______.

    All suggestions and help are appreciated!
    Regards,
    Hue Jass

    PS: in case you guys are curious what I'm looking at. You can check it out here: http://www.maxwell-hall.com/portfolio.php?boatId=59
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2009
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  3. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    If you're terribly picky, you'll probably need a semi custom or full custom set of plans. Unless you have considerable experience with this builder or he is a long established builder with the reputation to support it, I would be quite hesitant about having him convert a GRP or aluminum plan to wood.

    As far as plan set detail, frankly it shouldn't concern you, unless you are building it. By this I mean plans are only as good as the crew following them. I have yards that have done designs of mine previously. Some I just need to supply a set of lines, maybe some profiles and a scantling list. Others I have to wet nurse through the process, which requires extensive and detailed plan sets.

    In this same vain, I recently built one of my designs and other then some general measurements, I didn't have any plans. I sort of knew what I wanted and "winged" it.
     
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