Drafting Wooden Boat Plans
With a little perseverance and the willingness to learn, almost anyone can draw up small wooden boat plans and even build their own small boat. All you need to get started with a basic design are a few simple tools: a couple of good mechanical pencils and an eraser, as well as some heavy-duty cartridge paper. You’ll also want the necessary fine sieving machine
design tools that help you draw lines and shapes: a long straight edge, a ruler, and a T-square, no more than 10 inches on a side.
These tools may not seem like enough, but they are really all you need to get started. One question that a beginner may have is: how do you draw curves without a proper tool? Here’s where that perseverance comes in – it’s easy enough to draw proper curves, but you may need to erase and redraw frequently to get them just right. This is the reason a pencil is preferred by many designers to a more permanent marker. You can start with a simple profile of the boat, and begin thinking about the length you want the craft to be.
Once you’ve done that, you should next draw up the overhead view of the boat. This is where a wooden boat plan can get a bit more complex. You’ll need to understand a few basic terms and apply them to your design.
The first term is Loa, which stands for “length overall.” This identifies how long the boat is, stem to stern. Next is Lwl, which is short for “length on the waterline.” This is a bit shorter and reflects the actual length of the boat that actually sits in water. The last term of note is ‘D’ which is the shorthand for the depth of the boat at its deepest point, right near the center.
You should use these terms to sketch out the basic measurements of your boat before moving on.
Finally you must remember that decent boat design software helps you to build the boat of your dreams.