Resources - of
the informational and inspirational kind...
Gradually over the course of these projects a full blown obsession was born which I mostly blame
on Gavin Atkin who is creator and host of a wonderful e-group on boat
design, and an amazing site about Free
Boat Design on the web. Don't join the list
unless you have no attachment to your spare time. He and other members of the list - like
Chuck Leinweber - encouraged me to leap into the land of crazy backyard boat building.
Don't miss Chuck's great site Duckworks Magazine.
Gavin introduced me to Greg Carlson's amazing boat design program called Hull. Why he
offers it for free no one knows or understands. I secretly suspect he's in on this conspiracy
to turn ordinary folks like myself into blithering boat nuts. If so he can feel proud of a job
Herb Mcleod's One
Sheet Skiff is the first boat I built. Free plans! A talented Canadian
boat builder/designer. Check him out.
Gavin Atkin's Free Boat Design Resources:
It was through Gav's site I found Herb's plans, he also moderates a great
amateur boat design list. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/boatdesign/
Dave Carnell's "$200 Sailboat" is a rework of
Bolger's Featherwind. Interesting site. He's a retired chemical engineer who
has good information on epoxy and wood rot. http://home.att.net/~DaveCarnell/
Jim Machilak's essays: One of the best resources for amateur designers out
there.. and some
nice boat plans as well. Send for his catalog!
Or shop his designs at Duckworks: http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/store/plans/jim/michalak.htm
Bill Young's site - Check out his lapstrake canoe. He uses a ShopBot.
He also has run a high school boat building project for several years. It's
Check it out.
Great Encouragement to boatwrights! http://www.iws.net/wier/bbfile1.html
Craig O'Donnel's Cheap Pages: bamboo, Bolger boats and much more.
John's Nautical and Boat building page:
He also has the The
Mother of all Maritime Links! It's searchable!
Messing About In Boats - my all time favorite boating mag - twice monthly
- get it http://www.mims.com/maib/
Duckworks Magazine! Chuck's put together a great index of plans and
articles that can get you out of your chair and into the garage! Now he's
got an amateur design contest going too!
Some interesting design software:
Hull design shareware:(at the bottom of the page, let it load)
Very user friends, particularly with Gav's tutorial below.
Gavin's Hull's tutorial:
I've not used these next two, but I've run into some who like them.
Carene40 and Carene50
(Hull fairing and sheet expansion programs from Robert Lainé, free
Blue Peter Marine (Hullform
hull design software, including public domain obsolete version)
Sail making info:
Polysail - they sell kits for making white poly tarp sails - good
tutorial too! http://members.aol.com/polysail/
Craig O'Donnel's Cheap Pages: Lots of polytarp sail making inspiration.
I met Frank on the boatdesign list. He has some great ideas about poly
Robert Laine's amazing sail and boat design software! http://users.bart.nl/~jmlaine/sailcut/
A Tyvek sail - the paper houses are wrapped in and shipping bags
are made from. http://www.cyber-dyne.com/~jkohnen/Tyvek/index.html