All Web Site Graphics, Layout, and Written Content at this Domain Created by Michael Kasten. Along the past decades, more and more people have learned how to use hand and power tools for their diy wood working projects and a lot has been done lately in the diy boat building area.
A lot of these people are turned off by the thought of making something that is not all square corners.
Constructing the first boat, doesn’t matter how small it is, is an experience not to be soon forgotten. In this article I would like to show you some types of boat bottom that is commonly used in boatbuilding. You can see on the picture in the post the essential differences between the framing of flat,  vee, arc, and round-bottomed hulls.
General Comments: Designed for full time living aboard by a small family, with good heat, insulation, double paned windows, solar panels and windmill. Number and Type of Drawings: Drawings are CAD, Lines, general construction, sail and rigging plan, general arrangement. For those interested in sailing canoe hiistory, probably the most remarkable boat, and most remarkable voyage, ever, was Frederic Fenger's upwind voyage through the Caribbean before the First War. I asked John not to prioritise the plans since I would not be starting until the weather warms up, around about Easter or so. Brian , having suffered quite excruciating sciatica (sufficient to confine me to bed for 6 weeks) but having recovered fully may I suggest a physiotherapist next time . Cassy, by George Holmes, is one of the 1800's sailing canoes which inspired our new Nautilus. I finally got my scanner going again, so I thought I'ld post two scans from a pre WW-II Dutch standard class sailing canoe. From John's office "John tells me that Nautilus is one of three projects currently being worked on. I keep hoping one day soon I'll come to this thread and find pictures of a build in progress.
I've had a horrible 18 months or so healthwise, but the last couple of months has seen steady improvement and I'm finding that I can work productively again. Nautilus is on the list of things to do along with all the other work that has been accumulating over that time. Thanks guys, I've felt ok several times and overdone things as a consequence then ended up back in a hole again. John, a recent blog post seemed to indicate your health had improved and your live aboard drafting office was nearly done. So long as work comes second and your life comes first, and as a consequence you enjoy life to the fullest, I'll be happy, and I suspect that goes for the lot of us.
Bruce, a very happy wanderer, meandering in slow time through a Scamp build, and enjoying the marvels of the fruits of your imagination and talents.


Good to know John that soon you will be enjoying sitting there on the river, quietly drawing, creating new designs in such a wonderful environment. Howard, no apologies needed, your posting deserves thanks from me for a well put description of your preferences and how you came about them . One of the things that we should think about in the context of the Humber Yawl club and the boats that evolved under their aegis, is that those were Victorian times, pre the common use of the motor car.
I much admire and appreciate your minimalist approach, am sure Ive much to learn from you and am very much looking forward to meeting up next month and hopefully having time to talk about this and other small boat cruising subjects. If you are going to be trying out this little boat next year, I'd better keep that pencil moving eh! I've been reading this excellent thread yet again and thought I'd post a drawing of one of George Holmes larger canoe yawls yet still with a family resemblance to Nautilus, certainly larger than could be transported easily by hand cart. Hi John, sorry to hear about your problems, I was part crippled at times by a pinched sciatic nerve burt a sports medicine physiotherapist taught me how to turn it off with what amounts to acupressure on a spot in my lower back.
As I'm also in my 70's I'm alert to failing agility too, but I'm still sailing my Macgreggor, here at a local Wooden Dinghy Regatta. Somewhere on this thread there was mention that this boat can go considerably faster than hull speed. I may very well come down for a look next year, sans boat though - not game to try retrieving a large TY at Inverloch. I'm pretty interested in the design too, I scared as well, I've never sailed anything as skinny as a canoe !
If you require further details regarding the transaction data, please contact the supplier directly. Boat building process usually involves bending wood or other flat material to form curved shapes and that discourages people. Watching a hull grow from flat paper drawings and flat material into a shapely form provides hours of fun and is super therapy after a stressful day.
The relative merits of the hull types are argued far and wide, but just about everyone will admit that there will never be a v-bottomed hull as handsome as a well designed round-bottomed boat, especially for a sailing craft. Although the lower ends of the frames in the round – bottomed boats are shown butted against the keel, it is sometimes possible, depending on the hull shape, to install them in one piece, extending from the deck on one side to the deck on the other side. Transverse web frame (angles) and flat bar stringers, deep plate floors with integral tanks. It had a centerboard that could be moved fore-and-aft in its trunk for trim, and no rudder at all.
I induced a dreadful attack of sciatica leaning over plywood marking up the bulkheads when working in a freezing cold shed a few years ago.
Mine gave me a series of exercises which have completely solved the problem in very short order. Cassy is just 40" beam, no ballast apart from a 75 lb plate and carries 104 sq ft of sail.


I did inquire about the drawings with the present day canoeing association, but I was informed inventory like these drawings did not make it through the war. I think the lap would look better, but taped seam can look good,just needs a lot of time spent finishing. Maybe drop terms like 'overdue' from the vocabulary and work only when you can thoroughly enjoy it. Always thought Nautilus will be ready when she's ready, and it's good to hear that one day not too far away she will be ready. When they look into boatbuilding plans and see that it usually starts with a lines plan and the attendant table of offsets that dimensions the curves they usually don’t move from there. When the job is carefully done, the finished vessel is a source of great pride to the builder. Lost most of that year, so I am very wary of working, leaning over hulls, in cold conditions. In gusty conditions one sits on the side deck.As I am now a septuagenarian, and I dont know if thats spelt right, I feel my days of this type of sailing may be coming to an end. It's a sad but common tale that creative people can be overtaken by the demand for their creative efforts. One was a new build of an old American designed gaffer, a 80+ year old 18 and a 1950's one from Sydney in very delicate condition. And unlike a piece of furniture, which is often put in a corner and soon forgotten, a boat is used over and over for owner’s pleasure for quite some years. On the other hand, frames are spaced farther apart than in a round-bottomed boat, so the frames are fewer in number. Have made good progress selling my Oughtred Tirrik and Solway Dory Shearwater sailing canoe.
From your comments about the weather, I assume you're not trying to make Beale Park this year.
Some SUP boards are designed to be very stable in a flat water environment and are usually over 32' wide and have plenty of volume. It seems the UK small boat market has come to life again, and I had strong interest in both boats and they sold quite quickly. So personally if I were now looking for a cruising canoe I would tend away from the traditional canoe shape and go for something with a bit more inherent stability.But that may the years speaking!
Please John, insist of yourself that you do what you can enjoy doing, and enjoy what you do. The pointier shape may crossover into a Racing SUP  style board and enable you to compete in competition racing or touring if you wish.



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