Clipper's Vera Cruise Build

Clipper's Vera Cruise Build

Monday, July 23, 2012

Boat Construction Plans Have Arrived!

I am in a bit of daze right now now, so this entry will be short.

The first thing I did was open up the package and look over the contents. Iincluded in the package were five large sheets showing all the construction details of the boat. Additionally, there's a set of detailed step by step instructions for construction, an illustrated guide of building the hull, a bill of materials, a catalog of parts, and numerous other miscellaneous pieces of paper. 

Also included are full size patterns for the frames and the stem. For those who don't know what these parts are, the stem is the curved part that forms the shape of the bow. The frames define the shape of the boat when seen from the front.

Now I can start seriously researching and planning the construction.The plan is to spend the next two to four weeks studying the plans, figuring out which lumber to buy, preparing my garage for the build, and perhaps buying a few tools. One of the first items of business will be putting together a plans board that I can attach the plans to for easy viewing.

One final note. I downloaded a free vector drawing software package which I intend on using to experiment with various ideas for the boat.The software will allow me to draw the outline of the boat (a better drawing than my previously posted teaser image) and then experiment with different color schemes, shape changes, and so on.

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