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Re: Atkin plans, how much detail and what come with them

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  • Wayne
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    Message 1 of 12 , May 17, 2005
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      --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, jkohnen@b... wrote:
      > Well put Lon.
      >
      > Few of us are so innately inept that we can't learn to build a boat.
      > Depending on how our minds work, some of us can get a head start
      from books,
      > some from step-by-step plans, and some of us might do better if
      shown some
      > of the tricks -- or various combinations of the above for most of
      us,
      > probably -- but it's not rocket science, and we can do it. For the
      simple
      > boats in the Atkin catalog there's enough in the MoToR BoatinG
      articles for
      > most tyros to figure out how to build the boats, and then they can
      use that
      > knowledge as a leg-up towards building bigger and more complicated
      projects.
      >
      > I have nothing against the many "instant" type boat plans (except I
      > personally don't like working with lots of goop), but I think their
      > designers capitalize on the lack of confidence many amateurs seem
      to suffer
      > nowadays. "Oh, I couldn't ever build a boat, but this doesn't look
      like
      > building a boat, with no lofting or bevels or close fits. I could
      do that!"
      > they think. But they _can_ build a boat the old-fashioned way, lots
      of
      > amateurs have, all it takes is some patience and a bit of gumption
      to take
      > the first step. And you don't need a shop full of expensive tools.
      Other
      > than the hammers and saws and drills everybody has around (but get
      the saws
      > or blades sharpened) a plane or two and a few chisels are about all
      you
      > need, and they can usually be found at a local junk store.
      >
      > The most important requirement for any kind of boatbuilding is the
      ability
      > to start a project and see it through to completion. It helps a lot
      if you
      > enjoy the building itself. If you're most interested in getting on
      the water
      > you'll be better off buying a boat. I enjoy making chips and
      sawdust, I
      > don't enjoy smearing goop. I'm not too bad of a woodworker but,
      alas, I have
      > trouble getting projects started and finishing them (the part in
      between
      > usually isn't a problem). <sigh> But I have launched a boat I built
      with my
      > own hands (and little goop) and it sure did feel good! :o)

      John,

      Keep talking and you will convince me that I can build a boat. Having
      never done it before. Not owning any tools worth mentioning. All
      thumbs and two left feet. I've been dreaming about this longer than I
      care to admit. One of these days, by golly I'm going to do it.

      Wayne
      In the Swamp.
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