Re: Atkin plans, how much detail and what come with them
- --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, jkohnen@b... wrote:
> Well put Lon.from books,
> 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
> some from step-by-step plans, and some of us might do better ifshown some
> of the tricks -- or various combinations of the above for most ofus,
> probably -- but it's not rocket science, and we can do it. For thesimple
> boats in the Atkin catalog there's enough in the MoToR BoatinGarticles for
> most tyros to figure out how to build the boats, and then they canuse that
> knowledge as a leg-up towards building bigger and more complicatedprojects.
> 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
> nowadays. "Oh, I couldn't ever build a boat, but this doesn't looklike
> building a boat, with no lofting or bevels or close fits. I coulddo that!"
> they think. But they _can_ build a boat the old-fashioned way, lotsof
> amateurs have, all it takes is some patience and a bit of gumptionto 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 getthe saws
> or blades sharpened) a plane or two and a few chisels are about allyou
> need, and they can usually be found at a local junk store.ability
> The most important requirement for any kind of boatbuilding is the
> to start a project and see it through to completion. It helps a lotif you
> enjoy the building itself. If you're most interested in getting onthe water
> you'll be better off buying a boat. I enjoy making chips andsawdust, 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 inbetween
> usually isn't a problem). <sigh> But I have launched a boat I builtwith 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.
In the Swamp.