Saturday, June 27, 2015

Enki Boat Model

It has been a busy few weeks here in the great state of Montana. Along with furniture projects and river trips I started to work on the Enki in ernest.  In order to properly estimate material needs as well as double check the boats shape I always find it important to build a model. So here is that process.

I have seen folks build boat models that are perfect representations of the finished boat, including seats decks and even oars. For the purpose of material estimates i don't find that entirely necessary. I start by building a strong back with the station lines marked out.

Then I cut out all of the frames and glue them to their corresponding locations on the strong back.

Finally i use thread to follow the sheer and chines. This last touch isn't necessary but it helps to visualize the finished shape.

Once the model is done you can really get an idea of how its going to look from every angle.

The next step in the process is to cut paper to scale 4x8 sheets and figure out how much plywood will be needed to complete the hull. Then write out the build order including the materials list. This process is necessary but really boring so I doubt there will be a blog post about it.

Well till next time,

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