- reading the correct text books (be extremely cautious about internet forums);
- spend plenty of time studying the plans;
- build a scale model.
|Phoenix III plans - 30 sheets of A3 drawings and 50 pages of illustrated instructions.|
Sometimes I build an exact replica using scale thickness plywood and scale thickness lumber of the same density as the full-sized boat. This allows me to test trim, stability, flotation and other elements of the design. At other times, I model only a section of the boat to examine things such as panel developments and curvature.
|Hull panels for my Three Brothers design cut from 1.5mm Hoop Pine marine plywood to produce a 1/8th scale model.|
|Scale stitch-and-glue process|
|Hull panel developments being tested.|
|Anticipated shape confirmed as being developable|
|Dan Taylor's model of Phoenix III|
|Another photo of Dan Taylor's Phoenix III|
|Dougs First Mate parts cut at 1/5th scale using plywood|
|Lots of little clamps in use|
|Ballast keel inserted in centreboard case from below|
|First Mate waiting for her lead ballast and her rig|