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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Desert's post got me thinking. I laid awake all night thinking.
An alu 15' by 3.5' double ended row boat in Brent's origami method. I'd need help from Brent as I don't know how much shape or even what shape I can get in the ends. I have end shapes in mind. I just don't know if they will wrk in the origami method.
I need e new boat for my rocky beach and this could be the boat. I need to sketch a bit and do a quick weight estimate. I'd figure 1/8" plate for durability. I was thinking a .25" thick centerline backbone plate.
I'm going to come up with a drawing in the next few days. I'll post it here and see if I can get Brent to comment on the details. If this is workable I'll make the plans available free. The key will be being able to control the shapes in the ends so I can get the numbers and look that I want.
It shouldn't be too hard. Origami is as simple as it looks. I'll be happy to give you all the help you need, but my internet access can be sporadic, and sometimes brief, as I cruise full time.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"