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Question Little Maid of Kent (Atkins & Co) Plans

I started sailing last year and love it and i'm wanting to extend my adventure by building a wooden boat.I have my eyes on the "Little Maid of Kent" By "Atkins &Co" but am not sure what it all consists of. I know allot of time will be, but whether i can get parts and learn skills needed to build this boat. Has anyone else looked into this plan or built this boat?
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Re: Little Maid of Kent (Atkins & Co) Plans

Most of the plans on the Atkins website require lofting skills you may not have. Since you are new to boat building I would suggest you get plans from a more popular boat designer. Again I suggest you also join the wooden boat forums
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Re: Little Maid of Kent (Atkins & Co) Plans

Denise he's in love with one of the prettiest boats ever drawn. Maybe he can chat up a local boat builder and get a sense of the expense and labor involved. Perhaps he can serve as the gofer/second pair of hands for that builder. Or maybe the the realities involve will rain on his parade.
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He doesn't tell us where he is from. In this area he might learn from Benjamin and Gannon
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He doesn't tell us where he is from. In this area he might learn from Benjamin and Gannon
im in north alabama USA...and am on the tenessee river
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Re: Little Maid of Kent (Atkins & Co) Plans

Wow! It really is a pretty boat that "Little ol' Maid of Kent".
Atkin & Co. - Little Maid of Kent

Choosing a 30' schooner for your first build attempt seems quite ambitious to me.
I'm sure one of you sages can recommend a helpful book on lofting for him though.
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Most of the plans on the Atkins website require lofting skills you may not have. Since you are new to boat building I would suggest you get plans from a more popular boat designer. Again I suggest you also join the wooden boat forums
what do you mean by lofting
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Re: Little Maid of Kent (Atkins & Co) Plans

lofting is enlarging the scale of the plans to actual size.
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what do you mean by lofting
Oh my.... you don't know?
Lofting is how this;

and the measurements on the table of offsets provides.. into a full size plan with station molds that boats are build on. I self taught myself how to loft smaller boats. it's not easy and very very time consuming.
to build a little schooner like the maid.. you will need a budget of about $60-100,00 for the build and easily another 60% to rig and outfit such a boat.
People build sailboats for the dream.. but many never finish them because they forgot or were clueless of what it would cost to outfit and rig the vessel. I know well the love and desire to build such boats, but I had to contain it to small boats like canoes and rowing craft, of which I don't even build anymore.

Now the Maid of endor, at 24 ft is also a full keel boat. The first image here shows the water lines. to the right is the table of offsets. and they are laid out on a grid to full size for each "station" the bottom image is the buttocks. all of this develops the curve for a "fair" hull.


This is what a boat looks like when being built on station molds..

most are built upside down except, when they reach a size that makes it logistically difficult to flip them over.
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Re: Little Maid of Kent (Atkins & Co) Plans

thank you all so much...my dad has built wood boats before.. he tried to explain it to me but i didnt understand.. now i understand a little better
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