Syllabus 2014

Boat Building and Design ISP for 2014 – Matthew Reynolds

Syllabus: We will start out with very simple boat design and construction, and build one or more boat models at the end of week  1 .  More extensive reading and discussion of design and construction techniques in week two, culminating in a choice of design to construct in week 4.  We will cover boat building design motivations, construction materials, techniques historical, modern, and unconventional, types of hulls, design considerations, power, basic sailing and hydrodynamics.  Also basic tools, shop safety, measurements, efficiency, jigs, molds, patterns,  and finishing.  Final disposition of the boat to be constructed is yet to be determined. Suggestions are welcome.  A local marine architect will lead one class meeting.  Lab scheduling will depend on what we decide to build.

Tentative Schedule:

Week  1:       2 class meetings  1.5 hrs  – basic design and construction techniques
2 Lab meetings  4 hrs – safety, shop set up, build boat models

Week 2:        2 class meetings  1.5 hrs – reading plans, design choices, etc
2 lab meeting  4 hours  – boat models, finishing, tbd

Week 3:        2 class meetings @ 1.5 hrs – Sailing and Powering, molding
2 lab meeting @ 4 hours –  patterns, materials, setup

Week 4:        3 lab meetings  6 hours  – build boat

Suggested reading:

  • Instant Boatbuilding with Dynamite Payson
  • Boat building with an Open Mind  by Phil Bolger
  • Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction
  • The Cruising Multihull – Chris White
  • Websites and design portfolios – Jim Michalak, James Wharram, Kurt Hughes and others

Writing requirement:  choose/ create a boat design – discuss choice in light of requirements/tradeoffs, type of hull, type of construction, power, esthetics, accommodations, performance, range, efficiency, etc.   Develop a materials list and order of construction.   Due at end of week 2.  Include sketches.  5-10 pages?

Lab requirement :  participate in most phases of construction:  model building, setup, layout, cutting, dry assembly, gluing, finishing.  Tie a bowline.  Lab may be off campus and require transportation.

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