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Design 067

Design 067 is one of my personal favourites, along with 119 and 073, and several others that aren't on the site at present.

Well, I'm pleased to say that I have started to convert the Plans and Instructions for this design into PDF's so that they can be directly downloadable.

When I originally drew the building plans for this boat, we were issuing them either on A1 or A0 paper, or on continuous-feed 15" wide paper (which was our standard at that time). Neither of these formats is particularly useful for downloading and printing unless you have pretty specialized (and expensive) equipment.

Because we are now moving to a larger boat (30' in this case) it isn't really possible to get the plans on to paper that an A4/US Letter ink-jet printer can deal with – or if we do the scale of the drawings becomes too small to be clear. I really like to stay with 1:10 or 1:15 scales for the majority of my plans.

So for this design, I decided to use a 12"/305mm format. Most A3 size ink-jet printers will accept 13" roll paper, or sheets 13" wide up to about 44" long. The plans for this design are drawn at 36" x 12" (915mm x 305mm) or 44" x 12" (1117mm x 305mm) which means they can be printed on sheets cut from easily available paper (US: Arch D or Arch E; International: A0) without too much wastage.

What takes the time for me is not so much converting the plans to PDF format, as re-arranging them and re-labeling them to fit a 12"/305mm paper size so as to be printable on a readily available and relatively inexpensive printer. For example, we bought our Epson Stylus Photo 2700 A3 printer second-hand for $80 on eBay, downloaded the drivers for free from the Epson site - and hey presto! we were printing super quality plans.

I'm excited to be able to offer this design as a download and in a format that can reasonably easily be printed out when needed. Theory says that you can take your laptop into the workshop (with clingfilm over the keyboard please!). Practice says that it is nice to have a paper plan at times.

When I build something (like a new kitchen, as I am at the moment), I sketch it out on the computer – draw out the joints and other detail, trim, and so on – but finally I print bits of it out so that I can take the paper sheets into the workshop and pin them on the wall. As committed to computers as and computer aided design as I am, I still find that I come down to a bit of paper in the end. So I feel that it is worthwhile making my boat designs fit sensible paper sizes as well as everything else they have to achieve!

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