So I decided to build a boat. Well, I really decided about 4 years ago after borrowing a copy of Canoe Craft by Ted Moores from my friend Brian. But at the time I had neither the time or space for the project. To build a 15' canoe you need a minimum of 17' of shop space and somewhere between 3 1/2 to 100 weeks to dedicate. Now having basically almost exactly those requirements met, I picked up my own copy of canoe craft, and I'm on my way. How hard can it possibly be?
The poor mans bible for building the poor mans yacht.
I decided on the 15' ranger prospector. A design from the book. This is a small, easy to maneuver boat, that can still carry 2 adults, a dog, and some camping gear.
Lofting the plans turned out to be a lot more fun than I had expected. At first it makes no sense at all, but after a few hours at the library (YouTube) I was able to plot my stations and draw something that looked almost right. You're basically given a series of numbers which represent points on a grid. After plotting all of those points, you just connect the dots. Pretty simple really.
Next, these plans get transferred to plywood using graphite transfer paper, and those shapes are cut out and smoothed to become station molds. Station molds are attached to your strong back to make up the skeleton of your boat.