Hull Design

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Our main objectives in hull design were that the hull be stable, be aesthetically pleasing, and be easily manufactured. As we wanted to manufacture the boat by hand instead of using rapid prototyping to achieve the shape, we decided to assemble the boat using the stitch-and-glue method, a technique employed by many amateur boat builders, due to the ease with which it can be used to create a durable boat.

To achieve this design, we used Hull, a free program offered by Carlson Designs, intended for the design of plywood-panel boats. Hull provides the dimensions for the panels, allows the number of chines and bulkheads to be specified, and includes an offset table, from which you can specify the location of the chines at each bulkhead. Additionally, Hull can calculate the displacement of a given shape, ensuring us that our boat would still be able to float when laden with electronics and the pumps. Ease of manufacture demanded that the hull be flat or a vee bottomed. We opted for a vee hull for stability and aesthetic purposes.

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