Elements of Boat Design
Learn the principles and process—then practice on your own design.
- Paul Gartside—July 22–28
If you have ever wished you could design your own sailboat, powerboat, rowboat, or canoe, then here’s a course for you. Boat builder and designer Paul Gartside will take you step-by-step through the principles of boat design, and efficiently lead you from an initial idea to a workable set of plans with reasonable confidence in the outcome. If you come with your own concept to work through, so much the better; otherwise Paul will help students without a specific plan come up with some interesting ideas to work on.
This is a paper-and-pencil course, working at the drawing board with the traditional tools of curves and battens. While most designers use computers these days, Paul still draws all plans by hand and from a teaching point of view feels this is the best approach. Theory will take place with blackboard sessions and will be applicable regardless of your experience and current practice.
Students need not have any previous experience with boat design or mathematics; just a keen interest in boats will do. Although there will be some simple calculations, the main focus will be on understanding the concepts and principles that play a part in boat design and in developing an eye for aesthetics. In spite of modern technology, designing boats is still as much an art as it is a science. The eye and judgment of the designer are still the most important ingredients in any design.