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4) CONSTRUCTION PLAN: This sheet will show you a view of the boat without its hull skin on, giving you an idea how all the pieces go together. By the way, my wood plans are this detailed too. In fact, I even figure out the frames bevels; there's really no need to loft!

5) CONSTRUCTION DETAIL PLAN(S): You'll get at least one sheet (depending on the size or type of boat) showing a basic construction cross-section, with a close "guestimation" of the amount of steel required. There are also several sheets showing specific details; tanks, engine mounts, house, bulkheads, and so on. Here's a few examples....

6) SAIL PLAN: Practically all of my cruising power designs have backup sailplans for the reasons you can read about elsewhere in this site. This sheet is for the sailmaker, shows the boat with the sails up, and gives their dimensions.

7) SPAR & RIGGING PLAN: The spar and rigging dimensions are here as well as rigging parts details. There's a lengthy chapter in my book; BUEHLER'S BACKYARD BOATBUILDING, that tells you in great detail how to make all this stuff yourself. The rigging plan is quite simple. It can cost you $14000 to $20,000 from a yacht rigger for a moderate sized boat, or, you can build it yourself from the directions with the plans for under $1,000. Believe it or not, I prefer the less expensive system because it's stronger, and better looking (from a traditional point of view). The spar is made from an evergreen tree; here in the NW that's free. The standing rigging is 3/8" galvanized. Galvanized wire isn't common in the yacht world because it isn't chrome looking, but, it has many practical advantages. I'll spare you, but if you're interested, read the lengthy rigging chapter in my Buehler's Backyard Boatbuilding. You might be surprised to learn the positive side of gal. wire aside from the cost savings. Here's the rigging and spar plan for the 44 DUCK. "Simple is as Simple does" I've heard it sneeringly said. But with a seagoin' boat, simple can also mean reliable, low maintenance, and most important, able to be fixed shipboard. I know a few engineering types who I hope one day get as frightened as I've been on the ocean. It tends to influence your perspectives......!

By the way, the plans price is for ONE boat! If you build more than one or if a friend wants to build one, you need to pay me the plans price for each boat built. This is enforced by JoMamma, a Voodoo lady you really don't want to cross....

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