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Boat planning/design.
CAD or similar boat design package.
Thursday,21 March, 2013
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Hello all

 

I wonder if anyone knows of a free computer design package which would allow me to design the internal layout of a narrowboat, ideally to scale, which would be good enough for a boat builder to work from? I have Googled it to no avail.

 

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John

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Thursday,21 March, 2013
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I used Microsoft Publisher. You can set it up with grid lines rather like graph paper. I drew up each section of the boat as individual modules and marked the dimensions out on the living room floor so we could see how much space there was and how it would work out.

I had to print it out in sections and tape them together for the boat builder.

 

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Pete

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20 years hiring, 6 years of shared ownership and a Continuous Cruiser since 2007 but still learning!

Thursday,21 March, 2013
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Here’s on on the Waterways World web site. It’s not the best programme in the world but it’s (just) better than nothing.

Click here to get a FREE copy of “Living On A Narrowboat:101 Essential Narrowboat Articles”

Saturday,23 March, 2013
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I used CorelDraw to design the scaled layout of my boat which the builder was generally able to work to.

See here

Regards – Richard –
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Saturday,23 March, 2013
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Thank you everyone for your advice. Laugh

I like the WW one for its simplicity although, as you say Paul, it is fairly basic and perhaps not good enough for a builder to work from. However its good fun to play with.

 

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.

Sunday,24 March, 2013
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There is a free programme called SketchUp 8 which allows you to draw 2D plans and turn them into 3D models. At first glance it seems complicated but it is actually quite intuitive. The tutorial videos are worth watching just to get you started and it is possible to download components that other people have created, like toilets, sofas and washing machines etc. There are even whole narrow boats on there.

 

http://www.sketchup.com

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