Quick Guide to Reading Boat Plans

09/05/2012

Quick Guide to Reading Boat Plans

 

Reading a boat plan can get pretty tricky. If you don’t know what you are doing that is. But with boat plans, there are so many people out there that can help you it’s not even funny. If you aren’t sure how to read your boat plans then you have come to the right place. Let’s see if we can’t help you.

The first part to remember is that the boat plan is all about lines and points. These lines and points are at direct angles and so forth. On the boat plan with these lines and points, you will probably see measurements. These tell you how far apart and how high these sections of the boat have to be. This will tell you what you need to measure.

There are some tricky things about boat plans though. While the measurements and learning all the lines and points can be tricky, so understands the boat jargon that they use. Let’s help you understand this short handed notation that they use.

For instance, LWL is known as the length at the waterline. What this means is that this area is the measurement as to how long it will be as it sits in the water. Next, is “LOA”, which stands for is the overall length. D will always stand for the depth when you see it on boat plans. Then finally, LBP will always mean the length between the perpendiculars. Once you have an understanding of this, there are other resources to help you learn every shredded piece that is drawn on the boat plan that you see before you. This will help you to make quite the accurate boat and before long you will be plunging away creating the boat of your dreams. Happy boating now that you know how to read the boat plan.

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