Friday, November 23, 2007
Lofting: Plans for a "Banks Dory"
The layout of a vessel is "lofted" fully dimensional from a table of offsets, the mathematical "definition" of the hull's shape. In the case of a tried and true fishing vessel design, this shape is taken from centuries of proven examples. It is the builder's prerogative to enhance the basic concept to create a beautiful signature work of art. Shown here is an example from Doryman's archives (Pelorus Design) of a small rowing dory, similar to Otter for his friend Daniel. The actual plan sheet is 24"x36" and describes the various stations by the dimensions shown in yellow. The full and complete boat can be taken from this simple description. I'd be happy to share this design with anyone interested.