Build Yacht

Hi, my friends and I want to build a small yacht. We are beginners, so we don�t have previous experiences in building such things. I just graduated with Mechanical Engineering degree from Polytechnic University of New York and my other friend is a handy man and he had experiences in fixing boats and yachts, another friend has experience in Mechanical Engineering design industry, he graduated couple years ago. We want to build it from scrap materials, we are thinking to get an old boat or yacht now and use that material to build our. I found this website http://www.hartley-boats.com/ may be you have an opinion on this web site. We are looking for any good advises for the beginners, any good literature on that topic. Another big problem we don�t know where to build it. We are welcome enthusiasts like we are specially people who have some place to build it in our area (NYC, Long Island, New Jersey.)

Topic by Vopolh 


Dose anyone know where i can get free plans to build a seaworthy boat?

I want to move to Hawaii and am looking to build a boat to live on and use to move down.  It needs to have a place to store a motorcycle and room to live comfortably while still being easy on my wallet.  I was thinking of using a truck engine for power and a 2 stroke generator with a plywood hull like older boats.  to keep cost low and arranging the living space like an RV to make best use of the space.  i will be grateful to anyone that can help

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free yachts/boats in the UK?

Hi, does anyone have any ideas about where to find a free boat in th UK? Most places Ive seen are in the USA, and Im not having much luck finding anything over here so far! Cheers, Ash

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FEEDBACK WANTED - Open Source Yacht

G’day Everyone My name is Tom and I am an Industrial Design Student from New Zealand. I am currently working on my Honors project and I need your input! My main research Question is “What is the potential for applying new technologies to traditional yacht construction?” Basically I aim to develop an Open Source Design for a small sail boat that is both affordable and achievable. As a student I love making rather than buying and I really want the maker community and culture to shine through this project. If you have the time I would love to hear from you! What does the maker community mean to you? Where do you make/construct/build? What are your views on sharing design and open source? What access to digital fabrication do you have? (Lasercutting 3D printing etc) What do you look for when choosing what to make next? Have you attempted to build a boat before? How did it go? Would you ever consider making your own boat? What would hold you back? Any feedback or stories in relation to this would be greatly appreciated Free feel to contact me tom_pringle@icloud.com Cheers Tom

Topic by TomP117 


FEEDBACK WANTED - Open Source Yacht

G’day Everyone My name is Tom and I am an Industrial Design Student from New Zealand. I am currently working on my Honors project and I need your input! My main research Question is “What is the potential for applying new technologies to traditional yacht construction?” Basically I aim to develop an Open Source Design for a small sail boat that is both affordable and achievable. As a student I love making rather than buying and I really want the maker community and culture to shine through this project. If you have the time I would love to hear from you! What does the maker community mean to you? Where do you make/construct/build? What are your views on sharing design and open source? What access to digital fabrication do you have? (Lasercutting 3D printing etc) What do you look for when choosing what to make next? Have you attempted to build a boat before? How did it go? Would you ever consider making your own boat? What would hold you back? Any feedback or stories in relation to this would be greatly appreciated  Free feel to contact me Cheers Tom

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Coffins, bedstead and idiot rescued by lifeboat.

Sometimes I wonder how we earned our reputation as a seafaring nation... A DIY sailor had to be rescued by the Lyme Regis coastguard and lifeboat after taking to the sea in a DIY yacht consisting mainly of two coffin-sized plywood boxes and an iron bed frame. The anonymous man had spent several days on the beach, lashing his vessel together.  It was so obviously unseaworthy that the coastguard and lifeboat crews warned him not to put to sea. Unfortunately, he did put to sea off Charmouth.  On an out-going tide in an offshore breeze. Within yards, onlookers had to call emergency services, and the lifeboat insisted on towing the (for want of a better word) boat back to the beach.  The captain had been unable to make headway against the breeze with his home-made oars... I've got to wonder... how many of our own authors have been in a similar situation? (You get all the serious news in the Daily Mail...)

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The Yacht Race Committee stater/timer/horn

Can I program any sequence? we need 10,9,6,5,3,0. 6 blasts with the push of one button.Please adviseThankspeter

Topic by pietervk88 


Time for a free boat!

Times are tough. People don't have the money that they used to. Some of those people own boats.According to the New York Times, boat-owning Americans are abandoning their boats in droves by sanding off the names and serial numbers and setting them afloat.Do you know what this means? It's ripe time to get yourself a free boat like Tim Anderson did some years ago in much more prosperous time.

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How can I make cheap honeycomb core boat hulls

I saw a 'How It's Made' episode where they revealed how to make honeycomb core simply by making a paper accordion, expanding it, dipping it in resin then sawing it into cores. I WANT TO DO THAT! They said they used a thermoplastic paper as well as a heat-activated glue. But why couldn't I use a cheaper more readily available material? Does the resin provide ALL the structural strength, or does the thermoplastic paper itself provide the strength? I would assume it's like fiberglass, whereby after it's infused with resin it's super tough... but the fiberglass itself provides strength too... What kind of material could I use for this? Straight up craft paper & elmer's glue? After the cores are cured and cut, I'll sandwich them between various layers of either wood laminate, plastics, fiberglass, or carbon fiber. Thanks!

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How to tell if your project is accepted

OK, one of my entries has been approved, I have posted three. The others say they are entered, but I have not received confirmation yet, and their pictures do not show up under "Entries" people are commenting on the items, however I can't see them in entries. ? How will I know when, and if I need to make changes, or resubmit the entry? Will they let me know if it does not meet the requirements? or what changes may need to be made? Thanks for any help. 

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Build your own Skateboard, Get a Free Yacht, Bike Painting Tips

  Build your own Skateboard The Free Yacht Saga Bike Painting Tips Camping Guide Clean and Wax a Surfboard Tetrahedral Kite Kite-Powered Land Proa Find a Local Bouldering Spot Sailboat in a Closet DIY Prescription Swimming Goggles Bike Guide Make a Disc Golf Basket Predict the Weather with Clouds Useful Knots Set Up a Slackline

Topic by randofo 


How can I age new fabric which is glued to an old land yachting sail? Answered

My study association builds land yacht for own use. One of them, which was broken and outdated, recently is renovated such that it can be displayed next to the room of the board of the study association.  The sail we use for it is an original DN ice-yacht sail about 40 years old. For the looks we, and our faculty mechanical engineering, decided we should add logo's of our association and the TU/e on the sail. This is done, but now rises the problem. The new logo's/letters don't look right, way to young. How can we age the new fabric to the correct looks?

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How can I find a cheap sport fisherman yacht?

I am a disabled Iraq Veteran. I am unable to work a regular job. I suffer from a head injury and physical injuries that prevent me from doing a lot of things. I have grew up by the water and always dream of owning my own boat. I figured if I was able to get myself a good size boat. I could charter it for fishing trips and dives. I really need something to do with my life. I feel like I am wasting after coming home wounded. I need help because I am not as sharp as I was before a head injury. I would appericate any advice.

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How to make a Custom Figurehead for our boat? Answered

Don't want to spend a fortune and yet want a durable classy custom designed FIGUREHEAD for the bow of our boat.  Hubby wants MY IMAGE of the head/bust with my long braids and possibly Angel wings that wrap around the bow on each side.  Someone suggested it be made out of PVC?  How does MY face/hair/bust get duplicated?  Does anybody do Wood Carving like this anymore?  

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Start gun?

I seek plans / ideas on how to build a devise that will make the sound of a shot gun.The purpose is for starting yacht races so a means of producing "smoke" would be handy have looked at air cannons ? I want noise not launch capabilities. why not use a shot gun? it is practically impossible to own a gun in Australia.

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Finishing a wooden paddle board

Hey makers, just wondering about how i should finish a wooden paddle board a plan to make, epoxy resin is quite expensive just wondering is there a cheaper alternative, should i use polyester resin or not, also is yacht varnish a viable option

Question by paul the maker 


My favorites from the week of 2006-12-04

Ski BikeI'm a real sucker for winter weather contraptions, and this looks like a ton of fun.Pocket TripodI carry around one of those mini tripods on my camera bag, but this looks more useful because of the ability to wrap its legs around objects. I'm sure to make one.Typewriter Computer KeyboardAs someone who takes his keyboard and pointing devices perhaps a little too seriously, this makes me smile.Use firefox drag and drop extension to upload imagesThis will save you so much time and mouse clicks both on and off Instructables.Free Yacht Chapter 7: Get an Even Better One and Fabulize it.Who can get enough of the Free Yacht saga anyway? If you're in the Bay Area, come out for sail with us!

Topic by ewilhelm 


Do-It-Yourself Guru Makes Treasures From Trash - Tim Anderson Profiled on NPR's Weekend Edition

Tim Anderson was profiled this morning on NPR's Weekend Edition: Do-It-Yourself Guru Makes Treasures From Trash. It's a great piece, touching on Tim's Free Yacht Saga, his Know How series, and the rest of his 200 Instructables. More news and press about Instructables here.

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Post-It Origami, Bean Bag Couch, Make Plaudough

Post-It Origami Box Bean Bag Couch Make Playdough Munny Speakers T-Shirt to Sexy Top Remove a Tick Get a Free Yacht Build Your Own Guitar Bread from Scratch Cheap Art Cheeseburger Dress Memphis-Style Brisket Paper Walkalong Glider Eight Cord Flat Braid Reclaimed Wood Table

Topic by randofo 


Hi. Is there someone out there who might repair motor vehicle ball and socket joints or know of such facility?

I have such joints on a yacht's steering gear in need of replacement. Easy I hear you say but not so for I can't identify which vehicle they were intended to fit and enquiries to various manufacturers/suppliers have drawn a blank because of the taper required (imperial dimensions I believe). Only option would seem to be to have the offending part repaired. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Regards Recrem.

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How should I go about planning and executing a boat trip in the tropics with my friends?

I want to get a few of my friends together (5-10) and rent/buy a motor boat to adventure around in the Caribbean with for a summer or so. I just would like some advice concerning the whole process. Your guys' How To Get A Free Yacht collection was very helpful and combining it with the idea of a roadtrip... well that's exactly what I want to do! Thanks much!

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Instructables on ABC's Ahead of the Curve Wednesday Dec. 3

I'll be doing an interview on ABC's Ahead of the Curve, which will air tomorrow (Wednesday Dec. 3) at 5:05 PM ET on ABC News Now. More details after I actually do the interview! Afterwards, it will be posted online.Update: Just finished. We talked about The Best of Instructables, BlinkyBugs, MobMov, Marshmallow Shooters, Bleaching with Discharge Paste, and How to Get a Free Yacht. You can watch the ABC interview here.They will be running clips from this video:The Best of Instructables: Volume 1 (Full Length) from Instructables on Vimeo.More news and press about Instructables here.

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Windmill on top of the mast?

Hi there, I'm rescuing an '72 all-wooden yacht (18ft) named Knights of Ni; the woodwork and painting are mostly done and I'm now busy with the electrics. It has a 12V system running of a car battery which is powered by a small solar cell and if necessary I can charge it on land. I was wondering though, whether it is possible to mount a small windmill on top of the mast using for instance the van of a vacuum cleaner and a bike dynamo (or anything else not too big and heavy), and then running a wire through the mast to the battery. I would be very grateful for your advice. If you want/need to see more pictures of the boat please give me a shout. Greetings from Holland, Barbarossa

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Father's Day Instructables

Oh, damn, Father's Day is almost here and what can you give the guy who claims to not want anything? Well, we have a few suggestions for you. We dug through the ol' archives to find some things that just might make your dad happy this weekend. We hope this helps as a few of us are also scrambling to figure out what to make as well.If you have any suggestions for other appropriate Father's Day Instructables, post them in the comments! Etch a Shot Glass  Concrete Lightbulb Wall Hook Jackhammer Headphones Brew Beer! Carbonated Fruit Dirty Soap Beer Helmet Free Yacht Make a Lure Fire up the BBQ! Smoked Sausage Handmade Pipe

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Looking for ideas?

I am looking for ideas here from all you "experts" (where an expert is described as - Ex (a has been) spurt 9 a drip under pressure)) Nothing like insulting the unpaid help! before they start :-)  happy New year everyone. OK A friend has a model of a fair ground ride, this is a steam yacht, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp76RTbqqLk he wants to animate this and would like the motion to be realistic at the scale size. He had tried a number of mechanical solutions, cranks etc but they all give a jerky motion and the real thing is very smooth. Any suggestions. I am inclined to think this is a micro processor solution with either a suitable servo motor or similar driven to mimic the inertia of the real thing. ideas folks?

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Top 8 instructables to avoid working on a Monday

"Americans hate their jobs more than ever before in the past 20 years, with fewer than half saying they are satisfied.The trend is strongest among workers under the age of 25, less than 39 percent of whom are satisfied with their jobs.Workers age 45 to 54 have the second lowest level of satisfaction (less than 45 percent), according to a survey conducted by The Conference Board, a market information company that also puts out the Consumer Confidence Index and the Leading Economic Indicators."From MSNBC.comIf you happen to be one of the majority of people who are dissatisfied with their jobs in America, or anywhere for that matter, and are feeling the burn particularly hard this Monday maybe these 8 instructables could make things a little more fun at work.From building a mini office trebuchet that hurls paper clips at your boss to fleeing the country in a free yacht, instructables has some solid ways to avoid working on a Monday.If your just looking for a distraction and still want to come back to work on Tuesday check out these three instructables that will surely make your work environment a little nicer.1. Hanging Laptop Digital Painting2. Pimp Your Office Chair 3. Stand-Up DeskOf course, if you're looking to do something that will have a bit more of a lasting/destructive effect on your work place try attacking your officemates, or better yet, your boss with these things...4. The Office Supplies Trebuchet5. Paper Claws6. The Archery of the OfficeAnd finally, if you're looking to really get out of work forever its best to have a free means of transportation that doubles as a place to live and and exit plan from capitalism.7. How to Get a Free Yacht 8. How to Escape From America

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How Did You Get Your Free or Cheap Motorcycle?

This question was inspired by 2 post: How to Get a Free Yacht, How to Revive an Old Motorcycle: Save Money on Gas/Fuel! Cheap Ride!, a question Ever Saved a Motorcycle from the Scrap Heap?, and oh yea the economy.I live in a rural area, don't know anyone with a motorcycle, and my finances (and other people's) could be helped with a free or cheap motorcycle. How did you get your free or cheap motorcycle? If you paid for it how did you calculate how much to offer? Did you have any problems getting it registered? Any other advice you think we should have on this topic? Thank-you for your help

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I Draw Cars

Via Notcot, and because I've been looking out for this sort of thing recently (Roger-X is deciding between design-related university courses), I came across a Kickstarter project called I Draw Cars. It's a pair of guys, design graduates, who have put together an automotive design resource in a moleskine format - industry references, event data, and templates over which you can sketch your own ideas to form part of your portfolio. It looks good.  Certainly the concept is sound. I wonder if others would think so? --------------------------------------------------------- On a related subject, whilst visiting Wales, we landed in a design exhibit at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea.  Projects were on display from students of the School of Industrial Design in Swansea. I could go through them, but they were all fascinating - everything from a pop-up cup-carrier to a collapsible zimmer frame and a hydroplaning sports car. Instead, I'll list our highlights, in no particular order: An interesting take on wheeled luggage. A "hyper amphibian". A Dyson-branded scooter. School bookshelves. A cool take on Landrover. Hydroplaning yacht. A hotrod. There were others, but they did not display their websites, or have a small pile of business cards for folk to take.  That's their loss, since part of their course covers "self promotion"...

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Tim Anderson

Meet Tim Anderson! He's the co-founder of Z-Corp 3D printers, host of the Know How Show, author of the Heirloom Technology column in MAKE magazine, and the most prolific Instructables author with 222 projects and counting! So, besides teaching you how to get a free yacht and how to fly a hydrofoil, what is Tim doing for the betterment of humanity?  Here's how he describes it in his profile: Tim's philosophy involves building minimum-consumption personal infrastructure from recycled scavenged materials.  Redirecting the waste stream.  Doing much with little.  A reverse peace-corps to learn from poor people all over the world. In practice, this means traveling the world documenting traditional Pacific Island sailing canoes, collecting handy tricks from Australia, Guatemala, Indonesia, and the US, and teaching us how to repair or reuse almost anything.  (When you're done with the Handy Tricks series, check out his Instructable showing How Not To.)   You can also learn how to move a tree, or keep an old truck running. He's a believer in Garbage Santa, who leaves "trash" treats for creative people to find and repurpose, and can do almost anything with recycled bike innertubes.  He's also an enthusiastic sailor, bicyclist, and kiter who builds all of his own equipment - check out his ice gear in this video: So, are you inspired yet?  Do you believe in Garbage Santa?  And which Tim Anderson project are you most likely to try? This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.

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(newsletter) Cheap Fisheye Lens, Chocolate Mousse, Laser Guitar,...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! We have two fantastic new contests starting this week!Show off your creative cardboard skills in the Gorilla Glue Cardboard Contest and win a huge package of Gorilla Glue gear!Cook up something tasty for the Low & Slow BBQ Contest and win a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker, and autographed copies of the new Low & Slow BBQ book!Don't forget! We also three great contests ending soon, so enter now!Pocket-Sized Contest - Win a custom laser-etched Leatherman! Closes Sunday, July 19!Get in the Garden Contest - Win an awesome computer-controlled indoor composting machine from NatureMill! Closes for entries Sunday, July 19!Art of Sound Contest - Win an incredible custom hi-fi tower set with subwoofer, monster speakers, and more!! Closes for entries Sunday, July 26! Tic Tac Tunes 4-minute Chocolate Mousse $16 Fisheye Lens for a DSLR Harry Potter Guide Submit a cardboard creation and win a prize pack from Gorilla Glue! Cook up something tasty! Hands-Free Breast Pumping Sustainable Agriculture at Home Complex Shapes Made with Cardboard Etch PCBs in One Minute! Just over a week left! The Prism: A Laser Synth-Guitar Art of Sound Highlights Tiny Rechargeable Amplifier Free Yacht Chapter 12: Kiteboat! Just a few days left to win a custom laser-etched Leatherman! Enter now to win an indoor computer-controlled composter! How to Make a Snorricam Transfer Images with Acrylic Gel Medium Emergency Vehicle Escape Keychain Send Coded Messages Sign-up for this newsletter:

Topic by fungus amungus 


Take a tour of Instructables!

There's so much cool stuff here, I thought people (new and old) might enjoy a guided tour. Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. These awesome people make it all happen. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others; more history is here. Instructables is the combination of a number of things. First, there are the Instructables themselves. These are step-by-step descriptions of things people want to share. They are educational, inspirational, and often replicable. The Dachshund Wheel chair is my favorite. A passionate user shared something close to his heart, and has had a positive impact on many lives.There's the whimsical: Magnetic Acrylic Rubik's Cube. And, of course, the whimsical inspired by the whimsical: Magnetic Rubik's Dice Cube. And, the plain ridiculous: How to Get a Free Yacht and its complete saga. A cornerstone of what makes Instructables great is the comments. People ask questions, give praise, or offer improvements; this sets up a conversation between the project author and the community. Check out this cookie recipe where the author responds to a question about substitutions for someone who wants cookies now.Many of the best Instructables have won one of our contests: Show Your Heart Valentine's Day Contest, Holiday Homemade Gifts contest, Take Thanksgiving to the Next Level contest, Halloween Project contest, and The Magnet Challenge. Instructables has a lively forum for opinion and discussion. Really smart and talented people hang out here. Have a look at a forum topic on water tunnel testing complete with Reynold's number equations.Finally, what really makes Instructables great is the community surrounding it. These are passionate people that want to share what they did and how they did it. In recognition of this, Instructables won the 2006 Wired Rave Award for industrial design. Instructables gave power to the individuals so they could positively impact the world. Also, check out some of the news articles about Instructables.

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