With the feedback below in mind, and after thinking through my eventual “needs” for such a project, I’ve come up with a new cross section.
The bottom panel of the boat will be 8 feet wide. The total width dimension will increase due to the thickness of the side panels added. The width dimension above is nothing more than a scaling artifact. The lower vertical panel will be 4 feet, to make the best use of wood and time as mentioned by Dave “triloboats.com” Zeiger below. The upper panel is 3 feet, as that is a good non-fractional dimension that will optimize windows. A 4 foot panel would make the boat too tall.
You may notice that I have done away with the flat roof. While such a roof might of allowed a deck on top, I inserted a crowned roof for functional and esthetic reasons. Later images will show how a deck could still be done. Later drawings will also show how the base modules will still be able to connect end-to-end and side-to-side.
This cross section is, as it turns out, very similar to that of some of the triloboat designs. It is also a cross section that is quite similar to some of the English canal boats. Perhaps a good shape is recognized universally!
Once you add in all the stringers and such, it looks something like this.
I need to give credit to Dave “Triloboats” Zeiger once again, as once I found our cross sectional outlines were so similar, I drew inspiration from his framing. This is also VERY similar to the way the escargot frames were made in my build.
Remove the stringers and panels and you get the basic module frame:
And more of the module being built… using four frames total. No bottom stringers yet, and only half of the top of the roof installed. Some details to clean up.
Sides in place, and floor. No trim.
Three module Sections:
The method of joining modules is being developed. Remember there will be stern and bow sections. Ideas are welcomed.
And now three modules with identical bow and stern modules attached.
Our recent post about what we called the floating catamaran cottages got us thinking. The idea seems so modular, and though it’s dimensions could be something like 10 feet by 24 feet, it could be a snap to trailer… if it was built with individually trailerable modular sections/pieces. Then, as we set about designing the core module, a great number of variations became apparent.
So what ideas do you have? We will share them here in a series of posts. Make comments below and/or send your drawings or ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org (But remove the spam fighting extra “m”s.) These drawings were done within an hour, quick sketches with a few flaws, but perhaps inspirational ones. What are your ideas?
In this example each of the two modular cabins are 8 feet wide by ten feet long, making each of them easy to transport on a modest trailer. Then add a couple of 22 foot long beams, perhaps made of three overlapping sections, none longer than 10 feet, that could be assembled on site. Finish the design with a few deck sections, maybe ten feet by four feet. Or so go some initial sketches on the back of a Google Sketchup “envelope”.
Share your ideas below.. and send your pics to the email above. (To avoid any legal hassles or confusion we will need to say…”all submissions become the property of ShantyboatLiving.com as ideas may work their way into future designs or plans or postings.”)
Originally posted 2012-07-01 07:22:33.