Building a Boat

Building a Boat

As a kid I always dreamed of building my own boat! A buddy and I made an effort to build a model wood boat in grade 9. We weren't allowed to use fiberglass, so it was a tremendous failure. Even with 10 coats of paint it took on water and sunk in his pool within minutes.

 Initial design in Maya 3D

Initial design in Maya 3D

It was with this haunting failure in mind that I started designing this model boat. Three feet long, made of plywood and coated in waterproof resin, it turned out better than I imagined. It also took longer to build than I imagined. I installed radio controlled gear and motors from a couple of old Radioshack RC speedboats and eventually tested it in False Creek. It was great to get that waterlogged monkey off my back.

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Robotics

Robotics