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Hi Guys, excited to start this awesome project! Chuck, I plan to utilize as much laser cut products as designed by you as I can. I will probably be building in Alaskan cedar or what ever other wood may be recommended at whatever point. My shop space and resources are extremely limited and always on the move so I will be treating this like a kit as much a possible. Thanks for following, looking forward to this! JJ
Introduction: Welcome to my Build Log on the my "commission" build of a Westerly Discus 33. The Westerly Discus is a popular cruising yacht design of the late 1980's with hundreds being built by Westerly Marine Construction of Hampshire (UK) until liquidation in early 2000. The Discus 33 was designed by John Laurent-Giles, who drew two design iterations, sloop rigged, and ketch rigged, both with either a fin keel or bilge keels. For more information on the Discus 33, follow the links below: http://www.yachtsnet.co.uk/archives/westerly-discus/westerly-discus.htm http://www.westerly-owners.co.uk/westerlywiki/index.php?title=Discus Why call this a "commission"? This is strictly not a commission as I will not be paid for this build, but my family will be giving this to my Grandfather for his 80th Birthday in January 2017, as he is in the process of selling his yacht Giselle due to ill health. Although the deadline is still 10 months away, I will be trail-blazing to some extent, and will in theory be building this as a 3D model in AutoCAD 2014/2016 and DelftShip (free), exporting the 3D model as an .STL file and then getting it 3D Printed. As this is a gift, the quality of the finish has to be on point, so if the 3D Printing is not up to scratch I will be producing a Laser Cut Plank on Bulkhead model instead. At this point, I will use Delftship to model the hull to the highest accuracy and then produce a cutting plan for all bulkheads, and planks. The final deliverable will be as follows: Half Hull - Westerly Discus 33 Sloop with Bilge Keels, mounted of decorative board Build Log - Bound Book - contents comprised of 3D model development photo's, 3D Printed Model Building, Fairing, Painting and Finishing. Now, the Legal aspect of this build-log. I have purchased the AutoCAD** drawings from the Laurent-Giles Archive, and have been given express permission to build ONE and ONE ONLY half hull model. I am free to manipulate the AutoCAD files as I require to produce a 3D model of the yacht, on the basis that the drawings and resultant 3D model are used to build one model as a gift or for personal use, and are not to be replicated in any way. ** The AutoCAD file that has been purchased is a rework of the original hand-drawn line drawings. This drawing shows all the Waterlines, Shearlines, Buttocks, Keel & Rudder Profiles, Stations, Coahroof Profiles, and the Mast Position. I would have been happy doing this, but this has saved me countless hours on getting the line drawings in AutoCAD from paper copies of the drawings. With this, I'd like to thank Barry van Geffen of Laurent-Giles Archive for producing excellent quality CAD drawings for me to use in the production of this model for my Grandfather. Build Information: The model will follow the basic principles of building a Half Hull model. The Starboard side of the hull will be built up from the plans, in to a 3D model where I will commission a local 3D Printing Company to print the model in three sections, Bow, Midships, and Stern. This will be because of size limitations for printing. At a scale of 1:24, the model will be 430mm in length, and have a maximum beam of nearly 100mm. The Bow, Midships, and Stern pieces will be printed as 5-Sided Cube, with bolt holes for alignment, and finally bolted together with an M8/M10 bolt with a corresponding nut epoxied in to place. If the epoxy is strong enough for the task, then I might just epoxy the pieces together? These decisions are to come in due course. Finally, the model will be faired and painted to match my Grandfathers yacht. The fittings such as winches, mast, boom, kicker, blocks, stanchions, and deck hatches will either be scratch built or bought from a reputable source. I will post Part One of the Build Log later on. Thanks, Jonny