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Clinton B Chase
12-23-2005, 09:53 AM
Anybody out there taking either of these courses at the School...I am considering a design course to augment my boat building education...
Walter Wales Computer aided yacht design OR
Paul Gartside Elements of yaht design
I would supply a link but they have not put the course catalog on the website yet. The catalog is out though. Would appreciate people's thoughts on these courses...my goal is to gain understanding of yacht design and come out being able to be able to "design" a boat or continue learning how to design a small sailing/rowing boat for myself.
Originally posted by abe:
The catalog is on-line and it should be the 2006 edition:
Lofting on Your Laptop (http://www.thewoodenboatschool.com/06Courses/BoatbuildWoodwork06/LoftingLaptop06.html)
Elements of Boat Design (http://www.thewoodenboatschool.com/06Courses/BoatbuildWoodwork06/ElementsBoatDesign06.html)
12-24-2005, 08:01 AM
Based on my conversations with Paul Gartside over the years, spending a week learning boat design from him would be a treat. Go for it!
In Texas. :D
02-17-2006, 06:05 PM
I wanted very much to take Gartside's course, but that week just didn't work, dammit. Oh well - I'm going sailing on Quiet Tune instead; a terrible hardship for sure. :D
02-17-2006, 06:35 PM
Unless you were born with some sort of inate genius for engineering and design, I'd supose that a week long course would only show you how much you don't know. But, yes, a week interacting w/ Gartside would probably be worth your time and money.
As one who regards lofting as a necessary evil, (yes I know some love it - God bless 'em), the laptop lofting class sounds interesting.
But I'd think some experience trashing your knees on the loft floor would be a useful, if perhaps necessary, prerequsite.
[ 02-17-2006, 06:43 PM: Message edited by: Tom Robb ]
02-17-2006, 07:31 PM
I am going to sign up for the laptop lofting. The link says he starts with traditional lofting. I have already been playing aroung with lofting on Autocad, but have a ton of questions.
I hope you'll be posting your experiences. I'm looking forward to vicarious enjoyment.
02-18-2006, 06:32 AM
I would envy anyone who took the Gartside course. I met Paul and saw his studio and Surprise this summer and came away with the overwhelming sense that this is someone who embodies the whole of the boating experience like few in this generation seem to. He is consummate sailor, highly proficient boatbuilder in all techniques, versatile contemporary designer of old school values, honest salesman free of disillusion and cynicism, topped off by more than a dash of artist.
Of course, everyone responds differently to different people. Also, your profile Clinton lists you as a boatbuilding student already so you might look carefully at what you expect and perhaps call either wbs or pg for a bit of discussion before laying your money down. I expect there will be a lot of dreaded 'enthusiastic amateurs' like myself sharing the class, which may make a difference in the direction of the course--none of which you'll be able to predict till you get there.
Still, if you pick that one, most will envy you. I will, and I gave a LOT of thought to how I could swing a trip to Maine this summer just for that class.
Good luck whichever.
Clinton B Chase
02-18-2006, 09:50 AM
Well, I have not put $ down yet, but am closer to doing it...I think my boatbuilding education by that point will give me a platform for learning more about the design which is about the WHY in boatbuilding. I've been learning the HOW but want to know more why's before I do some professional boatbuilding. We'll see...
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