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    If a person wants to scale down the plans. From a 12 foot boat down to a 3 foot. What method is the most common? To scale down the offsets or to use an Architect's ruler? How would it be done by using the offsets? If, the offsets are 2 -4 -3. Would a person take the 2 foot , 4 and 3/8ths measurement. Convert it to 8ths,then divide by 4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwel14 View Post
    If a person wants to scale down the plans. From a 12 foot boat down to a 3 foot. What method is the most common? To scale down the offsets or to use an Architect's ruler? How would it be done by using the offsets? If, the offsets are 2 -4 -3. Would a person take the 2 foot , 4 and 3/8ths measurement. Convert it to 8ths,then divide by 4?
    It would take you a lifetime to do it that way, If you can'tfind one make a 1/4 scale ruler and read the offsets from the plans.

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    Thanks.

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    I'd enter the offsets, in decimal inches into a spreadsheet. After that, calculating any reduction in one or all dimensions is easy.

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    if you spent the 5 bucks for an architects scale, just read off the dimensions as you are building and the scale scales the scale for you.

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