Re: Working in Boat Design
I really don't know of more than one or two people that still do the drawings by hand.....I do.....but in the last couple of years sent my hand drawn pages to a young fellow who does a cad cam job on one or two pages, usually the lines drawings, and I use it for a double check. I am an electronics engineer that started with aeronautical engineering and took YDI and Westlawn as hobby courses for fun and giggles, did very well with several kudos for my work, but....I was not of the discipline that would choose it as my sole career as an income producing field,....although I partnered with a cabinet maker for a few years in a boatyard in Thailand, and with me running the front office and he the shop we did well. There were other Americans, a couple of Italians and a couple or three fellows from OZ and NZ doing the same thing.....I may note that they all folded within 2-3 years while we managed to stay open....the prime reason, as far as I am concerned, is that I did not rely on the yard for subsistence for a couple of years. I enjoyed the drawing, sketches etc, did the engineering design as a necessity and treated it as a hobby....Tom, my partner, did not try to live as an American, but settled into the local lifestyle.....then after a couple of years we were established and things picked up.
I have a friend that currently is upgrading some of my work from 30-40 years ago, and we are redoing the scantlings for U.S. available materials, but it's more for fun than expectations of income. One reason for doing it is that he is a very struggling designer and needs the work. Start as a hobby.....don't rely on it as income.....perhaps poor advice.
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