Originally posted by Venchka:
For the moment, I don't have a floor for lofting. The space I plan to loft and build in is 500 miles away. What I do have is a 36" plotter which will run out long plots. Using the computer also allows me to "fill in the blanks" on the plans. "Lofting" full size gives me an idea of the size of various parts for material purposes. I can lay out rudder, centerboard, transom, floors, deck beams, etc. to best advantage on the rough stock. I can do it at home after work when it's raining cats and dogs.
If/when I actually start lofting I plan to roll out my plots with all the points from the table of offsets printed and use proper battens to fair the full size curves. THEN I can pick up molds right from the floor.
The computer isn't replacing lofting.[/QB]