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General Design Process

We took the option of finding a boat that was a very good foundation for what we were looking for with the facility (in with the price) to change or alter the design/layout to suit our needs.

I am very pleased we took this route as by all accounts if I had started from a blank piece of paper I'd probably still be designing it now! Do not be put of by the this if you are thinking design the boat from start to finish as your chosen boat builder will of course offer you a design service as standard if you opt for a bespoke build. If you find a boat, like we did, that's a good foundation for what you are looking for please check before placing the order what the cost implications could be for this tailoring service.

We changed something in every room and some rooms completely (Spare Room). Having something to start with instantly allowed us to observe the areas that did not meet our needs or tastes and then focus on these areas in the design process we undertook.

We used various methods to create the finished design concept as you will see in this page, the specific 'Spare Room Design Process' page and the '3D Design Animations' page.
In this section you will see the design drawings leading up to the choosen layout. With this room I spent alot of time thinking about the layout options rather than sketching them out.

If you are designing your boat layout there are no hard fast rules to reaching your solution, you need to think about what methods best suit you and your abilities.

We have graphical skills but there is alot said for downloading our scaled plan view layout sheets which use single squares to represent feet. This can often be a fast and efficient method especially if combined with our canal boat equipment sheet which provides dimensional details of the most common canal boat equipment.

Here you can see another method we ustilised for realising a design concept futher in 3D. This is called a 2 Point Perspective Drawing and can quickly become very confusing if your not careful.

To better explain the theory behind 2 point perspective drawing I have taken this quote from

'Two-point perspective is a type of linear perspective.  All categories of linear perspective include a horizon line and a stationary point (the position of the observer).  In two-point perspective, there exist two points from which an object’s lines radiate from; the sides of the object vanish to one of two vanishing points on the horizon line. An object’s vertical lines do not relate to the perspective rules of the horizontal lines.  By changing the vanishing points of the object, one can make increase or decrease the size of the object. Two-point perspective is the same as angular perspective.'

Here you can see the finished 2 point persepective drawing cleaned up with out the vanishing lines on show. Hopefully you will agree this gives a good impression of what the unit might in reality look like.
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