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How do I pay on Boden site for purchases ?

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The reason is Pay Pal is a very secure payment method on the Internet and is used by over 60 million people world wide.
You dont even have to be a member of Pay Pal to pay us with either Visa or Mastercard. All you do is when you click the pay button when ordering a pay pal screen will open with details of your order and amout. You then have two options, either proceed to a secure payment form or if currently a member of paypal you can log on and pay from your Pay Pal account.
It is so easy. And is our recommended payment method.
However, if you are unsure and want to pay by another means please contact us to request an alternate payment method. The most practical alternate method is Bank to Bank transfer. If you wish to pay by other means please email us and we will try and meet your needs.

What is a stock plan ?

A stock plan is a plan set for a design sold at a cost of about 10% or less of the cost of a similar custom design. The advantage of a stock plan is that you get a proven design as well and a considerable cost saving.

Can any one build these boats ?

Builders need to have trade skills, or be a skilled handy men with a track record of completing projects that they have started. Builders need to be able to read drawings. Further they need to have adequate facilities. Interestingly farmers seem to make good owner builders. Possibily because they have to be so multi skilled to work on a farm and maintain tractors, steel fencing and the many maintenance tasks they have to do themselves. We do not want to discourage you from building a boat, if you have the skills you can do it.

What is a PDF Study Plan?

A PDF file is a internet communicated information pack supplied to you for download from the Boden Members area. PDF stands for Portable Document Format which is one of the most verstile communications on the internet. To download the PDF all you have to do is click into the members area, put in your email address and password and follow the link at top of screen to the PDF.

What information is in a PDF ?

The PDF can consist of the following:

- Cover page
- Contents page
- Introduction to Boden Boat Plans
- About the particular design covered by the PDF
- Comments on building the craft
- Statement of particulars
- Material list
- Photographs of completed craft
- Photographs of the craft building
- Arrangement Flash files
- Scanned extracts from drawings in plan set

There are only a few craft where we do not have satisfactory photographs. Most PDFs have good photographs of various boats built from the plans.

Explain what I need to consider in reaching a decision to build in steel, aluminium, or timber ply epoxy ?

All are excellent materials. In fact there is no such thing as bad materials, only bad application. It is all about fitness for purpose.

Reasons to build in aluminium are considerations such as light weight is required to achieve performance, engineering facilities and skills are available including under cover workshop. The craft has to be customised such as a dive boat being specifically fitted out to stow and operate gear to owners requirements. Also, the durability and robustness of aluminium. No need to paint.

Reasons to build in steel. Weight is not a problem in obtaining required speed. Builder has steel but not aluminium fabticating skills. Aluminium welding skilled trades people are not available. Craft has to be built in open.

Reasons to build in ply epoxy. Builder has timber skills and facilities and prefers to build in timber. Craft has to built light to obtain performance. Adaquate supplies of suitable species of quality timber are available.

How are plans sent to me ?

PDFs are delivered electronicly to your email address after your Credit Card is cleared.

For full Plans we normally deliver by post. We send via Express Post in Australia and by Registered Mail interntionally. Should a courier be preferred we can arange this also.

For an indication of cost for courier door to door air service refer to the DHL website
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Do you do custom designs ?

Yes we do. We are often asked to modify our standard plans or do new designs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements. Our rates are very reasonable.

What information is on the drawings ?

The drawings provide the following information:

- A lines plan and simplified table of offsets to enable you to draw out the frame shapes and stem profile and set the frames up correctly. Some smaller craft have full size patterns
- An arrangement and appearance drawing (or drawings) giving the position of the important structural, engineering, and outfitting items.
- A construction plan detailing in engineering practice the structural components in position or as seperate details as necessary
- A building jig drawing if not part of construction plan (for building inverted only)
- Sail and rigging drawings for the plan as designed
- Shaft and rudder and associated components
- Other details as appropriate. Some drawings have up to 20 sheets
- Building instructions and a support information package
- A comprehensive building instruction book.

Representive examples of drawing sheets are shown  elsewhere on this web site.

Do the drawings have engineering and electrical installation details ?

The drawings include such details as gearbox reduction ratio for engine shown in plans, engine beds, shaft, skeg and rudder details. We do not supply other specific details. The reason for this is that engines and equipment must be installed in accordance with manufacturers requirements and the plans do not specifically specify these items. Further all electrical installation should be in accordance with the ABYC Guidelines or AS 1799 Part 3 Engineering, or better.
The sea does not change and a good hull shape will always be a good shape. What is always improving and changing are the items installed into a craft. These items are the responsibility of the builder.

Can I deviate from the plan ?

It is not recommended that you deviate from the plan with regard to structural configuration and details or by moving of weights. However, particularily with aluminium, there is no reason why you cannot customise your boat to meet your requirements and preferred styling.

Can I obtain additional information ?

Yes, we will assist you with any genuine question. We appreciate that each builder has a different level of boatbuilding knowledge. We prefer email.

How difficult is it to read the drawings ?

The drawings are prepared using good engineering practice with all necessary parts further detailed. Anyone with engineering, building or fabrication experience should have no problems.
Reading engineering drawings is a basic part of engineering. It is the only effective way that the designer can communicate to the person doing the job. However the skill can be quickly learnt by those who are not experienced. It would be necessary to take some time to understand plan, elevation and sectional views and how individual parts are further detailed.
In our experience we have found that about 10% of students have difficulty, for various reasons, reading drawings. If you have difficulity understanding drawings after you have studied them for some time, then perhaps a boatbuilding project in aluminium, steel or timber is not for you.

What are standards for building and outfitting use and what is good practice ?

Standards or codes are either government mandatory requirements or advisory standards for construction, outfitting and operation.
Government requirements regarding safety equipmant, navigation lights etc. must be complied with. Advisory standards such as AS1799 Small Boat code or the USA American Yacht and boating council guidelines (ABYC) should be followed as a matter of good practice.
Having said this much of what goes into a steel and aluminium boat is good practice. The drawings reflect good practice .

I am in Europe. Must the boat fully comply with the EC Recreational Craft standards ?

Complying with the requirements is just good practice and we encourage you to obtain and become familiar with the requirements.
However the requirements do not apply to owner built boats that are not sold for 5 years. For larger craft we recommend that you speak to a local small craft designer who is authorised to survey the craft and certify.

Will I be required to fit a Hull Identification Number number and compliance plate to craft built in Australia after July 2005 ?

Yes, you will for all power craft, but we do not see it as being a problem. We intend to have a easy to understand procedure and are waiting on the final details of requirements before including in plan set. There will be no need to flood or swamp the boat to do the test so that it can be done when the craft is complete. In NSW, you should be able to get a HIN from any BoatCode Agency. You will have to put on a compliance plate meeting the requirements of the Australian Marine Safety Council National Standard for Builders Compliance Plates on Pleasure Vessels. (www.nmsc.gov.au to download).
We do not see any problem with you complying with the requirements. For craft under 6 metres you will have to calculate and fit internal flotation, put your boat through a relatively simple test for maximum person and power capacity, complete a pro forma  and manufacture the compliance plate with the correct wording and the results of the tests. The maximum power of your particular craft will be the actual horse power of the outboard motor that you fit, even if the hull is capable of taking more power, and others with similar craft have higher power. You will then be able to say that you have tested the boat for the power stated in your compliance plate and will then fully conform with the requirements. For craft over 6 metres the maximum power will be required if fitted with outboard motors, otherwise the safe person capacity and loading has to be included on the compliance plate.

What Government regulations do I have to comply with ?

Government regulations, particulaty for areas of operation and outfitting vary from country to country. It is the responsibility of the builder to check that the finished craft will comply with all government and statutory requirements of the country where it is to operate.

What is the one logical step after the other method of building ?

The method of building that we recommend is what we call the one logical step after the other method. Nothing new about it, simply common sense. Like starting a story at the beginning. It is a matter of studying the plans, getting information about matters that you are unclear about, planning the logical progress of the job and learning as you go. We are always available by email to answer any questions.
Integral to the one logical step after the other method is the process of "lining off'. This, like marking off in engineering trades, is simply the laying down of dimensions given on drawings onto the job to ensure that you are correct and that all fits together and is pleasing to the eye. Its simply good engineering trades practice in any workplace, especially one off jobbing shops

Can I obtain the address and phone numbers of builders so that I can check out the design ?

This is a difficult situation. We very much respect the privacy of our customers and we have no right to give out their personal information. However, apart from a few exceptions, the range of photographs on this site testifies that we know what we are doing and only offer proven conventional design. In fact this is one of only a few sites that offer any range of phographs of finished boats

Is full size lofting of boat required ?

Some plans have full size patterns, and others, particularily larger craft, have a simple table of offsets. The offsets are accurate and all that is required is to draw the sections full size about a centre line and base line, from the simplified table of offsets. Like wise the stem profile is drawn from a clear staement of stem dimensions. For most chine hulls the frames are then set up inverted on a building jig, which is detailed in the drawing set. The shape of the craft is then apparent and if necessary some minor fairing can be done by running a batten longitudinally around the frames. It really is easy. There is none of that complicated lofting that authors of boat building books like to talk about.

What size MIG welder will I need for building in aluminium ?

For smaller boats up to say 5.7 metres you could use a 250amp single phase welder.  On 4mm plate and above we recommend as a minimum a 250amp 3 phase welder. Speak to your local welding supplier for recommendations. Show them the plans and explain to them what you are intending to build. They will be happy to help

What if I want to build more than one boat or start building commercially ?

We expect you to be up front about this. Our royalities are very reasonable.

Can I build these designs as commercial vessels ?

In most countries commercial vessels are required to meet the requirements of the local marine survey authority. We do not accept responsibility for this. The plans are sold at about 5% of the cost of having a skilled designer prepare a set of drawings. You are fully responsible for the total correctness of the plans and the vessel. To facilitate a considerable cost saving we will allow you to take the plans to a designer familar with local survey requirements. Also we are happy to give you permission to copy the plans for submission to the survey authority. The cost saving to you will be substantial

Do you provide stability information ?

This question is not as simple as it sounds. The designs are for convention craft, follow good practice and have a range of intact stabilty that has an aqaquate safety factor for the operating conditions of loading when used in suitable condition by carefull compenent operators.
The final actual stability figures depend on the final position of the centre of gravity. This will vary with each craft as nearly always engine, fuel capacity and outfitting is modified by owners.

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