A computer is just a fancy, expensive pencil. And,,,, it has the infinite zoom ability.
Yes, drawing by hand for years makes me better on acad but I really like acad.
Today I have to send prints to a guy who owns one of my boats built in the late 70's.
This means, finding the tube of drawings.
Unrolling drawings that have not beeen unrolled for years.
Sorting thu the drawings to see what I need to send this guy.
Rolling them up again.
Driving to town 30 minutes away and ordering prints.
Going for Chinese food, while my prints are being done. Actually today I'll go for the Korean/Chinese dish , Chow ma mien.
Driving back to the printers. Pay for the prints. Buy a tube for mailing them.
Drive 30 minutes to the mailing store trust, a UPS store. Pay for the delivery and then drive back home.
Drive another 30 m inutes back home. ( Oh the joy of living in the sticks.) "It sure is quiet out here." "No shit."
Take the drawings and reintegrate them with the rest of the originals and file them back in my archive shelves.
It sure would be nice to email some acad .dwg files. I can do that in less than 5 minutes.
Of course I could have all my old drawings digitized.
Right! Can you imagine how many old drawings I have. No, you can't.
I like Bob's analogy of a fancy, expensive pencil. I'd add complicated, it takes a lot longer to figure out how to use AutoCad than a pencil. I like pencils for drawing because I can control my hand better than the computer. But once you get to doing some calculations the CAD makes itself the undisputed winner.
A great designer could design a great boat with bad tools, but good ones sure make it easier. nobody would consider designing professionally in this day and age without using CAD. They simply couldn't be as competitive, or as accurate, as their colleagues using CAD. I think that most boatbuilders would also baulk at having to loft these days.
I know that some designers still use paper and pencil for preliminary work. They feel that when working from scratch (not from a parent model) they can get better preliminary drawings done more quickly by hand, and then transfer them to the computer for more detailed work. I know that Chuck Paine, and Dave Gerr both do this, I'd be curious if Bob does as well.