I met B.J. Porter right here on SA. He mentioned that his son will was becoming seriously interested in yacht design. I volunteered to look over Will's drawings. Will and I exchanged emails and drawings for about a year. Will had talent and took correction very well. Then I offered to take Will on as an intern for a coupe of weeks. Problem was now Will and his family were off on their world cruise on their Hallberg-_Rassy 53. They were now in Panama City having transited the Canal. No problem. B.J. flew Will to Seattle where he has been staying at my house for 16 days. We have worked 8 hours a day every day with no breaks. We did take one day off to go see Kim's Sliver 63'er in Ballard. Other than that we have been hard at it. Will started by drawing a hand drawn set of hull lines, splines and weights, like a man. This took 2.5 days. Then we went on to the computer and recreated the boat in the computer lines fairing program. I was the "client". I gave the specs and I made the demands. I wanted a boat for me and my dog. Just that simple. Something the two of us could sail around Puget Sound much like I did in 6 26' PERRYWINKLE. Essentially I wanted an updated PW. This is my little custom, money no object boat.
Will spent one whole day via Skype and screen sharing working with my 3D go to guy, Jody Culbertson, Rasputin on SA. Jody showed Will the basics of Rhino and Orca. I watched.
It took Will about 2 days to get quite proficient on acad. He had never used it before. O coached him and showed him techniques I used but I let him do the design work.
Will leaves for Panama tonight. We have had a good time and a lot of fun with this preliminary design project. I am proud of what Will has accomplished in 16 days.
Will is 16 years old.