Study the Plan

We base our build upon a set of 25 plans we purchased from Dudley Dix. Because of the corona pandemic, it was not possible to send paper plans from the US to Germany and we had to print the plans at the local plotting service. As it should be, every aspect of the boat is usually just once in the plans. So it takes some time to understand how it all fits together. For example: is the distance between the bulkheads measured from the center or the surface of the bulkhead. The plans come together with a detailed description. Alongside the paper plans, step by step, we understand how the construction is working.

Make a model

We decided we are going to CNC mill the bulkheads. To get some digital file, that we can later pass on to the CNC service, we needed to dig in some CAD anyway. When we finished digitalizing the bulkheads, we thought, why not build a complete 3D model of the boat. Although this takes quite some time, we think it is worth it. A lot of details were now visible, that we did not saw so clear by just study the plans.


What the heck?!

Yes, we are going to build a boat, a sailing boat to be precise. It seems like some crazy idea at first and on the second thought, it still stays a huge challenge. But we thought about it for quite some time now, and the time is right to start. There are a few things that fit together now, so let’s go for it.

The Boat

First of all, is the Boat we plan to build: it’s the MG30 by Dudley Dix Yacht Design. It is mostly built out of plywood and fits the defunct MG30 Rule. It is a seaworthy and competitive boat, we can sail it with just the two of us, or with some bigger crews like four or five. And best of all, it fits through the door of our workshop.


That might have been the biggest challenge so far. As we build in an urban area, space is so expensive, that the costs of renting a workshop always made it impossible to do this project. But we found a solution. We are going to build in a corner of a Studio, that we will separate from the rest by some wooden construction. Because the studio belongs to one of us, we will not be under pressure there.