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bigz posted 07-17-2001 08:49 AM ET (US)   Profile for bigz  
Boston Whaler Finding New Productivity -Improvements in Autoship

"The incorporation of Autoship into our design process has greatly reduced time and costs considerably. Autoship surfaces are used in the design of our hulls, decks and innerliners. All surfaces are milled on a huge five axis milling machine. Autoship allows us to edit the surfaces themselves rather than stringing surfaces between edited lines. Since the surface is the original element the Autoship surfaces mill faster than other CAD derived surfaces due to reduced processor time."

Dan Mielke & Keith Ranieri, Boston Whaler Design Team, Edgewater, FL, USA

Now a little insight on two folks one directly and the other indirectly influencing the design of BW boats ---

Also I might add that another nicely done boat if your on a budget and you find a Whaler out of your finanical ability is the Sea Hunt line -- not quit as nice as a Whaler but still pretty decent for the money in the 15 to 21 foot range.

Enjoy --

RFK posted 07-21-2001 01:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for RFK  Send Email to RFK     

Sorry I don't have the link, but look Maritime Skiff. Look at their "atta boy" section of their web site. Strikes me as much better than Sea Hunt.

Dick K.

jimh posted 07-21-2001 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Using computer-aided designs and numerically-controlled machine tools should help boat design.

I am sure most of the "classic" Whaler hull molds were made from plugs built by hand, and there is always a bit of asymmetry.

I recently made some measurements in the bow of my Whaler 20-Revenge and cut a piece of wood to make a filler for the vee berth.

I made the measurements on the weekend on the boat, then cut the wood at the carpenter shop at work during the week. Next weekend took the wood to the boat to check the fit...

Wow, I must have messed up, I thought, as the piece fit one side of the boat perfectly, but was off a bit on the other. Crawled out of the cabin with the wood, marked for a little trimming on the table saw at work next week.

Next Tuesday I am back in the carpenter shop chiding the master carpenter about how we managed to cut this wood a bit asymmetrically.

He takes offense, pulls out his tape measure and shows me how the piece he cut is perfectly symmetrical.

Guess what? It is the Whaler that is assymetrical!


dgp posted 07-23-2001 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
jimh, this process should address your findings and will probably work it's way over to Boston Whaler.
bigz posted 07-23-2001 04:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Dick K, they are very nice boats. The only thing they are not finished off with interior innerliners -- look real tough though. They would fit a tight budget.

Appreciate the lead --- sort of wanted some input (back door) if anyone has direct experience with the Sea Hunt boats for a possible addition to our marina owners boat lines --- he can't get Maritime they already set up a dealer about 25 miles from them close to Cape May -- thought Sea Hunt might be a decent substitute --- forget a Whaler dealership, NJ has quit a few now ---

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