You may be interested to read also “The option for Aluminum”.
When we decided to build a new boat I opted by the most indirect way, which was to design a boat that suited our style of cruising.
Of course we looked around and even found some stock plans that would fulfill almost all our needs, but in the end we decided to buy a base design and modify it. One of the reasons for this was the difficulty of buying some of the available plans, which either were exclusive property of boatyards or had a prohibitive cost.
Why start with a base design? Because in order to produce a working hull and appendages is not simple matter, and starting from a proven design you can avoid bad surprises.
The base design we picked was from B & G Yacht Design, and after we made all the changes it was decided that this in fact could be considered a new design altogether. So in this way was born the collaboration we have with our good friends Roberto and Eileen Barros and Luis Gouveia and Astrid Barros. We knew how good their designs were not only by hearing about it, but by meeting several of their capable cruiser in places as remote as Melanesia.
The name of the design was inspired by our visits to Kiribati, in the South Pacific.
I am a metallurgist engineer by formation and was always attracted to the technical drawing courses. When I was coming out of engineering school I already knew that my future had to be in the boats, and now, after 20 years and many detours, I am joining my formal education with my passion for naval architecture. It was only natural to bring aluminum into the equation and design for aluminum construction.
In order to create the Kiribati 36 and the other designs in which we cooperate with B & G
YD I utilize the Rhinoceros 4.0 software, which allows me to model all structure and plating with great detail. From a small bracket 30 mm on the side to a 6 m hull shell plate, each part is created virtually in 3D and mounted in the structure in order to verify adjusts, create slots for passing other parts through etc. When the whole boat is modeled like this, we start to project each part on a plane, and from these projected parts we create the computer files that can control automated cutting machines.
This set of computer files we call a CNC kit. When supplied together with assembly drawings showing each part location and number, the CNC kit allows the builder to assemble the boat after receiving all of the aluminum parts pre-cut.
This is a great advance compared to the traditional table and offsets and lofting process, both in quality and productivity. The traditional method also produces good boats, but with the trend for increasing labor costs, it may end up being more expensive.
The designs shown here are all available with a complete CNC kit. To learn more about each one, please follow the links by clicking on the thumbnails.