• 908 Day Cruiser
  • 1060 Dutch style Motor Boat
  • 1177 Dutch Sailing Boat
  • 1120 Dutch Motor
  • 1241 Classic English Puffer
  • 1300 Lykia
  • 1117 Fishing Pro (Black sea)
  • 1368 Pilot Tug
  • 1380 Cargo
  • 1418 Dutch Tjalk
  • 1603 Nordic Pilot
  • 3284 Day Passenger
  • 3316 Supply Vessel


smallAllThis site is dedicated to the Design of Boats and Yachts using Rhino® or Rhinoceros® (both are registered trademark of Robert McNeel & Associates). The Design Technique covers several hull types. Each one is different and may require a different approach to draw the elementary curves. The series of “Amateur’s Notebook” cover a range of 10 to 30m LOA boats, yachts and vessels.

The text in each book explains clearly how to proceed in order to produce full set of plans using Rhino. Each book will propose frame dimensions corresponding to the hull along with Rhino file as mentioned from inside of the book.


Rhino has an evaluation version which may be downloaded separately from: www.rhino3D.com/en/download.

Every book represents a different hull shape with -step-by-step- explanations of how to proceed in order to reach the result. Set of full plans developed throughout the text are included toward the end of each book. The reader will learn, in a progressive manner, “curve” after “curve” the design process. More important, he (or she) will have the opportunity to modify, improve and change the model proposed in these books.

As a short introduction to design, every hull starts with very few and very basic curves. They are representative of the final shape. In this series of books, almost all design is oriented to leisure boats with a strong hull structure. On the other hand, the superstructure of the vessel depends on its final use. Once the hull is settled, changing the superstructure to orient to a different niche should not be a difficult task.

The engine, propeller and shaft -same as rudder, anchor home position along with handrails- are included in the process. Shortly, the hull is watertight closed and ready to receive details as much as decided by the Designer or Naval Architect. Features such as cabin separation, plumbing, electricity –and, more generally internal layout- are not studied. The design omits even the implementation of reservoirs. However, plenty of “room” is left around the engine to add any equipment needed for any voyage in a comfortable and safe way.

It must be strongly emphasized that boats, yachts and -more generally hulls- represented on these books are only for learning the Design Technics. They should not replace the naval architecture knowledge and/or skill. If the reader does not feel comfortable with hull stability, safety and seaworthiness he is kindly invited to refer to a Naval Architect, Shipyard or any Authority of the country in order to validate the final plans.