Real style is never right or wrong. It's a matter of being yourself on purpose.
-- G. Bruce Boyer
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
-- Katherine Hepburn
TriloBoat Styles: Fitting Form to Function
As kids, my brother and I got a lot of mileage out of empty cardboard boxes.
Anything from apple to refrigerator boxes got taken to the moon (space ships), to the bottom of the sea (submarines), across the Great Plains (conestoga wagons), over Niagra Falls (barrels rolling down the hill in our yard). We cut windows and gunports and portcullises into them as 'need' arose.
Something must'a stuck...
I recently worked up StudyPLANS for a T20 side profile (MATCHBOX). By matching beam, super-structure, interior and gear to intended use, a builder can go in most any direction.
The above graphic, showing some approaches I favor for such a small vessel, represents a pretty fair cross-section of the TriloBoat bestiary, to date.
Box barge hulls are exceptionally versatile foundations for tailoring to any nautical purpose. They carry loads well on stable footing, have lots of working deck and interior volume. Parallel sides ease construction (especially over the mid-ships deadflat) and make the most of their ends (think wide bunks, foredecks and cockpits).
All this, and relatively fast and inexpensive to build!
The approaches shown are just the tip of an iceberg of imagination, possibility and compromise. Innovate; copy; modify; shake 'em up; put 'em in a blender!
What might you do, given an empty box?
A few that got left out:
|Idea for a container boat...|
They dont HAVE to be boxy!