Here we go, first post.
After some frenenetic boat-sketching on a Saturday afternoon in May I decided to make a simple blueprint of a side of a boat using Sketch.app. I had no intention of actually making anything out of it at the start, but after designing first the side, then the top, then the front and finally the back of the boat I felt really inspired to actually do something with my "creation". After sitting down on the floor and taking some measurements I scaled its dimensions to be able to fit my +190 cm body.
While creating the blueprints I tried figuring out how I would be able to build something as large as this without any prior woodworking or 3D skills. After googling "how to build a boat" for about an hour or two it became clear that a good start would be to start designing some cross sections showing a few support beams for the hull. By aligning the side, top, front and back views I could simply create one section at a time. Since I have no experience what so ever doing any of this, I simply spaced these cross beams on a keel as I went along without putting to much thought into it.
To get a good understanding of the ratios I rescaled the blueprints to be able to fit them on some A4 sheets and printed them.
Next up: Prototyping!
TL;DR: Did some sketches on paper, made blueprints on the computer and designed some cross sections.