The Flat-Packed Boat.
In this collaborative project, our aim was to create a boat related product that raises awareness for endangered crafts. After the initial research stage, we landed upon the idea of coracles. Through our inspiration and collaboration of ideas, we decided to modernise the coracle making process and allow it to be accessible to local communities and families. We noticed the large potential in coracle design and used it to our advantage. Using modern techniques such as CAD modelling and CNC cutting, we designed and manufactured a flat pack, foldable coracle that is accessible for modern day use.
We decided to test our Coracle at Salford Quays at the water sports centre.
My group and I went about the testing as if we were the end user, carrying and assembling the coracle close to the water’s edge.
We lowered the boat into the water and it successfully floated.
Reflecting on this project I have had the pleasure of working with some fantastic designers, all working to achieve a goal with a short time frame. Having previously enjoyed group work, this new experience affirmed that I am a great team player.
I did not just focus on my own contribution to the group but in supporting my team members in their design decisions. Examples of this are when I worked closely with Yu Shin Park to finalise the chosen design, as well as using my strengths in the wood and metal workshop to complete long tasks with Benjimen M-H.
I feel that our group was a success due to constant communication, being critical of each other’s ideas in order to tackle the challenges we faced. It is unfortunate that the boat broke, but this was simply due to a lack of funds and if we were to revisit the manufacturing process and use plywood instead of chipboard it would have been a definite success. I have learned a lot from this project and met some great people that I hope to be working with in the near future.