AutoCAD, Drafting, Lofting, Deck Plans, Part Drawings, Mechanical Animations, Processes, Safety and Training.© 2006 - C.R. Watson, Watson Enterprise







GA Plans - Alaska State Police Patrol Vessel

In 1998 we might not have coined the phrase "From Concept to Reality" but I sure lead the saying ahead of a lot of other folks. In 2002 just before leaving for a photo/video documentary acquisition in Mexico Chris Kennedy was tending a proposal for the State of Alaska. He asked me to rework a vessel design we had jointly developed and convert the GA plans into a patrol boat. Based on my experience in the Coast Guard I fashioned a number of features I would like to have seen on our cutters. For example, a mess deck on the main deck where you exited ready to tend the lines. After all, the mess deck is also the coffee bar aboard any boat so why put it below deck.

Another is using the stylish webbing on the side of the vessel as the vent chambers to exhaust heat out of the engine room allowing it to warm the upper deck reducing dangerous icing which contributes to instability as the center of gravity is raised by the weight of frozen seawater on the superstructure. A real problem while underway in Alaska during the winter.

After developing the deck plans and GA drawings I digitally painted a rendering and assembled a video to market the design to the Alaska State Troopers. The result of our efforts is the P/V Enforcer which is still underway serving Ketchikan, Alaska.

The design work for this 82' vessel started out based on a 52 page specification book from the State of Alaska. The criteria developed for this vessel was the work of dozens of troopers providing input as to what they felt the boat should be able to accomplish on a mission. Added to that, Chris Kennedy and Rob Watson put their own special touches to the job at hand based on experience and practical common sense. Click the image (right) to see more.
Enforcer Images - © 2010 - C.R. Watson, Watson Enterprises

PowerPoint for Installation of Escalators

For Review and Action - Selecting this icon will lead you to use your default process or application. If you do not have Microsoft Power Point or compatible you can go to Microsoft to download it here.



You can see how rough the side of this OSV is after years of abuse. When it came time to add sponsons for an upgrade the concern was the it would be in drydock for less than a month, return to sea, and them be back in 1 year for the add-ons. During that time the engineer was to develop the fit-up lines. I was commissioned to bring in a laser scanning crew to the yard and arrange for the scan which would result in a 3D CAD line drawing for the enginner to construct the sponsons from.


Quiet the argument that AutoCAD 2D can not be used to create a 3D object. In the context of 3D I will agree that AutoCAD is not a full 3D program. However, it can generate 3D CAD as long as the objects do not use something like a B-Spline Progressive Sweep. In other words, start as a small radi and advance to a larger radi as it sweeps back over itself. I think the best way to solve this is say that if it requires a CNC machine to build it because it can not be made in a standard mill, you can not build it accurately in AutoCAD.

Taking Measurements - Then Lofting the Mega-Yacht - © 2006 - C.R. Watson, Watson EnterpriseWhether it's 2D or 3D design or digital painting or video animations, we've proven over and again to be a valuable asset to individual clients who haven't quite decided what they want and for those who are not ready to dive into the engineering of their project.
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These photos do not even do justice to the hair salon fixtures and interior of the salon. Designed by my daughter and 3D modeled and AutoCAD design by myself we put together a 12 station styling center, Color Bar, Shampoo and Pedicure, and a reception desk that could allow 4 people to work uncrowded. All made with carbon and stainless steel and designed so that only two people were needed to carry and assemble every piece.



This 98ft Breaux Brothers Baycraft was one of the first fast aluminum crew boats in the Gulf and one of the best in its day. It was purchased by a private individual and brought to Galveston for refitting. I was commissioned to draft a new look in AutoCAD working with the owner. First, I had to crawl from stem to stern and measure every detail because there were not any drawings available. Another note was that I included engine room exhausts into the webbing on the side uprights. You can see the vents in this image. The swim platform added room for 450 gallons of fuel ballast and the new engines were expected to push the boat along on a 18 knot plane at cruise. The reason it is being lifted is due to having been beached and thrown over on its side during the hurricane.



During my employment with Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. in Houston I had the opportunity to work on some very fast turnaround models in 3D MAX. Again emphasizing that nearly ever model I develop comes from some form of AutoCAD drawing or actual measurements I took.

This particular project is the best example of developing a 3D model from 2D AutoCAD drawings. The actual vessel, under construction and shown in this photo, was NOT even a real barge when I made the 3D model. In fact, the 3D model was used on brochures to promote the barge to Venezuela interests, and then the barge was built using my models and their drawings as the references.

The photo (left) was taken during construction. As the model was developed place holders were used until the actual product could be modeled. Mind you, I am developing this model AND working on tradeshows and brochures all at the same time.



What is wrong with this picture? The 3D model of the ship is actually 350 feet long in the scene, which is correct. The problem is one of the inherent problems with 3D modeling. To be so focused on the object that we forget the lighting. We have a beautiful moon in the background, reflection off the water is near perfect. The problem is illumination of the tanker. The light cast onto the tanker from this side would have to be huge to cover that much area. Much larger than reality can allow. And as a result the tanker appears to be false because it would have to be much smaller to be lit so.



One thing I like so much about 3D Max is that you can position your model and then set a day, date, and time in order to see where the shadows will fall. In this case the vessel was oriented by a compass rose to match the position when moored at the owners dock. The time was set for the afternoon at about 2:00 and rendered. Here you can see where the shadows would be on the upper deck, and on the solar panels over head of the open cockpit.



A river ferry in the Middle East has to operate in severe flood and drought conditions, and especially with heavy debris in the water. The premise behind my investment in this design is not the ferry as much as it is the the hydraulic lift thrusters which can be lifted to run with a more shallow draft, tilted up to land on shore. The hydraulic podded motor is less subject to damaging the prop if debris is ingested into the nozzle. In this particular application the engines would be water cooled and below deck leaving the upper deck for vehicles, emergency gear, and passenger cabin space. In others, the engines can be placed on deck and hydraulic lines ran to and from the HPU power packs.



Developed to carry cargo containers in double stack this barge would need to enter shallow waterways. The OD thruster with lift was the perfect solution.



Developed to carry cargo containers up the Tigress and Euphrates rivers to avoid dangerous roadways the Tactial Transporter is SYSTEM, not a barge. Using Thrustmaster hydraulic thrusters which can tilt and continue to operate through shallow waters, these barges connect electronically through a DP system. Once underway personel never need get out onto the deck until they arrive at their destination.

Party Barge - © 2010 - C.R. Watson, Watson Enterprises


Talk about your ultimate PARTY BARGE! This RV Barge Concept was run through the U.S. Patent office only to find that there were at least 7 similar patents so the project originator decided to abandon the idea of delivering over three hundred units to marina operators around the U.S.. Still, the concept holds to OUR same idea of developing the model in AutoCAD first, then producing renderings for promotional purposes.



These steering pumps support 200hp electric motors. While all of the details are not included on the pump there are enough details to place the pump along side a thruster unit to determine if it will fit into a room or on deck to serve the steering solution.



The electric winch brake is used in a deck crane assembly (Examples page) to prevent free-falling cable and hold for safety purposes. I was commissioned to create a video of the crane which was still being prototyped. The video was to run at the New Orleans Workboat Show. When the model was complete I used it in a semi-transparency of the crane housing. When I use the crane in a scene I no longer need the model and will delete it out of the crane to require less data manipulation.


Devices / Equipment Developed by Charles R. Watson

(A few of these I built or repaired in my home garage.)

CMM and Mechanical Measurement Devices

PLC Driven Pneumatic Logic Control Box

Conversion of Discontinued CNC Mill into CNC Heatstaking Tool For Medical Parts

3 Station Pick & Place Dual Heat Staking
Iomega JAZ Internal

Dual Position Heat Staking Single Cycle - Digital Equipment Corporation Fan Assy.

P/C Board Heat Stake and Testing - Digital Equipment Corporation Bezel Assy

Rotating Two Position Sonic Welding Fixture - Digital Equipment Corporation

Vibrator Bowl Feeder - Sonic Weld With Light Screen - Digital Equipment Corp

Kitchen Sink Former - General Electric Plastics R&D

Production Racks / Automatic Saw / Surface Ground Q/C Fixtures

4-Position Gate Clipper
Compaq Contura Bezel

HP 3069 PC Tester
Prototype Pin Board Assembly Tester

Heat Staking Base With Pneumatic Logic Controls & PID Temp Controller

Colorado Memory Systems
Assembly Staking

Automatic Saw / 3x Drill Candles - Wicks-N-Sticks (Pneumatic Logic)

Automatic Robotic Sprue Clippers
Colorado Memory Systems
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