I want to draw a simple figure of a boat in LaTex, does anyone know a good way to do that? Is TikZ the best package to use for this? I want it to look similar to the boat in the picture below, which I think seem to have been made using TikZ. Any ideas on how to accomplish this? Simple picture of a boat

  • 6
    Welcome to TeX.SE! Yes, TikZ is great for this. I suggest splitting the task of drawing into smaller tasks, look at the TikZ manual to see how each one can be done. If there's a specific problem which a part of the drawing, look at the existing TikZ questions here to find an already existing answer or post a question regarding that specific problem. That's efficient, one can learn, we add solutions to the database here, while a "please draw a complete thing" for me would be different, possibly this is not meant.
    – Stefan Kottwitz
    Feb 5 '15 at 12:01
  • 2
    That drawing doesn't understand what perspective is. Why don't you find a proper one at least to copy?
    – percusse
    Feb 5 '15 at 16:11

A boat! Couldn't resist.

This should get you started.

  \begin{tikzpicture}[x=0.5cm,y=0.5cm,thick,line cap=round]
    \draw (0,4) -- (4,0) -- +(0,-2);
    \draw (4,-2) to[out=180,in=-90,looseness=1.2] (0,4);
    \draw (0,4) to [out=50,in=190,looseness=0.8] (14,14);
    \draw (4,0) to [out=40,in=260,looseness=0.8] (14,14);
    \draw (4,-2) to [out=40,in=280,looseness=0.8] (14,14);
    \draw[name path=a,line width=1pt, -latex] (0,0) -- (16,16)
                            node[pos=0.9,inner sep=3mm] (x) {}
                            node[pos=1.02] {$x_b$};
    \draw[name path=b,line width=1pt, -latex] (0,14) -- (14,0) node[pos=1.02] {$y_b$};
    \path[name intersections={of=a and b,by={I}}];
    \draw[line width=1pt,dashed, -latex] (I)node[right,font=\tiny] {CoG} -- +(0,-5cm)
                            node[pos=1.02] {$z_b$};
    \draw[-latex] (x.north west) to[out=110,in=-20,looseness=5] (x.south east);
    \node[right,font=\tiny] at ([xshift=5mm]x.east) {roll $p$};

enter image description here

  • 2
    It's OK, but it is not as good as this aircraft Feb 5 '15 at 16:34
  • @DavidCarlisle: But my boat can float! :P
    – user11232
    Feb 5 '15 at 22:52
  • Beware, I may increase $p$ Feb 5 '15 at 23:08
  • @DavidCarlisle Then I shall name it Titanic :)
    – user11232
    Feb 5 '15 at 23:09

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.