Hi Tony yes I did use the Vic smeed drawings but only for the general layout of fittings. I purchased a set of Brave Borderer plans from Map in 1974 so I used these to build my Brave a couple of years ago.at the time I was just testing out my hull building skills, and used ply and sheet balsa. This turned out well but in the end used a pre made glass fibre hull so the balsa one was shelved. I didn’t feel it was strong enough and at the time didn’t fancy using resin + matting to strengthen. When I made my Orca I did use this method though, see blog.
So you see I had a hull ready made, once I had the RTTL plans I compared one against the other and apart from the length we’re just about the same. So I cut 4inches off the stern and added a new transom, job done hull made, so in the end I didn’t use the plans for the hull.but worked out well in the end.
Thanks for your interest