First of all i researched into what kind of boat that i want my boat to look like here is a few images that i found:

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I then looked at tutorials to help me with modelling.  Unfortunately there is very limited tutorials on the Houdini software, so to help me i looks at how to model on a different soft wear just to give me an idea of how i would do it in Houdini. Believe it or not this was a very big help for me. Here are some of the tutorials that i looked at:—houdini-part-1-2-161793416?icid=video_related_thumb_1—houdini-part-2-2-161793353