Concept to Reality

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Design stages
Building the hull (1 of 4) pointer
Deck details and masts
Rigging and Sails

Building the Hull Stage 1

Precise templates are created for the ribs or bulk-heads required to build an accurate and true-scale hull. Those sections are then created in wood and placed in position on the keel. The keel itself is often built-up from several scarfed pieces, very much like the original.

Hull frames

A variety of grades and types of hard- and soft-woods are used, depending on purpose, location and function. Wood grain is also a factor since the grain has to look natural at scale when visible.

Image of lapstrake hull construction

The image above shows the clinker or lapstrake construction of a Viking longship.

Image of hull construction

The sections are shaped and sanded to allow for planking to be applied in a smooth and fluent manner. Additionally, cant frames and breast hooks are also often used in a model's construction. The picture above shows the hull construction of an early 19th century brig.

Mid-section of the all cherry hull construction of an ancient Greek trireme.

Image of Greek Trireme Model

Hull construction of a modern Johnson 75 motor yacht model shown below.

Hull Construction

After a yacht hull has been completely planked, she is sanded smooth and faired. Then the hull is coated with an epoxy-resin recipe, creating an incredibly strong, smooth and resilient hull.

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Concept, content & Design: The Art of Age of Sail