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  1. Spanky

    Pirate type Galleon

    Spent a couple weeks in Key Largo and was looking forward to getting her in the bottle. Unfortunately things did not go as planned. Starting with the bowsprit, broken, repaired, advanced, disaster! ...back to the drawing board.
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    Pirate type Galleon

    Thank you all for the wealth of information, it's appreciated. I wrestled with sails or not, but I think for this "learning" project I will leave them out. I have put holes in the masts and yards that are perhaps not optimally placed as well as a few other rookie mistakes that concern me. I really like the video of blocks and the reduction in risk to those pieces that would otherwise be weakened. I have learned a bit more time spent in the planning stages will greatly reduce time and frustration in the later phases of the build.
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    Pirate type Galleon

    Some pictures of different rigging. It looks like most of these have rigging from the ends of the yards triangular shaped back to the mast behind. From the yard ends to the hull they seem to be just the lower yards, not the one higher ones. I hope I am right that the rat lines are fixed and OK as long as they are behind mast. Does each mast generally need a line through the bowsprit to pull up, or is it OK to use one line to pull up multiple masts?
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    Pirate type Galleon

    Oh my gosh thank you. There is a wealth of information in there. Fortunately someone documents this knowledge or it would surely be lost. Much of this will be very helpful for future builds and certainly some now. My concern is the rigging adaptation necessary for placing the ship in the bottle. Things that wouldn't be required for a real ship, but must be done for a SIB in order to facilitate it's bottle entry. I hope that makes sense.
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    Pirate type Galleon

    I guess I'm curious about how and where and why the rigging might run through hull and why. Also the way rigging is used at the tips of the booms. Do they run through boom tips to top of mast and down to other boom tip? Are they tied off at boom tips or allowed to slide freely through holes in boom tips and mast top to the deck and/or through deck to other side and up again? I have Dan Bergs book, and "Sailing in glass", as well as a pretty fair selection of S.I.B. in my collection, that have various rigging techniques. The plans for this galleon,I pilfered from Google images and they did not include a rigging diagram so I'm really just winging it through trial and error.
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    Pirate type Galleon

    Quick question for everyone, I really don't have a great feel for rigging, its pros and cons, as well as different methods. Can anyone point me to a thread or article that may enlighten me? Thank you!
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    Pirate type Galleon

    Thank you that is very helpful. I wondered about saw blades etc. Still plugging away but I fully anticipate problems. I think my next one will follow your method above. I got fired up about this method being a rookie before exploring experienced builders advice however, I do enjoy a challenge. Stay tuned...
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    Sailing Stories

    Thank goodness I'm not the only one. About 25 years ago I rented a farm house on a beautiful inland lake . The lake is about 1/4 mile X 1/2 mile around. I have grown up around power boats my whole life. Dad was plant manager and chief engineer for Chris Craft in late 60s early 70s. Grandfather was commodore of the Windsor Yacht Club in the 1940s. I've always been fascinated by sailing but had never done any. I bought a 16 foot Hobie catamaran and thought, "how hard can it be?" Of course pre-internet, and with no sailing reference I boldly embarked on my own. It was morning, mid week when no one else was on the lake. The wind was brisk at about 15 knots. About 2 minutes into my voyage I'm lifting a hull up out of the water, and back down a couple times. The big problem here is having no clue what I was doing, ...the mainsheet was cleated. So.... up, up, up, and over I go right in the middle of the lake. She turned turtle on me and I wore myself out trying to right her to no avail. so I just sat on her for 2 and a half hours until she drifted close enough to shore to swim some. Once I got to shore, I grabbed the top of the mast to turn her over and promptly unstepped the mast. The hull flopped upside down on top of this tangled mess of rigging etc. 4 hours later I managed to get her reasonably put together enough to limp home. The next day I ordered a book on "how to sail".
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    How to Build a Bermuda Sloop (for beginners)

    Bravo! Great instructions thank you. Watch gears are a great idea, the string is as well. I went to a fishing supply store and found all kinds of useable do-dads in the smallest size of fly tying supplies, ...tip from this forum somewhere. Looking forward to resuming this project once my Galleon is finished.
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    Pirate type Galleon

    My favorite painting. The story behind the artist and this painting is so interesting. The end of the era where sailing was dominant, this fantastic old warship being pulled into the yard by a side wheel steamer thus ushering in the new age of mechanical power. The real one is in London, I think at the British National Museum. Love the ship in bottle, it's very cool. Thanks for posting.
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    Pirate type Galleon

    Coming along slowly but surely. Must have subconsciously chosen this ship because of the painting in the background.
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    Beautiful, very nice work.
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    SIB Favorites

    He really does some nice work. His ships are really nice but his dioramas are phenomenal. I guess you are correct in that the combination of simple ship with nice background makes this one stand out. I imagine dioramas or background detail is an art in and of itself. Even waves or seas can have a dramatic effect, or can be distracting if not done well. I will surely be searching posts on water/ocean/sea for my galleon when it gets to that point.
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    Pirate type Galleon

    Thank you, your tip on checking and rechecking fit into the neck has saved me hours of heartbreak already.
  15. I have a fairly eclectic collection of SIBs. Many are very old, some are very intricate, many different styles and types, but for some reason one of my favorites is also one of the more simple ones. Perhaps it's the scale of a small boat that is different but I like this one.