Alex Bellinger Posted April 4, 2015 Report Share Posted April 4, 2015 Schooner Spirit of Massachusetts was launched in 1984 to be a floating classroom to educate all about the experience and legacy of a working schooner under sail. Many youngsters fondly remember spending a week at sea aboard. My customer is the father of one of these youngsters. She also visited many Massachusetts ports and offered day sails. My wife and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary aboard on such a sail out of Newburyport. Plans for the schooner came from a booklet published not long after the launch, “Spirit of Massachusetts”, Thorndike Press. It had hull lines and a sail plan, but little information on the deck layout. Much of that information was available in pictures around the web. I often build two models at once for three reasons. First, it saves time. The amount of time it takes to set up a process is often the main commitment. Repeating the process takes very little time. Secondly, it can impact the quality. How often have you said, “Well, next time I’ll do this better”. The next time is right there. Finally, it’s a great test of ability. Ideally, each should the exact twin of the other. I’d love it if the two were so similar I got them mixed. That hasn’t happened yet The hulls are of pine and were planked with thin strips of the same wood sawn down in a Preac table saw. The bulwarks are built up on the foredeck first, with waterways and timberheads added, and then the quarter deck bulwarks are added in the same way. A cap rail finishes off the timberheads and bulwarks and establishes the sheer. A monkey board is moistened with hot water, bent around a form and added to the bulwarks around the quarterdeck while a narrow splash rail covers the rail at the bow. Finally a finer cap rail covers the monkey board. qwerty2008 and Bernard Kelly 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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