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Hello from the UK ,

I have been looking at jgodseys  Mary Taylor tutorial and now yours as I really would like to make my second build a schooner (not sure which one yet) .I asked a question on jgodseys build relating to how difficult it was to cut the excess wood away from a solid hull to get the exact shape needed . Now that I am looking at your build can I ask if the decking is pre-formed with the individual planking printed on or all individual planking strips (if so what wood ?) ? Also did you make the sails yourself or are they supplied .



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Hi Mike,


The kit comes with a sheet of scribed decking, but I substituted a sheet of glued-up decking instead. The glue is black, and makes a very realistic deck.


My good wife sewed the sails for me.



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Hello Nic ,

Once again I am looking at your very nice Mary Taylor build and for all it seems a quite basic build regarding deck furniture etc , I suppose you could add as much of your own additional items as you wish ! also what is your opinion regarding using wood strips for cabins etc without painting ? My idea when I get round to building a schooner is to leave it all natural wood  including the hull just to emphasise the beauty of  the wood build .

At 20 " in length I think the Mary Taylor would be too small for me so now I have whittled my choice down to three different boat builds :

Benjamin Latham /  (model shipways )  /  33"

Smuggler / Solid Hull  / (Bluejacket )  /  33"

Flying Fish / ( Corel )  /  29.3"

I would consider the solid hull Benjamin Latham from Ebay but these are mostly US sites and UK customs have a habit of adding ridiculous customs charges from the US .

As I would value your opinion have you any preferences from my three choices ? bearing in mind I intend to make it an all wood finished model and might even change some of the woods supplied ?



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