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I am about to start planking the hull of my ship.  I have done quite a bit of research trying to find the recommended length of planks for the hull.  I would prefer not to use full length planks but do the planking in a more traditional manner.  Any help would be appreciated.

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An 1826 contract for two US navy corvettes specifies that deck planks be Heart Pine 40 feet long.  Those primeval Pines were still tall and straight.  My thinking is this would be the outside limit for any component.  The hull planking was a lot less heroic in length.   A good ball park length would be 20 to 25 feet long.

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SG,  Is this for your Bounty model or some other?   Goodwin gives lengths for the bottom planking at approximately 25 feet for British men of war.  If this is for Bounty, and she was built as a merchant vessel, it may be a little different.   



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