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I have planked many hulls and have always started from the main deck and downward four rows. Then the garboard up for four rows and then the middle.

On my model of the Mayflower, the plans show planking from the main deck upwards. The excellent build completed by Sherry (of MSW) was planked the same way.

I plan on following that method for my build. I'm just wondering why it was done in that manner? My theory is it is to protect from snapping off the tops of the frames.



Current Builds: Mayflower - 1:60; Golden Hind - 1:50

Past Builds: Marie Jeanne, Bluenose, Bluenose II, Oseberg, Roar Ege,

Waiting to Build: Swift


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Protecting the top-ends of frames certainly is a consideration. Otherwise, I would start from those strakes that are most visible and have to be perfect, working towards areas that may be covered in paint later anyway.


In theory, when the strake are carefully planned and marked out, it should not really matter in which direction you are working.



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