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Difference in rigging of same class/type of ships

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Why are ships of the same size and configuration rigged different?


If two ships have 3 masts with 3 yards on each, why they are rigged different?


Let's say I want to use Victory rigging plans to rig my Royal Louis, just because I like Vic's rigging better: Is it possible? What problems could I encounter? How many people could tell? Would that be a Capital Sin? Is this a dumb question?  :P

There aren't but two options: do it FAST, or do it RIGHT.


Current Project Build Log: Soleil Royal in 1/72. Kit by Artesania Latina.

Last finished projectsRoyal Ship Vasa 1628; French Vessel Royal Louis 1780. 1/90 Scale by Mamoli. 120 Cannons


Future projects already in my stash: Panart: San Felipe 1/75; OcCre: Santísima Trinidad 1/90;

Wish List: 1/64 Amati Victory, HMS Enterprise in 1/48 by CAF models.


So much to build, so little time!



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A capital sin?  Depends.  If you're happy than everyone else's opinion won't matter.    


However, there are differences in timeframe and country.  Rigging evolved much like everything else. Also, "captain's choice" and "master's choice" come into play also.  Once a ship left the rigging yard/dock, then modifications were made to improve sailing qualities, including mast rake, distribution of ballast and changes to improve line handling.

"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

Current Build:                                                                                             
Past Builds:
 La Belle Poule 1765 - French Frigate from ANCRE plans - ON HOLD           Triton Cross-Section   

 NRG Hallf Hull Planking Kit                                                                            HMS Sphinx 1775 - Vanguard Models - 1:64               


Non-Ship Model:                                                                                         On hold, maybe forever:           

CH-53 Sikorsky - 1:48 - Revell - Completed                                                   Licorne - 1755 from Hahn Plans (Scratch) Version 2.0 (Abandoned)         



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