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Santa Maria by maso - Artesania Latina

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I have inherited a part built Santa Maria - Artesania  Latina. The gentleman who gifted it to me does not have the time or patience to complete it. The previous builder has assembled the false keel and frames, attached and planked the main deck and planked the forward bulkhead. As I have just about completed my Newport build, I thought I would have a bit of a tinker with Santa Maria. 

         I have found 3 problems so far:

 

1. The false keel was very badly bowed.

2. I don't like the way the deck is planked

3. There is only one plan ( i am assuming that there should me more plan sheets and some sort of instruction book)

 

        Problem 1 has been overcome. I managed to remove the deck, loosened some of the bulkheads, regaled them and put in a couple of spacers to help hold it all straight.

 

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There is still a slight bow in the keel, but I don't think it will be a problem.

 

        Problem 2 will be rectified by removing the planking and redoing it. Fortunatley, Artesania have supplied plenty of deck planking strips.

 

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       As you can see, the planking has been laid in single long strips. I will relay using shorter lengths, simulated caulking and treenails.

 

       Problem 3 will take some sorting out. I contacted Artesania Latina about 3 weeks ago, but I have had no reply. There seems to be some parts missing, but without full instructions and plans, I am not sure. Has anybody who has built Santa Maria plans and instructions that I could beg, steal, borrow on buy ? In the mean time I will carry on and replant the deck.

 

Dave.

 

 

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