We’ve been gradually reorganizing our offices, and in the process trying to figure out what to do with out hull models. This plating model was in hand yesterday, and we got to thinking it might be of interest for the secrets it reveals.
3D design, Rhino, Fast Yacht, etc. have been in our arsenal for a long time, yet as recently as 2003 the final plating decisions were done on a scale model.
The white bits of paper represent the fuel and water tanks on Wind Horse, with the clear areas between showing the coffer dams.
In this fashion one can visualize quite easily where the plate joint lines occur, making sure that they do not, for example, run through a fuel tank. Although this is also shown on the 3D computer models, this approach can help with the decision making process.