Plating Models – How We Used to Do It


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.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 8, 2013)

6 Responses to “Plating Models – How We Used to Do It”

  1. Michael Jones Says:

    Steve, certainly an exhibit for the Museum of Enlightened Naval Architecture!

  2. Steve Dashew Says:

    Maybe we should take better care of these models!

  3. John Says:

    As one who can’t afford the real thing, what would a hull model of the FPB 97 cost me?

    Maybe you could contract with a “duplicator” to make a run?

  4. Steve Dashew Says:

    Perhaps at some point in the future we might make models available. Of course if they were accurate, a lot of folks would have their calipers out and be measuring.

  5. Ben Woodford Says:

    At risk of sounding heretical and meant in the most positive of ways, those hull models are holy relics. I can just imagine the love, blood, sweat, and tears that went into their design, building and use. There must be a museum or library somewhere whose curator would happily kneecap any competing curators in order to acquire them.

  6. Steve Dashew Says:

    Now we have to go into the garage, rescue the half models, and find somewhere to display them.