18th Century Longboat

18th Century Longboat – Model Shipways

January 7, 2018

Day 1.

UPDATE: This build was put on hold in April 2018.  After finishing the hull planking, I simply wasn’t happy with the results and decided to box the build and move on to the Fair American build.  

With the Bluenose complete, it is time to start another build.  This will be my third model ship.  My last build really helped to expand my skill set, and I’m eager to try my hand at things like square rigs and cannons.  However, coming off a nearly 2-year build, I’m hesitant to jump immediately into another big long build.

So, I’ve chosen to build the Model Shipways 18th Century Longboat.

I’m drawn to this kit because it is a relatively short build, but it requires extra attention be paid to the wood working.  I think this is a great opportunity for me to sharpen my skills on cutting, sanding, and making good joints.


The Longboat

This model will be of a typical 18th century longboat.  Longboats were carried by larger sailing ships and used to shuttle people or supplies between the ship and shore.  This model is based on a model found in the National Maritime Museum of a typical longboat from 1750 to 1760.

About the Kit

The kit was designed by Chuck Passaro.  He wrote the practicum that I followed for my first build.  He runs Syren Ship Model Company, where I’ve purchased all my rigging line and blocks.  He’s also one of the moderators of the Model Ship World Forum.  Basically, he’s one of the rock stars of the model ship world.

The instructions for this kit are basically a practicum.  They are very thorough and cover every step.

Getting Started

In preparation for this build, I’ve done some work to get organized:

Today I spread the parts out on the bench and prepared to dive in.  As always, this starts with an inventory.  Each part was checked against the parts list and labled.