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History of the half model

In the years before Naval Architecture had evolved, boat and ship design was developed through model construction. A master builder would fashion a hull form to the requirements of the client. The model would then be cut vertically down the center, leaving two halves. One half would be cut along the horizontal planes, known as "waterlines", at evenly spaced distances. The other half would then be cut vertically at evenly spaced distances, known as "stations".

These pieces would be laid out and traced in outline on wood or parchment. The dimensions were then expanded to reflect the true size of the vessel, in what is known as the table offsets. This table was used to put the vessel lines down on the lofting floor, from which the construction forms for the centerline structure and framing systems were made. After the process was completed the "waterline" pieces of the model were reassembled and that half was mounted on a wooden backing plate, and often put in the master builder's office to show off the boats that the yard had built.

The half models we create are made by reversing the process used originally. We work from the ships line drawings to recreate the model from which the lines would have been derived originally.Painted in the colors of the owner's yacht the model is a reminder of the beauty of the real thing and a piece of art to hang on the wall. (Right:The Model Room at the Herreshoff Museaum in Bristol)