Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 9: And More Details

Ship modeler Clare Hess nears the rigging stage on the Billing Boats Dana kit and shows how to determine the proper angle of the chainplates, among other things.

Ship Modeler

Before going on, let me make sure to define the boat’s rig for those not familiar with some of the terms. As I mentioned before, the Dana is a ketch-rigged fishing boat. This means that it has two masts: a mainmast and a shorter mizzenmast. There are five sails shown with this kit. I’ve labeled them in the image below for those not familiar with the configuration or terms.

Making the Horses

On the Dana, the horses are  metal bars on which slide sheet blocks. There are two of these on the Dana, one for the main sheet and one for the staysail sheet. You can find these illustration in diagrams E and H in the instructions. I’ve marked them with red arrows.

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