Viking ships are a lot easier to build than the larger, normal ships, like the one in our other tutorial. As mentioned, both the stern and bow of my viking ship is the same, which makes building a large viking ship a whole lot easier.
The remainder of the stern and bow is build in a similar way to our normal ship, but we make it even pointier by increasing the intervals at which we increase the width of the ship. I usually build the decoration piece right after I’ve build the stern or bow, but we go into more detail on how to build this part further down below the page.
I usually place the bottom 2 layers underwater, because I prefer the extra height it gives me, but even placed the bottom 3 layers underwater will make it look good, perhaps better. For those looking for a way to create spaces in which viking could place their paddles, using stairs at the edges works perfectly. The sails of the viking ship are build the same way as the ship in our other other tutorial.
For the viking ships that are docked, I use folded up sails and ice to add to the cold looks of the surroundings and to make it look like they’ve been docked for a while. If i finish this it will be my first boat build so obviously these arent the only questions i have but the most taxing on my mind. A good timber supplier serving the house building trade should be able to meet your needs for stock for the keel and stems.
You should not need to glass her if you seal the end grain of the plywood edges adequately before painting her.
That being said, there are numerous excellent 20' designs with complete plans that are descendant from the Viking lineage. When you have lofted the lines post some pictures and we will be able to comment on whether she will work.
Something like a Ness Yawl might be exactly the thing for you if you are interested in a boat with that traditional norse heritage and look, but adapted from the start for modern recreational boating purposes. I seem to recall in the Phil Bolger book Boats With An Open Mind that Phil did a design study called Longship or Viking Longship. I would love to have a go, anyone got any experience of fabricating wide thin planks to share? Modern three strake Norwegian boats have the garboards hewn out of the solid, to achieve both the twist and some hollow in the form. The Gokstad faering was built out of riven oak, so would not have had much hollow worked in. For a documented replica, the garboards and second strake needed oak boards 22" wide by 20ft. The best thing that you can do is to source your lumber from a sawmill, sawn through and through with the log belly up. Ian Oughtred has faerings for traditional construction not just plywood, if you want to use local sawn timber.


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The hull of a viking ship is a lot smaller and lower, which means it’s a lot easier to make it look good. As you can see in the image below, I start with the middle of the ship and build up gradually. The hull of a viking ship is generally quite flat and wide, but I also wanted space below deck to use as a storage space or perhaps as sleeping quarters. Place 1 stairs about once every 2 blocks, with the holes facing sideways of course, and then add a row of 2 stairs on deck on which the vikings can sit and row their ship. Almost the whole piece is made with stairs and wooden planks, with just 2 slabs at the top. To get WoodenBoat delivered to your door or computer, mobile device of choice, etc, click WB Subscriptions. You cannot take the dimensions of a large Viking ship and scale it down to 20 feet and have any hope the boat will be successful.
You'll be much happier with the result if you build a boat that was inspired by the Vikings, but is in fact designed to be 20 or so feet long. Well in sea trials, two up, a 'Gokstad Faering' built traditioally can do 7.5 knots in a flat out sprint. They are high quality acrylic based paints that can be thinned with water, thinner or alcohol. Related to Viking, Ship, Historic, Vessel, Boat, Sail, Nordic, Longboat, Shield, Warship.
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The 2 blocks at the top is the point where we’ll start to build the curved end pieces. So the bottom of the ship had to be at least 2 blocks below deck, which meant there was only 1 design that looked good enough. If you have difficulties figuring out where each block is placed, click on the image below to take you to an image which points out each block clearly. The ice is first created as 1 hanging row of 3-5 ice blocks and I then add blocks on the sides to make it look better.


You can certainly build a scale model, but scale models do not behave on the water anything like the original. The problem with doing one now would seem to be getting those six 16 inch wide planks, I expect you would have to laminate or strip plank to get that kind of material now. Building it properly is the journey: you'll need to find a big oak tree, learn how to cleave it radially, find natural crook curved oak stems and 'ribs', learn how to hollow the stems, steam planking and fix with tree nails amoung others to learn the original method. Boards hewn from the solid do seem like a good idea, I hate plywood and would feel much happier known i could fair things up with a plane. I would much rather use tongue and groove soaked in oil for my mates boat if I can find a way to allow for expansion and contraction.
Those 2 blocks also mark where we build the edges of our viking ship, everything below that will be either the deck or storage space.
Also, and this does not show up until you see the real boat, they are incredibly thin, less than half an inch thick in parts. As Nick says the garboards were steamed in, later faerings developed hewn garboards from thicker stock to get them hollow for a further superior boat. What I actually have to do this winter is replace the rotten ply cockpit floor on my mate's steel hulled lifeboat conversion (ideally finding a way to do it without using ply.
The Elf, Elfyn, and all the Oughtred's designs are lovely to look at, and obviously proven as sea boats, but they all use the glued lapstrake ply consruction method. The people who built them knew which parts of the boat were going to take stress, and the planks get to a full inch thickness or even more at the turn around and gunwales, but they pared them down to almost nothing when they could get away with it. You might be able to build one 'conventionaly in glued lap' by todays standards maybe with some steam assistance but that might be only half the journey. When i get to the point when i can start building a boat, probably end of November, I want to use real wood, not ply.
The colors contained in each paint set are based on the colors shown in the picture of the model. I have no objection to building up planks from small elements using rubbed joints and scarfs, quite happy to build shape into them as i go, but I want something I can take a plane to without worrying about going through the top layer. I know it seems stupid to go off piste on your first build, but if no one is designing the way I want, then there may be no alternative.
Anyway, there is plenty of time to think, and i have more than enough to keep me out of trouble for the next few weeks.



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