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The Concordias were built with an oak keel, steam bent oak frames, African mahogany planking, varnished mahogany deck trim, a canvas covered main deck and house top, bronze plank fastenings, and galvanized keel bolts through a iron keel. There were a few variations from this including the occasional lead keel. Naturally some have had repairs that may have altered these specifications somewhat. It is common to find that the canvas deck covering has been replaced with fiberglass. See the general material below for information on one particular type of repair. Rig - The spars are hollow wood including the spinnaker pole. The ...
I blame all on the library. Somewhere buried deep in my memory, way back in my personal Jurassic, I must have laid my hands on a book or maybe it was even a movie which fired the beginnings of my juvenile imagination and set the tone for a lifetime of reading and hankering to be out there. In my case the two big events were the British conquests by sea and the opening up of the North American continent by the coureur des bois and later fur traders. The giants of the first epoch for me were men like Drake for his natural leadership qualities and in a lesser light William Dampier for his ... Read More