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Jonque de Plaisance

Have your sailing junk built in India, substantial savings can be achieved:
The advantages

Amateur builders can choose from several kits which give an excellent start to the project as well as guarantees on the quality of the timbers used

To build a 12.5m JDP, the amateur builder needs to allow 3,500 labour hours if working alone, much less of course if two people are involved

Building a modern junk-rig sailboat

The method is well known and has been recommended since the end of last century (or the other) by HERRESHOFF. Numerous architects have made use of it with only simple modifications according to the size and purpose of the boats, modifications also made possible by the improved quality of available glues. The timber varieties used are readily available, such as 'Iroko', Mahogany, Oregon pine, nordic pine, teak etc.

The strength of strip-planking (glued laminated timber) is far superior when compared to that of solid timber, the lighter structures thus built mean that for the same waterline length, the hull has a much reduced displacement. The improved resin based and epoxy glues also give unequalled durability to laminated timber and plywood, with maintenance costs greatly reduced.

The masts are also strip-planked and have a hollow centre. Contrary to what may seem, they are easy to assemble, as with most building tasks, by one person alone.

Dacron 270-300g per m2 is used for the sails. Whilst this would be insufficient for a typical yacht, it is most adequate when reinforced with bamboo.

bordage finishing
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Chinese symbols Herreshoff method
La Rochelle shipyard

Strip planking the hull, first layer
Strip planking the hull, first layer

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