Category Archives: Sailing Vessels

Brigantine Schooner Gigino Plans Show Efforts to Compete with Steam

Italian Brigantine Schooner Gigino

Sailing Vessel from the Early 20th Century

Featuring detailed sail and framing plans

Free ship plans for a great ship model project

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Sail plan Italian brigantine schooner Gigino

As steam began to replace sail there were a lot of last-ditch efforts to create sailing ships that could continue to compete with the new-fangled propulsion systems.

One method was to design ships that combined the ability to sail into the wind like a schooner, but also featured square sails for speed when traveling downwind. For smaller ships than the barquentine, this often resulted in what Chapman would term a “hermaphrodite brig” or a brigantine schooner, such as Gigino.

Designed at the dawn of the 20th Century, ships such as this could be manned by smaller crews and could often out perform the steamships of their day, allowing billowing canvas to compete with coal smoke on the ocean horizon for almost another generation.

Our page of free ship plans of the Italian brigantine schooner Gigino features an outboard profile, lines, and framing plans for this beauty.

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Free Plans of Blanchard Junior Knockabout Day-Sailer


A Small Boat Perfect for a Highly-detailed Ship Model


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Blanchard Junior Knockabout

Blanchard Junior Knockabout, Hull No. 7 is an example of the popular “day-sailer” sailboat, which was developed to adapt to the economic realities of the Great Depression and to cater to the working class.

The small size of this boat means that the ship model builder can create a model to a large scale that allows intricate detail not possible with larger ship models. A model at 1” = 12” (1:12) would result in a model that would still fit on a desktop, but would hold a fantastic level of detail.

The scratch-builder could even recreate the original steam-bent frame construction method of the original boat with our page of FREE SHIP PLANS.

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