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The Gokstad plans presented on this site were donated to Merisol Services, Inc. to further its mission statement. The author of this Web site founded Merisol Services, Inc. on January 11, 1997.The detailed and professionally drafted Viking ship plan drawings used for our models are suitable for the compilation of material takeoff lists, layout for timber and plank measurement and cutting schedules for the full scale construction of an impressive and highly seaworthy sailing and rowing vessel. The Gokstad ship is 76' 5" (23.33 m.) long, between the extreme points fore and aft. Greatest width is 17' 6" (6.25 m.). The height from the bottom of the keel to the gunnel amidships is 6' 4 4/5" (1.05 m). The ship's side above the waterline amidships is 3' 7 1/2" (1.10 m.), and it draws 33 1/2" (0.85 m.). The weight of the hull fully equipped is estimated at 20.2 metric tons. An exact copy of the ship had a tonnage of 31.78 registered tons. The ship is built of oak throughout arid consists of keel, stem and stern, ribs with crossbeams and knees, planking and masts.
If you envision a model ship project encompassing the creation of a truly unique and accurate model of this classic Viking sailing and rowing vessel in exquisite detail, we can custom tailor the plans' scale to the size and scope of your project, while maintaining the integrity and accuracy of themodels.
You will find on this Web site detailed analyses of the development of the ancient Viking ship-building methods, along with numerous drawings and photographs of the Gokstad in various stages of construction.
From the layout of the keel to the carving of the stems, this project will take you through the historic stages in the European development of ocean-going rowing and sailing ships. Learn first-hand of the practicality and reliability of the Vikings unique method of riveting(wooden tre-nails)
You will then venture on to the construction to the Viking's answer to the unique problem of steering a high double-ended canoe style ship measuring 76' 5" in length and 17' 6" in breadth by the semi-flexible attachment of a 20' plus steering oar. Finish your jewel off with the fine detail of the personal supply chests the 32 oarsmen used in double-duty as seating platforms.
The prerequisite to rigging the 40 meter square sail to the mast is naturally preceded by attaching the mast to the Maststep, which is in turn attached to the Fishmast, althoughit would be difficult to duplicate for secure attachment around and over the keel.
Ordering procedures for the complete set of our Gokstad Viking shipmodels: Pricing guidelines are based on size. Contact us for details at: Viking Ships.
The Gokstadis a seaworthy sailing and rowing vessel the design of which was the result of over 1000 years of shipbuilding construction and development by the earliest European masters of the craft of shipbuilding.
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Our quality models are built from plans taken directly (an as-built survey) from the reconstruction of the Gokstad, an extremely delicate project which saw completion after a period of several decades. The plans, size "D", measure 26 inches X 48 inches, and are precise.
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The Gokstad Viking Ship plans consist of:
Several details scanned from the building plans for the Gokstad have been published to this site for those who have an interest in Viking ships and to purchase a museum quality Viking ship model. In addition to the numerous images and plans published on this Web site, I have included a detailed analysis of the Construction Methods of the Gokstad. The distinguished author's treatise is not limited to the construction methods which were used to build the Gokstad, but encompasses a comprehensive analysis of the historical development of shipbuilding techniques by the Vikings.
We at Merisol Services, Inc. would like to recommend the WOODWORKERS JOURNAL, designed for all woodworkers (from hobbyists to professionals) looking for new project ideas, woodworking techniques and shop jigs and tips that will enhance their time in the shop.
The mission statement of Merisol Services, Inc. is the empowerment of individuals and communities towards economic vitality through the establishment of dynamic community based information resource and training centers.
All proceeds from the sale of these models are used for the operational needs of Merisol Services, Inc. FID # 91-1775757 - registered as a nonprofit corporation on January 11, 1997.
Few Viking ship models compares to the artistic quality of our traditionally
constructed Viking model ships. Each are built by hand with
painstaking attention to detail and with the utmost quality in mind.
Each Gokstad model is a highly collectable museum quality work of art
which will appreciate in value over time. Construction time is six to eight
Pricing guidelines are based on size and quality of materials and detail.
Contact us for details at: Viking Ship Models
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