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Old 12-03-2008, 02:00 PM
Jim Reising Jim Reising is offline
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I wonder if it was beneficial not painting wood hulls below the waterline, in a much as, I would think, that unpainted wood would absorb water better and thereby swell quicker. I'm sure that wood hulls are the same as steel hulls in that most of the wastage comes on the sides near the waterline where oxygen mixes with the water and that maybe why the sides were painted to just below the waterline.
Did wood hull builders put water in the hull to swell the wood before launching? If they did I've never seen photographic evidence of such a practice.
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