Saturday, June 11, 2011
Xebec Re Post
Here are some images plus a composite of Amati's 1/60 scale Xebec armed vessel 1753. The following description is taken off Historic Ships. "Used by Barbary pirates, Xebecs were equipped with both sails and oars. They featured a distinctive hull with overhanging bow and stern. The lateen rig allowed it to sail close hauled to wind, giving it an advantage in pursuit or escape. The oars allowed the Xebec to approach vessels that were becalmed. Sea-going Mediterranean peoples used Xebecs as corsairs and built them with a narrow floor to achieve a higher speed than their victims.but with a considerable beam that enable them to carry an extensive sail plan. They carried a crew of 300 to 400 men and mounted 16 to 40 guns". My only complaint about this model is that it did not come with a double planking option considering the cost $260 Cdn you would think they would have done so. I should point out that this kit does not come with any instructions, plans only. So one should have some model ship building experience before attempting this model.