December 15, 2008
Go2marine is proud to carry Modern Old-World Handicrafted wooden model boats. Handicrafted models start with detailed line drawings, then scaled down for hand assembly of quality materials. These models are completely constructed, although they may require some some simple, easy assembly due to shipping with mast (or other features) folded down. From fine sailing tall ships to ocean liners to runabouts, racing yachts and canoes; there is a model to appeal to any marine affectionado.
One of the most popular model at Go2marine is the Drakkar Viking Ship. The Drake or Dragon Boat (Drakkar) is the name of the Scandinavian longboats (the dragon head, usually the ornament of the bow), sailing between 800 AD – 1050 AD. Made of oak boards laid up in clinker design.
Nothing is as symbolic of the Vikings as the longship or drakkar. Also called a dragon ship by its enemies, the drakkar was really a warship designed to carry fearless Viking warriors on their raids across Europe.
Today we have a quite clear impression of what a viking ship really is. But the vikings themselves never used the term “viking ship” about their ships. “Viking ship” is a modern term used about a whole group of different ship classes which were used in Scandinavia in the viking age (800 AD – 1050 AD) and in the next couple of centuries. We often associate the term with elegant longships with dragonheads and upright sterns and stems, and a rig with a broad square sail. Actually only a few ships were equipped with dragonheads, as they should mark the status and rank of the viking kings. The majority of the ships were more modestly decorated, optimized for sailing abilities, strength, speed and cargo capacity needed for the purpose.
Discovery of the New World
The first Europeans – the Norse, were the first foreigners to set foot in Newfoundland. Beginning in the eighth century, they burst out of their cultural homeland in Scandinavia (particularly Norway). Yet the Norse who came to Newfoundland and Labrador (in present day Canada) were not fierce raiders in search of pillage and plunder. The Norse appearance here was the final step in a relatively peaceful expansion of livestock farmers across the North Atlantic, taking in parts of the British Isles, Iceland (860 AD), Greenland (982 AD), and finally Vinland (986 AD). There is proof of a Norse habitation at L’Anse aux Meadows, in Newfoundland.
The average length of a longship was 80 feet. The largest ever excavated was over 220 feet long. Its sixty oarsmen could swiftly deliver as many as four hundred warriors to a battlefield along the coast or well inland via a river. Like most large drakkars, They were owned by a powerful king. In the last days of the Viking Age, three hundred of these longships were in the Viking fleet.
Vikings ships were rarely at the mercy of their enemies. The ships were more maneuverable, better equipped and superiorly built. They could navigate in water less than a three feet deep. In shallow water, the warriors would move to one side of the ship to tilt it so it would pass over rocks and shoals. The longships’ tapered bows and sterns enabled the Vikings to row the ships forwards and backwards without first having to turn the ships around.
The deck of a longship was completely planked over. There were no sleeping quarters below deck. Crewmen and warriors stored their personal belongings in chests on the deck. The oarsmen sat on these chests when rowing.
For more on the history of the Viking Drakkars, their explorations and lifestyle, search the internet.
Sod building replicas at L’Anse aux Meadows.
Full-scale replicas of three buildings called A, B, and C. The replicas were built a short distance away from the actual ruins in order to protect the original remains.
December 15, 2008
Lighthouse windlasses are built for the recreational boating market BUT their design is rugged like a commercial vessel windlass. Go2marine is a proud supplier of this industrial strength marine windlass. They are available in 12-32 volt electric power options as well as hydraulically powered. A windlass is not only necessary for lifting the heavy ground tackle during anchoring, it is useful in kedging your vessel. All windlasses should have a manual backup in case of a power supply failure.
Lighthouse Anchor Windlasses, made in the USA, feature stainless steel construction; won’t corrode away like aluminum winches or rust like steel units. No chrome plating to peel off like others made of brass. The only winch with 3 manual back-ups. Can be tailed just like any sheet winch. Has rapid manual rewind with use of a standard or ratcheting winch handle in capstan end.
A second winch handle socket on top of the winch is provided for kedging and allows a maximum pull manually through a 60:1 gear ratio. This means if only 35 lbs. of pressure is exerted on a standard 10″ winch handle in kedging socket, a potential of 10,500 lbs. Is available at the capstan. For example; 35 lbs. X 10″ = 350 lbs., 350 lbs. X 60 (gear ratio)= 21,000 lbs., divide 21,000 lbs. By the radius of the capstan (2″)=10,500 lbs. On most boats, this could be the most powerful device for winching available.
Lighthouse windlasses are are rated at continuous duty, not maximum pull as with most other winch manufacturers. Optional reversing is available without changing motors, and can be added at anytime. When powering out chain, it can not pull chain out of the locker, therefore cannot damage the deck, hawser pipes or winch. It only allows chain to fall at a controlled speed. The only winch to use urethane clutch materials. This will allow gradual take up of friction plates and can provide controlled slip rates, unlike others that are either on or off. Clutches should last indefinitely and are impervious to salt water and are protected from sunlight. Installation of the Lighthouse windlass is the simplest of any on the market, as told to us by riggers and owners alike.
Motor extension housings up to 48″ are available from the factory. No other winch fits the bill for sail vessels due to its low profile (4″ lower than comparable verticals). The lighthouse windlass fits a variety of sail and power vessels. The Lighthouse windlass does not require deck blocking like most vertical winches. Therefore the Lighthouse windlass is not subject to failure, due to overhung, unsupported loads associated with vertical winches.
The Lighthouse windlass can be mounted flat to the deck in most cases and does not require the spacers and pads usually required for aligning vertical winches to the bow rollers.
Go2marine supplies Lighthouse and other windlass manufactures windlasses to the recreational and commercial boating market. For our complete line of windlasses, windlass accessories and other marine boating parts, visit Go2marine.