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COPYRIGHT Tim Lovett 2003 




On a grander scale (well short of Noah's efforts), let's look at a Noah's Ark canoe. Using the Ark Scale Calculator we can quickly try different sizes and compare the required wood volumes and weight that can be carried. I opted for a two man canoe, bolted together in the middle. This makes it easy to transport and store, and wood is most common in 2400mm (8ft) lengths (in Australia anyway).






What's with that strange looking pointy end? Nothing really. It's just a possible hull detail. Thankfully, the Bible gives the length, breadth and depth - otherwise this website would be not happening. The Bible doesn't give any more clues on the hull SHAPE.  


So what should it look like?

We can make some educated guesses. For more information, see What Shape?

It appears the bow and stern should not be excessively blunt. I did notice the small model tended to plough into a wave rather than ride over the top, and the NA (Naval Architect) working with me reckons the blunt bow is a problem in high seas. So, let's whack on some different ends and see how it goes in the water. (That's the plan at this stage anyhow). 

No photos...(Yet)...


A bit more detail 

This design uses a foam filled double wall - to keep the weight down. (And wouldn't make a bad storage box for cold food). The ends are 17mm ply to give plenty of strength for attachment. Expanding polyurethane rigid foam is poured in (though holes) after the hull is constructed.




Part Material Length Width Qty
Keel Inner ply 6mm 1280 504 2
Keel outer ply 8mm 1314 492 2
Side inner ply 6mm 1280 260 4
Side Outer ply 8mm 1314 260 4
Roof ply 8mm 1314 290 4
Bilge radius pine 1314 40x40 4
Keel spacers pine 452 32x20 8
Keel rails pine 1280 32x20 4
Roof beams pine 504 40x20 10
Side long rails pine 1280 20x20 8
Side spacers pine 220 20x20 12




Ark Scale Calculator.



The Scale Calculator converts the Biblical cubit measurements to the size of your model. All the dimensions are given with detail drawings of each piece, taking into account plywood thickness, cubit length, scale and working units. You can also adjust roof angle and define a roof eave measurement. The calculator works out weight, load capacity, etc. Try it out before you make one!