Originally Posted by dcstrng
<Not Marketing, Honest...>
I was refering to the orginal construction... sorry... I never doubted your post... I am always intrigued by serious looking little ships...
No worries - I wasn't sure - Internet
, bit hard to read sometimes
Definately wasn't a marketing thing by Fairey Marine
, they made around 100 of them back in the late 50's and early 60's (amongst other models - Sail - Fulmar, Fisherman, Power - Swordfish, Huntsman and Huntress etc).
Designed I beleive by ex WWII aircraft engineers and using technology & design applied from building wooden WWII aeroplanes.
The wood was "Hot moulded" from veneers under pressure (I forget how many atmospheres), albeit on the Atalanta not including the transom which was good old fashioned Plywood
- so in the hull
itself their were no "joins" to leak - as is "traditional" on a wooden boat - and given that the glue is forced into the venners at pressure very resistant to rot
(but not impervious)......and of course the use of Veneers allowed solid shapes that other wooden boats could only dream about, and could also be lighter from the use of shape for strength, as well as an appreciation by the designers that strength does always have to involve weight - although decks usually involved "only" plywood
on many models.
The new wonder material GRP replaced this method of construction for cost reasons and nowadays way too expensive to try and make a boat this way (who has a pressure cooker big enough to fit a boat in!).
and no, I am not "on commission"