Construction

The construction of the vessel is being carried out observing its shapes and details with historical rigor while applying a cutting edge and revolutionary system in the sector of replica-shipbuilding that combines the construction of a fiberglass structure and wood-plank overlaying.

It is a new technique that means a great progress in environmental impact, costs, durability and maintenance of the vessel. The construction will take approximately 12 months, and the launching of the hull structured is scheduled for October 2017.
The ship is being built in Punta Umbría shipyards and the project engages about one hundred professionals of various branches: shipyard workers, artisan net weavers, carpenters, rope makers, mechanics and electricians forming a wide and multidisciplinary work-force together with historians, engineers and shipbuilders that participate in the planning of the first blueprints of the replica designing the shapes and measurements of the vessel.

Technical data

Once built, the vessel will weight 120 metric tons. Just as the original, the replica of the Santa María will have three masts and a bowsprit. The height of the main mast will be almost 25 meters from the waterline.

45 cubic meters of iroko wood will be used on the construction process. It is a tropical wood of great durability and very resistant to the different climatic and meteorological agents.

Dimensions

Length: 28,30 m. / Beam: 7,96 m. / Height: 3,49 m. / Decks: Main, Forecastle, Quarter deck and Poop deck / Masts: Main, Mizzen, Fore and Bowsprit / Sails: Main, Top, Mizzen, Spritsail and Fore.

It will hold 300 square meters of sail, with a setting of the rigging faithful to the original Nao Santa María of the 15th century, with more than 3 kilometers of line for the standing and the running rigging.

Timeline / Bulding Phases

  • NOVEMBER 2016: Definition of the historical Project and preliminary technical specifications.
  • FEBRUARY 2017: Start of construction of hull mould.
  • MARCH 2017: Finishing of the hull mould.
  • ABRIL 2017: The process of hull laminating is started.
  • JUNE 2017: Start of carpentry works (overlay/blocks and pulleys/details).
  • AUGUST 2017: Equipment installation.
  • OCTOBER 2017: Launching of the hull.
  • NOVEMBER 2017: Fitting of the masts/standing and running rigging.