Today, nautical science is using extremely sophisticated technologies and innovative materials to create true design masterpieces in which every detail is carefully designed and produced. However, the handcrafted know-how preserved across generations still remains an unparalleled legacy, and the “manual doing”, still in the hands of the old shipwrights, risks being inexorably lost along with them. The knowledge of how to do things “as they once were” is concentrated in the hands of those few craftsmen who have built their ability through years of practice and experience; as it happens, for instance, in the restoration of classic cars.
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