It wasnt made to sail the entire globe Doctor. It was a rescue craft with lots of compartments. Giving it internal support for the bulkheads.<quoted text>CONCENTRATE, now, really concentrate. A modern day life boat like they use on Oil rigs and large ships are 25-30 feet in length, made for very strong composites or fiberglass. Now to the Ark, over 400 feet in length and made ENTIRELY OF WOOD. Can you or can you NOT see the difference?
Now, take a very long board, lest say 25 feet. Balance it on a saw horse, now put very heavy weights on both ends, whats happens? At the very least the board will BEND, probably break. Now put your 400 plus foot wooden Ark on a large wave, it goes up the face of the wave and at some point it will be as the board on the saw horse, balancing on the wave with the bow and stern unsupported. So maybe it doesn't break, but it will certainly twist, and then the next wave comes, and the ark twists once again, and another wave, and another, a non-stop parade of huge ocean waves, how long before your Ark splits down the middle or twists so repeatedly that she begins to ship water. No bilge pumps, how long before she slips under the waves?
It is exactly why she has no propulsion that she would be in constant danger. Without the ability to face the waves head on she would be like a cork with waves battering her from all sides. You do know that is is not uncommon for ocean waves to reach the height of 70-100 feet in storms. An oil rig of the coast of Newfoundland had its platform 75 feet above the ocean, in an Atlantic storm she simply DISAPPEARED with all hands. No trace of it was ever found. And now you have a 400 foot wooden boat loaded with animals and supplies, bobbing around in Ocean, she would NOT stand a chance against the mighty ocean.
Why do you think EVERY wooden ship over 300 feet, HAD to have steel reenforcement rods and iron brackets? And still they leaked so badly that bilge pumps had a difficult time keeping up with the leaks.
Yes it was designed for a one time use, or so the fable goes, but it supposedly spent a entire year at sea. Do you even have a clue as to how much growth can accumulate on an unprotected hull, its massive.
Did you know the Amish have been known to build large barns without the use of metal or nails. Completely all wood and these barns have lasted for decades.
So why couldnt a barge be built entirely of wood and be sea worthy for at least one year? Had the bible said it was made out of stone and rocks. You would have a right to be skeptical. But it was made out of wood.
And history has recorded other very large vessels. One being the Tessarakonteres. Its length was reported to be 420 feet. Made of wood. Hellenistic period.
For hundreds of yeas the Egyptian Pyramids puzzled people in how in a primitive society could build such structures without modern machinery. Yet they did it.
It is not outside the bounds of reasoning to believe such a vessel could be made to last at least one year.