During construction the hull and decks were built up in layers of fiberglass and after that the whole structure was lined with wood. This completely original and innovative technique was the first time this method was applied to any ship heavier than 500 tons meant for sailing.
Since her launching, a crew of fifteen to thirty-five people have manned her across the seas and oceans of the world. She has navigated the Pacific and Indian Oceans, crossed the Atlantic, and traveled the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the South and East China Seas, the Aegean Sea and the Caribbean.
Some facts about the El Galeon Andalucia:
- Fifty-ton Spanish galleon
- 164 feet length, overall
- 33 foot main beam
- 10.5 foot draft
- Four masts hold six sails measuring almost 11,000 square feet
- Average speed - 7 knots
- Crew size - 15-35 people