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Exploring my ship in freecam, I noticed that the capstan was at a level which would put the capstan bars through some sort of beam.  It also seems a bit too high for any man to reach, if you compare its height to the height of the nearby cannons. 

edit: removed picture for space since this was answered

Just wondering what the beams were and if this was realistic

Thanks

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The Beams are just a way to offer cross structural strength, which improves sailing characteristics and resistance to damage. A lot of larger ships had these beams but they should be around head height or above though so crewmen can move around them with relative ease which fits with the cannons and other modelled features of the ship without much scaling issues, so as Batman says its just the capstan is unusually sized and should probably be adjusted to somewhere around 1/2 to 2/3s its current size.

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It's not realistic, the capstan is simply too big and hasn't been fixed, probably low priority due to it being only a visual bug.

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1 hour ago, Fluffy Fishy said:

The Beams are just a way to offer cross structural strength, which improves sailing characteristics and resistance to damage. A lot of larger ships had these beams but they should be around head height or above though so crewmen can move around them with relative ease which fits with the cannons and other modelled features of the ship without much scaling issues, so as Batman says its just the capstan is unusually sized and should probably be adjusted to somewhere around 1/2 to 2/3s its current size.

How could they be at head height?

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1 hour ago, seanjo said:

How could they be at head height?

Because it wasn't particularly necessary to put them particularly high, similarly to conditions below decks knees and beams often meant sailors had to be careful when moving about, but at the same time designs had to allow crewmen to move about with relative ease. Beams being low enough to hit your head on aren't a major disturbance if you know they are there and crewmen would just have to duck under them, as a sailor you would only make the mistake of bumping your head and being laughed at by the more experienced crewmen a couple of times before you learnt not to. It just depends on how generous or compact the design of the ship is and humans have a great ability to process danger in the subconscious and seen in peripheral vision especially if its a setting they know well, such as a ship they are going a long period of time stationed on.

You could say the exact same thing about something like the boom, even on on modern pleasure yachts, at least crossbeams aren't live parts. If you get caught by a boom you can easily get knocked out, overboard or even killed even despite modern health and safety laws.

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