There is a great deal of speculation about how Noah's Ark was constructed. That is taken up in this essay on Answers to High Schooler's Questions About the Flood. A Norwegian boat builder ignored key biblical information when he built a replica.
Johan Huibers, a contractor by trade, built what he believes is a replica of Noah's ark. He used these dimensions: 150 cubits long (225 feet), 30 cubits high (45 feet) and 20 cubits wide (30 feet). That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house.
The biblical dimensions given in Genesis are 300 cubits long (450 feet), 30 cubits high (45 feet), and 50 cubits wide (75 feet). Huibers' boat took 2 years to built. The biblical narrative doesn't say how long it took Noah to build his boat.
Huibers did most of the work with his own hands, using modern tools and with occasional help from his son after school. He had dreamed of the project for 14 years before beginning work in May 2005. He worked from 8 to 5, six days a week.
The exhibit opened in Schagen, Holland about 30 miles north of Amsterdam on April 28, 2007. Visitors on the first day were stunned by the life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals in the main hold.
Huibers also plans a petting zoo, with baby lambs, chickens and goats, and a camel on the open top deck.
"It's past comprehension, " said Mary Louise Starosciak, who was on vacation with her husband when they saw the ark looming over the local landscape. "I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big."
There is space near the keel for a 50-seat film theater where children can watch a video that tells the story of Noah and the ark. Huibers said he hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands, where church attendance has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years. (For more photos go here.)
Related reading: Africa in the Days of Noah; The Extent of Noah's Flood