Britain's largest ferrocement yacht, the New Freedom, was a massive do-it-yourself exercise accomplished by Captain Tony Fincham and a team of 80 people, including 18 experienced plasterers and many volunteers. A highly sophisticated twin masted schooner 84 feet long overall, the boat is believed to be the largest ocean racing yacht built in Britain since World War II. The taller of her two aluminum masts rises 110 feet above the salt flats where she was built. The ferrocement finish of the yacht is smooth. The finished thickness of the hull is one and one-sixteenth of an inch, including reinforcement consisting of welded rods and six layers of tightly packed, galvanized welded wire mesh. The chief benefits of this type of ferrocement construction are strength, minimum maintenance and ease of repair.