For an Urban Fantasy story for a competition the people in my story live on a sort of generationship (as seen in science fiction series and in Waterworld) on Earth. This coincides nicely with your research and goal. The deadline of this competition is September 1st, meaning that I cannot wait for the results of your designing competition. But I would like your help.
I have absolutely no experience with boats, ships and the like, but to be able to write my story I do need some knowledge of building such a ship.
Could you perhaps help me out with the following:
The story takes place entirely on one ship, though there are others similar to it. Some of the necessary things will be taken care of by magic.
- What would such a ship need to have to be self-sufficient and feasible?
- How many people would be able to live on said ship and how large would it be (comparisons if possible)?
- How would such a ship be built up? (navigation will probably be on the highest deck, but what would most likely be on which deck when these deck would be numbered, how many decks should such a ship have)
There may come up more questions as I am writing and plotting my story and building the ship (only on paper of course!) but this is what I have right now.