This just came to me. You know how partial armor is “weaker” and more prone to splitting? Thought of an interesting way to fix that. The “unarmored” sections of that ship would wrapped in a shield made of aerogel held together with a thin aramid fiber mesh. Helps hold the armor together and gives the ship a cool “plastic-wrapped” look. Thoughts?
So basically just have your spalling linear wrap the whole way around the ship and then have your shock plates over only the sections of the ship that you present towards enemy fire? Most broadsider ship designs with asymmetric armor do something similar.