Originally Posted by Target9000
Quite amazing. No keel
on that beast? Do you sail it in only very protected waters?
For Dutch people it is logical not to have a keel below such a large boat. Dutch waters are very shallow, and even the VOC oceangoing vessels (Indonesia-bound and beyond) had no keels. Instead, they used heavy materials as ballast, low down in the boat (for instance: building stone for forts etc).
These boats (Tjalks) were built as freighters to sail on our lakes. They are quite seaworthy
but do run the risk of being swamped by higher waves. We occasionally have a sinking here when people take these boats out in conditions they are not designed for. Knowledge is being lost
all the time.... But thankfully we still have hundreds of these old ships sailing our waters - they are called the "Brown Fleet" because of their brown sails
. The colour is the result of the tanning process, which preserved the sails (preventing funghi etc).
They also existed as horse- or mandrawn barges, without sails. Thanks to all the little canals we have in our flat country, it was quite an efficient way of moving stuff about.
The Friesian barges - skutsjes, are famous for the races that held with them. Here's a video of them in action.