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Old 17-02-2011, 17:27   #31
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Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
The tjalk, zeeschouw and lemsteraak are all boats that sail better with a load of freight, that is what they were built for, shipping freight in the canals and lakes of the Netherlands. None of them were intended for use on the North Sea. I used to sail as a mate on a tjalk, I tried to talk the captain into going out on the North Sea. He told me I was crazy.
Mostly true but the one on the photo I posted (and the Groote Beer mentioned by Bob) were build for trips between Holland and England, Russia etc. so they did see real sea passages.

The story about Groote Beer and Vrouwe Christina (built by Feadship) is an interesting one. Some links and another photo:
Restoring a Classic - De Vrouwe Christina


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Old 17-02-2011, 18:27   #32

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Probably not a light air rocket.
But I'd take it in a heartbeat.
If I could afford to maintain it.
And I can't.
But I can drool.

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Old 17-02-2011, 18:49   #33
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I like those tjalks.

Just out of curiosity, was that a traditional junk rig or one of the newer ones with cambered panels? I have never sailed one and am interested in all the input I can get on the subject.
I take it you're not a fan of the rig.
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You are right. I am a traditionalist and I prefer a standard sloop or cutter rig.

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