Originally Posted by a64pilot
I had no idea, however I can assume Neeltje knows what itís made from.
I didnít know how many were in actual use anymore, but assume likely quite a few are being lived in?
FWIW, the Skutzes you see in the various racing
videos have kept their original configuration, with an open hold covered by planks and tarps, full rigging
, tiller steering
, and no motor
Most of the (larger) Tjalks were scuttled by the Dutch during WWII to prevent the Germans from using them as troop ships for their invasion of England
, and the remaining ones are the ones that have most often been motorized and transformed into canal
"houseboats", where all the rigging
(leeboards included) have been removed, and a full-length cabin
has been tacked on to the open hull
Mine, for example, was originally a manure barge built 10 years before the sinking of the Titanic. It now has 8' ceilings in the salon
, dual-zone AC and over 500 sq. ft. of living space.